UK’s top tech start-ups lead call to Theresa May: “Protect access to EU talent”

Names behind Deliveroo, Crowdcube, Mind Candy, Shazam, and Zoopla among those to sign open letter to government urging support for tech talent...

Our experts

We are a team of writers, experimenters and researchers providing you with the best advice with zero bias or partiality.
Written and reviewed by:

A group of names behind some of the country’s most prolific and fastest-growing tech businesses have come together to sign an open letter urging prime minister Theresa May to protect access to tech talent once the Brexit negotiations begin.

The letter, signed by founders and executives of Tech City Future 50 companies and alumni such as Deliveroo and Mind Candy, suggests that founders and tech employees are concerned that Britain’s exit from the EU will hamper their ability to hire talented tech staff and will deter tech talent from wanting to come to join, or set-up, tech businesses in the UK.

In the letter, published on Tech City UK’s website here, the founders explain that as the “UK has become a number one spot in Europe for tech start-ups, with 40% of all European tech unicorns (companies valued at $1bn or more) based here […] hiring international talent is essential to growth”.

The letters goes on to read: “If tech communities were no longer able to recruit workers from the 27 EU countries, or from other states, many businesses would see their growth slow down. Government measures in recent years to encourage founders and entrepreneurs to invest in the UK would be wasted.

“As tech company founders we want to work with government to find solutions to the digital industries’ need for international talent. Only with a steady flow of international and home-grown talent, British tech can continue to compete on the world’s stage.”

The entrepreneurs that have signed the open letter, so far, include:

  1. Theo Duchen, Co-CEO, Acturis
  2. Doug Monro, Co-Founder, Adzuna
  3. Stu Taylor, CEO & Co-Founder, Algomi
  4. Julien Hammerson, CEO, Calastone
  5. Darren Westlake, CEO, Crowdcube
  6. Dan Warne, MD UK & IE, Deliveroo
  7. Paul Chrimes, MD – Operations, eToro UK
  8. Andrew White, Founder & CEO, FundApps
  9. James Meekings, UK Managing Director and Co-Founder, Funding Circle
  10. Samir Desai, CEO and Co-Founder, Funding Circle
  11. Paul Sulyok, Founder and CEO, Green Man Gaming
  12. Andrew Pinnington, CEO, Hailo
  13. George Hadjigeorgiou, Former CEO , Housetrip
  14. Alastair Mitchell, President, CMO & Co-founder, Huddle
  15. James Dear, CTO and Co-Founder, iwoca
  16. Christoph Rieche, CEO, iwoca
  17. Asi Sharabi, CEO, Lost My Name
  18. Tal Oron, Founder, Lost My Name
  19. Mark Beilby, Chairman, Lumi
  20. Richard Taylor, CEO, Lumi
  21. Chris Morton, Founder and CEO, Lyst
  22. Ning Li, Founder and CEO,
  23. Andrew Bucher, Co-Founder & Veterinary Director, MedicAnimal
  24. Ivan Retzignac, Founder and CEO, MedicAnimal
  25. Peter Bauer, CEO, Mimecast
  26. Michael Acton-Smith, Chairman, Mind Candy
  27. Ian Shaw, CEO, MWR Info Security
  28. Kevin Cornils, CEO, My Optique
  29. Andrew Taylor, Group CEO, Nomad Digital
  30. Demetrios Zoppos, Co-founder, OneFineStay
  31. Graham Cooke, CEO & Co-founder, Qubit
  32. Rhydian Lewis, CEO & Co-founder, RateSetter
  33. James Booth, CEO & Co-founder, Scoota
  34. Torie Chilcott, Co-founder, Scoota
  35. Tom Valentine, Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder, Secret Escapes
  36. Andrew Fisher, Executive Chairman, Shazam
  37. Alicia Navarro, Co-Founder and CEO of Skimlinks
  38. Nick Day, CEO, Small World F.S.
  39. John Earner, CEO & Founder, Space Ape Games
  40. Thibault Hanin, Co-Founder & CTO, Synthesio
  41. Aldo Monteforte, CEO, The Floow
  42. Sarah Wood, Founder, Unruly
  43. Oliver Smith, Managing Director, EMEA, Unruly
  44. Ross Williams, Founder and Chairman, Venntro Media Group Limited
  45. Joe Murray, Co-CEO, Worldstores
  46. Jay Radia, CEO, Yieldify
  47. Alex Chesterman OBE, Founder & CEO, Zoopla Property Group Plc
  48. Giles Andrews, Chair and Co-founder, Zopa

If you want to sign the open letter, email with your name and company.

Written by:

Leave a comment

Leave a reply

We value your comments but kindly requests all posts are on topic, constructive and respectful. Please review our commenting policy.

Back to Top