Technology growth sectors revealed

From left: Elizabeth Sheldon, Biztech and Fredi Nonyelu, chairman of Biztech, Rob Baxter, MD Railcare, Iain Stewart MP, Dr Ann Limb, Milton Keynes Partnership,Jonathan Bailey, Institute of Directors, Dr Maurizio Pilu, Technology Strategy Board and David Hill, Milton Keynes Council
From left: Elizabeth Sheldon, Biztech and Fredi Nonyelu, chairman of Biztech, Rob Baxter, MD Railcare, Iain Stewart MP, Dr Ann Limb, Milton Keynes Partnership,Jonathan Bailey, Institute of Directors, Dr Maurizio Pilu, Technology Strategy Board and David Hill, Milton Keynes Council

A TECHNOLOGY forum in Milton Keynes was told that cost effective digital delivery of public services is a growth opportunity for companies in the sector.

Businesses and guests enjoyed a lively debate on the role of the Technology Strategy Board and the opportunities for businesses in Milton Keynes at an event organised by Biztech.

Guest speaker Dr Maurizio Pilu, lead technologist for digital at the Technology Strategy Board outlined the roles of the organisation with its goal of making the UK a global leader in innovation.

Dr Pilu highlighted the value of connected devices across a variety of sectors, as well as the cost effectiveness of digital delivery of public services as key areas.

He summarised that as an early adopter of new technology and web applications the UK was uniquely placed to utilise this knowledge and gain a competitive advantage on a global stage.

Dr Pilu acknowledged that in the past some businesses had struggled with securing investment, with it being either too little or too late.

However he highlighted that working across businesses, universities and government groups the Technology Strategy Board had invested over £750m in its first three years.

Dr Pilu continued that SME’s played a key role in the innovation process but stressed they needed to collaborate more to take advantages of their advances and identified that this required a ‘change in mindset’ for some.

He also suggested there was ‘systematic challenge’ facing business and other bodies in how to make money from theinformation that they had available.

Fredi Nonyelu, chairman of Biztech, said: “We are delighted to welcome Dr Pilu to Milton Keynes and gain a better understanding of the vision at the Technology Strategy Board and opportunities through its various initiatives for businesses locally.

“Throughout 2010 Biztech has provided a forum for local businesses to engage on topics on a local, regional and national level. Our plans for 2011 are just as exciting and I look forward to sharing this dialogue with both old and new faces in the coming year.”