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Minister Confirms Government Ambition On Digital Identity

Consultation and new DCMS-Cabinet Office Digital Identity Unit to launch in the coming weeks

Cabinet Office/Whitehall

Cabinet Office/Whitehall

Speaking at the Identity Week conference today (11 June) the Minister for Implementation, Oliver Dowden MP, provided an update on GOV.UK Verify and set out the government’s next steps towards enabling the creation of a digital identity market.

In an address to industry professionals he confirmed that there are now 20 government services connected to Verify and that the number of citizens using it to access services increased by a million between October 2018 and April this year.

He reiterated the government’s commitment to enabling the creation of a ubiquitous digital identity market and set out actions the Cabinet Office is taking in partnership with DCMS and other departments to deliver on this ambition. This includes:

  • A consultation to be issued in the coming weeks on how to deliver the effective organisation of the digital identity market. Through this consultation the government will work with industry, particularly with sectors who have frequent user identity interactions, to ensure inter-operable ‘rules of the road’ for identity
  • The creation of a new Digital Identity Unit, which is a collaboration between DCMS and Cabinet Office. The Unit will help bring the public and private sector together, ensure the adoption of interoperable standards, specification and schemes, and deliver on the outcome of the consultation
  • The start of engagement on the commercial framework for consuming digital identities from the private sector for the period from April 2020 to ensure the continued delivery of public services. The Government Digital Service will continue to ensure alignment of commercial models that are adopted by the developing identity market to build a flourishing ecosystem that delivers value for everyone

The Minister for Implementation’s speech to the Identity Week conference follows on from his address to the CognitionX conference yesterday (June 10th), where he launched a new AI Guide for government, a new online marketplace for tech startups to sell to the public sector, and the Government Innovation Technology Strategy. Read more about this.

Paedophile Jailed By Court Of Appeal

Adam Quelch has been given an immediate custodial sentence of 2 years 6 months' imprisonment

Royal Courts of Justice

Royal Courts of Justice

A man who met a 12-year-old girl online before having sex with her has been sent to jail following a ruling by the Court of Appeal.

Adam Quelch, 22, made contact with his victim through an instant messenger app. Four days after initiating contact he picked her up in his car, walked her to a nearby wood and raped her. The offender then moved to Australia, continuing to communicate with the girl over other social media platforms. He was arrested at an airport when he returned to the UK in January 2019 and charged with the rape of a child under 13.

Quelch was sentenced to a Community Order which was referred to the Court of Appeal as unduly lenient. Today he has been given an immediate custodial sentence of 2 years 6 months’ imprisonment with licence extension of a year.

After the hearing, the Solicitor General, Lucy Frazer QC MP, said:

“Quelch’s actions had a severe impact on the victim and her family. Thankfully, he was brought to justice when he returned to the UK. Due to the severity of his crime, he will remain imprisoned for the immediate future.”

UK’s Creative Industries Set To Grasp Export Opportunities As Top 50 Createch ‘Ones To Watch’ List Published

A new export strategy will increase creative industry exports by 50 per cent and create global opportunities for innovative UK based companies, as the top 50 Createch companies are listed in a new ‘ones to watch’ report

Department for Culture, Media & Sport

Department for Culture, Media & Sport

The first ever UK Creative Industries Trade and Investment Board (CITIB) strategy has been published today, pledging to boost creative industries goods and service exports by 50 per cent by 2023.

The CITIB was set up following the launch of the £150 million Creative Industries Sector Deal – part of the Government’s modern Industrial Strategy.

The UK’s thriving Creative Industries are now worth over £100 billion to the UK economy and the Board will amplify this success around the world.

As a result of £1 million additional government funding CITIB members have already helped to promote the UK’s creative sector in 10 countries including China and the United States, generating a pipeline of more than £200 million of export opportunities. More than 250 UK companies have also been supported in developing their own export strategies.

