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Talent shortage threat to London as global tech hub

A shortage of skills, including a lack of students with good maths and science, is threatening the capital's position as the global hub for technology, say business experts.

Growth of London's technology industry under threat Credit: ITN

The Tech London Advocates add that immigration controls are also stopping talent from outside the UK coming in. 172 of their members said they had difficulty finding employees that meet their requirements which, they say, is having a serious impact on the growth of London's technology industry.


Maker Faire comes to Queen Elizabeth Park

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Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford in 2012 Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Tech enthusiasts, engineers and enthusiasts will gather in Stratford next summer when Marker Faire arrives in the UK.

The original Maker Faire event was held in California in 2012 and it has seen crowds grow to hundreds of thousands.

It's the first time the annual flagship fair has been held outside the US

Hogan-Howe: Technology to help reduce bureaucracy

Technology will help reduce bureaucracy, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said, as the force unveiled its latest strategy in digital policing.

The head of Scotland Yard added:

We are going to use technology to stop crime, arrest offenders or help victims. We need to keep police officers out of police stations and reduce bureaucracy. Digital policing will help us to do this.

Digital policing vision 'to cut crime and costs'

Digital Policing vision will cut crime, costs and boost confidence, Metropolitan Police say. Credit: PA

The Metropolitan Police has published its vision of how it will use technology to transform crime fighting in the capital.

The force is set to invest up to £200 million over three years into new technology, as part of the Total Technology strategy.

According to the report, it is said to cut ongoing IT costs by 30%, allowing officers to spend more time catching criminals and helping victims.


£15.5 million for innovative firms

The Prime Minister announced a £15.5m funding package for innovative firms today Credit: Ruth Banks/ITN

The Prime Minister has unveiled a £15.5 million funding package to support innovative firms today, pledging to "make Britain the best place in the world in which to start and grow a business".

World-class technology experts will be given fast-tracked visas under a push to attract the best international talent to the United Kingdom's digital sector.

During a visit to Tech City, Britain's answer to Silicon Valley in East London today, Mr Cameron outlined plans for the Government to open up the exceptional talent visa route - usually reserved for international leaders in science and the arts - from April next year.

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