The Marches leads the way in the hugely important defence and security sector in this country – thanks in part to our enterprise zone at Skylon Park in Hereford.
It is now the home to Cyber Quarter – Midlands Centre for Cyber Security, a £9million centre of excellence for cutting-edge research and development in this sector and is the only enterprise zone in the UK with a specialism in defence and security.
Opening in 2020, it will provide incubation space for 20 new companies. Acting as a hub of research and development, it will encourage collaboration and technology transfer between businesses and academics.
The centre will also provide secure testing facilities and specialist cyber security training for local residents and businesses.
Cyber security is an important specialism that links to and sits within a wider ICT/digital sector. The skills that are important in cyber security also have a wider bearing across many other sectors of the economy in driving innovation and new ways of working. Partners will work collaboratively to share learning from the Centre for Cyber Security across the Marches, e.g. as part of the emerging Digital Enterprise Academy in Telford.
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