Digital Place

Our residents, visitors and businesses will enjoy faster broadband connectivity through initiatives including public Wi-Fi, the Internet of Things and other smart technology solutions that will help reduce energy consumption, lower emissions, improve public safety and help make the East Riding a more attractive place to be.

Background

Our residents, visitors and businesses will enjoy faster broadband connectivity through initiatives including public Wi-Fi, the Internet of Things and other smart technology solutions that will help reduce energy consumption, lower emissions, improve public safety and help make the East Riding a more attractive place to be.

The East Riding will have a thriving digital business sector, with start-ups, scale-ups and established businesses creating growth and prosperity. Digital solutions will help us to maximise our economic potential by developing the necessary infrastructure and skills base to drive sustainable productivity and jobs growth.

Partner organisations will be able to work with the council and with each other more effectively, supported by digital collaboration tools and making use of shared data and digital platforms to enable a more joined-up, Smart County approach to delivering positive change in the East Riding.

Digital Skills for Businesses

Digital skills for businesses range from basic digital skills for employees who are not used to digital ways of working, up to digital skills for the future for careers in artificial intelligence, robotics and other digital innovations.

Why we're doing it

Digital skills in business are more important today than they have ever been. With consumer expectations accelerated, it is important for the digital ambitions of the East Riding to support businesses in meeting and exceeding these expectations.

How we're doing it

Attracting and retaining digitally skilled people, alongside upskilling and reskilling existing employees is key. We want to raise digital skills across businesses and allow them to interact digitally within their marketplace.

You will find more information about how we’re helping businesses to become more digitally skilled on this page from January 2022, but if you have any queries in the meantime, please get in touch.

Humber Local Digital Skills Partnership

The Humber Local Digital Skills Partnership was set up with the aim of improving digital skills for people and organisations within the region.

It brings together public, private and charity sector organisations to help increase the digital capability of individuals and businesses.

The partnership is made up of business leaders, education providers and the Hull and East Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

Why we're doing it

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is working with the Humber Local Digital Skills Partnership to understand the digital skills training offer across the region.

We are looking at what courses are available at all digital skill levels from beginners through to digital professionals, and at the same time, looking at what demand there is for these skills in the workplace.

The aim is to raise the digital skill level in the Humber area by raising the ambition of employers, employees, residents and training providers to engage with digital skills.

How we're doing it

The partnership will:

  • Act as a signpost to relevant digital skills training via local providers.

  • Provide a digital skills maturity and capacity self-assessment diagnostic tool to identify digital skills support needs for individuals, local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and micro businesses.

  • Provide access to information and support via the Local Enterprise Partnership’s growth hub advisor team.

  • Publish digital adoption case studies from across the region, from a variety of local companies and organisations. Take a look at these case studies on the Hull and East Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership website.

Invest East Riding

The Invest East Riding website showcases the range of services, opportunities and support on offer from starting and growing your business to seeking to locate your business in the area.

How we’re doing it

The council’s business investment services team delivers the services offered, including:

  • Business support including one-to-one confidential business advice, business information and networking events.

  • Free registration onto on the online Supply Chain Directory.

  • Access to interrogate the online Supply Chain Directory.

  • Regular business intelligence updates including local supply chain opportunities via e-news bulletins.

  • Business accommodation through a range of modern business centres offering a stimulating, friendly and professional business environment with office and workshop accommodation suitable for start-up, small and medium-sized businesses. 

  • Access to partner organisations and services such as AURA Innovation Centre linking academia to industry in order to develop new business concepts and products, re-model existing technologies or produce prototypes through 3D printing.

  • Inward investment project management from the initial planning phase.

Smart County

Digital technology underpins almost every aspect of modern living across work, travel, leisure and health.

Our Smart County approach aims to ensure that the East Riding of Yorkshire is a ‘smart region’ by exploring the use of new digital technologies, data and connectivity to build new digital infrastructure that can be used to develop innovative solutions to some of the area’s challenges.

What it is

‘Smart County’ will deploy new technology to enhance digital connectivity and data in innovative ways to address the East Riding’s challenges via three key projects:

  • 5G connectivity framework - exploring opportunities to deploy the underlying wireless infrastructure that will eventually support a host of new applications such as connected cars, virtual and augmented reality and rural wireless connectivity.
  • Internet of Things (IoT) and Data Platform - deploying a LoRaWAN network and piloting projects to use IoT sensors and data to improve the quality of life for communities in and around the East Riding. The IoT pilot network will available to use for the public, businesses and education to stimulate innovation, learning and economic growth.
  • Public Access Wi-Fi - extending and enhancing our current public network to outdoor areas. Supporting tourism, major events and local businesses with high-speed connectivity.

