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22 March 2017

FSB: Digital strategy ambition must be matched with swift action

Reference number: SPUR2203

The Scottish Government has today launched a new digital strategy – detailing a new fund to improve firms’ digital skills and announcing a consultation on their plans to deliver universal superfast broadband.

Andy Willox, FSB’s Scottish policy convenor, said: “A government strategy document rarely excites small firms. But little is more important to Scotland’s business community than enhancing our country’s digital capabilities. This wide-ranging publication must be matched with political and entrepreneurial drive to swiftly deliver change.

“Scottish Government figures show 75 per cent of Scottish businesses believe digital technology is essential or important to their plans for growth. To achieve these ambitions, firms need access to the right skills and modern digital infrastructure – specifically broadband and mobile coverage. Progress on these fronts cannot come quickly enough.”