Digital Minister opens Deloitte Tech Foundry in Reading
A new Tech Foundry, which will allow Deloitte employees and clients to work together and share expertise on how digital transformation can accelerate innovation across business, has been officially opened in Reading by Margot James MP, Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries. New technologies such as 3D-printers, virtual reality devices, robotics and drones are available to test in the Play Zone, and a series of interactive learning events are available to help technology leaders share insights and make better-informed decisions.
With 350 new positions planned in Deloitte’s Reading office over the next few years as a result of the Tech Foundry’s opening, and the growing technology and telecoms market in the Thames Valley, the full-time headcount will increase to 1,000 employees. The Reading office is currently the firm’s largest office outside of London in the UK.
The Deloitte Tech Foundry is supported by the Deloitte Cyber Intelligence Centre, a hub focussed on monitoring and assessing cyber security threats within organisations in order to provide swift mitigation and increased security.
Margot James MP, Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries, said:
“The Deloitte Tech Foundry is another huge boost for the tech industry in Reading and the Thames Valley, which is already a hotbed of innovation. Through our modern Industrial Strategy we’re working with industry to help grow the economy and create more job opportunities, and it’s great to see businesses like Deloitte providing new support for our booming tech sector.”
Daniel Barlow, practice senior partner for Reading, Southampton and Gatwick at Deloitte, said:
“Technology is advancing at a sensational rate, with organisations constantly being presented with opportunities to integrate new systems, collaborate with start-ups and adopt the latest devices. We’re increasingly working with clients on digital transformation projects to share knowledge and assess any potential risks, and the Tech Foundry will further motivate this collaboration, and encourage businesses to share knowledge across industries.
“The Thames Valley is home to iconic global technology and telecoms leaders, inspirational scale-ups and a host of growing start-ups, and so is the ideal location for the opening of the Tech Foundry.”
Paul Britton, CEO of Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce added:
“Wonderful news that Deloitte have opened their Tech Foundry in the Thames Valley, which has long been a technology hub and a proven location for both established global brands and innovative start-ups to grow. I have no doubt that the collaboration encouraged by this new facility will be of great benefit the tech sector in the region.”
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