Tech Nation to cease operations
As a direct result of the DCMS grant withdrawal, Tech Nation will be ceasing all existing operations through a carefully planned wind-down and has commenced a redundancy consultation process.
The end of an era as Tech Nation to cease operations as of March 31st.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”
In a statement issued by Tech Nation, founding CEO Gerard Grech commented, “I want to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to the Tech Nation team, to our ecosystem partners, and all the inspirational innovators and entrepreneurs we have worked with along the way. I am grateful to the government’s support over nine years, and feel proud of all we achieved. It has been an incredible journey. Together we have made the UK tech economy a global powerhouse for tech talent and now third in the world for tech investment, after the US and China.”
John Kiely, Partner and Head of Immigration at Howard Kennedy, has advised many going through the Tech Nation Visa application process, said:
“This will come as a great concern to those considering applying for the Tech Nation Visa. The endorsement process requires three detailed reference letters from senior individuals, a personal statement and 10 supporting documents – so there will be people out there who have dedicated a lot of time and effort into preparing their application.
“The Home Office has been notified of Tech nation’s plans to cease operations and Tech Nation has confirmed that their visa programme will continue in the immediate term. The immediate term is not defined, but it would be sensible for would-be applicants to submit their endorsement application as soon as possible.”