Brexit could threaten London’s position as the data capital of Europe. This is according to a new report released at the UK data conference Big Data LDN.
“Data is the fuel of the digital economy,” according to the UK government. Despite the importance of data, some experts believe that Brexit could potentially damage the UK’s position in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution Post-Brexit
The report, The Fourth Industrial Revolution, was independently conducted by Coleman Parks for Big Data LDN. The report gathered information from 500 data experts working in large enterprises.
Almost half of the respondents displayed a lack of confidence in London’s reign as Europe’s data capital. 45% of data experts said that Brexit will not help London’s position in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
In addition, 17% said that Brexit will actually make it impossible for London to continue as a data capital. However, 34% of data leaders insisted that Brexit will be a force for good.
Moreover, 15% of respondents considered Brexit essential for London to become the data capital of the continent. On the other hand, 21% said that Brexit will have absolutely no impact on London’s position as the data capital.
A once-in-a-generation opportunity
Alan Mak, MP, Chair of the All-Party Group on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, said that the UK has a “once-in-a-generation opportunity to be a world leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” In this respect, Mak sees the UK building on its position as “a global hub for innovation and data-driven economic growth.”
However, he added that “challenges such as the digital skills gap, cyber-security, and a lack of business investment in digital transformation and automation will make it harder for businesses to compete in the global economy.”
Big Data LDN founder Bill Hammond, said “Britain’s data leaders show a lack of confidence in Brexit as the catalyst enabling the UK to lead the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” Hammond also stated that some leaders believe it will “hinder” the UK’s position in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
“Instead, the UK’s data leaders are choosing to garner more insight from the data they already have,” he said. “Increasingly though, they are looking for the data science skills to discover and interpret even more data to gain the edge over global competition.”
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