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techUK responds to BIS Committee report on the Digital Economy

techUK welcomes today's report from the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee on the digital economy. Last year, techUK gave oral and written evidence to the Committee, highlighting the huge potential for the UK economy through the development and adoption of disruptive technologies.

 

Commenting on the report, Charlotte Holloway, Policy Director at techUK, commented:

“techUK welcomes this wide-ranging and timely report on the UK digital economy. The Committee is right to highlight that the forthcoming Digital Strategy from UK Government needs to be refocussed in light of the vote to leave the European Union. Whether it be access to the Digital Single Market, data rules, a welcoming environment for skilled digital workers, and more, one of the first tasks for newly-appointed Digital Economy minister Matt Hancock MP will be to work closely with industry on these areas. The UK’s huge potential in digital must be matched by clear prioritisation of the tech sector’s needs in forward approaches to renegotiation. We must now pull out all the stops to make the UK the most attractive place in the world to locate and grow a tech company.”

“The Committee is right to question whether the apprenticeship levy works for strategically-important high-growth tech business. Tech companies have serious and ongoing concerns on how the implementation of the levy will support their sustained growth. Scaling businesses made the difference between recession and recovery after 2008, and it’s now more important than ever that policies such as the levy help rather than hinder our ability to boost the UK’s digital workforce to 2020 and beyond.”

 

The full report from the BIS Committee is available here.

Read about techUK's oral and written evidence to the Committee here.

 

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