Martin Bryant has left his job as community editor at Tech North after almost two years in the role.

Bryant joined Tech North as the organisation's first community editor in May 2016, prior to which he was editor at large for The Next Web (TNW).

His role involved "immersing himself" in the North of England’s tech communities and providing content about people, companies and ideas.

Late last year he hosted the showpiece Northern Stars pitching event at Manchester's Stoller Hall which saw ten tech firms win a comprehensive prize package.

In a blog post confirming his departure and his venture into self-employment, Bryant said his focus will be on providing consultancy, speaking and education services, as well as taking on occasional writing commissions on technology and media topics.

"Being a writer and editor is a lot of fun, but recently I've been wondering what else I could do," he wrote. "How could I take my experience, knowledge and contacts, and use them in new ways?

"As for my former employer, I remain a firm believer in Tech North’s mission. I wish the excellent team there and at Tech City UK all the best as they become Tech Nation this year. I’ll be rooting for them."

In November, the government announced it would be investing an additional £21m into Tech City UK to create a new national network of regional tech hubs across the country.

The funding will see Tech City UK and Tech North rebrand as Tech Nation as of April 2018.

Tech North’s outgoing director Richard Gregory told BusinessCloud before Christmas that he has "no regrets" following 18 months at the helm as he takes on role as executive chair of Tech North Advisory Board.