techUK - Representing the tech industry in the UK Tue, 13 Nov 2018 23:00:53 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Open Banking Awards:

On 6th December, techUK will form part of the judging panel for the  Financial Data & Technology Association's Open Banking Awards. Ruth Milligan, Head of techUK's Financial Services Programme, will judge entires in two categories: Best technology provider vending to Open API Standard and Best new innovation from a Technical Service Provider. The Awards have been established to recognise those organisations and institutions that are delivering innovations which empower customers to leverage their financial data to make better decisions and take fuller control of their financial lives.

The awards dinner forms part of FDATA's Second annual Global Open Banking summit, which takes palce in Edinburgh 6-7 December.  The two-day Summit will bring together regulators and policy makers from around the world to discuss how Open Banking is to e delivered, to collaborate on standards and set the agenda for best practice.

{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) News Tue, 13 Nov 2018 10:36:55 +0000
Putting Digital in your DNA: A public sector roundtable

Zaizi are proud to be hosting a roundtable event, dedicated to understanding how digital processes can drive efficiencies and maximise the value public organisation deliver to citizens. 



08:30 - Registration & Hot Breakfast  

09:15 - Welcome & Introduction - How can UK Public Sector redesign its digital processes and meet the ever-rising expectations of its citizens? 

Andrew Hawkins, Head of Sales, Zaizi 

09:30 - Redesigning Government’s Digital DNA - Survey results and analysis

Mark Blanchard - Public Sector Director, GovNewsDirect & Carrie Kleiner - former Editor in Chief and Head of Content for Parliamentary Digital Service

9:45 - Home Office Case Study: How UK Border Force is digitising and automating processes to drive efficiencies and improve security

Steve Gillespie OBE - Director Detection Services, Border  Force

10:15 - Refreshments & roundtable discussion -  What are the barriers preventing the UK Public Sector being truly digital and how do we overcome them?  

11:00 - Close


Register here

]]> (CRM Sync) Roundtable Tue, 13 Nov 2018 12:58:20 +0000
How SMEs can sell to HMRC

Emma Jones will be hosting a webinar with Samantha Bloyce of HMRC.

In this webinar you’ll hear from HMRC’s SME Champion, Samantha Bloyce. Samantha leads the work in HMRC to see more work flowing to SMEs and in this session she will demystify the procurement process. You’ll learn what to expect and how to respond when considering whether to apply for a government contract.

Register here

]]> (CRM Sync) Partner event Tue, 13 Nov 2018 10:43:00 +0000
ISF 2* Info Cap Briefing with AVM Rocky Rochelle

This techUK ISF Briefing will be an opportunity to discuss some of the key threats to UK forces currently, including emerging and potential nation state conflicts, the implications of an evolving battlespace and the growing significance of cyber threats. The MOD has made significant progress in enhancing its information technology capabilities, and AVM Rocky Rochelle will discuss where he sees the most important challenges and opportunities to deliver information advantage in the future. 

AVM Rochelle will also discuss the need for a coherent approach as we move forward, utilising emerging technologies and services from non-traditional suppliers to ensure that the UK is able to compete other nation states with larger resources and budgets. As part of this the session will foster discussion within the defence information community on how industry and the MOD can work together to exploit emerging technologies from adjacent sectors more rapidly going forward.

Attendees will discuss the growing importance of data, connectivity and Post-geography operations require a change of mind set amongst UK forces to ensure that we are adequately defended against emerging disinformation, cyber and electro-magnetic threats. The different approaches of the represented Frontline Commands will be examined, and speakers will be able to ask industry to illustrate ways they could further support MOD’s efforts in this area. The sessions will also include networking opportunities and networking drinks.


10.00 - 10.10 - Welcome from Fred Sugden, Head of Defence Programme, techUK

10.10 - 10.20 - Chair's Opening Remarks - Ian Kirkwood, Cyber and Critical National Infrastructure, QinetiQ and Chair, Information Superiority Forum, techUK

10.20 - 11.00 - Information Capability and the RAF Briefing - AVM Rocky Rochelle, Chief of Staff - Capability, RAF

11.00 - 11.50 - Open Discussion and Q&A

11.50 - 12.00 - Chair's Closing Remarks

12.00 - 12.30 - Networking Lunch


{bio}{/bio}{bio}{/bio}{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) Briefing Tue, 13 Nov 2018 10:50:09 +0000
DASA Market Exploration: CCTV Feeds

On behalf of UK Policing, the Defence & Security Accelerator is trying to better understand current market capability in bringing together CCTV feeds from different sources into a coherent interface, in order to fully scope and better design a potential future competition. This will provide them with an understanding of what potential solutions to aid real time video feed aggregation already exist as well as emerging novel solutions. This request for information is not a commitment to subsequently launch a formal DASA competition.

