Founded by tech entrepreneurs, The Coalition for a Digital Economy (Coadec) is a non-profit that campaigns for policies to support digital startups in the UK. It works with digital startups and policymakers to create better policy for the digital economy.
According to them: Digital startups matter to the UK – they are an important source of innovation, jobs and growth. The UK’s digital economy is the fastest growing in the G20 and already makes up over 8% of GDP.The UK should be the best place in the world to launch and grow a digital startup. That is why we campaign for policies to support the digital economy.
Coadec has garnered support from many people, including Chuka Umunna MP, Shadow Business Secretary, who said:
We want to see more people starting up, leading and working in business and the creation of high-skilled, better-paid jobs. Britain’s burgeoning digital economy has a huge role to play in meeting both of these challenges, and that’s why Coadec’s manifesto is right to emphasise the importance of digital startups as well as the need to foster digital skills.
Coadec is calling for the government to:
- Improve access to finance
- Improve access to talent
- Build world class digital infrastructure
- Bring laws and regulations into the 21st Century
- Use digital government to unlock innovation
According to Tim Pitts, Managing Partner at Agilisys Digital:
“GDS has been an inspiration to many and great to see the huge focus on improving access for all while delivering significant efficiencies. While the Coadec call for expansion of GDS is positive, we would welcome a much more open approach by GDS to allow SMEs like ourselves () and others to access central government digital solutions and embed within other parts of the public sector to enable us to give the end users the experience they want – i.e. a completely joined up experience. We believe this would be the biggest action required to further speed up digital expansion.”