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Bridging UK digital gap worth £4.8bn to economy – report

techUK Local Digital Index launch Alex Davies-Jones
Alex Davies-Jones at the launch of the techUK Local Digital Index.

Reducing the digital divide among the UK’s nations and regions could provide a £4.8bn boost to the economy, a new report has found.

Despite digital infrastructure improvements across the UK, trade association techUK said it had found a stark gap between some nations and regions.

For the first time the Local Digital Index – now in its third year – assessed the digital gross value added (GVA) data across the UK.

It found that London led the way, with a digital GVA per person of £9,083. The UK capital is followed by the South East at £5,287.

Wales had the lowest digital sector GVA per capita at £1,348.

If the six regions with the lowest digital GVA – the South West, East Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber, North East, Northern Ireland and Wales – reached the UK median, this would add £4.8bn to the UK economy, techUK said....