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West Midlands Digital Roadmap

TechUK Recommendations

TechUK’s December 2020 report on how digital technology can support a levelled-up recovery in the West Midlands, based on a ‘Digital Dialogue’ with public and private sector leaders, made 3 key recommendations:


1) Work together to strengthen local digital capital

The region’s potential to recover will depend upon the strength of its local digital capital. Local stakeholders from across the public and private sectors should work together to develop an integrated regional plan to strengthen the eight component parts of local digital capital.


2) Use digital to accelerate local growth opportunities

The West Midlands has several sectors that are primed for success, including advanced manufacturing, Industry 4.0, and unique regional opportunities like HS2, the Commonwealth Games, and Coventry City of Culture. Concerted action should be taken to ensure that these sectors are at the forefront of digital adoption to support and accelerate their growth.


3) Launch local innovation challenges to tackle urgent problems

COVID-19 has taken a heavy toll on many businesses, services and communities across the region. The West Midlands Combined Authority should challenge local innovators from across the public and private sector to come forward with new ideas and innovative solutions to some of its most urgent local problems, from housing and healthcare to supporting high streets and the creative economy.