Last week, our managing director Andrew Stellakis shared his thoughts on the Spring Budget with Bdaily North West.
You can read it here…
“With so much going on in the UK economy and politics, it doesn’t seem like two minutes ago since the Chancellor was delivering his first statement. But with Brexit on the horizon and recent plans for the Industrial Strategy only just announced, we watched the budget eagerly.
And, while debt is still too high and productivity too low, there are certainly a few key takeaways that we’re pleased about.
For example, the pledge for next-generation connectivity – £200m on fibre broadband and £16m on a 5G technology hub – is brilliant. The only way our economy can continue to thrive is by investing in, and being at the forefront of, better, smarter and more efficient tech.
Plus, the Office for Budget Responsibility has raised its growth forecast by an extra 0.6%, which further supports the stability of our future economy and long-term competitiveness.
It’s important now that more is done to tackle digital skills gaps. As the job market becomes more tech-focused, education must be refined too – and starting from a young age. I want to see digital literacy on the curriculum. The introduction of more in-depth, vocational training courses, will certainly help, but it’s time that employers step up and have more of a hands-on role too.”