Sion Simon - 2010 and Beyond

Alastair | 21 Jan 2010, 15:19

Creative Industries Minister, Siôn Simon has urged creative businesses to pitch into the £10m Digital Test Bed being established by the Technology Strategy Board.

In a speech to last week’s OC&C/Enders Analysis ‘2010 & Beyond’ conference, hosted by the Natural History Museum, Simon trailed the test bed programme which will give creative businesses access to an online forum for trialling micropayment mechanisms and other new anti-piracy business innovations.

The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) is looking for firms to make up partnerships and run trials of the Test Bed which will be up and running in the autumn. TSB will be providing support to businesses who get involved – see here for contact details.
Simon describes the initiative as ‘real, practical help to make digital work for the creative economy,’ and a part of a ‘serious plan to make digital work for everyone in the community’ – a reference to theDigital Economy Bill, currently working its way through the Lords committee stages (day 6 of committee stage on 3rd Feb).
In his speech, Simon also championed the Government’s plans for universal and superfast broadband, its school-to-workplace programme for widening and deepening the UK’s future pool of creative talent, and the success of last October’s c&binet conference in bringing the sector together.
You can read Siôn Simon’s speech text on the DCMS website.