Up to 25,000

businesses in knowledge intensive sectors

1 in 5

businesses are in the science and technology sector

8,000+ businesses

employing more than 62,000 people.

Digital: We are a digital economy

Digital technology is a prominent element of Hampshire’s economy, representing around 10% of the economic output.


No less than four locations in Hampshire have been ranked by Tech Nation as the most productive tech ecosystems in the UK – including Basingstoke, Aldershot, Southampton and Portsmouth.

Hampshire also boasts one of the UK’s highest birth rates of digital companies, as well as some of the largest and most respected technology companies in the world including IBM, Garmin and Sony. The county is also the home of the Government backed geospatial and mapping organisation OS (formerly Ordnance Survey).

We aim to be at the forefront of the 5G revolution and to get a head start on enabling technology.


Champions of the UK’s digital sector

The Innovation South Science and Innovation Audit highlights the high concentration research and development focused on digital enabling technologies; autonomy, AI and IOT applications across multiple sectors. Businesses in Hampshire such as ASV Global (autonomy), Saab Seaeye (autonomy), JCC Bowers (IOT) and others are at the forefront of this agenda.

The Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton can claim to have leading web scientist Dame Wendy Hall as Executive Director, alongside Sir Tim Berners-Lee, web inventor and one of Time magazine’s 100 most important people of the 20th century

IBM’s UK research and development labs are also based in Hampshire as is Roke Manor one of the UK’s leading centre for R and D focused around data science, cyber security, intelligent sensors and unmanned systems – with most applications being for the defence, security, utilities and automotive sectors.


Digital Stories

Key contact:

Michelle McClean
Sector Growth Manager
01962 845745