The Digital Technologies Report was launched at the Enterprise M3 annual conference in November 2015. The theme of the 2015 conference was 'Seizing the opportunities of the digital age'. The report, undertaken by Regeneris Consulting on behalf of Enterprise M3 and sponsored by Grant Thornton, identified the Enterprise M3 area as one of the most productive and fastest growing digital economies in the UK.
The report highlights the fact that the Enterprise M3 area is home to significant clusters of successful companies – including games, cyber security, aerospace and defence, automotive, digital media and telecommunications companies – that are all underpinned by the strength of its digital technologies sector. However, the report also warns that there was no room for complacency and the Enterprise M3 digital economy needs ongoing support and investment from both the public and private sector in order to remain internationally competitive.
Kathy Slack, Executive Director of Enterprise M3, said she was keen to capture the enthusiasm and vitality generated by this year’s conference and announced the formation of a new Digital Task Force to take forward the opportunities and tackle some of the challenges still facing the region.
Kathy Slack commented: “It is clear from the Digital Technologies Report and today’s event that the scale of opportunity offered to the Enterprise M3 area by the fast-changing digital landscape is tremendous and that all organisations, whether in the private, public or not-for-profit sector, need to maximise their digital potential or risk being left behind.
“We, as a LEP, are fully committed to supporting our area’s business community and helping it embrace the digital revolution. We would encourage all digital businesses who are passionate about driving this agenda forward to get involved. Collaboration between businesses and between the sectors is key if we want to ensure our ongoing success as a key digital economy at both the national and international level.”