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Minister announces new digital technology partnership in Wales
Emma Kennedy - March 8, 2016

Matt Hancock has announced a tech partnership between the Office for National Statistics and Alacrity for the next generation of digital talent.

Minister for the Cabinet Office, Matthew Hancock, on 25 February visited South Wales to announce a new partnership between the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and Newport educational charity Alacrity.

The new partnership will bring the digital expertise of Alacrity to the ONS, one of Newport’s biggest employers, as it develops and modernises the UK’s key economic statistics.

The minister visited Alacrity – the UK’s only charity tech incubator – and saw for himself the Welsh digital revolution taking place. Alacrity’s mission is to mentor the brightest graduates in Wales to create a new generation of British digital workers.

During his visit, the minister met students going through their Graduate Entrepreneurship programme as well as companies that have completed it. He also visited the Office for National Statistics headquarters in Newport.

The minister also met with a range of digital innovators and entrepreneurs in Cardiff which, alongside, Newport, is the fastest growing tech cluster in the UK.

Matthew Hancock, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, said:

“Digital technology has the potential to revitalise government and business, supporting the economy and the UK.

“The potential to revolutionise and build organisations through high quality digital skills should not be underestimated, and businesses such as Alacrity are changing the digital landscape of Wales through training and developing skills.”