Organisations and businesses from across Eastbourne gathered at the Towner on Wednesday morning to sign the TechResort Pledge.
“The Pledge is a pretty simple statement, but it should have a huge impact,” said Will Callaghan, one of the founders of TechResort, a community interest company set up in 2013 to grow the town’s creative, digital and technical economy.
“We will help grow the creative, digital and tech sector in Eastbourne to provide a better future for our town and there’s plenty of detail about how we can do that,” said Will.
Signatories so far include Stephen Lloyd MP, councillors Caroline Ansell and David Tutt, Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce, Sussex Downs College, Nominet Trust, Locate East Sussex and the Towner.
The pledge is also backed by host of local creative and tech businesses including Duka, Firebrand, Friendly Digital, Lindon East, PRG, Switchplane, Urban Industry and Zoonou.
Will said, “The idea is for Eastbourne to pull together and grow its creative and tech economy.
“Our young people will get more opportunities, our businesses will get the help they need to grow.
“Companies from elsewhere will see Eastbourne as a place they can do business.
“Working together we’ll create new higher paying jobs that will make a world of difference to our town.
“I learnt that Eastbourne’s average salary is approximately £5,000 less than the South East average.
“That’s a big problem for starters and one we should all address.”
TechResort recently won £150k from the Coastal Communities Fund to boost skills in Eastbourne’s Devonshire Ward.
It is providing hands-on training to local students in coding and related disciplines and making connections between education, industry and local government to enable larger projects to happen.
One of the current projects is a fortnightly code club for students aged eight to 18.
The Pledge forms part of this work – a short statement of intent for all organisations to agree in order that any future programmes are aligned. There are no funding or other commitments at this stage.
For more information visit http://techresorteb.com