Digital improvements key to growth

 Improvement to digital infrastructure in the region is the key to economic growth, according to the voice of business in the North East. 

 The North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC) believes that unless much-needed upgrades are made to the digital network in the region, businesses will not be able to prosper, and as a result, the North East economy will suffer.

 In a letter sent to Business Secretary Vince Cable; the Secretary of State for Culture, Media, Sport and the Olympics, Jeremy Hunt, and MPs and local authorities across the North East, NECC has called for swifter implementation of digital policy to ensure businesses are equipped with the infrastructure to grow.

 Mark Stephenson, policy adviser at NECC, said: “Digital infrastructure is of paramount importance to the region’s businesses, and we believe that local authorities must seek to ensure there is effective investment in this to cater for the needs of businesses.

 “Let’s be clear.  This is not just an issue that affects businesses with bespoke technical or digital needs.  Businesses and indeed households of all types rely on digital infrastructure, and we must ensure that we have the right level of investment in this to allow our businesses to develop.”

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