IT trade association Intellect has undergone a rebranding and has set itself several targets for improving the UK technology sector's economic outlook, including the creation of 545,000 new IT jobs.
TechUK, headed up by former Intellect director general Julian David, said it is looking to ultimately increase the number of people employed by the UK IT industry from 755,000 currently to 1.3 million by 2020, representing seven percent year-on-year growth.
The association aims to achieve the growth by tackling four key areas: trade, infrastructure, security and skills.
To allow UK tech companies to trade more competitively on the world stage, TechUK has announced a new partnership with UK Trade and Industry (UKTI), targeting the provision of extra export opportunities for 1,000 UK tech firms by 2015.
The group said it will continue to carry out its running of the Spectrum Policy Forum, a body of 70 companies brought together to decide how best to use unused sections of the wireless spectrum.
TechUK's security policies will involve launching a new anti-cybercrime initiative in association with the UK's security minister James Brokenshire. The group will also work with the after-school Code Club initiative to secure funding and reach 25 percent of UK primary schools by 2015.
David said the renamed body aims to better represent the country's IT industry. "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," he said.
"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 startups to established international players."
Secretary of state for business Vince Cable said: "The UK is home to numerous innovative, high-tech companies. Through our Industrial Strategy we are working with the ICT sector to identify those areas where government can assist growth; in particular, training, access to finance, procurement and support for innovation."
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