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New UK tech companies reach five-year high



New UK tech companies reach five-year high

New UK technology incorporations reached a five-year high in Q1 2024, demonstrating the sustained growth and strength of the UK tech sector. 

According to analysis by tax and consulting firm RSM UK, the number of UK tech incorporations was up 11% to 13,802 in Q1 2024, from 12,441 in Q1 2023, and rose 4.4% on the previous quarter (13,218). 

This follows a record-breaking year in 2023 with 51,017 new tech incorporations.

London accounted for the highest number of incorporations at 7,253 in Q1 2024, up 16% from 6,278 in Q1 2023. 

“2024 got off to a great start with the largest number of UK tech incorporations in five years,” said Ben Bilsland, partner and head of technology industry at RSM UK. 

“UK tech continues to go from strength to strength, despite ongoing macro-economic uncertainty in the UK and overseas. A key factor is the strength in depth of the UK’s tech sector. 

“Our advice to tech entrepreneurs is to engage with tech businesses around them to collaborate, innovate and grow together.”

“High rates of borrowing and uncertainty around inflation can have a detrimental impact on the risk appetite and patience of investors. As interest rates stabilise, inflation slows, and business confidence improves, this bodes well for further growth in the sector. 

“The development of innovative technologies requires a significant amount of investment and time, so an increase in both of these factors to enable the creation of new products will be hugely welcomed by UK tech companies looking to grow.”

Region Q1 2023 Q1 2024 % change
East Midlands 384 438 14%
East of England 868 971 12%
London 6,278 7,253 16%
North East 172 236 37%
North West 878 977 11%
Northern Ireland 96 124 29%
Scotland 393 445 13%
South East 1,290 1,350 5%
South West 643 582 -9%
Wales 323 232 -28%
West Midlands 642 714 11%
Yorks & Humber 474 479 1%
Total 12,441 13,801 11%
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