Building on the UK tech sector’s momentum in 2018

Jan 3, 2018 · Guest post from Matt Hancock, Minister for Digital, for ComputerWeekly.com

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The UK’s digital and tech industry made great progress in 2017, and the government aims to further its support in 2018, says digital minister

2017 was a big year for the UK’s digital and tech industry. For a start, and contrary to lots of fears at the start of the year, the tech industry has real momentum.

Facebook opened a new office in London in December, and said it would create 800 new jobs over the next year. Google unveiled plans for a £1bn London headquarters so big that it is longer in length than the Shard is high. Amazon opened a centre in Cambridge dedicated to research for products, and announced 1,000 new jobs in Bristol.

As well as the world’s biggest tech firms giving our digital economy a vote of confidence, tech investors ploughed in more than £20bn in investment, thanks in part to our world-class research base and competitive tax regimes. No wonder Cisco named the UK the best place in Europe to scale a business and the digital sector is creating jobs twice as fast as the rest of the economy.

In government, we’ve worked tirelessly to support this booming sector, and laid out two vital strategies to cement the progress.

Guest post from Matt Hancock, Minister for Digital, for ComputerWeekly.com

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