Local Digital Capital Index
techUK worked with the tech sector, local and national government and others stakeholders to develop the new Local Digital Capital Index as a way to measure the strength of local digital ecosystems across the nations and regions of the UK.
Without an open regional dialogue on the interconnection of place, technology and investment, there is a real danger that the UK will not be able to keep pace and support innovation to be a global leader, writes Laura Foster, Progamme Manager tech & innovation at techUK
Read the accompanying press releases for techUK's reports into 'Strengthening Local Digital Capital' across Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and the North East, North West, West Midlands, and Yorkshire and Humberside regions of England.
Local community actors, techUK members and stakeholders from across the industry have undertaken an array of initiatives and bodies of work focused on developing tech ecosystems in every part of the UK.
Read techUK's eight reports from the Building the Future We Need campaign which explore 'Strengthening Local Digital Capital' across Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and the North East, North West, West Midlands, and Yorkshire and Humberside regions of England.
What is Local Digital Capital and why is it important?
techUK developed the concept of Local Digital Capital from seven dialogues across the UK which describes the building blocks of strong technology ecosystems. These eight components are essential for a nation or region to benefit from digital innovation. High levels of local digital capital allow for the development of strong clusters that deliver growth and better digital services to communities across the UK.
Building the Future We Need - Reports Launch
Catch up with the launch event for techUK's Building the Future We Need reports into 'Strengthening Local Digital Capital' by watching this recording of the session.
The UK is already one of the world’s leading digital economies, but the benefits have too often been concentrated in London and the South East of England. If we are to build a digital economy that works for everybody, the benefits of digital innovation and growth must be more widely and fairly distributed across the country. This will not happen by accident and concerted action is needed especially in a world where cities, regions and nations around the world are competing for digital leadership.
Read techUK’s UK-wide and seven national and regional reports
techUK held Digital Dialogues with key stakeholders across the UK’s nations and regions, discussing their experiences and how tech can help support economic recovery and growth. These Dialogues, in the North East, West Midlands, Scotland, Yorkshire and Humberside, North West, Wales, and Northern Ireland, resulted in seven national and regional reports, and one for the UK. While we continue to further our engagement countrywide in 2021, these reports inform techUK’s future work across the UK.
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