The digital agenda is of huge importance to the West of England as both an enabler of economic growth and as a means of promoting inclusivity amongst our residents.
To ensure that we maintain and build upon our existing reputation as a thriving high tech digital economy we need to ensure that the necessary digital infrastructure is in place and that we are at the forefront of emerging new technologies.
The importance of the digital economy is well known to the region, as such it is likely to feature heavily as one of the key drivers in our emerging Local Industrial Strategy. The West of England has already been successful in securing £5 million from government to trial a superfast 5G network at tourist destinations in Bristol and Bath including the Roman Baths in Bath and M Shed, We The Curious and Millennium Square in Bristol. We will continue to bid for funding related to digital infrastructure to harness the wider and long term benefits it offers both our businesses and residents.