Merton Council welcomed a delegation of Austrian tech companies this week to encourage business investment in the borough.
With the delegation including some of Austria’s leading tech companies and the Austrian Trade Commissioner Mr Georg Karabazek, the council’s FutureMerton team and the Leader of the Council Councillor Stephen Alambritis spoke to them at the civic centre about the business and investment opportunities in Merton and what the borough has to offer companies that locate here including support and incentives for foreign and UK companies.
The delegates are visiting London to explore business opportunities and came to Merton because of the council’s investment in supporting small businesses through business loans, improvement grants, business rate relief and advice. Among the delegates there were specialists in home automation systems, navigation systems and apps for cars and bicycles, traffic control software and soft computing.
To demonstrate how well other tech businesses are doing in Merton, the delegation also met some of Merton’s leading tech companies including Morden-based Geeks Ltd, who have won regional, national and international awards for their work.
As part of its plans to attract investment to the borough, the council is helping support and provide the facilities to attract more IT and tech companies to the borough and has already helped set up Wimbledon Tech Campus (Wimbletech) to provide affordable co-working space for tech start-up and other technology businesses. The founders of Wimbletech also met with the Austrian delegates at the civic centre.
Leader of Merton Council, Councillor Stephen Alambritis, said: “We have thousands of dynamic small and medium sized businesses in Merton as well as many national and international companies with their headquarters here. We always work to support our local businesses and are really keen to make Merton the tech and innovation hub for South West London, opening up new job opportunities and creating a vibrant economy. We already have some fantastic tech businesses here including the award-winning Geeks Ltd as well as the new Wimbletech campus and I look forward to welcoming many more. ”