Brexit and UK DC Sector The impact of Brexit on the UK Data Centre sector
techUK is the largest trade association for the UK tech industry. Shortly after the result of the 2016 remain/leave Europe referendum, techUK convened its data centre council for an emergency meeting. Jack Bedell-Pearce, 4D’s Managing Director, is a member of this council and contributed to the debate.
The resulting discussion and analysis from industry experts spawned the first draft of a whitepaper called, “Silver Linings: The implications of Brexit for the UK Data Centre Sector”.
Andrew Jay, the Chairman of the DC Council summarised the mood in his foreword by saying:
“The outcome of the Referendum signals a number of fundamental changes to our political economic landscape, and we now face a period of uncertainty that presents some challenges for our sector.”
Associate Director, Emma Fryer was asked, “what will the impact of Brexit be on the sector?” – she responded:
“It depends on us – firstly how well we prepare as a sector and secondly how clearly we articulate our needs.” And “It depends on Government, because intelligent and timely policy actions can make a huge difference.”
Since the first draft of ‘Silver Linings’ in 2016, the data centre council returned to re-analyse the data and submitted an updated version in late 2017.