Top UK Tech Companies call Prime Minister to protect access to EU talent

Leading UK technology companies have taken to put their concerns about access to EU personnel in an open letter to the Prime Minister, Theresa May.

A group of names behind some of the country’s most prolific and fastest-growing tech businesses have come together to sign an open letter urging prime minister Theresa May to protect access to tech talent once the Brexit negotiations begin.

The letter, signed by founders and executives of Tech City Future 50 companies and alumni such as Deliveroo and Mind Candy, suggests that founders and tech employees are concerned that Britain’s exit from the EU will hamper their ability to hire talented tech staff and will deter tech talent from wanting to come to join, or set-up, tech businesses in the UK.

In the letter, published on Tech City UK’s website the founders explain that as the “UK has become a number one spot in Europe for tech start-ups, with 40% of all European tech unicorns (companies valued at $1bn or more) based here hiring international talent is essential to growth”.

The letters goes on to read: “If tech communities were no longer able to recruit workers from the 27 EU countries, or from other states, many businesses would see their growth slow down. Government measures in recent years to encourage founders and entrepreneurs to invest in the UK would be wasted.

“As tech company founders we want to work with government to find solutions to the digital industries’ need for international talent. Only with a steady flow of international and home-grown talent, British tech can continue to compete on the world’s stage.”

Some 50 leading tech companies signed the open letter.