Posted on Thursday 14 October 2010 by Ulster Business

The digital economy could create 3,000 jobs and become a major new industrial sector in Derry, according to the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber has taken the role of leading the ‘Digital Derry’ initiative and its future programme of action. “With the Project Kelvin telehouse, we have the beginnings of a wonderful digital infrastructure in Derry – as good as anywhere in Ireland,” said Sinead McLaughlin, chief executive of Londonderry Chamber of Commerce. “But ‘Digital Derry’ is not just about connectivity. It is also about harnessing our city’s wonderful creativity. “Derry already has cutting edge digital businesses, such as Learning Pool, the Nerve Centre, Smalltown America and 360 Production. We want to build on that and have fantastically exciting ambitions. If those objectives are achieved, Derry will be an internationally recognised hub of digital and creative activity.” Digital Derry objectives include: • Making Derry the best place in Ireland to form a digital or creative business. • Creating 3,000 jobs in the digital sector in Derry and the North West. • A 25% growth in Derry’s creative industries, within five years. • Dozens of new firms operating in the digital economy here, within five years. • Several of those firms attracting annual turnover above £5m and some over £20m. • Attracting an internationally renowned web business to Derry. • Developing a digital hub that operates across the entire city, with benefits for the entire city. • Digital Derry to be self-financing. Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has established a high powered Digital Action Team to to lead the growth of the digital sector in the city. Derry-born Colm Long, operations director for Facebook across Europe, is the city’s Digital Ambassador. Mark Nagurski is Derry Digital Champion, based in the Chamber’s offices.

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