British company numbers fall at CES as support for startups trails European rivals


The number of British companies exhibiting at CES has fallen amid distraction from politics and Brexit.

The British contingent at the world’s largest technology conference, due to begin this weekend rose to a recent high of 71 last year, when then-Secretary for International Trade Liam Fox was a speaker.

The Consumer Technology Association, which organises the Las Vegas event, said that this year numbers had fallen to 64. In 2018 60 attended and in 2017 the figure was 56.

This year there is no UK government minister on the speaker line-up, though investment minister Graham Stuart is set to attend.

At a lunch for press in October, Karen Chupka, executive vice-president of CES, said the fact that…





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