Leading industry players attending tomorrow's Internet World UK 2000 have slammed the government for a lack of commitment to e-commerce.
In a survey carried out by the organizers of the show, 93 per cent of respondents, which included leading dot coms and blue chip companies, said that the e-commerce minister Patricia Hewitt is not doing an effective job.
Phil Nelson, show director, said: "If the UK is to live up to its potential, and become a major force in the new economy, then the British government needs to listen more to what these e-business leaders are saying and act on their advice.
"We invited Tony Blair to do the keynote speech at this year's Internet World show. It's a pity he can't make it, because the show would have provided him with a perfect platform from which to reinforce the government's commitment to UK.com."
Internet World UK runs May 23-25 at Earls Court 2, in London. Apple is not making an appearance, but exhibitors include Macromedia, Adobe and Quark.
Macromedia's UK managing director Fiona Coughlan is set to give a speech on the Future of the Web tomorrow afternoon. This follows a morning session on the Future of Publishing by Quark's Vice President and strategic director Mark Lemmons.
The show also features Wireless Internet World – a show-within-a-show focusing on the potential of WAP.