DASA are interested in solutions of any maturity which would allow police control room operators to deliver some or all of the following capability:

  • to pull/request data from a known CCTV system or Video Management System.
  • to aggregate the data feed and allow ingestion by a second video management system.
  • to access video held in a wide range of existing video standards, namely but not exclusively: IP multicast, IP Unicast, media in HTTP(S), RTP and RTSP and ONVIF compliance (RTSP over HTTP).
  • to access multiple concurrent video streams.

Any solution should also provide a RESTful API for additional integration, to enable a more open approach to inter-operation. They are interested in all forms and maturity of potential solutions, ranging from commercial off the shelf products to collaborations between industry leads and academia.

You can find more information on how to take part in this market exploration exercise here. The deadline for replying to this request for information is 5pm on 26 November 2018.

{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) Opportunities Tue, 13 Nov 2018 10:08:00 +0000
Smart Energy Innovation Showcase

Smart Energy Innovation Showcase

Attlee Room, Portcullis House, Westminster

Thursday 6th December 2018


techUK and Smart Energy GB are delighted to invite you to our Smart Energy Innovation showcase kindly sponsored by Darren Jones MP.

With over 12 million smart meters installed across Great Britain, the national upgrade is paving the way to a smarter, greener and more connected future. From connected devices to new ways of buying energy, innovation is happening at a rapid pace.

To bring this to life, we are holding this event in Parliament which will demonstrate the innovations that smart meters enable.

The showcase will bring together organisations who have some exciting new services that use smart meters, or smart meter data. These include Labrador, geo, Open Utility, Energy Systems Catapult and Hildebrand.

Please could you RSVP to Rosie Greaves at by Friday 16 November 2018. Spaces are limited and will be granted on a first come first served basis. 

We hope to see you there!

]]> (CRM Sync) Partner event Tue, 13 Nov 2018 10:17:50 +0000
Our President and members recognised in Kindness & Leadership Awards

Today, Women of the Future Programme has announced its inaugural 50 Leading Lights list, in association with Lloyds Banking Group, recognising the contribution of  kind leaders to  business, the economy and society. We are very excited that amongst those named are Jacqueline de Rojas, president of techUK, as well as techUK members Melissa Allen and Mina Shiraishi from KPMG, and Patricia Brolly and Charlotte Hogg, Visa.

We are also very happy to see leaders from Government such as Dame Sue Owen, Permanent Secretary for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the list and having their contributions recognised.

’50 Leading Lights’ showcases 50 leaders building a new status quo, impacting others through kindness. The aim is to help tell their stories to inspire others and recast perceptions of ‘strong’ leadership. It is the desire that kindness generates strength in leadership, as a quality and a currency that empowers change.

techUK would like to congratulate all those named in the list this year and we look forward to seeing the impact that these awards have. These awards open a debate as to what makes effective leadership and in a fragile world, this discussion is welcome. As the awards organisers have pointed out, we too think technology will be a driving force in improving transparency and empowering consumers, employees, regulators and investors to determine the style of leadership that succeeds.

]]> (CRM Sync) News Tue, 13 Nov 2018 09:13:37 +0000
techUK/UKspace Positioning, Navigation & Timing Committee

This meeting is open to members of techUK or UKspace who are actively working in Positioning, Timing and Navigation industries.


Chair: Richard Bowden, QinetiQ.

Deputy Chair: Mark Dumville, Nottingham Scientific


Agenda tbc


A sandwich lunch will be available from 13:00

{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) Meeting Mon, 12 Nov 2018 16:06:06 +0000
TfL Launch London Roadlab Innovation Programme

Transport for London (TfL) has teamed up with Plexal, the innovation centre, and utility partners to launch London Roadlab

This will be a 10-week programme which will combine funding and expert advice to scale your solutions at real pilot sites together with TfL, Plexal and a consortium of some of the nation’s largest utilities providers.

