The Blackpool Pride of Place Partnership announces ‘Digital Vision’ for Blackpool

6 May 2021

The Blackpool Pride of Place Partnership has brought together a group of leaders from business, the public sector and the local community to create a ‘Digital Vision’ for Blackpool.

L-R: Laura James – Blackpool Pride of Place, Dave Newman – Koerber Supply Chain, Alan Cavill – Blackpool Council, Kirsten Brown – Atos, Ben Mansford – Blackpool Football Club, Laurence Bates – DWP Digital

In a world where digital is a key enabler, the Partnership wanted to create a vision, with a roadmap to enable Blackpool to become the smartest and best-connected town in the UK.

Workshops were recently held to to build a plan for the digital economy to improve the socio-economic outcomes for Blackpool. The workshops explored how to:

• Build on Blackpool’s key digital infrastructure so it becomes a catalyst for
transformation
• Shape Blackpool’s digital narrative as one that develops, nurtures, and attracts
employment and industry
• Strengthen economic growth
• Map Blackpool’s digital economy to evolve and thrive post Covid-19
• Create better lives.

The 2030 Digital Vision created was entitled: ‘Riding the digital wave to economic and social prosperity’

Stakeholders from the community, health, transport, education and business, pooled together ideas for the resort’s digital future, with a focus on improving citizen’s digital literacy, supporting tech start-ups and ensuring access to affordable high-speed broadband for all Blackpool residents.

It also seeks to capitalise on the installation of the North Atlantic Loop, a subsea fibre-optic cable connecting the UK to New York and mainland Europe, which landed on Blackpool’s shores in October last year.

The ‘Digital Vision’ sets out an ambitious plan for the next nine years, which aligns with the 2030 Town Prospectus, published by the Blackpool Pride of Place Partnership last year. This is all part of a vision for Blackpool to be a thriving coastal community by 2030.

As part of this work, Blackpool has been awarded infrastructure funding of £39.5m from the Government’s Towns Fund to help boost the local economy.
If you or your business are interested in taking part in further sessions to be held over the summer, then please contact Laura.James@bitc.org.uk.

 

Read the Digital Vision here

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