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PROMOTION a5 01 208.87 +935.01 704N0E 0.00 12 4T0 0 16 220770 0 210.95 207.70 12 358 Making sector lives up to its potential sure that our tech The South West is at the forefront of the UK's technology sector, with around 2,000 technology companies based in Devon and Conwall alone. It is the fastest growing sector of our economy. Ben Travers, head of intellectual property and IT at leading law firm Stephens Scown asks, despite this undoubted success without the right promotion, collaboration and efforts to attract and retain talent, will the sector live up to its potentia? A When people think of our region they most probably think of us as s an intellectual property lawyer heading up one of the largest specialist businesses are doing a great job of this. Some of them are developing innovative internships and programmes for school pupils to enthuse them about the sector and somewhere to escape to, but while we need to retain that to support our tourism and food and drink sectors, we also need to show that teams in the UK I've been lucky enough to work closely with a number of tech businesses and seen first hand the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit that sets them apart. They are creating valuable skilled jobs and show them that the job of their dreams could be right on their alongside the beaches, history and culture there is a thriving technology scene here. Collaboration is also crucial doorstep. Being innovative could help here too. From my own firm's perspective, becoming the first large law firm to be employee developing solutions to some of Our universities and organisations like TechExeter and Software the most pressing issues facing our society today Cornwall are playing an important role here. It may also be helpful to learn from other regions. Just one example is Bristol, which has done a great job of building a. community and letting those in the industry know that there is support when they need it. We also need to attract and owned is a real draw for us when he continued success of the- we are recruiting specialist legal talent from across the UK Our technology sector is something that we should feel very proud of and with the right promotion, collaboration and efforts to attract and retain talent it will continue to thrive, securing the skilled and well paid jobs that our region needs South West economy relies on companies with high growth potential. Many of them come from the technology sector. These are businesses that should be celebrated My view is that we need to be braver and bolder-and crucially retain the best talent into shout louder about our success. the region. Many technology Ben Travers is a partner and head of intollectual property and IT at Stophens Scown LLP The team is one of the largest specialist teams of its kind in the UK and advises businesses in the South West and beyond on how to protect and exploit their IP contract issues and data protection. Contact Ben: 01392 210700 solicitors@stephens-scown.co.ukwww.stephens-scown.co.uk Di PROMOTION a5 01 208.87 +935.01 704N0E 0.00 12 4T0 0 16 220770 0 210.95 207.70 12 358 Making sector lives up to its potential sure that our tech The South West is at the forefront of the UK's technology sector, with around 2,000 technology companies based in Devon and Conwall alone. It is the fastest growing sector of our economy. Ben Travers, head of intellectual property and IT at leading law firm Stephens Scown asks, despite this undoubted success without the right promotion, collaboration and efforts to attract and retain talent, will the sector live up to its potentia? A When people think of our region they most probably think of us as s an intellectual property lawyer heading up one of the largest specialist businesses are doing a great job of this. Some of them are developing innovative internships and programmes for school pupils to enthuse them about the sector and somewhere to escape to, but while we need to retain that to support our tourism and food and drink sectors, we also need to show that teams in the UK I've been lucky enough to work closely with a number of tech businesses and seen first hand the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit that sets them apart. They are creating valuable skilled jobs and show them that the job of their dreams could be right on their alongside the beaches, history and culture there is a thriving technology scene here. Collaboration is also crucial doorstep. Being innovative could help here too. From my own firm's perspective, becoming the first large law firm to be employee developing solutions to some of Our universities and organisations like TechExeter and Software the most pressing issues facing our society today Cornwall are playing an important role here. It may also be helpful to learn from other regions. Just one example is Bristol, which has done a great job of building a. community and letting those in the industry know that there is support when they need it. We also need to attract and owned is a real draw for us when he continued success of the- we are recruiting specialist legal talent from across the UK Our technology sector is something that we should feel very proud of and with the right promotion, collaboration and efforts to attract and retain talent it will continue to thrive, securing the skilled and well paid jobs that our region needs South West economy relies on companies with high growth potential. Many of them come from the technology sector. These are businesses that should be celebrated My view is that we need to be braver and bolder-and crucially retain the best talent into shout louder about our success. the region. Many technology Ben Travers is a partner and head of intollectual property and IT at Stophens Scown LLP The team is one of the largest specialist teams of its kind in the UK and advises businesses in the South West and beyond on how to protect and exploit their IP contract issues and data protection. Contact Ben: 01392 210700 solicitors@stephens-scown.co.ukwww.stephens-scown.co.uk Di