Key Facts

Some of the world’s most successful and influential ICT companies have chosen Hampshire including IBM, Virgin Media, Sony and Motorola.

Case Studies

Route to Success - Garmin
Research & Development Collaboration - Sony


Hampshire ICT and Digital Media Sector fact sheet


Michelle McClean
Sector Growth Manager: Digital and High Growth

“Our location in Hampshire means that we are just minutes from two major motorways, a regional airport connecting us to Europe and one of the country's premier commercial ports. “

Clive Taylor, Senior Marketing Manager, Garmin


ICT and Digital Media

Some of the world’s most successful and influential ICT and digital companies have chosen Hampshire as their base including IBM, Virgin Media, Sony and Motorola; the concentration of employment in this sector is  50% above the national average.  The concentration of employment in computing in Hampshire is around 78% above the national average and digital media also has a strong presence with over 18,300 employees.


Key Locations

Basingstoke is a key location and home to mobile phone giant Motorola, Sony Media and Europe's leading pc and video games retailer, the Game Group plc. The world's largest IT and consulting services company, IBM, has its UK head office at North Harbour, Portsmouth and offices throughout the county in Basingstoke, Farnborough and also has a software lab in the county.  Garmin, a  world leader in GPS systems has their European HQ in Southampton.

Research Excellence

The Southampton Solent University SFX Research Cluster brings together practice-theory based researchers from a range of areas such as animation, animatronics, computer video games, prosthetics and make-up effects, and visual effects. The Interactive Media Cluster brings together practice-based researchers from a range of disciplines and represents a commitment to integrating the potential of interactive technologies into both commercial and artistic projects. Computing research at Solent covers search and optimisation using Adaptive Heuristics, Data Mining and its Applications, Quality Management and Pedagogy for Computing.

The University of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) laid the foundations for the internet and global telecommunications and the Microsoft Institute for High Performance Computing at the University is the only one of its kind in the UK.