Jude Kirton Darling and Paul Brannen, the Labour Members of the European Parliament for the North East have welcomed the announcement that the region will be home to a Digital Catapult.
Catapults are a programme to grow jobs in economic sectors where the UK is seen to have a potential advantage. There are 30,000 jobs in the North East today in the commercial creative sector including 10,000 in software, gaming and new media. There are 1300 North East companies including Sage, the only software company in the FTSE 100.
Jude Kirton-Darling MEP said “This is great news for the whole of the North East. As a member of the European Industry, Research & Energy Committee part of my responsibility is to promote the digital economy. This announcement shows how our membership of the European Union is helping create good jobs in the North East today.
“EU membership gives us open access to a huge market but also helps us make the most of it. European funding helped create Sunderland Software City in the first place and will be part of the package which delivers this Catapult investment.
“I congratulate everyone involved in bringing this investment to the North East.
Paul Brannen MEP said “We visited Sunderland Software City on the campaign trail and were really impressed with what the businesses there are doing. We were struck at how international the work was with many of the projects being across Europe and the whole world which shows software really is a global business
“I was up at the Renewable Offshore Energy Catapult in Blyth this week too, further proof that the North East is at the forefront of developing emerging technologies. This is long-term investment in our future, helping create the next generation of jobs for our young people.