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North Somerset is home to a thriving technology sector, encompassing cutting-edge innovation in aerospace, clean energy, and digital technology, with a strong focus on sustainable solutions and future-facing industries.

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West of England Aerospace Forum

The West of England Aerospace Forum (WEAF) plays a crucial role in championing technological innovation within North Somerset’s aerospace sector.
With a focus on sustainability, WEAF supports local businesses in developing and adopting cutting-edge technologies that reduce environmental impact and promote a greener future for aviation.

By connecting businesses, research institutions, and educational organisations, WEAF facilitates knowledge sharing and accelerates the development of innovative solutions. This collaborative approach strengthens North Somerset’s position as a hub for sustainable aerospace innovation and contributes to a greener future for the aviation industry.

WEAF Website

Hydrogen South West

Hydrogen South West (HSW) is a driving force in establishing North Somerset as a leading region for hydrogen technology and its sustainable applications.

With a commitment to decarbonisation and clean energy solutions, HSW supports local businesses, research institutions, and communities in embracing hydrogen as a key component of the region’s energy future.

HSW fosters collaboration and knowledge sharing through initiatives that connect key stakeholders across North Somerset’s hydrogen ecosystem. By supporting the development of hydrogen infrastructure, promoting research and innovation, and advocating for policy frameworks that encourage hydrogen adoption, HSW is creating a fertile environment for sustainable growth and investment in the region. This collaborative approach strengthens North Somerset’s position as a pioneer in hydrogen technology and contributes to a cleaner, more resilient energy landscape.

Hydrogen South West Website


TechSPARK is a driving force in North Somerset’s tech community, fostering innovation and growth through a variety of initiatives and programs.
With a focus on connection and education, TechSPARK supports tech businesses of all sizes, from startups to established enterprises, helping them thrive in the dynamic digital landscape.

By organising networking events, workshops, and conferences, TechSPARK facilitates knowledge sharing and collaboration within the tech sector. Their programs provide valuable resources and support for startups, while their advocacy efforts ensure that the needs of the tech community are heard by policymakers and stakeholders. Through these actions, TechSPARK is helping to establish North Somerset as a thriving hub for technological innovation and a magnet for tech talent.

techSPARK* Website

Silicon Gorge

The Silicon Gorge, a thriving tech cluster encompassing Bristol, Swindon, and Gloucester, is a driving force for innovation and economic growth in the South West of England. Ranked fifth among similar areas in Europe in 2002, this dynamic ecosystem is home to a diverse range of tech companies, from startups to established enterprises, specializing in high-tech engineering, creative technologies, and cutting-edge research.

The Silicon Gorge’s influence extends throughout the region, providing opportunities for collaboration, knowledge sharing, and economic development. As a neighboring region, North Somerset benefits from the Silicon Gorge’s vibrant tech community, attracting investment, talent, and fostering a culture of innovation. This proximity creates a ripple effect, strengthening the wider South West tech ecosystem and positioning the region as a leading center for technological advancement in the UK.

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