Michael Matheson MSP took a tour of the City’s CodeBase unit in the Municipal Buildings and met with both the Council Leader, Cllr Scott Farmer, and newly appointed Stirling Council Chief Executive, Carol Beattie.
CodeBase CEO Stephen Coleman, manager Adam Alton, and Stirling Council’s Senior Manager for Economic Development, Culture and Tourism, Stuart Oliver, helped walk the Minister through the history of Stirling’s Digital District, and the positive impact it has had on local business.
Through Stirling’s already substantial investment, and further funding to be provided by the Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal, CodeBase has been, and will continue to be critical to the success of the Digital District.
The facility - which opened in 2017 - is a digital hub offering hot-desking, co-working and office space along with a flexible events space, all designed to support the aims of the Digital District and to provide a focus for building a strong digital technology cluster and community in Stirling.
Infrastructure Secretary Michael Matheson said: “I was delighted to meet with Stirling Council and Codebase today to learn about Stirling’s Digital Hub and how it is helping local digital companies, including start-ups, to grow. It was also fantastic to hear about how Codebase is working with the local community and schools to develop digital skills for individuals as well as responding to the needs of the digital technology sector.
“I am keen that the Scottish Government’s investment in both the Digital Hub and a programme of regional digital hubs will benefit urban, rural and disadvantaged areas across the city region and help drive economic growth. I welcome the collaborative partnership between Stirling and Clackmannanshire Councils to ensure that everyone benefits from the many opportunities that digital skills and technology can offer.”
Stirling Council Leader, Cllr Scott Farmer said: “The creation of Codebase was in recognition of our ambitions to make Stirling one of the most important centres for Digital Technology in Scotland and to act as a key driver behind the development of Stirling’s Digital District.
“It’s clear this ambition is well on its way to being achieved and it was great to have the support of the Cabinet Secretary today to see that first hand.”
Over the last two years the Municipal Buildings have undergone a phased refurbishment programme, financed by the Council through the City Region Deal allocation within the Capital Budget.
The buildings have been turned into a modern and flexible space, tailored to support the start-up and growth of businesses and to provide a focal point for building the digital tech community in Stirling.
Cllr Margaret Brisley, convenor of Stirling Council’s Finance and Economy committee said: “CodeBase has been an excellent asset to Stirling and it is our aim to now increase its importance.
“We want to attract more companies from outside Stirling into the area and expand our network of rural business hubs ensuring our wider business community can benefit from the expertise and experience that Codebase brings to Stirling.”
Key headline results achieved at CodeBase to date include:
- 15 start-up companies based within Codebase Stirling
- 74 jobs based within Codebase Stirling
- 111 business related workshops, seminars and events have been delivered from within Codebase.
Tailored events including; Pre-wired (a coding club for under 19s), and Digital Skills for Girls, which explores a range of digital disciplines and is designed to tackle the gender disparity within the digital technology sector have also been met with great success.