The UK government has set out a new strategy to make Britain the best place in the world to start and grow a digital business.

The strategy includes new commitments to offer free digital skills training opportunities to millions of individuals, charities and businesses by 2020.

This pledge is expected tackle barriers to technology adoption in sectors such as retail.


The government also plans to create five international ‘tech hubs’ in emerging markets to create and develop partnerships between UK companies and local tech firms.

And it will send £17.3 million in funding to support the development of new robotics and artificial intelligence technologies in universities across the UK.

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley said: “The UK’s world-leading digital sectors are a major driver of growth and productivity, and we are determined to protect and strengthen them.

“This digital strategy sets a path to make Britain the best place to start and grow a digital business, trial a new technology, or undertake advanced research as part of the government’s plan to build a modern, dynamic and global trading nation.”

The Confederation of British Industry director general Josh Hardie reacted to the news: “UK companies are at the forefront of the digital revolution. The pledges announced by the Government underline businesses’ commitment to build the skills we need for a modern economy, as well as tackle barriers to technology adoption.

“To uphold our position as a world-leading digital economy businesses and the Government need to work together. The strategy’s focus on skills, connectivity and innovation provide a useful framework for this.”