Government 'lacks strategy' for driving growth with IT

The government is lacking a strategy for using technology to drive growth across the UK economy, according to IT trade association Intellect.

The government is lacking a strategy for using technology to drive growth across the UK economy, according to IT trade association Intellect.

Director general John Higgins (pictured) said the government could be "missing a trick" in not fully harnessing the potential of IT to drive its economic growth agenda.

Higgins said he agreed with CBI director general Richard Lambert that the government had so far failed to fully articulate its vision for the UK economy.

"We are doubtful that the government's growth review will deliver a coherent picture of [technology inclusion] that will encourage the development of a broad-based technology sector in the UK," Higgins told delegates at Intellect's annual Regent Conference.

In a swipe at the government's plans to create a Silicon Valley equivalent in East London, he said that start-up companies with UK-based technology were important, but not enough.

"We need to ensure that technology companies both large and small, UK and foreign owned, are involved across the whole economy," he said.

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