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UKTN Podcast: Top policy priorities for startups with techUK’s deputy CEO

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In the latest episode of the UKTN Podcast, Antony Walker, deputy CEO of techUK, discusses some of the key policy areas affecting the country’s tech companies, from AI to the online safety bill. He also reflects on how the economic shocks of Brexit and the pandemic have impacted UK tech, and the role the UK should play in influencing new technologies on the global stage. 

The trade association represents nearly 1,000 members and its goal is to “ensure the UK is the best place for technology companies to locate and thrive”.

Walker said: “We represent a very broad range of companies that operate right across the technology sector and our job is to make sure that their views and concerns and ideas are understood by government and other policymakers.”

Its member includes smaller startups and SMEs, along with larger corporates such as Amazon Web Services UK. In addition to engaging with the government on behalf of its members, techUK holds events, workshops and creates reports, such as its Local Digital Capital Index, which ranks each region’s digital capabilities. 

During the show, the techUK deputy chief tells UKTN Podcast host Jane Wakefield why he thinks the online safety bill is “unwieldy” and will bring a lot of “uncertainty” to businesses, and why he wasn’t too surprised by the recent explosion in AI activity. 

Listen to the full episode here, along with all previous episodes of the UKTN Podcast.

This season, the UKTN Podcast is speaking to key tech stakeholders in addition to founders of high-growth startups. Tune in every Tuesday for new episodes and don’t forget to subscribe wherever you listen to your podcasts. 

The UKTN Podcast is sponsored by Sage.