Call for Local Businesses the Influence the Region's Digital Future

CALL FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES TO INFLUENCE THE REGION’S DIGITAL FUTURE

Cambridge, UK (3rd Dec 2018): The period is now open for all organisations to contribute their ideas to the development of a Digital Sector Strategy. This newly established, independent initiative will consolidate the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) area as a global leader of cutting-edge technology development and adoption. It will recommend a series of actions for achieving higher regional productivity by strengthening the already thriving technology sector and disseminating the benefits of digital and communications technology into other vertical industries and across the whole region.

Business leaders are now being asked to submit their opinions across eleven focus areas through a survey that will close on Friday 21 December. This input will prioritise a series of actionable recommendations through which the public and private sector could increase local GVA through better exploitation of technology:

1. Entrepreneurship – delivering conditions of growth for new technology businesses and their founders

2. Investment & Finance – ensuring growth funds are available to technology companies throughout the region

3. Talent & Skills – increasing the supply of skilled labour for the tech sector and increasing the ability of firms across all sectors to deploy technology best practice

4. High Impact Networking – ensuring that companies, entrepreneurs and technology communities are well connected across the region

5. Knowledge Transfer – increasing the flow of ideas, knowledge and IP across the region

6. International Trade – inspiring a step change in exports for technology firms

7. Foreign Direct Investment – increasing the level of investment from overseas firms

8. Technology Infrastructure – ensuring first mobile and fibre broadband is available to all businesses across the region

9. Links within the UK – developing better links with other parts of the UK

10. Transforming Industry – helping sectors throughout the region take advantage of cutting-edge technology

11. Supply Chains – supporting more local companies to fulfil the technology sector’s supply needs

The creation of this Digital Sector Strategy has strong support from business and local government. The project is led by a representative advisory board chaired by David Cleevely (Raspberry Pi) with CW (Cambridge Wireless) and Anglia Ruskin University as core delivery partners. The steering board and virtual advisory group include representatives from organisations such as Arm, Cambridge Angels, Connecting Cambridgeshire and Form the Future. With funding from CPCA, recommendations from this research will provide important evidence to the Local Industrial Strategy being coordinated by the CPCA.

David Cleevely, Chairman of Raspberry Pi Foundation and Chair of the Digital Sector Strategy Steering Board says:

"At the heart of this sector strategy is the idea of inclusive and sustainable growth. Whether you work at a cutting-edge, deep-tech multinational wanting access to top talent, or a retail start-up hoping to improve efficiency through ICT best practice, our goal is to create a series of actionable recommendations for the region that will give local organisations the support that they need to thrive, long-term."

 

Simon Mead, CEO of (CW) Cambridge Wireless) says:

"This sector strategy is a much-needed addition to the ongoing economic development of the area. We welcome all regional businesses no matter the size, sector or location to input into this framework. Within the community there will be many imaginative and effective ideas for how we can better harness and share the potential of technology to grow the local economy, and we want to hear them all."

 

Dr Matthew Day, Deputy Dean for Research and Innovation at Anglia Ruskin University says:

"The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority already has unparalleled technological strengths; our aim is to gather evidence which will underpin a framework for future success. We want to maximise the benefit the digital sector brings to the region and deliver the right skills for inclusive growth, maintaining our position as a global leader and attractive international destination for companies."

 

The survey is accessible through this link:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DigitalSectorStrategy  

 

Further information on this project is available through the Cambridge Wireless website:

https://www.cambridgewireless.co.uk/programmes/Digital-Strategy/