Exciting opportunity for innovative technology companies at Colchester’s new Digital Forum

PUBLISHED: 20 June 2024

Colchester City Council and Colbea are proud to announce their collaboration on the cutting-edge Digital Forum, a visionary project set to launch in Spring 2025 with a £6.25 million investment.

The Digital Forum – which had been referred to as the Digital Working Hub – will boast unparalleled 5G connectivity, attracting forward-thinking technology companies, including those from tech hubs in Cambridge, to Colchester.

As a key partner in this venture, Colbea will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the Digital Forum. Colbea is a respected not-for-profit business support agency with over 40 years’ experience and a strong local presence. The company is dedicated to leveraging the buildings advanced technology to attract tech companies seeking a vibrant and innovative base in East England.

Simon Mead, Chief Executive of Colbea, highlighted the Forum’s potential impact on Colchester's digital landscape: “We have a vision to bolster Colchester’s digital industry, contributing to the city’s goal of becoming a digital powerhouse in the East of England. The Digital Forum, through its connectivity and 5G access, will allow us to target technology companies that have previously not considered Colchester as a viable base for their innovation businesses. The building will undoubtedly help shape the future of Colchester’s digital sector and to support incredible local talent.”

Cllr David King, Leader of Colchester City Council, expressed enthusiasm for the partnership with Colbea: “Colbea have a track record of success in fostering business growth in the community. Our growing reputation as a location for digital businesses is contributing to our economy and I look forward to new and innovative businesses settling in the Forum.”

Simon Blaxill, Chair of We Are Colchester, emphasised the significance of attracting innovative tech companies to Colchester, saying: "Our city's digital and creative industries are flourishing, providing employment opportunities and driving economic progress. Together with Colbea, we aim to create an environment that appeals to tech innovators seeking new investment opportunities."

Colchester's commitment to digital advancement is further evidenced by substantial investments in fibre and 5G infrastructure. As the city transforms its digital landscape, plans are underway to revolutionise leisure and tourism experiences, including the introduction of an immersive virtual reality tourism venture by 2026.
Colchester also successfully launched the ACL Digital Learning Hub in October, highlighting the city’s dedication to enhancing digital literacy among adults, further solidifying its position as a leader in digital education and innovation.

For more information on Colchester's digital initiatives and transformative projects, including the Digital Forum, visit Colchester City Council's interactive map showcasing over £40 million worth of projects shaping the city's future by 2030 at www.colchester.gov.uk/citycentre.
Pictured above, L to R: Simon Blaxill, Simon Mead and Cllr David King.

Page last reviewed: 20 June 2024


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