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

techUK President Jacqueline de Rojas joined 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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Budget 2021


March 2021 Budget – A significant budget for the UK’s digital economy

The Chancellor’s 2021 Spring Budget contains a number of very positive measures for the UK’s tech sector, including many that techUK has long been calling for.

The 2021 March budget should prioritise tech-led growth to ensure a strong economic recovery

Read techUK's submission to the Spring Budget outlining key asks to drive tech-led growth and a strong economic recovery.

Help to Grow & the State of Digital Adoption in the UK

The COVID-19 pandemic was a catalyst for digital adoption across the UK, and the recently announced ‘Help to Grow: Digital’ scheme will help SMEs to adopt digital technology, boost their productivity, and the overall economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.


Latest news and views on the UK digital economy


Government announces major overhaul of UK competition policy

The UK Government has opened two consultations on reforms which would radically overhaul the UK’s approach to competition and consumer policy post Brexit.

Now Brexit is done, what should the Government’s priorities be for UK tech?

With a UK-EU trade deal agreed, what should we do next on UK tech?

Why innovative regulation is a must for UK tech

Developing strong principles that support innovative regulation, will not just be good for UK tech, but also increase consumer welfare by allowing British consumers access to and the confidence to use the latest digital services.

The debate on multilateral taxation, where are we now?

As an October deadline approaches for the OECD what is the state of the debate on multilateral tax and when can we expect a resolution.


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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

Head of Policy, techUK

As Head of Policy Neil leads techUK's domestic policy development. 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 joined techUK in 2019 to lead on techUK’s engagement in 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. Neil 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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