As part of their inquiry into digital skills and the competitiveness of the UK, the Committee went on a tour of the offices of Guardian Media Group and Google Campus in London.
The purpose of the visit was for Committee Members to see both how digital technologies are being produced at Google Campus and to learn about how Guardian Media Group is using digital technology to innovate and grow its global footprint.
Commenting on the visit, the Committee’s Chair, Baroness Morgan of Huyton, said:
"The technology harnessed by a handful of pioneering organisations continues to transform the way we live our lives, and The Guardian and Google are two such trailblazers. Our Committee has learnt an enormous amount from visiting their workplaces, listening to their staff, and understanding the challenges they face.
In terms of our inquiry into the UK’s digital skills, it has been hugely informative to witness how they have coped with preparing their workforce for the digital future. We hope to incorporate our learning from this visit into our final report next year."
Andrew Miller, Guardan Media Group Chief Executive, said:
"At the Guardian, we have long been in the vanguard of media organisations embracing the enormous opportunities offered by all things digital. Through our pioneering digital-first strategy and ground-breaking open approach to journalism, we’ve been able to build a highly engaged audience of over 100 million monthly unique browsers across the globe.
Central to this success is our team of 150 strong developers, software engineers and digital experts who work closely alongside our editorial team to find innovative, interactive solutions to deliver our brilliant journalism. In a competitive marketplace, the Guardian attracts the world’s top digital talent and is investing in the next generation of innovators through our graduate recruitment programme and digital journalism scheme"
The visit to the offices of the Guardian Media Group and Google Campus took place on Tuesday 2 September.