Technology Roundtables

The Digital Technology sector is one of the Thames Valley’s high-growth, high value-add sectors, whose strength measurably contributes to the economy of a region which is frequently referred to as the ‘Silicon Valley of Europe’.

The business-lead Technology Roundtable series is chaired by IQE’s Phil Smith, former Chief Executive and Chairman of Cisco UK and Ireland and brings together senior leaders from a select number of the region’s established and most recent investors, high-growth SMEs, and spin-out and start-up organisations in the technology sector.

Themes discussed to date have included: skills and talent, infrastructure, and inward investment and futureproofing the technology sector in the region.

The latest in the series of technology roundtables provided the occasion for delegates to discuss the challenges that face technology businesses operating in the Thames Valley, including productivity, connectivity and maintaining our position in the global market. Immediate concerns identified included managing Brexit, the future of trade, smarter national infrastructure and tech talent. Actions needed to address these challenges and futureproof this key sector in the region were also considered. 

“The business-led technology roundtables, hosted by the Chamber, bring together technology companies from across the Thames Valley, from start-ups to large corporates. The session topics are always relevant to what is happening in the tech industry, providing the perfect opportunity to showcase the great work and initiatives taking place in the region. Discussions result in tangible action points, which are geared towards ensuring the continued growth of the Thames Valley’s influential technology base. It is a fantastic series of events to be a part of.”
Phil Smith, former Chief Executive and Chairman of Cisco UK and Ireland and, Chair of the Technology Roundtables