By Jonathan Davies

Technology firms in the UK are calling on government to appoint "digital ministers" in every department.

TechUK, an influential group which represents more than 850 tech firms in the UK, also called for better rules to allow more highly skilled workers into the country.

Julian David, TechUK chief executive, said current migration and visa rules do not go far enough to helping entrepreneurs and startups.

He said: "You've got to make sure the UK becomes a hub for digital skills.

"My members tell me it helps, but start-ups find it difficult to plot their way through the bureaucracy and the cost."

Mr David praised the work of Tech City UK, which has helped tech startups in the Silicon Roundabout area of East London. But he said a 'digital economy' needs to be on the agenda for the whole country.

He said: We've got fantastic capability in clusters around the country.

"When you look at places like Cambridge, there's a pattern of success there for growing digitally-focused, very large, very successful companies such as [chip maker] Arm Holdings.

"The next government should ensure there is cabinet-level leadership to develop and execute a single digital strategy that rolls up the digital economy, digitalisation of government and digital inclusion," the document reads.

"Other systemically important policy domains have a clear departmental lead and a strong voice at the Cabinet table - it is time the full significance of digital is recognised in the same way."

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