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The UK government has given itself a reassuring cuddle this week, asserting that – even if high-profile projects such as Galileo march overseas – international tech firms still love Blighty.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May held a roundtable event yesterday to showcase Britain as the best place in the world to run a tech company, despite or because of (depending where you stand) its imminent departure from the European Union.
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To back up its assertion, the government pointed to CRM botherer and almost Microsoft acquisition Salesforce, which announced plans to shovel £2.5bn into the UK over the next five years and open a second data centre in 2019. Also mentioned were Mubadala, which plans to launch a £300m investment fund based in the UK, and NTT, which will be spanking £41m on a new office, creating, erm, 200 jobs.
The government trotted out statistics claiming that 2.1 million people are currently employed in the digital economy, with a new job being created every 50 minutes, according to data from Dealroom and Tech Nation. The Tech Nation 2018 report is rammed full of good news and features a foreword by, er, Theresa May.
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