Roadworks are a considerable drag on London's economy, costing over £2bn every year. The programme focuses on three challenge areas;

  • Inclusive; Streets must be accessible to all Londoners and TfL has made a lot of progress in achieving its Healthy Streets vision. How do we leverage technology to make our roads even more inclusive during maintenance and upgrades?
  • Safer; TfL has already implemented solutions to achieve its Vision Zero goal on our roads, but how do we minimise the health and safety risks for workers and the public even further during roadworks?
  • Smarter; Developments in smart technology across all industries are already shaping London into a city of the future. But how can we take advantage of new and untried solutions to minimise the impact of roadworks?

Following the 10-week programme participants will be able to pitch their ideas direct to TfL and utility partners, with the chance to work with them over the long-term. 

Applicants for the first stage of selection close at noon on the 26 November - apply here.  

More information on TfL's future plans for London's road is available here

{bio}{/bio}{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) Opportunities Mon, 12 Nov 2018 14:33:55 +0000
techUK Policy Pulse | Your weekly update on digital and tech policy

The issue that caught the headlines this week was the Digital Services Tax. The new tax, which will be introduced in April 2020, is a 2 per cent tax against revenue of large digital companies that is generated from UK users of search, social media or online marketplaces. For the (long) list of all the problems with the proposal have a read of my colleague’s briefing. It should be noted political figures in the US have already attacked the proposals which could complicate a future US-UK trade deal.

Meanwhile the EU has backtracked on its own proposals for a similar tax and is again focusing on the OECD to try and make progress on a proper international solution by 2020. techUK continues to believe that the OECD is the right place to achieve a proper solution to this challenge.

There was plenty of good news in the Budget that unfortunately got lost in the headlines. Indeed, the Chancellor delivered on a number of the asks raised in techUK’s Budget submission. This included providing tax relief for building new business premises, enabling firms to use more of their Apprenticeship Levy funding to support their supply chain, and steps to support small business across the country adopt new digital technology.

Further investments into AI and cyber as well as distributed ledger technology and quantum were also welcome, as was steps to help companies acquiring businesses with high value Intellectual Property. You can read a full briefing on a smorgasbord of tech issues in the Budget here. 

The Budget offered us all a brief respite from Brexit. But, as we enter the final stages of the negotiations (I should go back and look at how many times I’ve said that…) Brexit Secretary, Dominic Raab, held a tech town-hall to reassure the sector that their voice was being heard. For a good summary of the discussion check out Anabelle Dickson’s tweets. techUK asked the Brexit Secretary how he intended to balance regulatory flexibility with full market access for the sector. In his answer Raab recognised the need for close cooperation with the EU to ensure that flexibility doesn’t create new regulatory barriers, whilst also rightly highlighting the opportunity to lead at a global level in forums such as the WTO.

This week saw the Web Summit return to Lisbon, bigger than ever. The stand-out speech came from Tim Berners-Lee calling for a new contract for the web. More than 50 organisations have already signed up to what is being dubbed as the Magna Carta for the internet, including some very big players. It’ll be interesting to see just how this develops. Our CEO Julian David was at the Web Summit and shared the stage with Digital Minister, Margot James, setting out the UK’s stand as the best place for tech. Given the uncertainty of Brexit, making the positive case for UK tech has never been more important.

Getting a migration system that works for tech, will be key to ensuring the UK’s thriving tech scene continues to grow. With a White Paper on the post-Brexit immigration system due to be published this month it’s worth revisiting techUK’s asks of a new Immigration system.

Being open to global talent must sit alongside building our own pipeline here in the UK, so techUK was very pleased with this week’s announcement of the National Centre for Computing Education (something techUK called for four years ago (!) in our Manifesto ahead of the 2015 election). Read more about the Centre in our insight.

