This article was first published by The Times of Israel and is re-posted with permission.
Technology partnerships between the UK and Israel is estimated to impact Britain’s economy by hundreds of millions of dollars, and help Israeli companies gain more access to global markets, according to a new report.
The report by the UK Israel Tech Hub — an initiative of the British Embassy in Israel that promotes partnerships in technology and innovation between the two countries — said the hub has led to 175 tech partnerships in deals worth £85 million ($113 million), adding this could help boost the UK economy by potentially £800 million ($1.1 billion).
“The last year has seen more UK organizations using cutting-edge technologies in their business in areas including artificial intelligence, chatbots, blockchain and Internet of Things, and in projects such as smart cities and smart industries,” the UK Israel Tech Hub said in a statement.
“We want the UK to be the best place in the world to start and grow a digital business, but to do that we need to work with like-minded tech nations,” said Matt Hancock, the UK Secretary of State for Digital Culture, Media and Sport, in the statement. “The UK Israel Tech Hub has given aspiring British companies the opportunity to discover Israel’s world leading innovative technology.”
The report was released ahead of Prince William’s visit to Israel later in June, the first-ever official tour to the region by a member of the British royal family. It also comes as the UK seeks to find new trading partners, as it juggles its exit from the European Union, the so-called Brexit withdrawal.
More and more UK companies are “tackling their innovation challenges and creating long-term partnerships meant to incorporate Israeli innovation into their businesses and create sustainable value for them,” said Ayelet Mavor, Director of the UK Israel Tech Hub. British banks RBS, HSBC as well as organizations such as the British National Health Service, the NHS, “are paving the way for their UK peers to work with innovators and create real win-win partnerships,” she added.
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