The UK government is attempting to coax foreign investment in the country’s digital economy, in case everything turns to ruin after Brexit.
Digital minister Matt Hancock (he is a real minister, by the way, not a simulation) is off to Singapore to hawk for trade, while culture secretary Karen Bradley has been dispatched to Scandinavia to see if any Nordic digital enterprises are interested in investing in the UK’s uncertain future.
Bradley said: ‘I’ll be in Finland and Sweden to showcase and promote the UK’s booming digital economy and outline how deeper collaboration with our world-leading companies can benefit both regions.’
The minister will visit something called Start-up Sauna and the Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats which are both in Finland. Then it’s off to see how things are going at the Civil Contingencies Agency in Sweden.
Hancock MP, meanwhile, is going to meet with videogame giants Sega (I’m genuinely envious) and Sony to chat about the UK’s gaming sector. The minister is taking a delegation of cyber security startups with him to play games for a few days, sorry, I mean discuss investment in the country’s digital infrastructure.
According to Hancock: ‘The UK is a world leader in cyber security and our industry is thriving with exports worth nearly £1.5bn last year. I’m determined to help the next generation of firms grow as we build a truly global Britain and hope to make real progress by leading a delegation including some of the nation’s most innovative businesses.’