Today’s Autumn Statement by George Osborne, the British chancellor of the exchequer, is certain to stir controversy in all business sectors. But what do the policies outlined in the speech foreshadow for the tech sector? CBR asked the experts.
1. Start-ups and STEM educators receive boost
The UK tech sector is always agitating for more investment and attention, and has frequently complained about a dearth of talent and draconian migration policies restricting its growth. Julian David, chief executive of trade body techUK reckons today’s announcements are a good thing for the country, particularly in the north of England.
"Innovation is key to growth and the government is right to encourage SMEs who invest in R&D through supercharged tax credits," he said. "We also welcome the government’s initiatives to reverse the decline in UK students undertaking STEM masters courses and the new £45m programme to encourage new companies exporting for the first time – both of which we called for in our techUK manifesto."
2. More guidance needed for small firms
While start-ups provoke excitement larger firms do not, some are urging the government to look beyond Silicon Roundabout. "SMBs are the backbone of the UK economy so it’s critical that they are equipped to successfully turn disruptive concepts into commercially viable ideas," Lee Wade, CEO at networking firm Exponential-e.