- Tech Nation’s final report highlights the issues faced by the UK tech ecosystem in the past decade and offers recommendations for future growth.
- Despite the current $1 trillion valuation, the UK tech ecosystem needs to reach an exit value of $2 trillion to maintain growth.
- The UK still dominates the European tech scene, but France, Italy, and Sweden are the only countries experiencing positive growth in investment after the pandemic.
- Fintech remains the largest industry in the UK, followed by healthtech and energy.
- Recommendations for the UK tech ecosystem include promoting patient capital, addressing the talent gap, and enabling high exits.
An Era of Explosive Growth
Tech Nation has been a champion of the UK tech ecosystem for many years, and its final report, the Tech Nation Report: How to build a scaleup, offers valuable insights into the state of UK tech over the past decade. The report provides an essential resource for the technology ecosystem, helping companies navigate new challenges and opportunities.
By the Numbers
In the past ten years, UK scaleups have generated around $583 billion in value, and the UK tech ecosystem is currently valued at over $1 trillion. To maintain and strengthen its position on the global stage, the UK needs to set a new goal: reaching an exit value worth $2 trillion. If current trends continue, the ecosystem could be valued at $2.6 trillion in the next ten years.
Two Possible Scenarios
Despite positive projections, the UK tech ecosystem faces a turning point. The first scenario is that the bubble bursts, while the second is that future growth is promoted and increased. To achieve the latter, the UK must invest in its tech sector and learn from countries like France, which has seen positive growth every year due to government initiatives and policy measures.
A Call to Action
The UK must take every opportunity to reimagine and change ecosystem conditions for the better. Recommendations from Tech Nation’s research include providing patient capital at all stages of company growth, addressing the talent gap to add up to $400 billion in value to the UK tech ecosystem, and enabling high exits to create up to $550 billion in value over the next decade.
The Role of Government and Stakeholders
Macroeconomic trends can help define and encourage individual sectors, but technological leaders must also create policies, incentive programs, and measures to continue the growth trend and maintain a highly ranked position. The UK government must develop a plan that creates the environment for UK tech to be the rocket fuel for growth in the economy.
Tech Nation’s Legacy
Tech Nation has facilitated and helped UK tech companies scale for years, with alumni including Skyscanner, Darktrace, and Monzo. However, the organization will be closing its doors on 31st March 2023, following the termination of its core government grant funding. As the era of Tech Nation comes to a close, it is up to stakeholders, investors, and the government to ensure the continued growth and success of the UK tech ecosystem.