Stirling Politicians Welcome Investment in Local Innovation
Leading technology firm Codebase has been awarded a £42m Scottish Government contract to develop a national network of ‘tech scaler’ hubs across Scotland, as part of plans to drive digital innovation – with Stirling set to join six other host cities across the nation.
Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dumfries, Dundee, Inverness and Stirling will play host to up and coming digital technology start-ups and firms, as part of a series of measures to strengthen the tech ecosystem and drive forward economic growth.
Codebase already runs a prominent operation from the old Municipal Buildings of Stirling Council on Corn Exchange Road, hosting a wide range of technology-based firms and growing businesses. The creation of the Tech Scalers network delivers a commitment of the Programme for Government 2021-22 and a key recommendation from the 2020 Scottish Tech Ecosystem Review.
Local Stirling MP Alyn Smith said:
‘This is fantastic news for Stirling, and an example of the Scottish Government’s firm commitment to driving forward technological innovation. Codebase is an organisation who has a strong local presence in our city centre , and this investment is a vote of confidence in our people, skills and talent. Technology will be at the heart of future economic growth, and Stirling businesses have the opportunity to play a leading role in that transformation.’
Stirling SNP Council Group Leader Cllr Scott Farmer said:
‘Stirling is at the forefront of innovation and economic regeneration, and I’m extremely pleased to see the Scottish Government working in partnership with Codebase and others to help deliver that ambition. Codebase has remained an important local partner and institution, helping nurture and channel start-up technology ideas into the fully-fledged businesses of the future. We’ve a wealth of local talent here in Stirling, which is just waiting to be tapped into, and these expansion plans will do just that.’