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U.K. eying Taiwanese firms for London tech hub
Central News Agency
2011-10-12 08:57 PM
Taipei, Oct. 12 (CNA) The United Kingdom is looking to attract Taiwanese companies, especially those in the area of creative content, to a rapidly growing tech cluster in London on the back of strong bilateral trade ties, a U.K. official said Wednesday. Citing Taiwan's success in the fields of digital content and innovative services, David Campbell, director of the Taipei-based British Trade and Cultural Office (BTCO), said the U.K. is exploring the possibility of wooing Taiwanese companies to the East London Tech City, dubbed by its creators as "Britain's answer to Silicon Valley." Campbell made the remarks at a luncheon in Taipei with local media that was also attended by Tony Hughes, a digital content specialist at U.K. Trade and Investment, a U.K. government department that works with British firms to help them tap international markets. He is visiting Taiwan to promote the tech city. Hughes, who will wrap up a four-day visit Oct. 14, is scheduled to meet representatives of five local firms in the game and electronics industries to introduce the opportunities the tech cluster can offer. He will also meet with investment agencies in the private and public sectors, according to the BTCO. A lot of Asian companies want to use the U.K. to break into the European and U.S. markets, Hughes said. Neighboring the Olympic Park -- the center of next year's Olympic Games -- Tech City is an area the U.K. government is planning to turn into Europe's tech hub. It differs from Silicon Valley in the U.S. in that it is designed to be more of a consumer-oriented cluster aimed at enhancing audience experiences rather than focusing on technology development, Hughes said. Close to 1,000 British and international companies have already launched operations in Tech City, including global search giant Google. (By Elaine Hou)
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