Wales’ digital leaders meet government ministers

Wales’ digital leaders meet government ministers

Representatives from the Welsh tech sector met with Government ministers at the Palace of Westminster to discuss the future of the country’s growing industry.

Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries, Margot James, hosted the roundtable event during Wales Week in London, which celebrated the successes of Wales’ thriving tech sector with some of the most influential and exciting names in the industry.

Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries Margot James said: “Today has been a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the Welsh tech sector and discuss how we can continue to support our world-class entrepreneurs and digital innovators across the country.

“It was also encouraging to talk about how to improve diversity in the sector as we celebrate International Women’s Day.”

Among the attendees was Dr Drew Nelson OBE, CEO of IQE, a global supplier of advanced wafer products and wafer services to the semiconductor industry; as well as Paul Roberts, CEO and founder of Stockomendation and Grethe Vaughan, COO of Vizolution.

Ministers learned about emerging trends and priorities in the region and heard about the wider economic and societal impacts that might result from new innovations.

Dyfan Searell, CEO and co-founder of Elider Health Ltd, said: “The lifestyle in Wales attracts and sustains excellent talent, and its size and networks make it the perfect location for innovating at scale.

“We punch well above our weight both across Europe and worldwide, with my company being one of many Welsh businesses that have a global footprint.

“The tech sector is at a really exciting time of late and I'm even more optimistic for the future - with Wales being rich in the resources that will continue to be in high demand moving forward such as energy, environment and culture.”

Victoria Norman, CEO of Signum Health, said: “I am delighted and honoured to be asked to attend this event, signifying the importance of the Welsh technology sector to the UK economy.

“It’s especially significant that the event is being held on International Women’s Day which enables us to also celebrate the increasingly important role of women in the technology sector.

“Being the female CEO of a health technology company can be a lonely place, so we must do all we can to encourage more women and girls to learn about technology and join the digital work arena.”

Wales is home to a booming digital hub with a rising number of digital businesses in Cardiff and Swansea.

Last year, the UK Government announced an annual £10 million of Government support until 2020/21 for a new Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult and this is a key part of ongoing work to build a Britain fit for the future

In addition to this, Cardiff University’s National Software Academy is producing work-ready software engineering graduates and the Alacrity Foundation is nurturing the next generation of entrepreneurs.