Commenting on the latest GDP figures, which show Computer Programming contributing the largest part of UK growth, Antony Walker said:
“These figures show yet again that the UK tech industry is vital to UK growth. Recent figures have consistently showed what’s described as ‘programming’ by the bean counters as contributing a significant chunk of UK growth.
“However, the importance of ‘programming’ to our economy is not the whole story. Like almost every other industry, tech is having to deal with uncertainty around Brexit and sluggish overall growth. If the Government is to continue to rely on ‘programming’ and other fast-growing elements of the tech industry to underpin our economic future, then it must make supporting these industries a key plank of the upcoming budget and a priority in the Brexit negotiations.
“The Chancellor could start by doing more to encourage small and micro businesses to take advantage of the productivity gains created by going digital. Getting the basics, such as moving data onto the cloud, in place now will help all businesses take advantage of time-saving products such as Machine Learning and AI in the future.”