DTI launches e-commerce forum

Initiative aims to bridge widening technology gap

The government has launched an online showcase of businesses’ innovative use of broadband technology as a means of bridging a growing divide between large and small firms.

Citing research showing nearly a quarter of retailers have not considered venturing into e-commerce and that most were small, micro-businesses, the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) is inviting firms to submit case studies to its new Broadband Showcase.

Firms of any size, from every industry and sector are urged to put forward details of how they have used broadband in an original way and how it has benefited their company.

The Broadband Showcase website is part of the DTI’s Digital Content Forum (DCF) initiative, which aims to create a two-way conduit between industry and government to facilitate the drafting of new policy.

“The showcase will help forward-thinking businesspeople justify investment in broadband technology and educate people and help them understand the ways this new technology can improve their business,” said Emma Williams, director of the DCF.

Ministers hope the showcase will close the widening technology gap between large and small firms and encourage companies to eventually move beyond basic e-commerce into further, more expansive uses of broadband technology.

“There’s no doubt that the UK has a thriving content industry, but now more than ever it is vital that we stimulate and promote strong and healthy content businesses,” said Stephen Timms, former minister for e-commerce and competitiveness.

“We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with the DCF to ensure that the UK digital content industry is a global winner.”

The showcase can be found at www.broadbandshowcase.org.uk.

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