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Tech and digital

Gateshead has a reputation as a centre of excellence for creativity and innovation. We're home to more than 460 software and digital businesses, employing 3,400 staff. Our young entrepreneurs work alongside global brands such as Facebook, Marvel and Disney.

Companies are also exploring new areas of specialisation. VRTGO Labs (opens new window), the first European VR industry-led centre of excellence, produce cutting edge VR and AR technology. They work with leading brands such as Audi, PlayStation and Oculus.

Meanwhile, Baltic Quarter (opens new window) has developed into an attractive and dynamic area for creative industries. This is a result of a strong sector presence, world-class facilities and a state-of-the-art infrastructure. 2017 will also see the arrival of PROTO: The emerging technology centre.

The neighbouring Northern Design Centre is a hub for design innovation and product development in the region. It provides incubation space and studios for new and growing businesses. As well as exhibition space, presentation facilities and showcasing space for interdisciplinary working.

"Gateshead has established itself as a leading hub for the creative digital sector. We work with clients from across the world but this is where Atomhawk is proud to call home."
Tim Wilson, Head of Operations, Atomhawk

Why Gateshead
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Europe’s first centre of excellence for AR and VR
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The fastest ICT sector output across the North East
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Ultra-fast broadband speeds available of up to 100Mbps
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30% more tech employees than national averages


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