Kentish Town startups advise Downing Street on importance of immigration

Members of the Kentish Cluster group outside Number 10 Downing Street

Members of the Kentish Cluster group outside Number 10 Downing Street - Credit: Archant

A new business group hoping to make Kentish Town a hub for London’s startups stressed the importance of “immigration and education” to the prime minister’s business advisor, during a visit to Number 10 Downing Street.

The Kentish Cluster, set up in April to provide networking opportunities for businesses in Kentish Town, met with Daniel Korski earlier in the month to talk about the challenges they face in growing their businesses.

The group stressed the importance of having effective immigration and education policies to ensure a skilled workforce was available to companies as they grew.

James Eder, founder of the 650-strong group, said: “It was great to be invited into meet with Daniel Korski, business adviser to the Prime Minister.

“There has been an obvious focus on Tech City and there is a perception of Old Street and Silicon Roundabout being the centre for what is happening in the tech space.

“Being part of Kentish Cluster is a great way of bringing the community together to share challenges and support each other as we grow.

“There are so many people doing amazing things, we’re all working hard to create something and make a difference for our businesses, people and the community. Overall, the group showed high aspirations to continue to build, recruit and contribute to the UK economy.”

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Titus Sharpe, Kentish Cluster member and CEO of MVF Global, added: “I was very pleased to be invited to Downing Street on behalf of MVF and the Kentish Cluster.

“As MVF is one of the UK’s fastest growing tech companies, it was a great opportunity to speak about MVF’s growth plans and give feedback on how the government can further stimulate growth within the UK technology industry.”

The meeting saw the group share thoughts on important issues such as education to ensure businesses have the right people with the right skills to help them grow, as well as immigration and the opportunity to employ highly skilled people from overseas.