Boris Johnson wants London to become the tech capital of the world, and – in the process – drive growth and create jobs across the city.
The London Mayor focused on Tech City, the technology business cluster in east London, as the driving force behind his vision for transforming the capital.
Johnson said he wants Tech City, which reaches from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to the Old Street Roundabout on the border between Hackney and Islington, to attract even more companies of all sizes and ages.
He also believes the inaugural Technology Week, taking place between 16 and 20 June, will be a “key moment” in establishing London as the tech capital of the world.
Additionally, the Mayor has appointed nine people to form the London Tech Ambassadors Group, including Kathryn Parsons, co-CEO of Decoded, Gerard Grech, CEO of Tech City UK, and entrepreneur and investor Sherry Coutu.
Commenting on his ambitions for the city, Johnson said: “There is nowhere to rival London for tech firms to thrive and grow – we have the talent, the investors, and the entrepreneurial spirit.
“I want London’s world-class tech sector to be as well-known around the globe as our tourism, arts and financial services – it certainly deserves to be. London is where it all comes together.”
Deputy Mayor for London, Kit Malthouse, who will chair the London Tech Ambassadors Group, added: “I am delighted at the creation of this new group of tech ambassadors, which contains some of London’s most high profile advocates for its wildly successful tech sector.
“These ambassadors will provide a voice for the industry and ensure that London’s tech firms continue to develop and grow.”
The Mayor has also commissioned a Long Term Infrastructure Investment Plan that, it is claimed, will ensure London has the required infrastructure, such as broadband access, “to remain one of the best cities in the world to live, work and do business in”