News / Digital Secretary Backs UK Tech Cluster Group Call for Regional Recovery

The UK Tech Cluster Group (UKTCG) is a collective group of individuals and organisations that represent geographical clusters of technology and digital businesses across the UK. The group meets regularly to discuss issues affecting regional technology clusters, and highlight opportunities at both a regional and national level.

Working closely with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and other government departments, the UK Tech Cluster Group aims to highlight opportunities for national policy changes and innovative pilot programmes. It is able to provide both strategic insight and grass-roots level feedback on proposed activities, and to support the role out of new initiatives across the UK.

The group is made up of representatives from Sunderland Software City, ScotlandIS Sheffield Digital, Manchester Digital, Red Ninja, Bruntwood SciTech, C4DI, ConnectTVT, Engine Shed, Big Learning Company, Tramshed Tech, Tech East, TechSPARK and Wired Sussex.  

The Recovery Roadmap is a report and event series working with key public stakeholders across the UK to jointly develop the solutions, share knowledge across clusters and build a robust response to a generational crisis.

Digital Lancashire was approached by Manchester Digital, one of the key regional organisations in the cluster, to represent the 6 Lancashire clusters in our region and to identify and select a list of relevant contributors to the report and event summit that took place on Tuesday 23rd June 2020.

The Recovery Road Summit was jam packed with strategic insight events, practical workshops and regional roundtables, which explored the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the UK nations and regions and what can be done collectively to recover and reboot.

This invite-only event saw key policy makers and ecosystem leaders consider best practice and how the digital and tech sector can support its local communities.

Speakers on the day included cluster leaders from UK tech hotspots, Cabinet Secretaries, Mayors, policy leaders, leading CEOs and international investors.

Key session topics covered included enabling a digital workforce, connectivity, the investment landscape, digital for young people, the future of space and digital adoption, building effective communities, tech supporting leisure and tourism, connecting corporates and SMEs, utilising universities for economic growth and much much more.

Digital Lancashire’s Managing Director, Duncan Sandford commented:

“This the start of a more collaborative North West approach with the aim of showcasing Lancashire’s capacity to develop digital and be a major contributor to the DCMS/National Digital development on every level.”

The virtual summit, which was closed with a keynote speech by Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), highlighted how Coronavirus has delivered a ‘sucker punch’ to the economy and explained the leading role tech must play in helping the UK get back on its feet.

To view Mr Dowden’s full speech click here or to find out more about the UK Tech Cluster Group visit www.uktechclustergroup.com

Digital Secretary Backs UK Tech Cluster Group Call for Regional Recovery