Elsewhere, a number of important reports have been published in the last two weeks. Here is a quick look at them:

  • Tony Blair’s Institute for Global Change published a new report entitled A New Deal for Big Tech: Next-Generation Regulation Fit for the Internet Age, which calls for a new approach to the way our institutions deal with technology companies. The paper deals with everything from competition to content regulation. It offers some bold yet pragmatic ideas, but is there the political will or capacity to deliver such radical change?
  • The Children’s Commissioner published a report on children’s data, calling on companies to be more transparent about what data they’re collect (you can read our comment here).
  • The Information Commissioner’s Office meanwhile published their second report in their investigation into data analytics and political campaigning. Once again demonstrating her clout and ambition Elizabeth Denham – giving evidence to a Select Committee on the same topic – described this report as “unprecedented for any data protection authority worldwide in terms of the type of information, the numbers of organisations, the number of individuals, the cost of the investigation and the expertise required.” It is clear that post-Brexit the UK’s data protection regulator intends to be the world leader in the field.

techUK news and events

This week techUK launched its fourth GovTech SME Survey. Each year we undertake this survey to better understand the experience of SMEs in the public sector tech market. The findings from the survey are used to develop recommendations to promote GovTech innovation, ensure a smoother experience when it comes to procurement, and generally help improve access to the public sector market for SMEs. To find out more and to fill in the survey please click here.

We are really excited about the very impressive GovTech Summit that our friends at Public will be running in Paris next Monday. One lucky colleague drew the golden ticket and @techUK will be tweeting live updates and insights throughout the day from the city of lights.

Tickets for our second Digital Ethics Summit, being held on 12 December, continue to fly off the shelves. Secure your place now.

Finally, techUK’s ‘Council of the Future’ Campaign Week will run from 3-7 December and we would be delighted to have you contribute to it. If you’d like to write a blog for us please email Georgina Maratheftis by Friday 16 November. The deadline for content to be submitted is Wednesday 28 November.

All the best,


{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) Newsletters Fri, 09 Nov 2018 15:20:00 +0000
Florida As Your Business Partner Seminar

The Florida Chamber of Commerce will be in London as part of our Business Development and Trade Mission to promote bi-lateral trade and investment. We cordially invite you to join us, along with other Florida business leaders for our Florida Business Partner Seminar.


 Florida As Your Business Partner Seminar

  - Florida's $1 Trillion USD Economy Creates Opportunities -
- Florida creates 1 our of every 11 jobs in the U.S. -
- Population of 26 million - 3rd largest in the U.S. -
- 116 million visitors in 2017 -


Thursday, December 6, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

The Broadgate Tower
20 Primrose Street
London EC2A 2RS


Agenda includes: 

- Florida's Business Climate -
- Locate/Invest in Florida -
- Strategies to Succeed in the Florida Marketplace -
- Market entry to the U.S. and Latin America through Florida –


  • Bob Grammig, Partner, Holland & Knight
  • Constantine Karides, Partner, Reed Smith
  • Eric Silagy, President & CEO, Florida Power & Light Company
  • David Hart, Executive Vice President, Florida Chamber of Commerce
  • Ken Lawson, President & CEO, VISIT FLORIDA
  • Mike Grissom, Executive Vice President, Enterprise Florida, Inc
]]> (CRM Sync) Workshop Fri, 09 Nov 2018 15:13:18 +0000
SEO Strategy Workshop

Amazingly SEO can deliver up to 60% of your sales traffic for free, it's 8x more effective than social media marketing & when done properly, generates a staggering 10,000% ROI.

Surprisingly then, many companies focus their efforts on PPC and social media advertising without realising the potential value and strategic importance of SEO.

And if your business is looking to expand internationally, a sound SEO strategy is critical to your ability to compete cost-effectively and to getting your brand out there.

Join this 2 hour SEO strategy workshop for business leaders & marketeers, to hear from Simon Schnieders - ex Head of SEO at Zoopla, Mail Online & - on how to leverage SEO to slash your marketing spend, increase sales, build a competitive position and amplify your brand visibility.

At this workshop you'll learn how to:

  • Get up to 60% of your sales traffic through non-branded (non-paid) search
  • Reduce your dependency on paid search acquisition to make significant savings & immediate gains
  • Consider alternatives to paid ads & social media marketing to deliver a 10,000% ROI on your marketing spend
  • Unmask the hidden value of the data you already have to manifestly increase traffic & generate massive short term gains
  • Amplify your brand visibility and set the foundations for long term growth

The agenda:

This is a hands-on workshop where Simon will use a mix of presentation material and classroom exercises to explore your current SEO capabilities and the potential of new strategies and techniques.

