A MONTHLY event for technology businesses in York is returning in 2018 with a relaunch to encourage growth in the city’s digital economy.

Initially started last year to bring together York-based and regional technology business, Tech Scene York has gone from strength to strength and is now back for 2018 under the new banner of Tech York.

Organised by Science City York, which forms part of part of Make It York, and the University of York, Tech York will take place next week on Thursday 18 from 5.30pm to 8pm.

This year’s event have been coordinated with the aim of providing engaging content for an audience of business people and professionals.

Heather Niven, head of Science City York said: “Tech York is a really popular event, bringing new businesses together to discuss, collaborate and grow the York digital community, both here and further afield.”

The city-centre event will take place in Carluccio’s in St. Helen’s Square, where Italian food will be served to accompany presentations from York-based software developer Isotoma, Sunderland-based labour mapping service Geektalent and Skillsforge, a University of York start-up which supports postgraduate research programmes.

Gary Fawcett from Skillsforge said: “SkillsForge is a rapidly growing tech company within York so Tech York is an ideal platform for us to present to.

“With a common interest in developing York’s tech footprint, it is our opportunity to present to like-minded people and provide an invaluable local network to help us with the challenges and opportunities for the future.”

Speaking about a previous Tech York event, attendee Terry Lightfoot from TouchRight Software said: “We really enjoy the Tech York events, a good mix of tech speakers, local companies doing great things and networking.”

Tickets are £5.00 and are available through Eventbrite.

Science City York is a part of Make It York and is a business and innovation brand which supports the city and its surroundings’ creative, science and technology businesses. Under the Science City brand, Make It York’s aim is to promote York as a brilliant place to do business, helping to support business growth and innovation and to stimulate greater inward investment.

Science City York has created more than 100 companies and assisted thousands more, has secured more than £30 million investment and has partnered businesses with the people from more than 3000 contacts.