Hammond urged to back digital transformation in Autumn Statement

Business leaders in the technology sector call for the Chancellor Phillip Hammond to back business growth, support entrepreneurs and embrace digital transformation initiatives.

by the commentator on 22 November 2016 15:29

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Chancellor Philip Hammond must support digital transformation initiatives and back science, technology, engineering and manufacturing, according to a host of leading UK business figures.

Ahead of the Autumn Statement, a variety of Britain’s leading business spokespeople have issued a call to action for the government to pursue a technology-driven agenda.

Chas Moloney, director at global technology company Ricoh UK said: “It’s critical that the government accelerates its digital transformation initiatives to create smarter, faster and more user-friendly public services.  Delivering a paperless NHS is just the beginning, with areas such as education and local government on the cusp of benefiting hugely from transformational technologies. By putting digital at the heart of the public sector strategy, the government can empower new workstyle innovations, speed up digitisation and deliver even better services to the public.”

Paul Cant, president EMEA, BMC Software said that “like his predecessor, we hope to see Phillip Hammond pledge a vision for stronger digital economy in the UK. Investing into the right skills and providing fast and seamless services for UK citizens is imperative as we move further into the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”  He also called for collaboration between public and private sectors.

Jon Cook, director of sales, UK & Ireland at Citrix, said: “By encouraging businesses to offer further flexible working – and setting up policies which support those employees who do wish to work away from major urban hubs – the government could significantly ease the burden on large cities. This move could also support our rural communities, growing our talented workforce to also include those who can’t afford or don’t wish to live in large cities.”

Guita Blake, senior vice president and head of Europe at Mindtree said: “In this year’s Autumn Statement, we hope to see Phillip Hammond show a commitment to furthering the ‘STEM agenda’ in the UK, inspiring our future female and male leaders to aspire to the best possible job roles, safe in the knowledge that they will be a fairly rewarded for their work.”

Damian Hennessey, commercial director, Proto Labs said, “We welcome the increased investment into R&D and proposed new tax incentives announced by the Government; these moves will help to increase manufacturing productivity and improve our customers’ ability to get their products to market more quickly.”

 

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