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First London Technology Week Announced for the Capital

UBM Live, a global leader in events led marketing, has announced a partnership with London & Partners to create an annual gathering that will harness the increasingly critical role that London plays as a major global technology centre.

London Technology Week will incorporate a broad range of events and activities for the technology and digital community revolving primarily around London’s Tech City and ExCeL London.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “London is at the forefront of digital innovation, with tech giants thriving here as well as dynamic new start-ups. This vibrant sector now supports hundreds of thousands of jobs in our city with potential to massively grow. I welcome the creation of London Technology Week as the latest initiative to harness the buzz around this exciting industry.”

Taking place in the week commencing 16th June 2014, this brand new proposition will provide an opportunity for London to showcase its technology credentials on the world stage reaffirming its position as a place where the world’s leading technology companies want to do business. London Technology Week will engage with a broad range of stakeholders providing a valuable platform to discuss, formulate and promote policy aimed at driving forward the UK’s IT sector. Business leaders and technology professionals will have the opportunity to take part in a multitude of events, from boutique networking opportunities to open days and major events.

A city that embraces new technology

“London has always been a city that embraces new technology and east London has a growing reputation as Europe’s home of technology start ups” said Jeremy Rees, Executive Director, ExCeL London. “ExCeL London is delighted to have been able to facilitate the partnership between UBM Live and London & Partners to create London Technology Week and we are looking forward to hosting much of the content that will form part of the week.”

Adrian Newton, Group Director, UBM Live said: “In the past few years London has really accelerated as a key location for tech companies and digital innovation. London Technology Week aims to build on this and create an annual opportunity for all those working within these dynamic industries to come together, facilitating an exciting forum that focuses on the key issues driving business and growth in this market. We are really excited to be launching this new initiative along with London & Partners and we look forward to announcing more details in the coming months.”

London & Partners, the Mayor’s official promotional organisation for London, has assisted London Technology Week organisers, UBM Live, with support for using the capital as a venue for the event.

Milestone for London’s tech business sector

Gordon Innes, CEO of London & Partners, the Mayor’s official promotional organisation for London, said: “We are delighted that UBM is creating London Technology Week. This is just another milestone for London’s tech business sector and cements London’s status as a global hub for the tech industry. Our capital continues to play home to some of the most inspiring businesses and the best talent in the world. London & Partners are delighted to work with UBM to act as a catalyst and demonstrate London’s commitment to grow this extremely important sector to the UK economy and help build a significant new and high value series of technical events. Like London Fashion Week is for the Fashion Industry we hope this brand new event will be a global magnet for the world’s tech sector.”

The brands and events which will form part of the London Technology Week launch will be announced in the coming weeks.