24 Oct 2022
by Matt Robinson, Professor Kerensa Jennings

Local Digital Capital: Leveraging the power of technology (video)

Professor Kerensa Jennings, Group Director of Data Platforms at BT and Chair of techUK’s Local Digital Capital Working Group and Matt Robinson Head of Nations and Regions at techUK, discuss the importance of creating the Local Digital Capital Index and the benefits it brings.

This week (24-28 October) techUK is running its Nations and Regions Week to coincide with the publication of our 2022 Local Digital Capital Index, a tool designed to aid discussions and decisions in strengthening local tech ecosystems across the UK. 

All week we'll be featuring guest blogs from members celebrating the contributions made by the tech sector to drive forward levelling up, digital adoption, develop digital skills, connect people, and harness R&D in the UK’s nations and regions

In the below video our Head of Nations and Regions, Matt Robinson is joined by Professor Kerensa Jennings, Group Director of Data Platforms at BT and Chair of techUK’s Local Digital Capital Working Group to discuss how we can use technology to ensure we are enabling opportunities for the entire country to thrive during a cost-of-living crisis.

In the video they address the digital skills challenges and the work done since the beginning of the pandemic to give people the possibility to connect and develop their skills. The discussion moves on to how SMEs can make the most of technological advances and sharing best practice, which can bring numerous advantages.

Professor Jennings also highlights that providing impeccable quality of data is vital to having a robust Local Digital Capital Index that can act as a platform for policy makers to implement change.


techUK – Building Stronger Local Economies

techUK champions the tech sector throughout the UK. We work with local authorities, devolved government, and local and national policy makers to advocate for the tech sector in strengthening economic growth and resilience. We provide opportunities for our members and local stakeholders to meet, build relationships, and collaborate to drive forward local projects. For more information or to get in touch, please visit our Nations and Regions Hub and click ‘contact us’. 






Matt Robinson

Matt Robinson

Head of Nations and Regions, techUK

Matt is leading techUK’s work with members and stakeholders across the UK to increase the Local Digital Capital across the UK’s nation and regions, build communities and to ensure that digital technology plays a key part the post-COVID-19 levelling-up recovery.

Prior to joining techUK, Matt worked for several national education charities and membership bodies to develop their regional partnerships with schools, academy trusts, local authorities, and other stakeholders. He’s also worked with local authority leaders and other stakeholders to engage communities, work with elected members and improve public services.

He holds a BA in Politics from the University of York and an MA in International Relations from the University of Leeds. Away from work he’s a keen football fan and golfer.

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Professor Kerensa Jennings

Professor Kerensa Jennings

Group Director of Data Platforms, BT