Today, Ukie attended the launch of the Government's long awaited Digital Strategy which sets out its intentions to create a world-leading digital economy that works for everyone. The Government established its desire to ensure that the UK is the best place to start and grow a digital business, including games, which are highlighted in the Digital Strategy as an example of one of the UK's great strenghts along with FinTech and EdTech.
The Strategy is ambitious and broad in nature, and it importantly centres on digital skills with more than four million free digital skills training opportunities being created as part of it. There is also an important focus on digital infrastructure and supporting high-potential innovative technologies like AI, and it will form a key part of the Government's plan to keep the UK at the forefront of the digital revolution following our departure from the EU.
Highlights from the Strategy for the games and interactive entertainment industry include:
- A new Digital Skills Partnership led by Government will see business, charities and voluntary organisations coming together to make sure people have the right skills for the jobs in their area and are aware of all the digital training opportunities on offer.
- Business Connectivity Forum, to be chaired by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, to bring together business organisations, local authorities and communications providers to help businesses access fast, affordable and reliable broadband.
- Confirmation of £1bn programme announced at Autumn Statement to accelerate the development and uptake of next generation digital infrastructure - including full fibre broadband plans and 5G.
Investment boost for AI
- New supports have been announced to boost growth in the AI sector. AI companies were identified as one of the technology areas that could be supported through the Government’s new Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and Ukie is engaging with InnovateUK on the Fund's assessment critaria.
- £17.3m funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to support the development of new robotics and Artificial Intelligence technologies in UK universities.
Creating five new international tech hubs in emerging markets
- Creating five tech hubs in emerging markets to create and develop partnerships between UK companies and local tech firms. These hubs will aim to help provide British businesses with a global competitive edge and drive collaboration on skills, innovation, technology, and research and development.
Secretary of State led forum for government and tech sector to collaborate
- A commitment to create a Secretary of State-led forum for government and the tech community to work together to spark growth in the digital economy - through innovation and the adoption of digital in the wider economy.
You can read the Digital Strategy document in full online.
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