Referencing the industry led strategy at the Createch conference as part of London Tech Week, Digital and Creative Industries Minister Margot James said:

The UK’s booming Creative Industries are a real success story, with the sector contributing more than £100 billion to the economy. We are delivering a Britain that works for everyone, and by sharing our skills and expertise with the rest of the world this strategy will give us the chance to deliver more growth opportunities in the years ahead.

The strategy has identified five key strategic markets that should be prioritised in the years ahead – China, USA, Europe, Middle East and Japan.

Minister for Investment, Graham Stuart, MP said:

The new strategy is about taking the phenomenal exporting success of our world leading creative sector and turbo-charging it further. There’s a role for Government in helping British businesses grow their sales and the Department for International Trade exists to do precisely that.

Annette King, Chair of the Creative Industries Trade and Investment Board said:

The UK is a world leader in the Creative Industries thanks to both the wealth of talent we have here, and that we attract from across the globe. By continuing to build on the success of our small businesses this strategy begins a new stage in our industry’s relationship with Government, where we work together to drive the success of our vibrant and exciting industry.

The Strategy is being published alongside the Creative Industries Council’s (CIC) top 50 Createch companies ‘ones to watch’ report. The new list showcases the top 50 promising UK based companies and organisations that experts think will deliver new products, services and experiences through cutting edge creative technology.

It includes a range of companies, from those that are helping to immerse audiences into new worlds through virtual reality, those using Artificial Intelligence to improve manufacturing and those using 3D technology to create new displays.

During her speech today, Digital Minister Margot James will be test driving the technology of one of the companies, VRJAM, which supports artists and audiences in creating extended reality events – placing the audience inside the heart of the action.

Chair of the Creative Industries Council Tim Davie said:

“The UK is world class for brilliant creative talent and technological expertise and Createch2019 is an exciting opportunity to explore the boundless possibilities presented by the interaction of the two sectors. The publication of the ‘Ones to Watch’ report provides outstanding examples of companies of all sizes from across the country who are breaking new ground in this area and changing our lives.”

Notes to editors:

  • The Creative Industries Sector Deal was published in March 2018 as part of the UK’s modern Industrial Strategy.
  • The Industrial Strategy sets out a long term plan to boost the productivity and earning power of people throughout the UK. It sets out how we are building a Britain fit for the future – how we will help businesses create better, higher-paying jobs in every part of the UK with investment in skills, industries and infrastructure.
  • The CITIB strategy can be found here.
  • The CIC Createch top 50 ones to watch report has been compiled by innovation research specialists Springwise with support from London & Partners, Digital Catapult and the GREAT campaign. The report can be found here.
  • Government’s £1 million investment to support the CITIB was announced in November 2018.
  • The Creative Industries Council is a joint forum of industry and government which focuses on areas where there are barriers to growth facing the UK creative sectors, such as in access to finance, skills, export markets, regulation, intellectual property (IP), diversity, and infrastructure. Council members are leading figures drawn from across the creative and digital industries including TV, computer games, fashion, music, arts, publishing and film. – Visit this page for more information on the Council’s role.
  • The website,, fulfils the CIC’s role to promote the UK’s creative industries both in the UK and abroad.

Business Council On Tech, Media And Telecoms: 10 June 2019

Prime Minister Theresa May hosted the first meeting of the Tech, Media and Telecoms Business Council at Downing Street

10 Downing Street

10 Downing Street

This afternoon, the Prime Minister hosted the first meeting of the Tech, Media and Telecoms Business Council at Downing Street. The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Jeremy Wright, also joined the meeting.

The Council is one of five set up by the Prime Minister to provide high-level advice and policy recommendations to Government on the critical issues affecting business.

The Prime Minister began by welcoming the Council, which is co-chaired by Dame Carolyn McCall from ITV and Jan Du Plessis from BT Group and brings together a number of creative and digital businesses in the UK. She reflected on her speech this morning at London Tech Week and the successes of these sectors in the UK so far, which was welcomed by members.

Discussions focused on the development of digital infrastructure for local towns and communities; improving rail links between hubs in the UK; increasing digital connectivity throughout our transport infrastructure; regulation that works for everyone in a digital economy; and how to upskill people through the education system and retain talent in a creative and digital world.

