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techUK responds to the 2015 Budget

Julian David, CEO, comments on tech and digital components of yesterday's Budget announcement from the Chancellor.

Responding to yesterday's Budget Announcement, Julian David, CEO at techUK, commented:

"Whilst the headlines of the Budget may not offer up much on tech and digital, we look forward to seeing a greater focus on how digital technologies play a fundamental role in driving economic success right across the UK in the forthcoming 'Productivity Plan' led by Lord O'Neill."

"In order to tackle the UK's productivity challenge we must improve performance across the whole of the UK economy. Investment in the adoption of digital technologies will be fundamental to achieving this goal. In addition, technologies such as smart cities and the internet of things must be at the heart of the Chancellor's vision for devolution and securing our long-term economic future."

"Ambitions to increase the number of apprenticeships are to be applauded but Government must work closely with industry on implementation to ensure young people are trained for the jobs of the future."

"There are a number of interesting announcements in the Budget document, including £23m for six 'Next Generation Digital Economy Centres' and seed funding for innovative business cases to deliver efficient public services fit for the digital age. The tech industry welcomes these initiatives and is eager to engage in making them a success."


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