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


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?

What is Local Digital Capital and why is it important?

Local Digital Capital describes the building blocks of strong technology ecosystems. High levels of local digital capital allow for the development of strong clusters that deliver growth and better digital services to communities across the UK.

Atomico’s State of European tech report lifts the lid on a turbulent year for the sector

Investment in European tech has remained high, while more investment is being driven into purpose driven tech companies

How to make a success of Global Britain

While the UK government, the people and the businesses of this country are still grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the immediate aftermath of the departure from the European Union, what would a successful Global Britain strategy be as we look ahead?


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Get involved

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.



Max Chen

Max Chen

Policy Manager, Digital Adoption, techUK

Max joined techUK in January 2020, supporting techUK’s general economic policy, digital adoption, and regional development work.

Prior to joining techUK, Max worked in the United States House of Representatives for a senior Democratic Member of Congress for a number of years, managing a broad policy portfolio but focusing primarily on healthcare, defence, and veterans policy.

Max holds an MSc in Public Policy from University College London and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Outside of work, Max enjoys riding motorbikes, photography, swimming, and travelling.


[email protected]
07943 640 911

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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.

[email protected]
078 4276 5470

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