It is designed for business leaders and marketeers, not technical gurus. Expect lots of interaction and discussion around business objectives and how SEO can help deliver. Topics will include:

  • SEO facts revisited – the key factors
  • Link building without building links
  • Keyword research techniques, tips and advice
  • Tools the pros use to go deeper
  • Identify quick wins within your existing data
  • How to get PR without doing PR
  • Learn the secrets of barnacle, reclamation, serendipity and dirty keyword SEO to lift your business to the next level

And if international expansion is on the cards, you’ll also get tips and advice to help you compete more effectively, establish your brand presence and develop a cost-effective SEO strategy to drive overseas sales.

Qualifying companies can also get a free SEO audit packed with valuable insights, facts & recommendations worth over £2,000.

Places are limited so early registration is advised. Please contact Nimmi: to register.

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National Centre for Computing Education announced by DfE

The Department for Education announced a new £84 million National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) on Wednesday. The Centre, composed of a consortium of industry partners and non-profits, will focus on improving the teaching of computing in schools across English primary and secondary schools.

The announcement follows a long push from both industry and schools to improve the teaching of computing and STEM in schools. In our 2015 manifesto, techUK urged government to address the computer science teaching gap and government has slowly addressed this concern. Teachers are the cornerstone of the education system, a teacher equipped with the right skills and CPD training can inspire students to continue studying computing through secondary and higher education, hopefully this will go some way in remedying the decline in GCSE computing participation.

The announcement of the NCCE has been long awaited since the Chancellor first announced in the 2017 Budget that there was £84 million earmarked for upskilling computer science teachers. As more detail has emerged about the Centre, techUK is glad the Department for Education has chosen to take a ‘hand’s off’ approach by creating the NCCE as a network of empowered school-led hubs focussed on providing value for their immediate communities.

There’s still much progress to be made if we are to encourage more students into computing and push for an education system that prepares individuals with the skills and competencies required to thrive in the modern world. Government is clearly stepping up: as we have seen from Wednesday’s announcement; the establishment of the Institute of Coding; T-Levels and other actions taken by this Government. However, there is still work needed to address the drop-off in diverse students with the introduction of the new computing GCSE and to empower businesses to act as hubs in their local community to upskill and inspire their community into tech – as I discovered at the launch of the CBI’s annual skills report this week, four interactions with business whilst in school makes an individual five times less likely to be unemployed in later life!

The Centre’s consortium will be led by the British Computer Society, Raspberry Pi Foundation and STEM Learning with the support of the University of Cambridge, Google, FutureLearn and the Behavioural Insights Team.

{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) News Fri, 09 Nov 2018 08:48:44 +0000
techUK comment on Children's Commssioner Report

Responding to the Children's Commissioner report, 'Who knows what about me?', Senior Policy Manager Ben Bradley said: 


"The Children’s Commissioner’s report is a welcome contribution to the debate around the collection and sharing of data.

As the report acknowledges, there are many benefits to the collection of the data and the innovation that this drives, but we can only fully realise these benefits if users feel empowered and comfortable with the data that they share.

We welcome the emphasis on the role that parents can play in thinking critically about the data they share. The report’s top ten tips for parents and children is a helpful and practical guide for any family when thinking about their data footprint.

The Commissioner rightly recognises the wide range of work being done to address the issues identified in the report, from the recent GDPR and its requirement for informed consent and special treatment of children’s data, to the ICO’s Age Appropriate Design Code and the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. It is important that we do not pre-empt these wide-ranging actions that have recently or will soon take effect and give them time to take effect and bed in.

We look forward to continuing to engage in this debate, and thinking about what more may be able to be done once recent reforms have settled in."

{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) Opinions Thu, 08 Nov 2018 15:33:51 +0000
Neutral Host Networks: vision and reality

Connectivity is increasingly seen as essential, and many governments recognise the importance of both widening access geographically and demographically, and of ensuring timely technology upgrades to maintain international competitiveness.

While much of that political focus remains on fixed connections to premises, with the ultimate objective of maximising availability of “full fibre” connections, across the World consumers are increasingly going mobile. In many developing countries mobile is the standard way to get online, which has resulted in innovation in services encompassing banking, payments and even “Uber for the farm” initiatives such as Hello Tractor. In the UK, outside of offices and academia, the vast majority of internet access is via either Wi-Fi or a mobile connection – and we’re not going back to plugging in Ethernet cables if we can help it.

