UK tech startups double in number after Brexit vote
The number of tech startups in Britain has more than doubled since the EU referendum in June 2016, according to new research.
Analysis of Companies House data, by auditing firm RSM, showed the number of operating technology businessesreach 5, 995 by the end of February 2017 3, 670 more companies than the figure recorded in the days after the Brexit vote.
London remains the dominant home of digital businesses in Britain. In the eight months following the referendum, 1, 741 new firms were incorporated. According to Tech City UK, a tech startup is now founded every hour in the capital.
However, other regions saw a significant increase in the number of new tech startups to contribute to growth in the sector.
Some 274 new firms in the North West of England saw the region’s community of tech startups reach 449, while 248 new companies were registered in the East of England since 30 June 2016.
Karen Bradley, government culture minister, recently said that success in the digital economy was driving growth across the whole country, and tech companies based outside of London received more investment than those in the capital for the first time in 2016.
Further research has confirmed the UK’s dependence on the digital economy, as job creation in the tech sector grew at twice the rate of the wider economy in 2016 to create 85, 500 new positions in 2016 alone.
In response to the figures, Richard Heap, a technology partner at RSM said the sector’s reaction to the Brexit vote, when many predicted high-growth tech startups would be tempted to move to other European states, was testament to the entrepreneurial spirit? of founders.
london continues to be the hotbed of tech activity, accounting for almost half of all new tech company incorporations over the last eight months, but we are also seeing strong activity outside the capital, particularly in Manchester and across the home counties, Heap added.
In January, it was reported that Britain’s tech startups received more investment than any European rival in 2016, reaching 6.7bn by the end of the year. Heap suggested that attractive tax schemes and the falling value of the pound had boosted investment in the sector.
angel investors, venture capitalists and private equity firms continue to support and invest in the UK tech scene, with overseas investors particularly attracted by the current weakness in sterling. The availability of tax breaks such as the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme and the Enterprise Investment Scheme is also helping to encourage investment activity.
Praseeda Nair is the editorial director of Business Advice, and its sister publication for growing businesses, Real Business. She's an impassioned advocate for women in leadership, and likes to profile business owners, advisors and experts in the field of entrepreneurship and management.
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