Stirling - at the heart of Scotland's Digital Technology Sector
Stirling has a strong and rapidly developing digital technology sector. There are currently over 70 businesses operating in the sector locally enjoying the support of a business infrastructure that is highly conducive to their growth.
Tailored business accommodation, readily available support from academia and a strong local business support partnership combine with ambitious sector growth plans to ensure Stirling offers one of the best locations in the UK for digital technology businesses.
Opportunities, projects and collaboration in digital technology exist here across all economic sectors and, within that, Stirling has a series of specialist areas which offer major opportunities for new products and innovation.
We already have a strong cluster of digital technology businesses in the area such as the 50 research and development firms based at the Stirling University Innovation Park.
Stirling Council and its partners are pushing forward with exciting plans to deliver a Digital District in the heart of the city. As part of our City Development Framework the first phase of the Digital District will see a Digital Hub developed which will provide high quality and tailored space for digital tech businesses to develop products, grow their business and collaborate with peers and academia. Designed to build rapidly on the existing skills of our businesses and workforce,the Digital District will put Stirling firmly on the map as one of the UK's best areas for digital tech businesses.
Talent and Workforce
Stirling’s current population is 91,260, a figure projected to grow by almost 17% over the next 20 years. Stirling’s central position also places nearly 3 million people within an hour’s drive of the city which ensures businesses in Stirling benefit from access to a huge potential workforce providing all the skills, diversity and flexibility that they could possibly need.
The percentage of Stirling’s residents with qualifications at SVQ level 3 or above is above the national average. In addition over one third of Stirling’s working age residents have HND/degree level qualifications.
The University of Stirling has 11,600 students and is ranked 7th in the UK for graduate employability, with 96% of students in work within six months of graduating.
In addition to the university the main campus of Forth Valley College is located in the city. The college has 20,000 students currently enrolled across all of its learning programmes.
￭ Local Provision The University of Stirling produces a steady flow of graduates to service the digital technology sector with courses at either degree or Masters level in; Business Computing, Computing Science, Software Engineering, Big Data, Information Technology and Software Engineering.
Forth Valley College also provide a range of qualifications, up to degree level, in Computing, Software Development and Applied Computing.
￭ Wider Talent Pool It is not just the high quality local workforce that is available to businesses in Stirling however. Stirling’s unrivalled location at the heart of Scotland places a vast potential workforce within easy commuting distance including a huge pool of graduates in digital technology related disciplines.
Courses at either Degree or Masters level in; Informatics, Software Engineering, Computer Science, Computing and Electronics, Information Systems, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, Digital Design, Digital Security, Forensics and Ethical Hacking are all taught within a 45 minute drive or rail journey of the city.