Austrian Tech Firms Check Merton's Business Opportunities

Delegation meets founders of Wimbledon Tech Campus

A delegation of Austrian tech companies visited Merton this week to encourage business investment in the borough. 

With the delegation including some of Austria’s leading tech companies and the Austrian Trade Commissioner Mr Georg Karabazek, the council's FutureMerton team and the Leader of the Council Councillor Stephen Alambritis spoke to them about the business and investment opportunities in Merton and what the borough has to offer companies that locate here including support and incentives for foreign and UK companies.

Among the delegates were specialists in home automation systems, navigation systems and apps for cars and bicycles, traffic control software and soft computing.

The delegation also met some of Merton's leading tech companies including Morden-based Geeks Ltd, who have won regional, national and international awards for their work.

The council says it's helping support and provide the facilities to attract more IT and tech companies to the borough, and has helped set up Wimbledon Tech Campus (Wimbletech) in Wimbledon Library to provide affordable co-working space for tech start-up and other technology businesses.

The founders of Wimbletech also met with the Austrian delegates at Morden civic centre.

Leader of Merton Council, Councillor Stephen Alambritis, said: "We have thousands of dynamic small and medium sized businesses in Merton as well as many national and international companies with their headquarters here.

"We always work to support our local businesses and are really keen to make Merton the tech and innovation hub for South West London, opening up new job opportunities and creating a vibrant economy. We already have some fantastic tech businesses here including the award-winning Geeks Ltd as well as the new Wimbletech campus and I look forward to welcoming many more."

October 28, 2014