So it’s essential to ensure that 5G, which offers so much more than just faster 4G, will be made available to as many consumers, and as quickly, as practical. But mobile operators face a challenging business case for investing in 5G, that investment encompassing spectrum, deployment of fibre (80% of the costs for which will be civil works), subsidising 5G handsets (none of which are yet available) and, of course, the equipment to install on base stations. Operators face the challenge of investing in this new technology in dense urban areas whilst completing 4G coverage in rural areas.

For the 4 UK mobile operators, each of which is part of an international group, the relatively low returns made in the UK make reducing costs essential to maximise deployment here of additional spectrum and technology upgrades. The operators increasingly share their own infrastructure through joint ventures, and there is a long history of independent infrastructure providers investing in sites to share with as many mobile (and, in some cases, other wireless) operators as wish to locate there.

Such infrastructure sharing is often referred to as “neutral host”. Neutral host infrastructure comprises a single, shared network solution provided on an open access basis to all mobile operators and is used to resolve poor wireless coverage and capacity inside large venues or other busy locations. They are usually deployed, maintained and operated by a third-party providers and they are designed to support the full range of cellular technologies (although landlord permissions may be required before new technologies could be deployed).

Unlike vertically integrated networks that accommodate one technology or a single operator’s requirement, neutral host infrastructure is a shared platform, capable of supporting all operators and technologies giving their customers what they are looking for - seamless coverage and high capacity.

A variety of different neutral host approaches are used to provide premium wireless services in different environments, such as Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) and Small Cells Networks (SCN).  Typically fibre-fed, these networks are designed specifically to cope with periods of peak user demand and scaled to accommodate future generations of technology, including 5G.

According to EY’s European Wireless Infrastructure Association Report, neutral host infrastructure leads to more cost efficient use of infrastructure through greater levels of sharing / utilisation, enabling operators to improve the quality of service for customers by increasing the number of available points of presence, and their network speed and capacity. Independent neutral hosts delivers up to 3x the connectivity of vertically integrated assets. Neutral host infrastructure lowers the economic threshold for new coverage by anticipating future sharing, launching with one or more “anchor” operators which then receive the cost benefits of sharing up-front.

Despite the considerable sharing of passive infrastructure which the UK already has, there is always scope for operators and subscribers to reap further gains from further infrastructure sharing. One particular scenario crying out for deployment of more shred infrastructure is within buildings, which is the source of about 80% of mobile data traffic, yet modern energy-efficient building materials, combined with the higher frequencies used to offer faster connections, is making it harder for those inside to attain reliable mobile connection with external base stations.

An additional scenario is improving transport connectivity where consumers are increasingly dissatisfied with connectivity on the Strategic Road Network, on major rail routes and on deep Tube lines. Space constraints and safety concerns argue for and public communications infrastructure deployed track- or road-side to be shared amongst all 4 mobile operators.

To that end, the public sector has a key enabler role, to add to initiatives already undertaken by DCMS to reduce deployment costs, particularly the recent introduction of the new Electronic Communications Code (to make it easier and cheaper to deploy and maintain communications infrastructure), and the work of the Barrier Busting Team and the Local Connectivity Group, together working to reduce the regulatory obstacles to deployment (it can currently take up to 2 years for a mobile operator to get permission to deploy a base station in central London).

With neutral host infrastructure sharing increasingly recognised as a key deployment tool for improving mobile broadband reach at the lowest cost, essential as we look ahead to the commercial deployment of 5G, this conference will explore the larger enabling role which neutral host will have in a 5G world.


Opening keynote:  21st Century networks - optimising Investment and services - Dr Mike Short, Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for International Trade.


Additional confirmed speakers from BAI Communications, DCMS, WHP Telecoms and Disruptive Analysis.


Agenda tbc.

{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) Conference Thu, 08 Nov 2018 15:20:34 +0000
Health and Social Care Council: Vote for Your Favourite Candidates

techUK would like to invite members of the techUK Health & Social Care Programme to vote for the new Health & Social Care Council representatives. Each company can only vote once. Please note that if you are not a techUK member then your vote will not be counted.

We currently have six new spaces available.

Please see the biographies from each of our nominees by clicking the links below. 

