27 Jun 2024

UK Data Centres Digital Economy Report 2024

Project Description  

techUK is seeking to commission the research and a report into the contribution data centres play to the UK’s economy 2024.


Data Centres are essential to the UK economy and tech sector, particularly for the growth and development of Artificial Intelligence (AI). While data centres present new opportunities for investment and are integral for the ambitions and growth of the digital tech sector – nationally and locally - the sector finds obstacles to secure planning permissions or set out economic impact of data centres.

By providing updated economic figures, we are seeking to make the case that data centres are good for the UK and local economy, good for innovation and should be seen as crucial national infrastructure projects (see here).


The report should seek to update and have a similar structure as our 2020 report: techUK – Data Centre Sector Overview 2020. Therefore, it should set out a strong narrative around the crucial part data centres plays in underpinning the UK's economy. It will be used to support policy asks from the sector to make sure the UK remains an attractive destination to invest in, build and operate data centres.

Data Centres currently face significant challenges in building new or expanding their presence in the UK – the two most significant barriers are planning permission (see here) and delays in securing connections to the electrical grid (see here).

The report should include up-to-date figures that show the demonstrable case to UK Government, Devolved Government/Combined Authorities, and local authorities to support, engage with and better understand role data centres have in the UK economy.

This can include but not be limited to jobs, company/industries utilising or needing data centres, associated digital infrastructure and new innovation supported by the presence and work of data centres/digital infrastructure in the UK.

The report should also include 3 case studies on data centre clusters, including Greater Manchester, West London and one other that will be identified as part of this work.

Process and timelines 

We would expect the project to take 3 months from commissioning. techUK’s Head of Data Centre’s will be the commissioning lead.

techUK can help to set up conversations with sponsors, UK data centres and lead figures within local/devolved government for their input into the report.


techUK would look to have: 

  • 1 report (we are happy to discuss whether this is fully branded)
  • The commissioning partner may be asked to join a report launch event as a speaker to say more about the report, and input toward press comments on the report.


£30,000 circa

Timeline for the tendering process  

  • Tender open – 28 June 2024 
  • Queries and clarifications window – 20 to 8 July 2024 
  • Applications deadline 9 July 
  • Tender award response – w/c 15 July 2024 
  • Delivery – October 2024 
  • Publish – October 2024 



For more information contact:

Luisa C. Cardani

Luisa C. Cardani

Head of Data Centres Programme, techUK

Luisa C. Cardani is the Head of the Data Centres Programme at techUK, aiming to provide a collective voice for UK operators and working with government to improve business environment for the data centres sector.

Prior to joining techUK, Luisa worked in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport as the Head of International Data Protection, where she led on the development of elements of the UK's data protection and privacy policy. In her role, she was also the UK official representative for the EOCD Privacy Guidelines Informal Advisory Group.

She has held a number of position in government, including leading on cross-cutting data provisions in the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, and in high priority cross-departmental projects when working in the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

She holds an M.Sc. from University College London's Department of Political Sciences.

[email protected]
07587 210 799

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Matt Robinson

Matt Robinson

Head of Nations and Regions, techUK

Matt is techUK’s Head of Nations and Regions.

Matt is leading techUK’s work with members and stakeholders across the UK to increase the Local Digital Capital across the UK’s nation and regions, build communities and to ensure that digital technology plays a key part the post-COVID-19 levelling-up recovery.

Prior to joining techUK, Matt worked for several national education charities and membership bodies to develop their regional partnerships with schools, academy trusts, local authorities, and other stakeholders. He’s also worked with local authority leaders and other stakeholders to engage communities, work with elected members and improve public services.

He holds a BA in Politics from the University of York and an MA in International Relations from the University of Leeds. Away from work he’s a keen football fan and golfer.

If you’d like to find out more about our work in the nations and regions please get in touch with Matt:

[email protected]

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Lucas Banach

Lucas Banach

Programme Assistant, Data Centres, Climate, Environment and Sustainability, Market Access, techUK

Lucas Banach is Programme Assistant at techUK, he works on a range of programmes including Data Centres; Climate, Environment & Sustainability; Market Access and Smart Infrastructure and Systems.

Before that Lucas who joined in 2008, held various roles in our organisation, which included his role as Office Executive, Groups and Concept Viability Administrator, and most recently he worked as Programme Executive for Public Sector. He has a postgraduate degree in International Relations from the Andrzej Frycz-Modrzewski Cracow University.

[email protected]
020 7331 2006

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