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The Corporate IT Forum exhibited at and participated in the Coalition Autumn 2012 Party Conferences, campaigning on members' behalf around three priorities:

  1. Skills Shortages.
  2. Awareness, prevention, mitigation and resolution of Cybercrime
  3. Promoting Business IT Innovation

Ministerial Announcements and Comments

"Schools reform - the single most important economic investment this country will make"
- George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer

"We urgently need to ensure our children study rigorous disciplines instead of pseudo-subjects. Otherwise we will be left behind"
- Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education

"We need innovation in the education system to get where we need to be."
- David Laws, Minister of State, Education & Cabinet Office

"How many innovators and wealth creators have we foregone because of their lack of opportunity?"
- Tim Farron, MP; President of the Liberal Democrats

"A skills policy [is] required for economic growth which takes into account the needs of business...[we] need to engage business to form policy on skills" - Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Ministers, MPs and House of Lords representatives met included:

  • Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury
  • Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister
  • Lord Feldman, Party Chairman
  • Julian Huppert, Home Affairs Select Committee, Lib Dem Science & Technology Policy committees
  • Baronness Judith Jolly, Co-Chair, Parliamentary Party Committee on Health and Social Care
  • David Laws, Minister of State, Education & Cabinet Office
  • George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer
  • Grant Shapps, Minister of State (without Portfolio)
  • Chloe Smith, Parliamentary Secretary to the Cabinet Office
  • Jo Swinson, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Business, Innovation and Skills
  • David Willets, Minister of State, Universities & Science

Current Results

  • The Corporate IT Forum collaborates with Royal Academy of Engineering
  • V3.co.uk has invited the Forum's Education & Skills Commission to be their partner in a campaign about better visibility of creating ICT curriculum.
  • CompTIa and Cambridge Assessments request collaboration
  • Written statement to Coalition on lack of confidence in Government approach/investment/support for Business
  • The Corporate IT Forum accepts Vince Cable's invitation to join the Digital Debate, to build a stronger relationship with the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills


Making a Difference

"Just wanted to say thanks; another great day where I have come out with more knowledge than I entered with. I have never not found a day interesting"
IT Support Manager, PR and Marketing Industry

"l really did enjoy the summit. The expertise of attendees, the scope and depth of knowledge was great"
Systems Engineer, Central Government

"[The event] saved us £50,000, which we would have paid a consultant to tell us the same things"
Strategy Manager, Defence and Aerospace Industry

"The workshop validated the marketplace for supplier apps; participants were of a uniformly high standard; personally, I value highly the ethos of The Forum in the fact that it is supplier independent"
Development Officer, Local Government

"Really useful day at The Corporate IT Forum - lots to take away and discuss back at work"
Service Manager, Media and Publishing Industry

"Many thanks; [the event was] very good and beneficial"
Supplier Manager, Manufacturing Industry

"The Corporate IT Forum is a fantastic level check, free of vendor sell and consultancy hype. I like the open sharing of experience"
Head of Global Strategy & Architecture, Defence and Aerospace Industry

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