We will use digital technologies, data and connectivity to:

  • Improve our digital infrastructure and solutions for businesses to innovate and grow the economy.
  • Help improve the lives of people working and living in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
  • Enhance the experience and enjoyment of people visiting the area.
  • Support place-based decision making through the availability of data.
  • Make available the appropriate data and networks to industry, education, public sector, third sector and the public to enable social and commercial innovation.

What we’re doing

To develop the East Riding as a ‘smart county’ we will consider connectivity and the digital infrastructure required to harness opportunities to grow the economy. This will be done through initiatives such as:

  • Providing high speed mobile and Wi-Fi connectivity for tourists and visitors to enjoy a better connected and digitally rich experience when visiting the East Riding.
  • Adopting a 5G-first approach to wireless connectivity, which will play a key role in our Smart County future.
  • Improving the rural broadband connectivity in the region using wireless solutions.
  • Creating an Internet of Things (IoT) network of physical objects that are embedded with sensors, software and other technologies for the purpose of connecting and exchanging data with other devices and systems over the internet.
  • Enhancing the features and datasets available through the East Riding Intelligence Hub to be the key public access point for the smart county data; this will allow residents and businesses to use public facing data sets about the place they live and work.

How we’re doing this

Work is progressing with focus on the following areas:

5G

  • we’re facilitating improved coverage and faster deployment of 5G by following the principles of the DCMS Digital Connectivity Infrastructure Accelerator and the Mobile UK Local Authority Checklist.
  • undertaking closer partnership working with Mobile Network Operators and exploring the use of 5G to address rural connectivity issues.

IoT

  • delivering a pilot Internet of Things (IoT) LoRaWAN network and smart data platform covering Bridlington and the north east Wolds rural area.
  • deploying a wide range of IOT sensors in areas covering:
  • making the LoRaWAN network available to use for the public, businesses and education via The Things Network and undertaking projects to stimulate innovation, learning and economic growth in manufacturing, agritech, environmental, tourism, renewables and education sectors.

Transport

  • making it easier for residents to use more sustainable transport and reducing congestion.

Environment

  • supporting the better management of our water, energy and air quality.

Smart living

  • improving the quality of life for communities in and around the East Riding.

Public Access Wi-Fi

  • expanding our current public network to Bridlington South Beach and Esplanade providing high-speed connectivity for beach huts, cafes, retail shops, B&Bs, local traders, supporting tourism and major events.

Broadband connectivity

The Broadband East Riding Programme strives to ensure access to the best possible broadband connectivity across the East Riding of Yorkshire area and support the Government’s target for 85% of the country’s premises to have access to gigabit services by 2025.

Between 2013 and 2019, Contract 1 and 2 of the Broadband East Riding Programme delivered approximately 50,000 superfast broadband connections to premises across the region via national framework contracts coordinated by Building Digital UK (BDUK), part of the Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Contract 3 of the Broadband East Riding Programme, which aims to deliver gigabit capable connectivity to over 1,300 premises, is approaching completion.

What we will do

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is supporting the government target of delivering gigabit-capable connectivity to 85% of premises in the UK by 2025. As of February 2022, it is estimated that 79% of the East Riding of Yorkshire has access to gigabit capable connectivity to date, with 97.7% of the region able to access superfast speeds.

How we will do it

East Riding of Yorkshire Council will continue to work with active suppliers in the area to understand commercial build of gigabit capable services. Areas that are not covered by commercial build will be communicated to BDUK for public intervention. It is the intention of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council to utilise funding from various available sources, including funding from Project Gigabit from BDUK, to ensure all areas of the East Riding of Yorkshire can receive gigabit capable connectivity.

Any premises that are not covered by commercial build or the existing Contract 3, may be eligible for the UK Gigabit Voucher Scheme (GVBS). Residents and businesses that wish to make use of the GBVS should apply directly to their supplier of choice from a list approved by BDUK. The supplier then costs the delivery of a connection and applies to BDUK to offset the costs with funding of up to £1500 and £3500 for residential and small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) premises respectively.

There is also a top up scheme available from East Riding of Yorkshire Council as part of the GBVS that could double the funding contribution if specific criteria are met, such as the premises rurality and the current available internet speeds. In some cases, residents or businesses may be required to contribute some funding to the work if the voucher funding does not sufficiently offset commercial delivery costs.

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