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Technology is not all about London. Although we tend to think of London as the centre of business in the UK, the Powerhouse of the North has always been at the forefront of technology and innovation. From Turing’s work on the early computers to splitting the atom and the invention of graphene, it has always played a central role. You can see early developments in computing at the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park, or at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.

Now, Manchester is the European City of Science, and hosts next year’s EuroScience Open Forum  – the biggest science and technology conference in Europe.

Part of supporting innovation is supporting SMEs. SMEs are often the primary source of ideas that the rest of the world will be using in ten years’ time. They are agile and adaptive, but they’re also vulnerable without support.

Recognition of the role of SMEs is leading to greater focus and collaboration in the North West. At this week’s IPEXPO in Manchester, Dr. Neil McArthur MBE announced more help for SMEs in the form of the Manchester Tech Trust, a privately funded organisation which will support and promote technology and innovation companies. It’ll be launched in July by Sir Henry Bernstein.

Here at Fujitsu, we are also working hard to support SMEs. Working with small, agile and innovative businesses enables us to provide the best possible service to our customers. It gives us access to exciting new technological innovations. According to our own research, almost all SMEs recognise the barriers that can exist when it comes to working with larger organisations, and we’ve been working to overcome those.

If you want to find out more about how we’re supporting SMEs across the UK, contact Katherine.Smith@uk.fujitsu.com (+44 (0) 7867 890 802) or Joley.Gordon@uk.fujitsu.com (+44 (0) 7867 838 809).

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