By guest blogger Sarah Shields, executive director and general manager, consumer, small and medium enterprise, Dell UK
The growth potential for tech start-ups has been making headlines recently with many highlighting the rising contribution of tech firms to the UK economy, and London's first ever Technology Week putting a further spotlight on the capital as a centre of innovation.
In fact, London�s tech and information sector is growing faster than California, with a recent report by South Mountain Economics identifying 382,000 people working in computing, gaming, telecoms, film and media.
That�s an astonishing statistic and a really encouraging sign of the bright future that lays ahead for UK entrepreneurs, especially those that can tap into the unexplored markets offered by the tech sector.
One thing we firmly believe in is that technology is a necessary part of growing a thriving company � whether it�s your core business or not. As such, we�re constantly striving to help entrepreneurs leverage technology to take ideas from start-up to success. That�s why we were delighted to recently be given the opportunity to sponsor TechHub�s 4th birthday celebrations. Tech Hub has been a real champion for British start-ups and has built a community that fosters technology innovation and growth through its various events and increasingly global network.
As a further sign of our commitment to this space, in November last year we launched the Dell UK Centre for Entrepreneurs, an initiative designed to ease access to finance, technology and networking for British entrepreneurs from early-stage through to established companies.
The Centre includes key four programmes including our Entrepreneurs Advisory Council, a steering committee that meets regularly to tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing entrepreneurs and growing businesses.
It also encompasses a Start-up in Residence competition, a nationwide search offering two early stage businesses co-located workspace for up to 10 people at our Bracknell office, and access to essential technology, mentorship and networking critical for growth.
We were delighted to recently announce the two winners of the competition - Fantoo and iNovar. Both are exciting new technology businesses themselves and we hope the invaluable guidance and experiences they are bringing to our business will help us provide even better support to UK start-ups moving forward.
One thing�s for sure, there are huge opportunities ahead for growing organisations in the UK in 2014 and beyond. With business confidence increasing, investment opportunities opening up and Government support improving, there�s never been a better opportunity for entrepreneurs to follow their dreams and I look forward to seeing what comes next!
Visit: www.dell.co.uk/entrepreneurs for further information, follow @DellCFEUK or join the conversation by searching #DellSiRUK.