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Event Date Fri Apr 30 UTC (6 months ago)
In your timezone (EDT): Fri Apr 30 4:30am - Fri Apr 30 8:55am
Location Online
Region EMEA

This conference is examining priorities and next steps for increasing international trade and export markets for the UK tech sector - looking at priorities for government support and initiatives, and for attracting investment.

It will be a timely opportunity to assess the landscape of the UK tech sector following the end of the transition from the EU, and the UK’s new positioning in global markets.

Areas for discussion include:
• opportunities - how can UK tech businesses tap into new demands domestically and in global markets, particularly with the pandemic increasing the need for innovation and new ways of working
• the UK’s international competitiveness - and priorities for future trade deals and negotiations, as well as the UK’s positioning in emerging economies, including Asia Pacific
• maintaining momentum - building on strong investment trends in UK tech going forward
• spreading benefits across the UK - encouraging investment in the tech industry across the regions and nations, and linking with local industrial strategies and City Deals
• SMEs - assessing the support they need to access global markets and investment
• skills - looking at attracting global and domestic talent, diversity, and educational pathways and professional development

The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with policy officials who are due to attend from DIT; BEIS; the Cabinet Office; DCMS; the DfE; the DIT; the DfT; GCHQ; the Geospatial Commission; the Government Legal Department; the Government Office for Science; HMRC; HM Treasury; the Home Office; the MoD; the MoJ; and the Welsh Government.

The agenda:
• Priorities for the UK tech sector following transition from the EU and as it moves on from COVID-19
• Tackling the challenges facing the UK tech sector - supporting UK-based tech startups, attracting investment, adapting to new ways of working, and the impact of the pandemic
• Putting in place the skills needed to drive sector growth - education and professional development, diversity, and attracting talent
• Developing a future trade strategy for the UK tech industry - exploiting key opportunities in international trade and export markets, and linking with local industrial strategies
• Future trade and wider opportunities for the UK tech sector


2021 Speakers


Gerard Grech
CEO, Tech Nation

Oriel Petry
Director, Technology and Advanced Manufacturing, Department for International Trade

Johanna Beresford
Chief Executive Officer, In Diverse Company


Baroness Ritchie
Vice Chair, APPG on Trade and Export Promotion

Chi Onwurah MP
Shadow Minister for Science, Research and Digital


Simon Staffell
UK Government Affairs Manager, Microsoft

Alison Webster
Chief Executive Officer, Thames Valley Berkshire LEP

Marco Forgione
Director General, The Institute of Export and International Trade

Sabina Ciofu
Head of EU and Trade Policy, techUK

Steven Revill
Chief Executive Officer, UrbanTide

Maya Pindeus
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Humanising Autonomy

Parker Webb-Mitchell
Manager of Technical Delivery, nCino

Jeff Lynn
Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, Seedrs

Dr Leslie Kanthan
CEO, DataSpartan