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This week, two key industrial strategy reports are published. Juergen Maier publishes his wide-ranging report into industrial digitisation in the UK, saying the UK must prepare for the fourth industrial revolution while the independent industrial strategy commission stresses the importance of digital infrastructure to address regional imbalances. Meanwhile:

  • Digital Minister Matt Hancock MP tells techUK’s flagship conference digital is key to UK’s future success;
  • Business leaders urge the Chancellor to continue the enterprise investment scheme;
  • New report shows stark regional contrasts in UK productivity.

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Top Tech Policy News

Two major industrial strategy reports cite digital as routes to success (FT £)
Juergen Maier’s independent report states greater digital adoption could mean 25% boost to industrial productivity but digital skills training and strong government leadership key. Meanwhile, the independent industrial strategy commission urges ministers to address regional imbalances with greater investment in digital infrastructure.

Digital Minister tells techUK’s flagship conference digital is key to UK’s future success (Gov)
Matt Hancock MP welcomes UK tech’s contribution to growth, highlighting investment in skills and innovation.

Business leaders urge Chancellor to continue EIS support (City AM)
Peers and investors head list of influential individuals calling on Government to maintain critical Enterprise Investment Scheme ahead of Budget.

State of Small Business report reveals stark variations in UK productivity (Telegraph)
Sage and Nesta report shows SMEs have disproportionately driven job creation since 2010 but that digital infrastructure without digital skills unlikely to boost productivity.

techUK Action & Reaction

Prize is there, but challenge is clear – techUK view on Maier report (techUK)
Made Smarter efficiently outlines opportunities and roadblocks in development of a modern Industrial Strategy and important collaborative work must be done, says techUK’s Matt Evans.

Computer programming biggest contributor to GDP growth (techUK)
techUK’s Deputy CEO Antony Walker says latest ONS figures underline the importance of digital to future growth.

NAO WannaCry report cites lack of preparedness and vulnerability (techUK)
Lessons learned must be acted upon in order to prevent similar breach as cyberattacks on the increase.

London’s Chief Digital Officer sets out top priorities (techUK)
Theo Blackwell says aligning digital strategy with borough plans and establishing “coalition of the willing” key to London’s digital success.

More News & Comment

Chi Onwurah MP says rise of the robots need not spell downfall for humans (Guardian)

New DCMS data shows 5.2% adults in UK have specialist digital skills (DCMS)

Two thirds of teachers need support for coding curriculum (TES)

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