Tech professionals could soon find it easier to emigrate to the UK, following the news that Tech City will join the Exceptional Talent visa scheme.
Prime Minister David Cameron made the announcement on the third anniversary of Tech City, also revealing the UK Digital Services Index, which will rank tech firms listed on the London Stock Exchange.
The Exceptional Talent visa route allows a limited number of recognised professionals in their field a faster route to emigration, with the Royal Academy of Engineering, British Academy and Arts Council England among the peers that Tech City will join.
Tech companies recognised by Tech City will also be granted access to a 300Mbps 4G service provided by mobile network EE, with trials of the service already taking place in east London, which EE says will be the focal point of future improvements.
The announcements will be supplemented by a £15.5 million investment in the industry by the Technology Strategy Board, which will concentrate on improving the ecosystem in the UK.
“We are determined to build a rebalanced economy across the country and get behind the entrepreneurs imagining a new tomorrow in the dozens of technology clusters, accelerators and start-up incubators across Britain,” said Cameron.