Feeds

Tech can make Britain Great again

It's IT wot can win it

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

The UK's technology industry can pull the country out of its debt hole and make up for the decline in manufacturing.

So reckons Micro Focus, which is launching a manifesto called Making BrITain Great Again. The group is promoting five policy moves backed by its panel of three parliamentarians - Tory Lord Young of Graffam, Labour's Lord Harris of Haringey and for the LibDems Lord Razzall of Mortlake.

The group notes the long-term decline of UK manufacturing and the recent collapse of financial services shows the need for the UK to have some basis for sustainable growth in the future. The group calls for all political parties to embrace the same five point strategy as follows.

Firstly the creation of 250,000 technology jobs over the next eight to ten years. Secondly the harnessing of international entrepreneurs to mentor UK start-ups.

Thirdly the group wants the Treasury to change tax incentives for businesses and individuals to encourage investment in technology firms, and fourthly it calls for specific fiscal incentives for UK tech firms to accelerate R&D spending. Finally, the group calls for action to encourage international tech firms to invest in the UK.

To support new jobs, the group calls for improved and extending IT courses at universities and business schools.

Panellist Richard Holway, chairman of TechMarketView LLP, said: "Britain has some very good IP-rich technology companies, but the opportunity exists to have many more in the years to come.

"Politics, academia and business leaders should now embrace these recommendations as a roadmap for the growth and regeneration of the technology industry that Britain deserves."

The group aims to refine the manifesto over the next few months and would welcome your comments. We wish them well, but doubt their ability to get their targets adopted by either of the main political parties.

More info here. ®

SANS - Survey on application security programs

More from The Register

next story
Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?
And just when Brit banking org needs £400m to stay afloat
One year on: diplomatic fail as Chinese APT gangs get back to work
Mandiant says past 12 months shows Beijing won't call off its hackers
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Don't let no-hire pact suit witnesses call Steve Jobs a bullyboy, plead Apple and Google
'Irrelevant' character evidence should be excluded – lawyers
EFF: Feds plan to put 52 MILLION FACES into recognition database
System would identify faces as part of biometrics collection
Lavabit loses contempt of court appeal over protecting Snowden, customers
Judges rule complaints about government power are too little, too late
Whoever you vote for, Google gets in
Report uncovers giant octopus squid of lobbying influence
Ex-Tony Blair adviser is new top boss at UK spy-hive GCHQ
Robert Hannigan to replace Sir Iain Lobban in the autumn
Alphadex fires back at British Gas with overcharging allegation
Brit colo outfit says it paid for 347KVA, has been charged for 1940KVA
Jack the RIPA: Blighty cops ignore law, retain innocents' comms data
Prime minister: Nothing to see here, go about your business
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a defence for mobile apps
In this whitepaper learn the various considerations for defending mobile applications; from the mobile application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies needed to properly assess mobile applications risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.