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The "G" word, growth, is on the tip of a lot of tongues at the moment, so I decided to attend a discussion relevant to Digital businesses, held at the new Google Campus.

It was organised by COADEC, who do a great job in organising pertinent digital networking events, and progressing important dialogues on digital development in the UK, and I'm very happy to support them.

Disappointed that Kulveer Ranger Director of Environment and Digital London for the Mayor of London was unable to attend, as I was really looking forward to hearing what he had to say. He must be a really busy person with two very important briefs, Environment and Digital, to cover for London.

However, Andrew Humphries, Tech City Champion at the UKTI, Chris Yiu, Head of Digital Government at Policy Exchange, Greg McCulloch, MC Interxion spoke on the subject with Sara Kelly of Coadec hosting the event.

In my opinion, Digital London, is now very well supported, by Mentors, entrepreneurial platforms, start up accelerators, investors, Government, Universities etc. It was interesting to observe Chris Yiu's considered thoughts on what else could be done to minimise business administration, and to consider different tax routes for start ups. There do not seem to be many stones left unturned by the Government in terms of what help can be offered to assist with the rapid development of the sector. Excluding start ups from Employer National Insurance is a good idea that is supported by many politicians, but this is still on the back burner.

However, with all the help and focus, there are some successes coming through the pipeline. Andrew Humphries mentioned two, who received investment from Californian VC's recently. I have found from my mentoring work, that patience is required, developments take time.

One thought running through my mind from last night, is that we need many more new digital ideas to accelerate growth more rapidly. Ideas not just from the Tech Sector, or from the next generation coming through, but ideas from different groups from anywhere in the world, certainly across the UK. The infrastructure exists in London to support the development of ideas. The idealists might not want to develop the ideas, but others can do this for them. The question I am asking myself is how can these ideas be stimulated, how can they be harvested and prioritised?

People in the UK are really resourceful, and at a time of real need to solve economic problems, we should reach out to them for their great ideas.

There is a great opportunity to engage everyone and provide impetus to support digital growth. It still might take time, but perhaps there will be more successes to celebrate. 21st Century Growth Ad Monsters adconion Agillic amazon AOL apps aQuantive BallouPR BBC Online behavioural science Bladerston Capital blog-ola Bloggers blogosphere Bootlaw Brainient Brandcast Media BSkyB Channel 4 Charlotte Street Hotel Ciklum City Am Claire Paterson COADEC Codility CognitiveMatch com comscore inc Comufy Cowboy Ventures customers David Cameron digital Digital London digital marketing digital revolution bubble Doubleclick e-commerce Eagle Eye Ebay Email Eric Schmidt Erply EU cookie legislation Eyewonder Facebook FaceBook FCC Figaro Flattr Forrester FT Games General Motors generator global economic crisis Google Google+ Group M Professor Hargreaves Hulu i-level IAB IBC IBM SmartCamp independent Innovation Warehouse InSkin Media Inspire Conference IP ITV kinetise Launch 48 location targeting technology Luca Media martin sorrell MashUP* Microsoft Mind Candy MoshiMonsters Multiple channels Naked Play Neo@Ogilvy Netflix Now For The Long Term Ogilvy online danger online sales Online T's & C's online video Oodle OpenX Orange Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations Parag Khanna PatientKnowsBest people Policy Exchange; smart cities ; GLA; Catapault; Bristol Futures; UK Broadband: Camden Council; Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis Postmates process Propel London Proximity London PWC recession revenue Rory Sutherland Seedcamp Shuttle Sky SkyPlus social marketing ROI social marketing systems social media Social networks Soundcloud Spotify Start Ups Stephen Shakespeare Stradbroke Advisors Sunday Times Tech Hub TechCity Techcrunch techcrunch Tess Alps The Europa awards ThinkBox Timesonline TV Genius Tweets Twitter Uber UCL; Sharing Economy; Love Home Swap; unknown unknowns;;; UK Trade & Industry Unanimis Unicorn Club User behaviour VAST web security Webinar White Bear Yard wordpress WPP Yieldex YouTube Zeebox Zonerider