Michael Lewis - iPLato

Peter Lane - IQVIA

Bryn Sage - InHealthCare

Alan Sumner - Roche Diagnostics UK

Julia Ross - Predict X 

Beverley Bryant - System C 

Eoin Perera - CDW UK 

Natalie Chishick - IMS Maxims

Rajal Patni - Lavanya Plus

Martin Taylor - Redwood Technologies 

Wendy Marshall - Cerner Ltd 

Please complete the survey here

{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) News Mon, 12 Nov 2018 13:39:00 +0000
MOD Supply Chain Survey

The UK MOD is conducting a supply chain survey with SME suppliers in order to better understand their experiences working in its supply chain.

The survey can be found here and techUK recommends that you visit the site and complete the survey to ensure your views are taken into account.

The survey can be completed anonymously, and responses will be summarised before they are submitted to MOD for consideration. 

However, the survey does give you the option to include your contact details should you wish to. techUK recommends that you consider doing this as the MOD may wish to follow up on your responses in order to gain a deeper understanding of the issues.

The survey will be open for you to complete until close of play 26 November 2018.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the team.

{bio}{/bio}{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) News Thu, 08 Nov 2018 13:38:00 +0000
MOD Publishes Defence Equipment Plan

On 5 November, the MOD published its 10 year Defence Equipment Plan covering 2018 – 2028. The annual publication reassesses the spending associated with the equipment budget and examines how costs have risen or fallen against the major Defence programmes run by the department.

Summary of the Equipment Plan

From the beginning of the 2018-19 financial year, the MOD’s funding allocation for the equipment plan rose to £186.4bn, up from £179.6bn. The department has estimated that the potential cost range of the equipment plan is between £188.9bn and £201.2bn, giving a central estimate of £193.3bn. This higher number has been determined as forecast costs on key programmes such as QEC, F35 & Astute have all risen. 

To reduce spending, the MOD is aiming to achieve cost savings of around £13.4bn on equipment over the next 10 years, starting from the 2018/19 financial year. Some cost savings have already been achieved in key programmes such as Type-26, Poseidon and Apache Capability Sustainment. The MOD is also expecting the DE&S Transformation & improved Strategic Supplier Management to reduce costs, along with a new more efficient logistics support system. Across the six TLBs, the MOD estimates £9.5bn in efficiencies will be delivered against a target of £13.4bn.

In the Front Line Commands, the Army, RAF & Royal Navy are planning to spend between £1.2 - £1.8bn more than was originally estimated. Conversely, JFC has reduced its estimate costs by £1.2bn.

The plan also notes that the government remains committed to spending 2% of GDP on Defence, with 20% of spending on equipment specifically. The plan has also re-iterated the MOD’s commitment to bake-in exportability in future equipment procurements, through the implementation of the Dunne Prosperity Review, Combat Air Strategy & National Ship Building Strategy.

Looking specifically at savings targets, the MOD has split these into two categories, to enable greater flexibility and reduce the risk of inaccurate calculations. The first category includes the DE&S transformation, which has a savings target of £3.9bn over the next 10 years. DE&S expects  to deliver savings of £4.2bn. Over the next 3 years, the MOD also expects its assessment of affordability to improve through better cost control and oversight of performance. This in turn will drive down the forecast costs in future plans by around 5-10%. The MOD has also allocated £4.3bn of contingency funding to manage unknown financial risks.

NAO Report on MOD Equipment Plan 2018-2028

The National Audit Office (NAO) has also released its report on the MOD’s Equipment Plan, which assesses the robustness of the Ministry of Defence's (MOD) financial data and assumptions for its Equipment Plan 2018-2028. A summary of the report is as follows:

The report has concluded that the equipment plan remains unaffordable, with forecast costs exceeding budgets by between £7-14 billion over the next 10 years. However, it acknowledges that the MOD has recognised the nature and scale of the significant challenges it faces, and continues to improve its understanding of affordability. Despite this, the NAO is not yet fully confident in the robustness of the MOD’s underlying assumptions around the efficiencies it thinks it can make.

Even with the additional £1bn of funding announced in the Budget, there is still a significant financial shortfall in MOD’s equipment plan forecasts, meaning that the department will need to recognise around £6 billion+ in efficiency savings over the next decade.

The NAO has also suggested that the decisions made through the Modernising Defence Programme (MDP) are a real opportunity to reduce equipment costs and realise the efficiency savings in key areas.

