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Let’s build the infrastructure to support our new digital economy

With strengths in world-class technology, research and development, the UK is well positioned to respond to global changes

By Richard Harrington  

Britain’s first Industrial Revolution began with a series of small inventions. The spinning jenny, which revolutionised how cotton was spun, sparked demand for new products, encouraging engineers and artisans to compete and collaborate. These people shaped the world we live in today.

But today we confront the fourth Industrial Revolution—the digitalisation of society. Exploiting innovations, large and small, is critical and will require a commitment from government, businesses and society.

In January, Theresa May launched the government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper. It was a vision designed to create conditions that…

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