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Boosting London’s tech and creative sectors

London First, in association with EY, brought together more than a hundred businesses in the tech and creative sector at the Ministry of Sound to discuss how London supports companies looking to scale up.

London’s strengths in research, talent, creativity and finance make it a superb location for innovation and it already has as many technology and information workers outside manufacturing as the Valley.

But bad regulation, immigration rules, a serious skills gap and a lack of equity finance are all holding the sector back from reaching its potential.

WATCH the short video of the evening to find out more, and join the conversation at #scaleuplondon or join the Creative Network by going to meetup.com and searching for ‘Creative Network London First’.

You can also LISTEN IN to our experts talking about the scale up challenge.


Jon Steinberg, Public Policy Manager EMEA at Google, explains why the internet giant decided to base its UK HQ at King’s Cross


Robin Rowland, Exec Chair of Yo Sushi, Tony Fish of Fab Labs London, Jon Steinberg from Google, Lohan Presencer from Ministry of Sound, and Caroline Artis from EY look at the options start-ups have to access finance. Is the perception that it’s difficult to raise capital actually right? Where are investors focusing at the moment?


Tony Fish, Founder of Fab Lab London, Jon Steinberg from Google, and Kay Hutchison from Creative Skillset debate the case for creating tech hubs. Does bringing people together boost creativity or does it mean we miss out on mobile talent?


Robin Rowland, Exec Chair of Yo Sushi, tell members of the Creative Network what he thinks are biggest challenges facing tech and creative start-ups at the moment.

Contact: David Lutton, dlutton@londonfirst.co.uk

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