Torbay’s Hi Tech Sector: Delivering world changing technology

Torbay is one of the leading locations in England for photonics expertise and advanced electronics engineering. It is home to both UK and US multinationals with end-users that include all of the best-known names in telecoms, space, and optical systems technology.

An internationally important centre for research, product design & new development in hi-tech manufacturing, Torbay has a strong local supply chain, a large pool of highly trained employees, excellent access to UK & European markets and the kind of integrated business network that is only possible in a well-established cluster.

A growing community of international high tech companies

Global leaders in technology like Oclaro, Gooch & Housego, Spirent, Eltek Semiconductors and II–VI Laser Photonics are all located in Torbay. These companies are committed to major ongoing investment in the region. Alongside these are other smaller, specialised companies in photonics integrated circuits (PIC) packaging and other specialist hi-tech manufacturing. This has cemented Torbay’s reputation as one of the most important locations in the UK for advanced electronics and particularly photonics knowledge and expertise.

Quality of life, affordable commercial property, competitive wage rates and good connectivity make Torbay an excellent place for employers to relocate right now. Salaries are 20% lower than other comparable tech locations in the UK and our highly skilled local workforce means finding qualified engineers is easy.



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