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 & Digital Media

Some of the world’s most successful and influential ICT and digital companies have chosen Hampshire as their base with a concentration of employment in this sector of 50% above the national average.

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Major ICT & Digital Companies in Hampshire

Hampshire is the location of choice for global ICT and digital companies including IBM, Virgin Media, Sony and Motorola.
View our interactive map of the major companies in Hampshire.

Key Locations

From the rapidly growing business parks of the north, to the IBM network threading through the county, ICT and digital media companies thrive throughout Hampshire.

Mobile phone giant Motorola and Sony broadcast and communications are also based in the easily accessible business hub of Basingstoke, along with 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 a software lab in the rural village of Hursley near Winchester.

Garmin is a world leader in GPS systems, in particular automotive navigation systems such as ‘StreetPilot’. The company’s business structure is based on performing all design, manufacturing, warehouse and marketing processes in-house at its European head quarters located near Southampton.


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.

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. 

Industry Support

Small and medium sized enterprises looking for support in Hampshire benefit from organisations like Wired Wessex who provide training and regular networking events.

Digital Southampton provides the catalyst for the development of a ‘Digital Cluster’ for the Southampton city region to promote entrepreneurship, innovation and to aid business development and economic growth, together with increased skills and employment opportunities.