Tech Leaders Large and Small Clear on the Case for Remain

As the campaigns come to a climax, tech business leaders have urged the UK to vote to remain a member of the European Union.

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Building on the results of our member survey, which found that 70% of tech businesses support a vote to remain, leaders of tech companies large and small have renewed their support for continued membership.

The below letter was published in The Times on Monday:

Tech companies are not starry eyed about the European Union, but repeated surveys of start-ups, SMEs, investors and corporates make it clear that the overwhelming majority would vote to stay in.

Why? Because we believe staying in the EU is the best choice for the UK economy. According to techUK members, most of whom are small businesses, being part of the EU makes it easier for them to trade and do business across the Europe. It makes the UK more attractive to international investment and makes Britain more globally competitive. A decision to exit the EU would leave tech firms and their customers, facing significant and prolonged uncertainty and leave the UK side-lined on key decisions that will shape a digital market of 500 million consumers.

The UK’s tech sector is a global success. It is growing faster than the rest of the UK economy and creating new businesses and jobs across the country. EU membership has underpinned that success. A vote to leave would undermine it.

Kazuo Abe, MD, Hitachi Europe
Tobias Alpern, CEO, iPlato Healthcare
Justin Anderson, CEO, Flexeye Group
Sarah Atkinson, VP, Communications, CA Technologies
Michel van der Bel, UK CEO, Microsoft
Olly Benzecry, Chairman, Managing Director, UK & Ireland, Accenture
Susan Bowen, VP & General Manager EMEA, Cogeco Peer1
Victor Chavez, Chief Executive, Thales UK
Virginia Choy, CEO, PretaGov Ltd
Julian David, Chief Executive Officer, techUK
Nick Denning, CEO, Diegesis
Paul Green, Technical & Marketing Director, Arkessa
Nicola Hall, Managing Director, Ingenica Solutions
Simon Hansford, CEO, Skyscape
Andrew Hartshorn, Managing Director, Methods Advisory Limited
Andy Isherwood, Managing Director, UK and Ireland, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Paul Kaye, Managing Director, Intelliqa
Michael Keegan, Senior Vice President, Head of EMEA Product Business and Chairman UK & Ireland, Fujitsu
Tom Mockridge, Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Media
Kim Nilsson, CEO, Pivigo
Carlos Oliveira, CEO & Founder, Shaping Cloud
Yoge Patel, CEO, Blue Bear System Research
Gavin Patterson, Chief Executive Officer, BT
Rupert Pearce, Chief Executive Officer, Inmarsat
James Rigby, Chief Executive Officer, SCC
Peter Rodgers, Chief Executive Officer, 1060 Research
Ben Roome, CEO, at800
Philip Sheldrake, Managing Partner, Euler Partners
David Stokes, CEO, IBM UK
Francis Toye, CEO & Founder, Unilink
Elizabeth Vega, Chief Executive Officer, Informed Solutions
Cormac Watters, Managing Director, UK, SAP
Craig Wilson, Regional General Manager, CSC
Sarah Windrum, CEO, The Emerald Group


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