London Tech Week event roundup: “How can the tech sector help in Levelling Up the United Kingdom?”

On Tuesday, 14 June techUK hosted a virtual panel discussion focused on the tech sector's role in “levelling up” looking particularly at digital infrastructure, skills and better use of data. The panel was chaired by techUK’s Head of Nations & Regions, Matt Robinson, and included:

Selaine Saxby, MP for North Devon and Chair of the APPG for Broadband and Digital Communication

Blake Bower, Director of Digital and Technology Policy at the Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

Sheila Flavell, COO of FDM Group and techUK Vice-President

Anna Sutton, CEO and Founder of The Data Shed

During the discussion, Blake mentioned new scholarships being made available to boost digital skills in AI and data science aimed at women, black students, disabled students or those from lower socio-economic backgrounds. If you’d like to know more or get involved please follow this link. 

“A big thank you to our panel who gave up their time and covered so much in our discussion. And they showed that the tech sector has a crucial role in “Levelling Up”. From new, exciting jobs being created daily, skills and re-training delivered, further investment secured in the sector, and the strength of our digital infrastructure that supports and underpins new opportunities and communities – there is so much that tech sector has, is and can do. Levelling Up can’t happen without the tech sector and that means investing in and working with the sector to deliver”.

Matt Robinson

Head of Nations and Regions Programme, techUK

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Matt Robinson

Matt Robinson

Head of Nations and Regions, techUK

Julia Ofori-Addo

Julia Ofori-Addo

Programme Assistant, Central Government, DCF, Financial Services, CISG, UK SPF, Nations and Regions, techUK