Is Folkestone poised to become a new tech hub?

If you are a growing business looking to scale your engineering team in London, you’re up against some pretty strong competition. What can you offer to attract increasingly illusive senior developers? I haven’t seen ‘personal barista’ advertised as a benefit yet; but it wouldn’t surprise me.

Remote working is on the rise as companies look for new ways to tap tech talent outside of London, where they can be more competitive. But remote does not necessarily have to mean dispersed. An engineering team can be remote from the main business, but its members still located in the same office. OK, I admit that’s not a new idea, but bear with me. If you are a rapidly-growing startup looking to build a tech team outside of London, where do you go? Another tech hub; somewhere where there is already a large number of developers; a major European city perhaps?

I wonder. What if you turned it upside down and instead looked for somewhere that has the potential to become a tech hub but isn’t one yet? What characteristics would make a great location for a tech hub? Transport links? Huge investment? Quirky architecture? Beautiful scenery? Outstanding schools? Creative sub-cultures? How about all of these?

I know just the place.

Admittedly, I’m biased. I live in Folkestone. There isn’t a huge tech scene here yet, but I passionately believe there should be. I mean, who doesn’t want to work in a microcosm of artisan studios, coffee shops and restaurants around sympathetically renovated buildings and quirkily repurposed historical features, alongside a lively ancient trade? But this isn’t Shoreditch, or King’s Cross. Here, you can work a few minutes walk from the beach. You can run along five miles of uninterrupted coastline. On a clear day you can see all the way to France (after all, it’s only one stop on the underground). And if you need to join a meeting in London, it’s only 55 minutes on the train…

OK, maybe I’m over selling it a bit. There isn’t a Pret à Manger, there’s only two gourmet burger places and an Oyster Card is something you’d use to buy — well — oysters. But I firmly believe you’d be hard pressed to find a better location outside of — but so close to — London to set up a development team.

So I’m going to give it a try. I am looking for a handful of dynamic, highly-motivated and experienced web developers to join an established, well-funded and rapidly-growing London startup; and found an engineering team with me in Folkestone. I can promise genuinely exciting technical challenges; continuous innovation; the opportunity to explore new languages and frameworks; fish and chips, clean air and glorious summers.

If that sounds like your kind of thing, then I want to hear from you. This is a genuine opportunity but it will only happen with the right people. Please contact me directly to find out more!