David Cameron said Tech City had grown from 'strength to strength' since its launch two years ago

PM unveils London Tech City transformation

David Cameron and Boris Johnson have unveiled plans to transform Tech City in east London.

The Old Street roundabout is to be given a £50 million makeover to become a centre for technology start-ups and entrepreneurs.

It will become Europe's largest civic indoor space, hosting classrooms and workshops equipped with the latest 3D printing technology.

Several large international firms have also announced new investments in the area, including Microsoft, IBM and KPMG.

Cameron hailed the success of the capital's technology industry at the Urban Age Electric City Conference in Shoreditch.

The Prime Minister said: "Two years ago I set out my commitment to help Tech City become one of the world's great technology centres.

"Today we are seeing it continue to grow and go from strength to strength - and that is down to the talented, creative entrepreneurs who have set up there.

"The UK is in a global race and I am determined that we as a government continue doing everything we can to equip the UK to compete and thrive in that race.

"As well as backing the businesses of today, we are creating an aspiration nation and also backing the innovative, high-growth businesses of the future.

"That's why we're investing in creating the largest civic space in Europe - a place for start-up companies and the local community to come together and become the next generation of entrepreneurs."

Software giant Microsoft revealed it is to establish a technology development centre in the heart of Tech City to provide expertise and guidance for people with new and innovative ideas.

KPMG, the professional services company, is to open an office in Shoreditch with a dedicated team to support early stage technology companies, and technology firm IBM is to bring its global entrepreneur programme to the area.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "The time is right to lay solid foundations in Tech City for London's digital revolution, and this list of major new firms committing to the area is a testament to the confidence leading tech entrepreneurs have in the capital.

"Our new centre will provide not only a vital resource to nurture upcoming technology and creative superstars from around the world, it will drive huge investment into the capital and help create thousands of jobs."

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