The Government today launched its long awaited Digital Strategy, bringing together the various different areas of digital policy, placing tech at the heart of a new Global Britain.
Commenting at the launch of the Digital Strategy, Antony Walker, Deputy CEO of techUK said:
“This Digital Strategy is an important step forward for the UK’s world leading digital economy. It’s both ambitious and comprehensive, and most importantly, it recognises how strategically important our digital know-how is for the rest of the UK economy. This is all about making sure that businesses and people across the UK can benefit from our global leadership in tech.”
“Today’s Digital Strategy will ensure that the UK remains a world leading digital economy. The strong emphasis on increasing digital skills is a welcome recognition that it is people, and not just technology, that drive our digital development. techUK is proud to see so many of its members’ digital skills initiatives acknowledged in the Strategy, highlighting the sector’s ongoing work to ensure everyone enjoys the benefits of the digital revolution.”
“UK tech faces a triple hit on digital skills: the UK’s domestic digital skills pipeline still isn’t strong enough to meet the growing demand for digital skill, and skilled workers from both the EU and non-EEA countries face tighter restrictions in the near future. While the Strategy places skills at its core, establishing a new Digital Skills Partnership, the UK’s digital economy will suffer if it cannot access international talent in the near term. To realise the Government’s ambition to be a global tech hub, the UK must be a global hub for talent. techUK will hold the Secretary of State to her commitment to working in tandem with the Industrial Strategy to provide the UK’s digital economy with the global talent it needs to flourish.”
“Importantly, the Strategy recognises that digital is disparate – it is both a sector but also an enabler as technology helps to transform existing industries. That is why the Strategy shrewdly brings together the range of policy areas that underpin digital, recognising that effective policymaking cannot be done in isolation. In particular, techUK welcomes the urgency the Secretary of State has shown in her desire to make the UK the home of innovation. The new investment in AI technologies, combined with the commitment to delivering world-class connectivity show the Government is working to make the UK a leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Recognition that data is the lifeblood of the digital economy is spot on, as is the pledge to ensure the UK is at the forefront of robust and effective data protection regulation. Above all, our data must be secure so the emphasis on cyber security is paramount.”
“We are delighted to see the commitment to invest in further UK Tech Hubs, which techUK called for ahead of the Prime Minister’s speech at the UK-India Tech Summit. This shows the Government’s ambition for trade and its recognition that digital is a global marketplace.”
“techUK looks forward to playing an active role in the Secretary of State’s new industry and Government forum to make the UK is the best place to startup, grow and headquarter a tech business.”