With Bristol looking to elect a new mayor in May 2016, TechSPARK, the Engine Shed and Ovo Energy have organised a tech hustings on 15 April where 5 mayoral candidates will be putting forward their vision for how to support the growing tech, digital and creative cluster in Bristol.

This will be followed by a question and answer session where over 40 CEOs from the city’s leading tech and digital companies have been invited to put to the candidates the important questions that need to be answered to ensure the future of this incredibly successful business cluster. The event will be live-streamed on TechSPARK between 11am and 12.30pm.

“This is the only mayoral hustings in the city that is offering Bristol’s leading tech business leaders to influence the candidates on future policies”


Asben-shorrock Ben Shorrock (pictured right), our very own new MD, explains, “According to the 2016 Tech Nation report, the Bristol & Bath digital tech cluster is the most productive tech region in the UK, with a digital turnover of £8.2bn, and this event offers the opportunity to influence the new mayor on why this is, and how they can help build on this success.”

nick-sturgeNick Sturge (left), Centre Director of the Engine Shed, adds “This is the only mayoral hustings in the city that is offering Bristol’s leading tech business leaders the chance to influence the candidates on future policies relating to the technology, digital and creative sector.”

Get involved

You too can offer up suggested questions for the candidates, so here’s your chance to put the burning issues you feel need to be maintained or addressed to help grow this sector in the city and surrounding regions. Questions can be submitted via Twitter using the hashtag #techhustings or by emailing them to abby@techspark.co.

The Hustings event will be chaired by AndrewAndrew-profile Carter, Deputy Chief Executive of the think tank Centre for Cities (right), and it will be filmed and live streamed here on the TechSPARK website, so you can see how the candidates answer the questions put to them.

Creative and Tech Manifesto

Bristol-tech-and-creative-manifestoThe candidates will also be presented with a copy of the ‘Bristol Creative Tech Manifesto 2016‘, a document created in collaboration by Bristol Media and TechSPARK with ideas crowdsourced from our creative and tech cluster. With input from many major tech and creative companies from the region, the manifesto outlines the key areas for concern from businesses in and around Bristol, and what actions we want the new mayor to undertake to support the continued growth of the cluster between now and 2020.

The tech hustings is an exclusive invite-only event, however we have a limited number of spaces available for the TechSPARK audience – for more information contact abby@techspark.co. Or, to submit questions for the candidates, you can tweet them to us by using the hashtag #techhustings or, again, by emailing them to abby@techspark.co