Midlands Engine Digital

Accelerating Digital Connectivity

Midlands Engine Digital

Accelerating Digital Connectivity

by Gareth Roberts

Imagine a region with connectivity second to none. A region of digitised businesses and exceptional digital skills. One where digital underpins our competitiveness – domestically and globally. And a region where there is no digital poverty, no digital divide.

Enabling smart public services and digitalised business is a key focus to drive regional competitiveness. Home to the UK’s first multicity 5G testbed, enabling 5G connectivity is worth £5 billion to the Midlands economy over the next five years and a further £15.9 billion over the subsequent five years.

Work across the Midlands Engine Partnership has delivered the first pan-regional connectivity map, tracking 4G, 5G and fibre + gigabit connections – a powerful evidence base to support faster infrastructure delivery, secure private and public sector investment, and drive digital levelling up.

Connectivity | Midlands Engine

The goals of Midlands Digital are to:

    • Lead a shared ambitious vision for our future digital landscape
    • Accelerate connectivity roll-out
    • Attract inward investment in digital trials and technologies
    • Lead and deliver the digital actions within the Ten Point Plan for Green Growth in the Midlands Engine
    • Work to measurably reduce the digital divide in our region and close the digital poverty gap
    • Accelerate digital for business to support development of future industries in our region
    • Quantify and work to address the digital skills gap
    • Underpin future regional competitiveness through digital connectivity

Midlands Digital is supported by two bodies who oversee its work and provide challenge and guidance on its activities:

Midlands Digital Strategy Board

Midlands Digital Steering Group


Discontinuous Innovation in the Midlands Engine

Midlands Engine | DIME project report front cover