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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 Spring Statement, what does it mean for the tech sector and what does it tell us about where the Chancellor may go next?

The Spring Statement rightly focused on initiatives to alleviate the growing costs of living crisis, however changes to the R&D tax credit and consultations on new business incentives point to a potentially significant Autumn Budget.

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


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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Latest news and views on the UK digital economy


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.

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

Technology and the Future of the UK High Street

techUK has published a new discussion paper exploring the challenges facing UK high streets and how technology and digitisation can help.

techUK responds to DWP’s consultation on enabling investment in productive finance

techUK supports changes to the pension charge cap that will help increased investment in UK tech


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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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techUK Annual Dinner 2022 | 13 July | Book now


The techUK Annual Dinner will take place on Wednesday, 13 July 2022. Our Annual Dinner is the established, must-attend business dinner in our calendar. The evening will begin with a drinks reception, allowing ample networking opportunities, followed by a fabulous dinner and speeches from the country's leading technology stakeholders.