Silicon Gorge

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The Silicon Gorge refers to the numerous high-tech and research companies, in the triangle of Bristol, Swindon and Gloucester, in England.[1] It is ranked fourth of such areas in Europe,[2] and is named after the Avon Gorge.

Cities[edit]

Bath[edit]

Bath is home to a number of high-tech companies ranging from fabless semiconductor designers to eCommerce retailers. Many companies have been started by ex-employees of companies such as Future Publishing and IPL, two long standing employers in the area.

Microelectronic companies in Bath[edit]

Ventures[edit]

Bristol[edit]

Bristol is part of the Silicon Gorge, along with Gloucester and Swindon[5] and hosts a number of high-tech and creative industries including research group HP Labs and animation studio Aardman Animations. The cluster of high-tech electronics industries began when Fairchild Semiconductor located a design office in Bristol in 1972.[6] Bristol also has the strongest digital media supply chain in England, outside of London[7] and has been pinpointed as a "hot spring" for innovation on the McKinsey/World Economic Forum innovation map.[8]

Microelectronic companies in Bristol[edit]

Business incubators[edit]

Support organisations[edit]

Networks[edit]

Ventures[edit]

Other cities[edit]

Cities sometimes associated with the region:

Academic Institutions[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Konstadakopulos, Dimitrios (2004). Learning for Innovation in the Global Knowledge Economy. Intellect Books. p. 33. ISBN 978-1-84150-085-0. 
  2. ^ "'Silicon Gorge' Is Centre Of Knowledge". University of the West of England. 2002-01-30. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  3. ^ "Picochip". Retrieved 12 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Westcode". Retrieved 12 July 2011. 
  5. ^ Konstadakopulos, Dimitrios (2004). Learning for Innovation in the Global Knowledge Economy. Intellect Books. p. 33. ISBN 978-1-84150-085-0. 
  6. ^ Marston, Louise; Shanmugalingam, Shantha; Westlake, Stian. "Chips with everything. Lessons for effective government support for clusters from the South West semiconductor industry" (PDF). Nesta. Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
  7. ^ http://southwestengland.co.uk/working_for_the_region/areas/west_of_england.aspx
  8. ^ Andonian, Andre; Loos, Christoph; Pires, Luiz. "What Matters: Building an innovation nation". Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "Business Incubation at UWE Ventures Bristol". Retrieved 12 July 2011. 
  10. ^ "Business Incubation - Business Acceleration". Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  11. ^ "About Business Incubation". Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  12. ^ "Bristol father of two is Hollywood movie website entrepeneur [sic]". This is Bristol. Retrieved 12 July 2011. 
  13. ^ a b c d e http://www.setsquared.co.uk/home/about-us/background