Aspiration to turn a part of Enfield into a silicon valley are gathering pace.

Cabinet member for economic regeneration, Councillor Alan Sitkin is hoping to make Enfield London’s IT hub as he tries to secure funding to help people develop their own tech start-up companies.

The councillor hopes to have people training in coding in order to set up their own companies or develop their own apps.

He told the Enfield Independent: “There are gems in the rough here in Enfield. I saw figures that this borough has the highest percentage of people going to Russell Group universities so let’s try and nurture the talent here.

“Schools have started to teach coding but we want to give that training to more people and give them the opportunity to have their own company.”

Cllr Sitkin admitted it would take time to get people fully trained but is aiming to create a microeconomy in the borough.

“Silicon Enfield is ambitious but there is a low capital investment.”

Work is already being done with Despina Johnson at Enterprise Enfield and use space at Enfield Business Centre, in Ponders End, along with training from Betty Adamou, an IT entrepreneur in Enfield.

Mr Sitkin added: “I am very confident we will get funding and we already have plenty of spaces in mind in order to train people, this is a big step for the borough and show we are being proactive in promoting business.”