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Driving productivity through technology

The Digital Sector Strategy will build on the region's strong foundations of technology excellence for the benefit of the entire area and the country as a whole.

Its recommendations will help establish the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) as the preferred base for firms from across the world to create the technologies of tomorrow. By generating exceptional talent at all levels and developing a highly networked ecosystem of partners stretching across the region, the country and internationally, we hope to enable businesses in all sectors to thrive.

This will be a place where successful companies collaborate to develop solutions that will transform all sectors of the economy, and high levels of digital literacy will contribute to the prosperity of the region.

To this end, CW and Anglia Ruskin University, with funding from CPCA, are collaborating with key industry stakeholders and local business to build an independent and impartial Digital Sector Strategy for the region. This Strategy will define the steps needed to harness the region's present digital strengths and maximise the long-term productivity of the technology sector. Its recommendations will contribute to the Local Industrial Strategy of the CPCA and complement other items of work such as the CPIER and the Science and Innovation Audit

Digital Sector Strategy Business Survey

Do you have ideas for what should be improved, and how the region might be able to do it?

We ran a survey for local business leaders in December and January in order to ascertain what organisations perceive are the most important areas for improvement, and what practical recommendations they have for addressing challenges.

This survey closed on Friday 11 January, but there is still time for your voice to be heard. If you would still like to share your ideas with the project team, please contact

Share your thoughts over email

The Digital Strategy Sector team welcomes feedback and recommendations from anyone at any point of the study. If you would like to share your thoughts outside of the survey, please email - and please do let us know if you are happy for us to follow up with a telephone call to find out more!

Register interest for subsequent phases of research

There will be opportunities to contribute in online surveys, 1:1 interviews and select focus group activities. At this early stage we are simply collecting expressions of interest. Please fill out the form below to stay informed of programme progress.

Register your interest

The Digital Sector Strategy Steering Board include:

  • David Cleevely

    Chair of the ICT Strategy Board, Raspberry Pi, co-chair of CPIER

  • Anne Bailey

    Form the Future

  • Jon Bradford

    Motive Partners, The Bradfield Centre

  • David Connell

    University of Cambridge, Judge Business School

  • Peter Cowley

    Cambridge Angels, European Business Angel Network

  • Emanuele Giovannetti

    Anglia Ruskin University

  • Matthew Day

    Anglia Ruskin University

  • Faye Holland


  • Tim Jones

    Allia Group

  • Henk Koopmans

    Huawei Technologies Research and Development (UK) Ltd

  • Stephen Pattison


  • Heather Richards


  • Shailendra Vyakarnam

    Cranfield University

  • Andrew Williamson

    Cambridge Innovation Capital plc

  • Ian White

    University of Cambridge

  • Diane Coyle

    University of Cambridge

The Digital Sector Strategy will consider the following areas:


More businesses that scale-up locally

Investment and Finance

Intelligent and patient money for business

Knowledge Transfer

Ideas are dispersed throughout the region

International Trade

Encourage strong growth in exports

Foreign Direct Investment

CPCA is a first choice destination for R&D centres

Talent and Skills

The labour force matches demand at all stages


Technology hubs are efficiently linked and well supplied

Technology Infrastructure

A high capacity, high speed telecommunications network for everyone

Convergence and Complementarity

Technology firms deploy solutions to grow local industry

Supply Chain

Local firms fulfil the supply and demand needs of the local technology community

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