KPMG has signed up to co-sponsor BusinessCloud’s next event on February 17, which will focus on the tech scene in Manchester.

The city has a booming sector, which has been buoyed still further with a £4m investment to fund two new tech hubs in the city.

Hosted at KPMG’s new office on St Peter’s Square, a panel of entrepreneurs will be joined by industry experts to look at what the future holds for Manchester.

You can sign up to attend here.

Also held in association with recruitment agency Search, the breakfast event runs from 7.30-10am. You can join the discussion on Twitter at #mcrtech.

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As part of Project Forward the £4m tech fund will be split between Bruntwood-owned Manchester Science Partnerships and Allied London Properties to secure and refurb two city centre properties with the aim of creating 2,000 jobs over the next decade.

This comes on the back of the success of MediaCityUK, The Sharp Project, SpacePortX and Manchester’s wider importance to the Northern Powerhouse.

The average digital salary in Manchester is £45,025 and is growing as the race for talent gathers pace.

The discussion will investigate the tech disrupters looking to shake up the world, and where funding is going to come from to add rocket fuel to the start-up tech community.

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A panel discussion at BusinessCloud's tech in healthcare event last year

Speaking will be Danny Manu, founder, Mymanu; Jamil Khalil, CEO and founder, Wakelet; Tom Williams, co-founder, Rota; Philip Piper, head of IT, digital & change for Search in England; Graham Pearce, head of TMT for KPMG in the regions; Abdul Alim, director and co-founder, Offer Moments; and Damian Hanson, director, MissionLabs.

More names will follow. The panel discussion will be followed by a roundtable event.

Programme

07.30 – 08.00 Registration / tea / coffee / breakfast

08.00 – 08.05 Welcome - Chris Maguire, editor, BusinessCloud

08.05 – 08.40 1st panel discussion

08.40 – 09.15 2nd panel discussion

09.15 – 09.25 Q&A

09.25 – 09.30 Closing remarks

09.30 – 10.00 Tea / Coffee / Networking