The government is urging tech companies to target the education and healthcare sectors in a bid to encourage the industry's growth outside London.
According to digital economy minister, Ed Vaizey, the next generation of tech entrepreneurs and contractors should focus on the sectors that are mainly state backed in order to ensure companies make the most of new technology outside of London.
"In education, universities and colleges are already using massive online courses, so lectures and courses can reach a much wider audience, costing less. Could schools benefit from similar innovations?” he said.
Commenting on recent data, Mr Vaizey stated that more than 70 per cent of digital businesses in the UK are currently based outside London and applauded the establishment of large tech brands beyond the capital.
However, he argued that he wanted to see the digital economy "expand its footprint", increasing the number of businesses and IT contractors across the UK to ensure the sector is successful country wide.
Mr Vaizey has also suggested that the rollout of super fast broadband could be the key to expanding the digital sector to more remote areas, and suggested that the government is now planning to give every home and business in the country the legal right to request fast broadband in a bid to tackle this problem.