Tech City debate comes to Old Town this Thursday

The concept of Croydon as a location for a cluster of digital businesses and start-ups, perhaps attracting online giants such as Google and Amazon, will be discussed at a special meeting organised this Thursday by local resident Jonny Rose.

Tech City around Old Street has attracted more than 400 businesses in the past decade, including Soundcloud,, Mind Candy, Yammer and Moo, with mainstream digital brands Google and Amazon having moved to the area to be closer to London’s technical and commercial talent. Rose believes a similar digital hub could offer a sustainable economic recovery in south London, too.

Rose outlined his ideas in Inside Croydon last month, and on Thursday October 4, from 8pm at Matthews Yard, off Surrey Street, he’ll be expanding on this and inviting discussion from an audience of people interested in regeneration.

“Tech City is recognised as a notable job creator and economic and cultural boon for the UK,” Rose said.

“Croydon offers an excellent combination of low-cost commercial office space, outstanding transport links and a wealth of private housing stock which spans the full spectrum from low-cost apartments through to luxurious rural homes. The area is a fertile space for developers, technical founders and venture capitalists who want to escape frenetic east London while remaining close to the City.”

For more details on Thursday’s event, please contact or read the agenda here.

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