Tech Giants Pour Over £2 Billion into UK's AI and Tech Sector

In a remarkable show of confidence in the UK’s tech and AI landscape, leading global technology companies have announced investments exceeding £2 billion in a single week. T

Tech Giants Pour Over £2 Billion into UK's AI and Tech Sector
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In a remarkable show of confidence in the UK’s tech and AI landscape, leading global technology companies have announced investments exceeding £2 billion in a single week. This influx of capital, spearheaded by AI firm CoreWeave, Siemens Healthineers, and several other tech giants, underscores the UK’s burgeoning status as a global hub for technological innovation and artificial intelligence.

CoreWeave’s £1 Billion Investment

CoreWeave, a prominent AI firm, has committed to investing £1 billion in the UK. This substantial investment includes the establishment of their new European headquarters in London and the opening of two new data centers in 2024, with further expansion planned for 2025. These facilities are set to provide the necessary processing power for advanced machine learning, AI, graphics rendering, life sciences, and real-time streaming.

"We are seeing unprecedented demand for AI infrastructure and London is an important AI hub that we are investing in," said Mike Intrator, Co-founder and CEO of CoreWeave. "Expanding our physical footprint in the UK is an important milestone in the next phase of CoreWeave’s growth."

CoreWeave’s investment aims to fill a void in the cloud market by offering localized high-performance compute solutions, which are critical for building and deploying next-generation AI applications.

Siemens Healthineers’ £250 Million Facility

Adding to this wave of investments, Siemens Healthineers has announced a £250 million project to design and manufacture superconducting magnets for MRI scanners at a new facility in North Oxfordshire. This initiative is expected to support more than 1,300 skilled jobs.

"MRI technology plays a vital role in diagnosing disease, helping patients to get healthy and stay healthy," stated Bernd Montag, Chief Executive of Siemens Healthineers. "As a world leader in medical imaging, we are very proud to open the next chapter of our history here in Oxford."

The new factory will focus on Siemens Healthineers’ innovative low-helium magnet technology, which reduces the use of this scarce natural resource and expands access to MRI technology for patients.

Scale AI and Wayve: Expanding AI Frontiers

Complementing these investments, Scale AI, a leading data infrastructure company for AI, has chosen London for its first European headquarters. Earlier this week, Wayve, a British-founded company, secured over $1.05 billion to develop AI-powered self-driving vehicles in the UK. Since its founding in 2017, Wayve has grown into a home-grown success story, demonstrating the UK’s leadership in fostering startups in the AI and autonomous vehicle sectors.

Government Support and Economic Impact

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, has welcomed these investments, referring to them as a “safe bet” by world-leading tech companies. "Businesses are making a safe bet in Britain," Hunt said. "We have attracted the third highest amount of greenfield foreign direct investment since 2010, and the UK accounts for around half of all AI private capital investment in Europe."

Hunt highlighted the transformative impact of these investments on the UK economy, particularly in creating high-skilled, well-paid jobs and advancing the country’s tech sector. The AI sector alone employs more than 50,000 people in the UK and contributes over £3.7 billion to the economy annually. By 2035, the UK’s AI market is forecasted to grow to over $1 trillion.

Michelle Donelan, Secretary of State for Science, Innovation, and Technology, emphasized the significance of these investments. "Time and again, world-leading tech companies are choosing the UK to invest in – bringing new jobs and opportunities for people to gain valuable skills," Donelan remarked. She also pointed to the UK’s unique, agile, and highly ambitious tech ecosystem as a major attractor for such high-profile investments.

Future Prospects

These substantial investments cement the UK’s position as a world leader in the AI and tech industries. They build on a strong record of attracting the best and biggest investments from global tech companies. Notable mentions include Microsoft’s new AI hub in London and Google DeepMind, which was founded in the UK over a decade ago and continues to be based here.

The UK’s tech sector is the third in the world, following the US and China, to be valued at over $1 trillion. It also boasts the third highest number of AI companies and private capital investments in AI globally. The government’s economic policies, such as reducing inflation and cutting taxes, have created favorable conditions for these businesses to thrive.


The recent influx of over £2 billion in investments from world-leading tech companies highlights the UK’s strong and growing position in the global tech and AI landscape. These investments are not only a vote of confidence in the UK’s economic and regulatory environment but also a significant boost to its ambitions of becoming a global technology superpower.

At Unfiltered, we will continue to provide in-depth, thought-provoking coverage of these developments, showcasing how they are set to transform the UK’s tech sector and broader economy. This wave of investment marks a pivotal moment for the UK, paving the way for future innovations and economic growth in the tech industry.