There are around 4m self-employed and micro enterprises in the UK, it is a sector that has grown rapidly and now accounts for 76% of all UK businesses. These businesses have the most to gain from getting online and we have many notable success stories in the UK’s vibrant digital economy. But this section of […]Read more
With more data than ever being collected and analysed, businesses are increasingly able to develop insights into how their key audiences think and act. This is particularly true of the online realm, where people are spending more and more of their time. As the number of an individual’s online interactions grow, so does their digital […]Read more
Concerns about underfunding, increasing waiting times and the severity of this year’s ‘Winter crisis’ have combined with the prospect of a looming general election to ensure that the NHS has never been far from the top of the political agenda. PICTFOR’s first event of the year sought to look beyond the party political disagreements and […]Read more
To round off PICTFOR’s 2014, our Treasurer Lord Toby Harris welcomed members and parliamentarians to the House of Lords – or, as he drily described it, the “business end of the house” – for PICTFOR’s Annual Dinner. The dinner began with the Shadow Minister for Digital Government & Cyber Security, and PICTFOR co-chair, Chi Onwurah […]Read more
PICTFOR’s President, The Speaker, John Bercow MP, delivered an excellent keynote speech to our industry and parliamentary membership on 21st July 2014. Last year The Speaker announced a commission on Digital Democracy to investigate the use of modern technology in Parliament. This commission is tasked with nothing more than upgrading Parliament to “version 2.0″. An informative panel […]Read more
PICTFOR is delighted to announce that our Second Twitter Awards will coincide with our longstanding Annual Summer Reception in 2014. The evening begins with a Twitter Teach-In from social media expert Mark Margaretten, followed by the Awards Ceremony hosted by the Independent on Sunday’s John Rentoul. Afterwards, Chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, John Whittingdale MP, provides the keynore speech to our annual Summer Reception.Read more
On 13th May 2014 PICTFOR’s industry, parliamentary and academic membership attended a debate to discuss the variety of policy proposals that could emerge from the technology sector ahead of the formal drawing up of the political parties manifestos’. John Burn-Murdoch, a data journalist at the Financial Times chaired the evening, whilst the panel consisted of […]Read more
– The Future of Digital Government: Building services so good that citizens want to use them – On Wednesday 18th March, an audience of PICTFOR’s parliamentary and business membership gathered in the Macmillan Room to listen to a debate on The Future of Digital Government. PICTFOR’s Vice-chair, Stephen Timms MP, chaired the panel discussion. […]Read more
In collaboration with The Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT), PICTFOR led a delegation of parliamentarians, including PICTFOR’s co-Chair Stephen Mosley MP and Vice Chair Andrew Miller MP, as well as academics and industry representatives to the European Parliament to discuss UK/EU cyber security co-operation. The 2-day visit began on Tuesday 11th February and involved […]Read more
PICTFOR was delighted to hold the “The Europe Debate” on 4th February 2014 in the Grand Committee Room, Houses of Parliament.
The event was focused on whether UK technology companies benefit from EU membership, and whether the digital single market is good for UK business.
We heard from academics, industry leaders, and political figures including Bill Cash MP, Chair of the European Scrutiny Committee. The evening was hosted by PICTFOR Co-Chairs Chi Onwurah MP and Stephen Mosley MP, and moderated by The Guardian’s technology editor, Charles Arthur.Read more