Cable relaunches technology network with promise of 500,000 jobs by 2020
techUK to provide platform for Britain’s technology eco-system
A trade association intended to provide support for the UK technology sector, techUK, was announced yesterday by the secretary of state for business, Vince Cable.
Said to be a “relaunch and not a rebrand”, techUK, formerly known as the Intellect Technology Association, will look to build on Intellect’s success to grow Britain’s technology industry and create an additional 500,000 jobs in the sector by 2020.
Unveiled at the Royal Society in London, Cable discussed how the government will be working alongside the tech network to fulfill its new aims through an “industrial strategy.”
The government strategy, which has already seen the launch of enterprise-focused Catapult centres and the Future Cities programme, will support techUK to improve innovation, government procurement and training resources within the technology industry.
Further campaigns were outlined by techUK CEO Julian David who revealed a new partnership with UKTI which will aim to identify and engage with export opportunities for technology businesses.
Additional aims of the programme include tackling cyber-crime with the support of the Minister for Security, James Brokernshire, along with agreements to host and resource the UK Spectrum Forum.
Education was also viewed as key and the network will be supporting Code Club, a volunteer-led coding club for children aged 9 to 11, to set up code clubs in every school, with an ambition to run clubs in at least 25% of all primary schools by 2015.
Over 200 business delegates and entrepreneurs attended the launch with keynote speeches provided by techUK president Victor Chavez, Guy Mucklow of Postcode Anywhere, Theo Bertram of Google and Russ Shaw of Tech London Advocates.
techUK’s Julian David commented:
“techUK has been formed for the future – for better understanding and realisation of the opportunities that technology represents for the UK and to deal with the disruptive challenges that change and innovation always present.
“This platform will include the breadth and depth of UK tech – from vibrant new start-ups to established international players.”
Secretary of state, Cable, added: “Today, there is a lot of emphasis on Tech City but there are promising tech clusters in areas across the country such as Manchester, Bristol and Cardiff.
“The UK is the right focus […] and the government and business need to work closely together to improve the future of the technology industry.”