The CEO of a high-flying London tech startup is considering expanding to Ireland or Germany after the EU referendum

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Josh March, CEO of customer service software provider Conversocial, is contemplating a move from London to somewhere else in Europe following Britain’s decision to leave the EU.

March is concerned that Brexit will make it harder for him to hire engineers from across the continent at his company, which has raised $22 million (£16 million) since it was founded in 2009.

“There is a huge demand for high-quality engineers and any advantage a company has in accessing talent is a huge factor,” he told Business Insider. “Easy access to European engineering talent was a powerful engine for growth that may now be removed.”

Access to European funding and access to European markets will also influence March’s decision, he said.

Potential new office locations for Conversocial include Ireland and Germany but the company won’t be making any hasty decisions. “We’re monitoring what impact this has on our engineering hiring over the next 1-2 quarters. If we see a big drop in European candidates then we will consider options to expand our engineering team into other locations.

He added: “It doesn’t change our current commitment to London, but could change our growth plans significantly.”

Several other tech startups are weighing up whether to stay in the UK, with Claire Cockerton, CEO and chairwoman of ENTIQ, a company that aims to help businesses to innovate, saying: “Leaving Europe changes my perspective on working so hard to build my business here.”

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