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Tech City UK spent nearly £500,000 on PR, comms, and consultancy in 2 years

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Tech City UK, a taxpayer-funded quango tasked with promoting the UK tech sector, spent £452,446 on communications in two years, according to Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey.The agency, launched in 2010 by Prime Minister David Cameron, has received £10,823,000 from The Department of Culture, Media and Sport since 2014.The figures were released following a written question from Labour MP David Lammy to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on Parliament.uk.

Lammy asked Vaizey how much Tech City UK has spent on communications during the last three years.

He also asked about the agency s total operations budget over the same time frame.Vaizey's response, which can be read in full below, showed that Tech City spent:£2,500,000 in 2014-15£4,223,000 in 2015-16£4,100,000 in 2016-17The organisation also spent the following on third party communications, consultancy and public relations agencies:£173,091 in 2014-15£279,355 in 2015-16£5,000 in 2016-15 for the year, so far Vaizey wrote: "Tech City UK including Tech North total operations budget was £2,500,000 in 2014-15; £4,223,000 in 2015-16; and £4,100,000 in 2016-17.

Tech City UK including Tech North communications costs were £173,091 in 2014-15; £279,355 in 2015-16; and £5,000 in 2016-17 YTD .

It is expected to appoint a new comms person in the next few weeks and is currently relying on a single freelancer.

"We re in a dialogue at the moment about the next iteration of Tech City and thinking about what the next step should be," Vaizey told Business Insider.Tech City UK CEO Gerard Grech was not immediately available for comment.NOW WATCH: This 14-year-old makes up to $1,500 a night eating dinner in front of a webcam in South KoreaLoading video...

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