15th November 2019

On the eve of Labour’s announcement of free future broadband for all, Richard Quigley met champions of the Island technology community at the third IOW Tech Drinks held at Quay Arts on Thursday, 14 November.

Richard spoke with representatives of Island companies, who highlighted the opportunities for a growing industry and the potential benefits that would have for our communities.

Richard said:

“The IT and technology sector become one of our major employers over the
next 10 years, and we need to make sure we provide the environment to incubate and grow this vital sector of our Island economy.”

“The Island is an attractive place for IT and technology companies to develop and relocate, with the developing connectivity infrastructure which potentially can put us on a par with technology hubs all over the world.”

“I believe that we must support this sector to grow. We need to look at supporting local technology business with access to affordable and appropriate office space with facilities to rival other tech hubs. We need to give the sector the opportunity to design and develop the facilities that they need to meet its growth.”

“We need to ensure that there is appropriate access to affordable housing for employees, to buy and to rent. We have brownfield sites where this could be realised with sufficient involvement from central and local government.”

“Many of our young people move off the Island to pursue an education and develop their careers, and this sector gives us the opportunity to attract people to return to the Island. I want to help us create a supported Technology Campus providing world class training and learning opportunities to degree level.”

“From the discussions that took place, it’s clear that the technology sector can be a vital cog in the supporting our Island community, and as MP I would do everything possible to help, encourage and support them.”