Monday, 29 July 2013

Google: The Digital Economy in Hyndburn

Dear Mr Jones, I wanted to write to you to let you know about some new data on the digital economy in Blackburn.

Last Monday, the National Institute for Economic and Social Research launched a new report that shows:

  • the digital economy includes over 270,000 companies nationally
  • there are over 844 digital companies in the Blackburn travel-to-work-area, employing an estimated 19412 people
  • these digital companies are increasingly the engine of growth in your local area, growing 25% faster than non-digital companies.

For the full details you can read the NEISR report here 

This is a great story about innovation in Blackburn but it also presents a challenge: how do we make sure people have the digital skills they need to find work and spur growth? 

We think digital skills - not just for children but for everyone in work or looking for work - is one of the most important issues facing the UK and we are determined to do our bit.

We have already helped 250,000 small and medium sized businesses in the UK to develop their digital skills and, earlier this year, we made a major donation to the Raspberry Pi foundation to provide 15,000 British children with computers and digital training.

To find out more about the digital economy in your constituency or any Google-related issues, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Theo Bertram

Public Policy Manager

Google UK

tbertram@google.com