Gerard Grech and Eileen Burbidge, Chief Executive and Chair of Tech Nation, welcomed the world to the latest tech nation report with the following foreward: –

“Welcome to the 2018 Tech Nation Report — the most comprehensive guide to the UK’s digital tech ecosystem to date.”

“Using a rich mix of official, open and web data, the Tech Nation Report 2018 dives deep inside the themes that are essential to the success of the UK’s tech entrepreneurs. This year, the Tech Nation Report lives online. This booklet summarises the key insights. Interactive data visualisations, community insights and founder views all await at technation.io/report2018.”

“From international competitiveness to jobs and skills, we are proud to provide cutting-edge data and information that helps move the UK’s digital economy narrative forward. Indeed, the UK’s digital economy has seen astonishing growth over recent years. But it has also experienced challenges, some shared by the economy more broadly. Amongst these, of course, is the UK’s changing relationship with the EU.”

“ Like the Tech Nation team itself, however, the tech communities we surveyed this year remain resolutely optimistic about the resilience of the UK’s digital ecosystem.”

“So, as we power into that future, we must support founders, investors, international talent and our homegrown digital workforce. Helping them to connect, learn and share, to ensure the UK remains the best place to start and scale world-class digital businesses. This is what Tech Nation is about; it’s not about creating tech hubs but connecting the most ambitious tech entrepreneurs across the UK, so they are successful in their own cities, inspiring the next generation of local tech entrepreneurs through programmes, event and insights.”

“This year’s Tech Nation survey received the largest response yet from members of the UK tech community. In more than 3,400 submissions, they told us about achievements they are celebrating and the challenges they face. The report also features over 70 business case studies — all online. We would like to thank our Tech Nation community partners, our board, the UK Government, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and of course, the awesome Tech Nation team — a team we are incredibly proud to be part of.”

What the Prime Minister, Theresa May, said in her introduction.

“Over the last year, the performance of the United Kingdom’s digital tech sector has been world-leading, with British firms attracting more capital than any other European country.”

“Our great strength in technology and innovation, built on the UK’s excellence in R&D and creative thinking, is demonstrated by the breadth of tech activity right across the country, and the powerful networks being forged by the next generation of entrepreneurs.”

“ As this 2018 Tech Nation Report makes clear, the digital tech sector makes an essential contribution to local economies in our towns and cities. Clusters built around AI, machine learning, cyber security and big data industries are supporting growth, jobs and productivity in communities large and small. Ambitious people are brought together by a passion for new technologies and together become pioneers.”

“As Prime Minister, I am proud of the strengths of the UK tech sector and ambitious for what it can achieve in the future. That is why the government has made tech a core component of our modern industrial strategy, and we will continue to invest in the best innovations and ideas, in the brightest and best talent, and in revolutionary digital infrastructure.”