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AI & Digital

AI, digital & data economy

Last updated 30 May 2023
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Digital technologies are increasingly the single biggest enabler of economic growth and global competitiveness . The Enterprise M3 region has excellent strengths in AI, Digital and Data, helping to put the UK at the forefront of the artificial intelligence and data revolution.

Digital Connectivity is a major theme of our emerging Local Industrial Strategy  and you can find our latest research here or in the documents section at the bottom of this page.

Enterprise M3 LEP is a co-investor in the 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey. The 5GIC is the largest open innovation centre for 5G development in the world and recognised by the G7 nations.

Our universities and businesses are leaders in developing industry applications of AI technology. Royal Holloway, University of London, has worked on several industry projects to introduce “intelligent” automation with QinetiQ, Marconi Instruments/FRI, Ciphergen Biosystems, Thales UK, the Office for National Statistics, the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, and British Gas.

The Government-sponsored Innovation South Science and Innovation Audit was led by Enterprise M3, and demonstrates how the area stands out for expertise across a range of digital enabling technologies, including 5G, cyber security, big data, photonics and quantum.

Find out more by linking to the Investments and Related Content on the right side of the page.

Basingstoke and Guildford/Aldershot are among 16 UK towns identified in the 2018 TechNation report as so-called Digital Suburbs – towns which show a higher proportion of digital tech business density and employment than the UK average. 

The LEP has identified 8,500 digital businesses, employing 50,000 people in the EM3 area, many of which are SMEs, accounting for 7.4% of all businesses within the region.

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University of Surrey

University of Southampton

From 1 April 2024, the responsibility for LEP functions across the Enterprise M3 LEP region has transferred to Hampshire County Council and Surrey County Council.

The Enterprise M3 Board met for the last time in March 2024 and Enterprise M3 LEP is no longer operating as an organisation.

For any enquiries relating to economic development across the counties of Hampshire and Surrey, please visit the Hampshire County Council website and Business Surrey respectively.

Please note that Enterprise M3 LEP staff have transferred to Hampshire County Council to continue to deliver services and activities in Hampshire, including the Growth Hub, the Careers Hub, work on key business sectors, and trade and investment.  
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