The Policy Voice of Startups
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Coadec was founded by Mike Butcher and Jeff Lynn, to ensure that startups have a voice to government and are represented at the decision-making table.
The Coalition for a Digital Economy (Coadec) is a non-profit community of tech startups across the UK.
We are an independent voice of startups and campaign for policies to support the startup community and digital economy in the UK.
Digital startups matter to the UK – they are an important source of innovation, jobs and growth. The UK’s digital economy is the largest and fastest growing in the G20 and already makes up over 10% of GDP, and employs over 1.4 million people.
The UK should be the best place in the world to launch and grow a startup. That is why we campaign for policies to support the digital economy, including calling for the government to:
For example, we have published a Startup Manifesto ahead of the 2015 elections, ran campaigns on skilled immigration, led delegations of startup founders to Brussels, and submitted ideas for the Government’s Digital Strategy.
When I joined Coadec as the new executive director, my main priority was to build our UK-wide community of tech startups, across every city and region of the country. Just as I meet startups face-to-face in London, I strongly believe there’s only one way to understand regional tech communities - their local startup culture, government framework and distinct challenges – and that’s to...Read more
Home secretary Amber Rudd provoked outrage this week for suggesting that companies should list the number of foreign workers they employ. For many in the business community, it hit a raw nerve at a sensitive time. EU nationals that call the UK home and have set up fast-growth businesses, or joined talented global teams, are already deeply concerned about their future in Britain, and have...Read more
A few days before the UK voted to leave the EU, I wrote a welcome blog as the incoming Executive Director of Coadec. On reflection and with the beauty of hindsight, I should have written a very different blog. But then it has been a truly extraordinary few weeks. The pace of change and volume of unknowns have felt overwhelming and I hope that we can now enter a relative period of...Read more
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