Investment for a Digital World Leader:
What is the global landscape and what further strategic investment will best support the UK digital economy?
With Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury Robert Jenrick MP
On Tuesday 23 April, PICTFOR held a roundtable event on the theme of investment for digital world leader. This event sought to generate discussion around the central question of what further strategic investment will best support the UK digital economy.
The roundtable discussion featured:
- Robert Jenrick MP, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury
- Anneliese Dodds MP, Shadow Treasury Minister
- Event Chair – Simon Blagden CBE, Non-Executive Chairman of Fujitsu UK and PICTFOR Industry Chair
The event chair Simon Blagden CBE, Non-Executive Chairman of Fujitsu UK and PICTFOR Industry Chair welcomed attendees and asked everyone at the dinner to briefly introduce themselves. Following this, the event chair Simon Blagden introduced the keynote speaker, Exchequer Secretary Robert Jenrick MP, who delivered a speech mentioning the key themes the Government will seek to invest in including digital skills, having a competitive tax system, the push towards full fibre broadband, and ensuring competition and innovation in the digital space.
Following this, the event chair Simon Bladgen CBE introduced the next speaker Anneliese Dodds MP, Shadow Treasury Minister. Anneliese Dodds MP responded to the the Exchequer Secretary Robert Jenrick MP, speaking on behalf of the official opposition and highlighting the need for the immigration system to be sufficiently flexible to ensure that talented people are able to work in the UK tech sector. She also highlighted the need for further diversity within the sector, digital skills programmes, and development of a coordinated UK response to the challenges we will face due to the changing world of work and a data-driven economy.
A wide-ranging roundtable discussion followed which discussed the global trends in tech innovation in the UK, how this supports the growth of the UK’s digital economy and how we ensure all citizens are included. Topics covered included the access to decent broadband, 5G, digital skills, promoting innovation and further promoting diversity and inclusion in tech.
Following this and a final contribution from both speakers, the event chair announced the next upcoming events and closed the event.