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Digital economy

The UK digital sector employs about 1.5 million people and added around £150bn to the UK economy in 2019. Companies in the digital economy apply their tech and expertise to solve problems and enhance day to day services, providing benefits for consumers across food delivery, health, energy, and many more sectors. At techUK, our aim is to ensure the UK remains one of the best places to start and grow a tech firm with benefits for our people, society, economy and planet.

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Digital Economy Monitor Q1 2022

Our latest survey shows demand for digital services remains high even as social and economic restrictions have been lifted, boosting confidence among techUK members. However, concerns about rising energy prices, shortages of skills and talent, supply chain constraints and the projected slowdown of the UK economy have put a dampener on this optimism.

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Building a world leading digital economy for the UK


The Chancellor’s Growth Plan, what does it mean for the tech sector?

The Growth plan has ambitions to boost growth in the short term but fails to take a deeper look at the UK’s underlying economic problems

Seizing the opportunity for tech led growth in 2022

techUK's recommendations for how the UK can leverage it's digital and tech sector to drive wider economic growth.

Regulating the Digital Economy after Brexit, what is the UK's approach?

Following its Benefits of Brexit Policy Paper and the Plan for Digital Regulation the UK Government's Post Brexit approach to regulating the digital economy is taking shape


2021 achievements and 2022 objectives

Explore our Policy and Public Affairs programme's achievements and objectives here.



Jacqueline de Rojas CBE in conversation with Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer

Former techUK President Jacqueline de Rojas joined then Chancellor Rishi Sunak to discuss how in the modern world ‘every job is a tech job’ and the need to demystify the industry to ensure everyone can see the opportunities of technology as open to them.

The UK tech sector in the 2020s

A profile of the UK’s tech sector and the benefits our sector and techUK’s members can bring to the UK in the 2020s

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Latest news and views on the UK digital economy


An Online Sales Tax: a counterproductive proposal that won’t deliver for UK businesses or consumers

With prices for consumers and businesses rising, proposals for an Online Sales Tax (OST) risk further unnecessary cost increases and negatively impacting digital adoption

DCMS sets out plans for a new pro-competition regime for digital markets: How will it impact the tech sector?

Read here our summary of the Government's response to the consultation for a new pro competition regime for digital markets.

techUK responds to Parliamentary inquiry on the UK semiconductor industry

techUK has responded to the House of Commons Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) select committee inquiry into the UK semiconductor industry calling for strategic approach that focuses on maintaining global supplies and boosting the UK’s specialisms.

Digital Regulation Cooperation Forum 2022-2023 workplan focuses on coherence, collaboration and building capacity

The DRCF's 2022- 2023 workplan sees the organisation enter its second year, building on an initial programme of work under a newly appointed CEO


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All techUK's work is led by our members - keep in touch or get involved by joining one of the programmes below.

Policy and Public Affairs

techUK's policy and public affairs function makes the case to government and policymakers across Westminster, Whitehall, Brussels and the devolved nations on the most pressing issues facing businesses and the tech sector.

Tech and Innovation

techUK’s Technology and Innovation Programme explores key transformative technologies driving the UK’s digital economy, society and Industry 4.0 including AI, digital identity, cloud, data analytics and emerging technologies such as quantum and RPA. By exploring the convergence of technologies and identifying opportunities to drive adoption and deployment and conducting horizon scanning to identify future technology trends it ensures techUK remains relevant as the technology industry evolves.

Communications Infrastructure and Services

techUK brings together government, the regulator, telecom companies and its stakeholders around four themes; shared infrastructure, security and resilience, unlicensed spectrum and our 5G ecosystem. We do so to lower the cost to the sector of deployment, ensure confidence in networks, spur innovation and unlock value for all parties in 5G. This is delivered through a mix of thought leadership, multilateral engagement and ecosystem building.

Market Access

The techUK Market Access Programme helps members understand, shape, and comply with the increasingly complex array of regulations and laws that underpin international trade. We work with government officials and legal experts to help members understand and shape policy around standards, technical regulations, sanctions, trade policy and export controls, subjects tech firms need to be on top of to trade internationally.




Neil Ross

Neil Ross

Associate Director, Policy, techUK

As Associate Director for Policy Neil leads techUK's domestic policy development in the UK. In this role he regularly engages with UK and Devolved Government Ministers, senior civil servants and members of the UK’s Parliaments with the aim of supporting government and industry to work together to make the UK the best place to start, scale and develop technology companies. Neil also acts as a spokersperson for techUK on UK policy in the media and at Parliamentary Committees.

Neil joined techUK in 2019 to lead on techUK’s input and engagement with Government on the UK-EU Brexit trade deal negotiations, as well as leading on economic policy. He has a background in the UK Parliament and in social research and holds a masters degree in Comparative Public Policy from the University of Edinburgh and an undergraduate degree in International Politics from City, University of London.

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Pablo Derpich

Pablo Derpich

Policy Manager, Economy and Innovation, techUK

Pablo Derpich is the Policy Manager for Economy and Innovation at techUK. 

Before joining techUK, Pablo worked in Economic Policy research on the topics of innovation and development for governmental and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Latin America and the United Kingdom.

Pablo has a degree in Economics (BSc) from the University of Chile and an MPA in Digital Technologies and Policy at UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP).

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Building the Smarter State | 29 September | Book now


The eighth edition of our flagship public services conference, Building the Smarter State, will take place at The Royal Society on Thursday 29 September. 

Speakers and delegates will explore how we better utilise data and emerging technologies to meet societal challenges of net-zero and upskill the workforce to sustain and deliver digital services that meet the needs of citizens.