By Daniel Hunter

techUK, launched today (Thursday), has announced aims to significantly grow the UK’s tech sector industry to 1.3million jobs by 2020 (representing 7% year-on-year growth) creating an additional 545,000 jobs.

Secretary of State for Business, Vince Cable, has today launched techUK: a new platform for the whole UK tech ecosystem, building on the work of Intellect, the former trade association for the sector.

Four key campaigns have been identified to support techUk’s clear vision for the UK to become the world’s leading digital economy.

Trade and Export
techUK has announced a new partnership with UKTI to build the industry’s capability to identify and engage in new export opportunities. techUK will provide a new trade support programme to enable 1,000 tech companies to harness new export opportunities by 2015.

Infrastructure
techUK has agreed with government to host and resource the UK Spectrum Policy Forum — bringing together 70 companies, including spectrum users and technology innovators to answer two fundamental questions — what are we going to need spectrum for and what better methods could be used to allocate it?

Security
techUK will lead a major new initiative on designing out cyber crime supported by Minister for Security , James Brokenshire. Learning from what has been done in other safety critical industries, techUK’s members will work to raise awareness and develop standards for designing out opportunities for crime at source.

Skills
techUK will be supporting Code Club to find the volunteers and secure the funding needed to set up code clubs in every school, with an initial aim of clubs in at least 25% of all primary schools by 2015. Code Club is a national network of volunteer led coding clubs for children aged 9-11 that has the potential to inspire the next generation of our employees.

Julian David, CEO techUK said:

“techUK has been formed for the future — for better understanding and realisation of the opportunities that technology represents for the UK and to deal with the disruptive challenges that change and innovation always present.

“techUK is a new platform to address the big future challenges for the country, from building more efficient energy networks to transforming the delivery of health and social care. And this platform will include the breadth and depth of UK tech — from vibrant new start ups to established international players.

“Tech is the beating heart of the UK economy and techUK is proud to represent the companies that are our future.”

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