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Our thought leadership showcases data, research and analysis on the UK’s digital economy, opening up access to the information, insights and intel that optimise acceleration.

Tech Nation Report 2021

16 March 2021: Now in its seventh year, the report highlights how the sector has changed, who the top performers were through the year, and the challenges and opportunities the UK faces as it navigates out of the pandemic and leaving the EU – The State of the Nation Report on UK Tech.

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The UK Tech Guide For Global Talent

This report dives into the opportunities available for global talent to build rewarding careers or even their own businesses in the UK tech ecosystem. This includes learning about the tech jobs and skills in high demand, as well as highlighting who’s relocating to work in UK tech right now

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The UK Healthtech Hub

As emerging and maturing technologies continue to disrupt and transform incumbent industries, leading UK companies are tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges, in areas like health. Discover the Healthtech First 100, a directory of pioneering UK companies ready to work with you. 

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The CreaTech Report 2021

16 Mar 2021: Creativity and technology have, however, never been inextricable. This briefing is the first part of a two stage report mapping CreaTech – the intersection of creativity and technology. This stage will focus on the industrial definition of CreaTech, drawing on firm level data to bound and explore this emerging area of the UK economy.

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Scale Ratio 2021

27 Jan 2021: The Scale Ratio report explores the growth stages of scaling tech companies, from seed to late-stage – across UK cities and sectors.

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Global Talent Report

19 Nov 2020: The Tech Nation Global Talent Report is a deep dive into the scale, impact and importance that Global Talent has in the UK’s tech ecosystem.

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Jobs and Skills Report

9 Sep 2020: The Tech Nation Jobs and Skills Report is a deep dive into how and who the UK tech sector is hiring. It outlines everything from which roles are in demand to salary expectations both nationally and from a regional perspective.

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Net Zero Report

8 Sep 2020: The Net Zero Report 2020 digs deep into the global state of the net zero sector, investigating how the UK compares to global numbers, how quickly we are adapting green tech and also features our very first Net Zero cohort members.

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Unlocking Global Tech Report 2020

3 Sep 2020: The Unlocking Global Tech Report investigates the value of UK digital tech exports and explores the opportunities and challenges for digital tech companies to expand and scale in different regions around the world post COVID-19.

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UK tech ecosystem update

10 Jun 2020: Figures compiled by Tech Nation and Dealroom for the Digital Economy Council show that investors continue to back some of the UK’s most promising tech teams, despite the challenges posed by Covid-19.

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UK tech leads global growth in 2019

15 Jan 2020: In what was another record-breaking year, investments in the UK tech sector soared to £10.1bn ($13.2 billion) in 2019. VC investment growth exceeded 40% for the third year in a row, with UK tech growing faster than France, Germany, Israel, the US and China.

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US and Asian investment in UK tech skyrockets

21 Aug 2019: $6.7 billion was been invested in UK tech companies in the first seven months of 2019, with more than half ($3.7bn) of these investments coming from the US and Asia. The top 30 foreign-funded companies have created more than 5,000 UK jobs

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A Bright Tech Future

12 Jun 2019: High-value tech jobs boom outside London. In groundbreaking new research, our analysis shows that 2.1m people are employed in the UK’s digital tech sector. In five UK cities – Oxford, Cambridge, Reading, Belfast and Newcastle – more than 10% of the population are employed in digital tech.

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The Unicorn Update

10 Jun 2019: A year on from when we first reported with Dealroom on the UK’s tech unicorns for the Government’s Digital Economy Council, it is revealed that the UK has created 13 new unicorns – privately-owned tech companies valued at over $1bn – in the last year, ranking the UK third behind only the US and China in creating fast-growing global tech companies.

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Data Commons of UK tech

4 Jun 2019: In collaboration with Dealroom, this ground-breaking national tech industry database provides a 360-degree view of the UK’s rapidly evolving innovation economy. It includes detailed information on individual technology businesses, founders, investors, VC funds, angels, accelerators, universities and service providers to the sector.

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Tech Nation Report 2019

14 May 2019: This report presents UK tech on the global stage. It shows that the UK is a critical hub in the global tech ecosystem, and a strong economic performer.

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Tech for Social Good in UK tech

24 Apr 2019: We found that the UK is a global centre for socially responsible technology innovation. ‘Tech for social good’ companies were worth £2.3 billion in 2018, with a turnover of £732 million – larger than the amount generated by the manufacture of consumer electronics in the UK (£634 million).

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Diversity and inclusion in UK tech companies

30 Oct 2018: We found that the state of diversity among directors of UK tech companies is unbalanced, and for the first time this research backs up with data-based findings, anecdotal reports of unrepresentative directorship.

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Artificial Intelligence: mapping global AI

4 Oct 2018: Tech Nation and data.world have worked together to map Artificial Intelligence business and innovation globally.  This research provides clarity at a time when the rate of change in the area makes for a challenging but potentially highly rewarding business climate.

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UK tech leads European success in 2018

20 Dec 2018: It has been another remarkable year for UK tech, with the UK again attracting more venture capital investment than anywhere else in Europe, with £6.3bn ($7.9bn) in funding from investors.

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UK’s leadership in European tech accelerates

23 Oct 2018: The UK is now home to 15 unicorns and six cities have produced so-called unicorns – $1bn tech companies – according to research prepared for Tech Nation and the Government’s Digital Economy Council by Dealroom.co.

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Tech Nation Report 2018

17 May 2018: Tech Nation’s flagship report, the state of the UK tech nation, found that UK sigital tech expanding 2.6x faster than the rest of the UK economy in 2017. In 2017 the digital tech sector was worth nearly £184bn to UK economy, up from £170bn in 2016. And the UK has digital suburbs not just cities.

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Tech Nation Talent Reports 

Oct 2017-Feb 2018: A three-part series of reports on the talent and skills dynamics of the UK tech sector.

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Northern Tech 100 League Table

1 Jun 2018: The Northern Tech 100 league table ranks the top 100 fastest-growing tech companies in the North, celebrating some of the region’s most exciting startups and scaleups.

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Northern Investment Index

2017: 2017 was the strongest year on record for Northern tech investment – a total of £432m was raised with 113 individual deals made, according to the Tech North Investment Index report.

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