Monday, 3 July 2017

Digital Ecomony Giants Come Together To Improve Business Prospects in the UK

The government's new Digital Economy Council, brought together to stimulate new growth and deliver new jobs in the digital economy met for the first time this week.

The Council has been set up to provide a forum for collaboration as the government works to implement the UK Digital Strategy and develop a Digital Charter. Its members include TechUK, Google, Facebook, Cisco, Dotforge, Coadec, TV Squared, BT and Apple.

The seven pillars of the Digital Strategy are:
  • Building world-class digital infrastructure for the UK 
  • Giving everyone access to the digital skills they need 
  • Making the UK the best place to start and grow a digital business 
  • Helping every British business become a digital business 
  • Making the UK the safest place in the world to live and work online 
  • Maintaining the UK government as a world leader in serving its citizens online 
  • Unlocking the power of data in the UK economy and improving public confidence in its use
The overarching aim of the strategy is to make the UK the best place to start and run a digital business – creating more of the high-skilled, high-paid jobs of the future with the benefits felt in all four corners of the United Kingdom.

During the first meeting members of the tech community had the opportunity to tell the government directly how they can better work with them to take advantage of the opportunities and overcome the challenges of the digital technology.

Priorities were also set for the coming year including looking at new ways to improve small and medium businesses’ digital transformation, how to boost the digital skills pipeline and assessing how the country can better commercialise its world-leading research.

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley said "The Digital Economy Council will play a vital part in helping us achieve our aim of making the UK the best place in the world to start and grow a digital business with the benefits enjoyed throughout society and in every part of our country.

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