They concluded by agreeing to take the ideas away and explore them in further detail, both within the Council and within Government. All five business councils have now met to discuss their initial policy recommendations on how to improve business competitiveness in their sectors, and work is ongoing to take these forward.

  • Dame Carolyn McCall, ITV (Co-chair)
  • Jan Du Plessis, BT Group (Co-chair)
  • Edwin Morgan, IOD
  • Stephen van Rooyen, Sky
  • David Joseph, Universal
  • Sarah Wood, Unruly
  • Jane Turton, All3Media
  • Tabitha Goldstaub, CognitionX
  • Nick Read, Vodafone Group
  • Mike Cooper, PHD Media/Omnicom Media Group
  • Simon Segars, ARM (Softbank)
  • Kathryn Parsons, Decoded
  • John Allan, CBI

DIT Leads Hundreds Of Global Investors To London Tech Week

Dr Liam Fox welcomes a delegation of over 600 businesses and government representatives from over 20 countries to London Tech Week

Flight Paths

Flight Paths

The Secretary of State for International Trade, Dr Liam Fox MP, will lead major delegations to London Tech Week this week from countries as far afield as Australia, Brazil, China, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, the UAE and the US to showcase Britain’s innovative tech firms and drive investment into the UK at Europe’s largest tech summit. Investors are expected to descend upon the capital city, representing billions of pounds of investment into the UK.

Global tech firms including Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook will join major international delegations led by the Department for International Trade (DIT) including over 300 delegates from China to participate in Europe’s largest technology gathering. They will join UK firms showcasing British innovation in smart cities technology, artificial intelligence (AI) and fintech, in an effort to attract more international investment and commercial partnerships with global firms.

Delegates expected include businesses and government representatives from 5 cities and provinces including Beijing, Shanghai, Shandong, Shanxi and Guizhou. 90 representatives are expected to attend from Australia, including 30 Australian tech start-ups, alongside over 80 delegates from Latin America and 40 delegates from North America including, Denver, Austin, Colorado and Toronto which includes senior representatives from their Boards of Trade. Some of the businesses coming as part of the delegation include LG Innotek and Chunghwa Telecoms.

The Prime Minister announced in her speech today (Monday 10 June) that the International Trade Secretary will also be responsible for leading four new regional trade missions, each focused on the Government’s Industrial Strategy Grand Challenges. The first four of these will take place this year and act as a catalyst for sustained international engagement on issues of trade, cutting edge research and the future of public policy with international partners around the world. The missions will be supported by the department’s international network.

Speaking at the start of London Tech Week, the Secretary of State for International Trade, Dr Liam Fox MP said:

The UK is a global hub for tech businesses and remains one of the world’s top destinations for tech investment and foreign investment globally.

London Tech Week is a brilliant opportunity to fly the flag for British tech on a global stage, and I’m proud to be leading such a strong delegation of international investors to showcase Britain’s cutting-edge innovation in sectors like AI and drive investment into our world leading industry.

The success of the UK’s tech industry will be critical to our economic prosperity now and for years to come, so I am committed to supporting this sector, as we move towards leaving the EU.

The Department is seeking to strengthen the UK’s position as the leading destination for tech investment in the EU and firmly establish ‘Silicon UK’. London currently ranks as the number one destination for tech and venture capital investment in Europe, attracting £6.3 billion in venture capital investment in 2018, more than any other European country. Forbes’ 2018 report also named the UK the best place to do business in the world.

During Tech Week, DIT will be partnering with a number of organisations including London & Partners, PwC and EY on events including deep dive sessions on ‘scaling up’ in the UK, speed dating events for small businesses with venture capital investors and networking receptions for businesses looking to set up operations in the UK.

DIT will also welcome some of the world’s biggest technology companies to Lancaster House on Tuesday (11 June) for speeches on and discussion of the future of the sector. They will be joined by international tech entrepreneurs looking to set up their businesses in the UK and UK firms looking to expand overseas.

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