Driving regional productivity through technological innovation, adoption & inclusion

Strategy released May 2019

The aims of the Digital Sector Strategy are to:

  1. Significantly increase the contribution of the technology sector to the region's GVA
  2. Stimulate faster growth in other sectors through early and easy adoption of cutting-edge technology
  3. Ensure that the benefits of technology-based business growth is spread beyond the Greater Cambridge cluster and across the region
  4. Support the overarching aim of the Combined Authority in making Cambridgeshire & Peterborough a leading place in the world to live, learn and work

It builds on the strong foundations that already exist in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, and our recommendations aim to further enhance this region as the global centre of cutting-edge and inclusive technology innovation. We will create and adopt the technologies of tomorrow, offer businesses exceptional talent at all levels and provide a highly networked ecosystem that has global impact, helping to establish the region covered by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) as the preferred base for firms from across the world.

The Digital Sector Strategy represents a unique evidence base founded in primary research and secondary data, and extensive consultation with experts.  It has been written by CW (Cambridge Wireless) and Anglia Ruskin University along with the help and support of a large number of people who have freely given up their time. We are especially grateful to the members of the steering Commission (details below), chaired by David Cleevely, who guided our work throughout; to the Centre for Business Research who provided essential underpinning data, and, of course, to the hard-working strategy team.

Content from this document has already been adopted into the new Local Industrial Strategy, and recommendations are starting to be progressed.

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The Digital Sector Strategy Commission includes:

  • David Cleevely

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

  • Anne Bailey

    Form the Future

  • Richard Baker


  • Jon Bradford

    Motive Partners, The Bradfield Centre

  • David Connell

    University of Cambridge, Judge Business School

  • Peter Cowley

    Cambridge Angels, European Business Angel Network

  • Diane Coyle

    University of Cambridge

  • Matthew Day

    Anglia Ruskin University

  • Emanuele Giovannetti

    Anglia Ruskin University

  • Faye Holland


  • Henk Koopmans

    Huawei Technologies Research and Development (UK) Ltd

  • Stephen Pattison


  • Heather Richards


  • Shailendra Vyakarnam

    Cranfield University

The Digital Sector Strategy considered 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


Encourage inward investment and strong growth in exports

Talent and Skills

The labour force matches demand at all stages

Technology Infrastructure

A high capacity, high speed telecommunications network for everyone

Application in Industry

Technology firms deploy solutions that grow local industry

Supply Chain

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

High Impact Networking

Plentiful opportunities for businesses to make new connections

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