Calls for better digital connectivity for city smes

Following a recent Government debate, a number of officials and tech industry bodies are calling for improvements to London’s “archaic” digital infrastructure in a bid to bolster the increasingly digital activities of the City’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
In recent days, Westminster Business Council has been presented with evidence suggesting that Britain’s capital is lagging behind other major world cities in terms of tech and connectivity, and that greater investment and innovation is needed if the City wishes to properly compete as a global tech hub.
Lee Perkins, Chief Executive of internet infrastructure provider M24Seven, told the Council that “London’s digital connectivity for SMEs simply isn’t good enough.”
He said: “It’s archaic and the handbrake is on, which stops these entrepreneurs and businesses doing what they do best: creating, innovating and growing the capital’s economy.”
Jonathan Glanz, Lead Member for broadband and connectivity at Westminster City Council, amongst others, heard these and similar criticism’s regarding London’s existing tech status.
The panel was told that significant improvements were needed, and was presented with far-reaching evidence to suggest that London’s lack of digital connectivity was holding back City SMEs.
Commenting on the findings of the panel, Digital Minister Matt Hancock said: “Digital connectivity is front and centre for London’s economic growth and a key priority for the Government.
“Small businesses are key drivers of the economy, job creation and innovation.
“London can’t do without them and they must get the full support that they deserve.”     

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