Our Objectives

Compared to its European peers, the UK lags far behind most countries in penetration of non-automotive industrial robots. In 2018, the UK had installed 42 industrial robots per 10,000 employees. This should be compared to 87 in Spain, 89 in France and 180 in Sweden. Germany was in the lead with 191 installed industrial robots per 10,000 employees. (Source: International Federation of Robotics (IFR))

In combination with a low penetration of robots, there are also few funding opportunities for hardware start-ups in the UK (and Europe), with most investors focusing on software pureplay start-ups.

The TLA Robotics working group aims to encourage three things:

  • Wider access to funding and support for robotics start-ups
  • An increased gender balance in the sector
  • Increased awareness, further exploration and adoption of robotics by industry to drive increased productivity and employment

TLA Robotics brings together start-ups, investors, vendors, users, students and practitioners across industries to discuss, network and, ultimately, promote robotics & automation.


We run Robotics Technology events including networking drinks, meet-ups and start-up showcases.

See our first event here.

Email us to be added to our mailing list for future events.


Visit our website here.

The TLA Robotics group sends out regular updates to all members, focusing on start-up opportunities and events in the sector. To stay up to date with the latest news, join our LinkedIn Group, Twitter, or email us to be added to the newsletter.

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Thomas Andersson
Group Leader
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Ayllin Yassin
Group Leader
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Mathieu Scampini
Fives Group
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Philip English
Robot Center
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Natasha Vasco
Robotics Engineer
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Mahnoor Sheikh
Electronics Engineer
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