If the adoption of 5G technologies by UK industry is to be accelerated, then a key of focus has to be uptake from small and medium size enterprises (SMEs). These businesses make up approximately 99% of all businesses, and 52% of UK business turnover. UK5G is therefore establishing a new Working Group which will work to engage SMEs in conjunction with Local Enterprise Partners (LEPs) in England and equivalent bodies in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The Working Group will advise on the development a viable and achievable plan for encouraging SME and other business adoption of 5G technologies. This advice may take the form of strategic thinking integrated with LEP’s own economic strategies which may contribute towards a stand-alone, UK-wide policy report in the future.
This represents an exciting opportunity for a small number of experienced individuals to join the Working Group to contribute to a significant national initiative which could have lasting positive economic impact across the UK. We envisage that members will have a range of experience, skills and insight derived both from the supply (telecoms) and demand (potential customers of 5G) side of industry.
In addition, required capabilities might also include:
- Relevant businesses that might provide insight into the needs of SME generally, or SMEs themselves
- Senior responsibility within/across one or more LEPs
- Deep sector knowledge for specific industries
- Expertise in 5G technologies
- Links to local, relevant research bases
The call for applications is open and will close on 2nd June. We will inform successful applicants by 10th June with a view to establishing an outline plan of activity in June.
If you would like to apply to join this group please submit your interest here.