The Tech Nation Report 2021 has arrived. Looking at the future UK. tech built, the report details how UK tech pioneers are shaping our coronavirus recovery - and the proof is in the data.
The report opens with the key statistic that UK tech VC investment is third in the world, hitting a record high of $15bn in 2020 in the face of challenging conditions. And where Bristol and Bath is concerned, we have ranked third in the UK for tech investment, after London and Oxford, with businesses cumulatively raising $414m.
Tech Nation says investment in UK nations and regions has remained strong through the pandemic with the South West posting a record year, alongside the South East and West Midlands. Bristol & Bath is also ranked 12th across Europe for investment in tech, ahead of places such as Barcelona, Cambridge & Madrid.
The South West now has almost 17,500 firms in the tech sector, employing 68,000 people and turning over £9bn.
UK Tech IPOs gained strong momentum in 2020, signalling the UK’s attractiveness for tech companies and the continued health of the UK late-stage tech ecosystem. Eight of the UK’s tech unicorns IPO’d on the LSE in 2020, raising a total of £3.1bn.
The climate tech sector in the UK is developing rapidly, evidenced in part by the fact that the amount invested across the whole sector grew 81% between 2018 and 2019, and another 63% between 2019 and 2020 to reach £1.3bn. Wales in particular saw radical developments in 2020; a £150m deal for Riversimple which manufactures hydrogen-powered electric vehicles contributed to a record year for climate tech in Wales with more than 17 times the total amount invested in 2019.
Gerard Grech, founding chief executive, Tech Nation, says, “This year has highlighted the UK tech sector’s enormous resilience and world-beating innovative spirit. In the face of a major global crisis, it has not only survived; in many areas, it has boomed. From EdTech to HealthTech, digital pioneers are rebuilding the British economy and setting new standards worldwide."