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What's there

It might be known for bottled water and picturesque hills, but thanks to Winston Churchill, Malvern is on the frontline of the government’s cyber security strategy.

In 1942, the then Prime Minister ordered that groundbreaking telecommunications research should move to this rarely bombed region.

Today, many of the area’s cyber security and digital tech businesses are spinouts from what is now QinetiQ – the privatised arm of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency, which is based in Malvern.

The ‘cyber valley’ has a strong focus on research and development and a healthy talent pool – at one time, Malvern was claimed to house more PhD graduates than any other non-university town.

The National Cyber Skills Centre is a key hub, while the Malvern Cyber Security Cluster represents more than 80 local businesses in the sector.

What's new

Government has announced a further investment of £1.9 billion in its National Cyber Security Strategy. Technologies improving the UK’s ability to withstand cyber attacks are already being developed at both the Wyche Innovation Centre and Malvern Hills Science Park.

The Science Park’s Phase Five development is also under way, after it managed to secure a LEP investment of £4 million.

What's up next

A modern data centre called Shield House will offer 1.5 megawatts of power to customers when it opens later this year.

  • Ian Whiting

    CEO & Founder, Titania

    What we do

    Titania develops cyber security auditing software used by organisations in more than 80 countries. Our unique technology quickly and easily identifies security weaknesses on computer networks, helping to harden systems against attack.

    Why Worcester & Malvern?

    With the National Cyber Skills Centre and Malvern Science Park on our doorstep, and construction of the Worcester Six Business Park starting this year, the county offers lots of opportunities for startups and expanding business to thrive. For those who like to be surrounded by beautiful countryside, Worcestershire offers a perfect alternative to living and working in the larger cities.

  • Emma Philpott

    CEO & Founder, The IASME Consortium Ltd

    What we do

    The IASME Consortium is an accreditation body appointed by the Government. Together with our nationwide network of certification bodies, IASME certificates organisations to the 'Cyber Essentials' scheme.

    Why Worcester & Malvern?

    Malvern's cyber expertise and innovation are world-renowned. Being located in the area allows us to network with, and have access to, world-class knowledge.

Economic stats

7,687 Number of Digital Jobs ?
0.69 Digital Concentration ?
£239 million Digital GVA ?
72 Startup Births ?
26% Turnover Growth
36,236 Average Advertised Digital Salary ?

Standard of living

7.53 Life Satisfaction ?
£209,072 Average House Price ?
5.8 Housing Affordability Ratio ?

Cost of doing business

What local startups say is good

95% Overall Quality of Life
56% Tech Sector Growth Potential
45% Cost of Living

What local startups say is a challenge

62% Lack of Supply of Highly Skilled Workers
39% Poor Transport Infrastructure
38% Poor Digital Infrastructure
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