Raising your profile
Throughout the year, techUK provides a range of services to it's SME members, ensuring we are working collaboratively to help raise their companies profile and win new business.
techUK’s markets programmes run regular briefings, connecting members with their end customers, especially across government departments.As well as having the opportunity to hear about their future plans and opportunities, these events also offer an excellent opportunity to network, both with the customers themselves, as well as potential partners.
To ensure you are kept informed about upcoming briefings, please ensure you are signed up to the appropriate programme newsletter
Innovation Dens allow small and mid-sized member companies the opportunity to pitch their ideas to both government departments and the private sector who are delivering transformation programmes.
Recent techUK Innovation Dens have included:
20 July 2020 | Fostering the local govtech ecosystem
Connecting companies large and small to support local authorities and improve outcomes
04 June 2019 | Innovation Den: Accelerating Public Sector Transformation
Offering SMEs the opportunity to pitch ideas to public sector representatives.
29 October 2019 | Cyber Innovation Den
Offering the country’s brightest cyber SMEs the opportunity to pitch their product or service to a panel of expert judges from across the public and private sectors. The winner received the chance to showcase their solutions at the International Security Expo 2019.
We’ve got lots to talk about at techUK – providing insights on the latest tech innovation, government decisions and discussing how digital transformation will impact SME's, citizens and businesses alike
Please see below for some relevant examples which may be of interest to our SME members. For the full archive please see here.
The techUK Podcast - Govtech and SMEs
This podcast explores how to improve SME access to the public sector tech market. Our speakers discuss techUK’s report Procuring for Innovation and Growth and the experiences of selling to public sector market.
The techUK Podcast Epsiode 6 - Skills, Talent and Diversity in Tech
This podcast explores the importance of skills in creating a thriving tech sector in the UK. Sarah Atkinson, Global Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Micro Focus and former chair of the Skills & Diversity Council talks about the variety of ways tech skills can be taught, while work experience student Abi Pearson interviews techUK President Jacqueline de Rojas CBE on what the barriers are to women entering the tech sector and how we can create more inclusive workplaces.
The techUK Podcast - SMEs and the impact of COVID-19
techUK's Member Relations Manager, Fraser Willcox, looks at the impact of COVID-19 for tech SMEs. Joining Fraser on the podcast is Zoe Cunningham, Director at Softwire, and Tarquin Folliss OBE, Vice Chairman at Reliance acsn, as they discuss adapting to new ways of working, challenges faced, lessons learnt and the key to recovery for SMEs in the tech sector.
Throughout the year the programme teams at techUK run various campaign weeks, providing members with the opportunity to contribute guest blogs, tweets, case studies and video content on a given theme, enabling them to raise their profile by demonstrating their thought leadership.
Members can stay up to date with campaign weeks by setting their communication preferences to recieve specific events, opportunities and newsletters for programmes of interest.
techUK's Central Government programme ran its fifth SME Campaign Week, from 8 - 12 June 2020. It explored the technologies that SMEs can deploy to support our public services, but also the barriers they face accessing the public sector tech market. It provided our members and stakeholders the opportunity to look in depth at the vital role SMEs can play in the transformation and delivery of public services.
Further information on upcoming techUK campaign weeks can be found by contacting [email protected].
Case studies vary in format from member spotlights and opinions to investigations into how members have raised their profile, expanded their sales pipeline or run successful communication campaigns.
Recent examples of SME case studies include;
For opportunities to contribute to an SME member case study, often featured in monthly techUK newsletters and shared across our social channels, please email [email protected]
Get in touch to learn more:
Jonathon joined techUK in 2021 as the Head of SME Engagement, helping to shape techUK's offer for small to medium-sized businesses across the organisation's different programmes and sectors.
A geography graduate with a keen eye for fluvial and post-glacial landforms, 'Jonny' started his career working in sales, marketing and operations at an early stage environmental business. He later took a role at a Local Enterprise Partnership, working in policy, research and programmes in advanced manufacturing, tech and logistics. During this time, he was fortunate to work alongside politicians such as former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Prescott and senior business leaders from firms such as Unipart, Siemens and Bibby Line Group.
More recently, he ran a growth programme for software startups - helping them to find product market fit and grow rapidly. A passionate advocate for building new ventures and using technology to improve society, Jonny has advised startups and public sector organisations in their innovation pursuits and worked on investment deals totalling several million pounds.
Outside of work, Jonny is a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and fanatical about high performance cars.