Fred Sugden, Head of Defence Programme, techUK said:

‘The predicted rise in forecast costs will present a significant challenge for the MOD over the next ten years as it tries to balance its books. However, it is encouraging to see that the MOD is committed to ensuring that our Armed Forces have the equipment they need to cope with developing and emerging threats in a more complex and contested world. techUK appreciates the need for MOD to find efficiencies and strongly believes that the adoption of new technologies across Defence will deliver efficiencies across the TLBs, in both back office support functions and on frontline operations. To realise the benefits of new technologies, the MOD needs to work with partners in industry to deliver genuine digital transformation’.

{bio}{/bio}{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) News Thu, 08 Nov 2018 11:32:47 +0000
NHS App event – continuing the conversation ]]> (CRM Sync) Briefing Thu, 08 Nov 2018 11:33:21 +0000 NHS App event – continuing the conversation

You are invited to join NHS England, NHS Digital and techUK for an event to continue the conversation around the NHS App and other enabling programmes, such as NHS login (previously known as Citizens Identity).

At this event we will share progress since we last got together in July 2018, particularly focussing on the private beta and proposals for the future. We will be looking at our proposed engagement roadmap and some of the specific issues raised by you which we have been working to address.

The event is being held in 2 locations and the content and format will be the same at both. The event venues and full agenda will be issued soon.

The events will be most suitable to those in your organisation with responsibility for strategy development.

]]> (CRM Sync) Briefing Thu, 08 Nov 2018 11:29:40 +0000
Rising to the digital transformation challenge

I’ve been operating within the centre for over 5 years, instrumental in the delivery of transformation in healthcare using the power of data and technology.  The vision set out by Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, was not only music to my ears but was a call to action to us in health technology delivery, public and private alike to “get on with”. If we don’t, the vision is not achievable. 

As acknowledged in the vision, the gap is getting wider between where we are with technology in healthcare and where we want to be. It is increasing exponentially.  As stated “technology systems used today don’t talk to one another, fail frequently, and don’t follow modern cyber security practices”.  To lay the foundation for a modern, sustainable health and care service we must properly harness the power of technology to enable organisations to get the basics in place to deliver digital transformation, decouple data from systems of record, and make it easier for innovators to flourish – both from within industry and from the outside. In fact, just being able to utilise technology that has already been invented could significantly transform health and care in this country as it has other industries.

Cloud  is one of the current technologies that can help health providers to get the basics in place – to deliver a flexible, resilient and secure IT foundation with no commercial lock-in - which will enable them to start taking meaningful steps towards digital transformation.  The cloud has become ubiquitous in most other industries with many positive effects, and has revolutionised the way we interact with businesses, services and each other in our personal lives. But it has not yet disrupted the bulk of health and care IT which is commonly locked into on-premises facilities or long term outsource agreements. Using cloud to modernise these traditional IT environments will deliver immediate benefits. Data centres can be rationalised, hardware refreshes can be avoided and ultimately funding can be released to support other crucial needs. Cloud adoption forces you to take stock of what you have in your IT estate, what individual systems and services are costing you to run, and because cloud is pay-on-demand you can then start to make ‘tweaks’ to your IT estate to optimise what you have running. This can happen quickly if you have the right partner,  who understand the challenges within healthcare providers, has the capability, understands the risks and can support a transition at a flexible pace . And in cloud, one size doesn’t fit all. Which is why UKCloud Health has invested in multi-cloud - one platform that brings together Azure, OpenStack, Oracle and VMware environments - enabling healthcare providers to use the right cloud for each and every workload.

Cloud is also about buying  services that deliver outcomes. This is where the future of IT in the healthcare space lies – creating an IT operating model that allows healthcare providers to rapidly try, buy and use Software as a Service (SaaS) to deliver clinical and business outcomes. However, most common software systems used across the healthcare industry were designed and built well before cloud even existed. The status quo is to run these software systems  on IT infrastructure provided and supported by local IT teams within the organisation. To achieve the Future Healthcare Vision, it is therefore crucial that suppliers also undergo a transformation from software vendor to a cloud enabled service provider. This will allow healthcare providers more choice and flexibility to choose the right software service to deliver the outcomes they need, without being constrained by how to build and operate IT infrastructure, and with greater compliance to modern cyber security standards.

It’s easy to see how these two paradigms   are interconnected. As health providers adopt more SaaS, the IT infrastructure they operate themselves reduces and becomes more efficient, freeing up resources which can be refocused on proactive service management, and making a complete move to cloud more realistic in the long run. What is crystal clear, transformation needs to happen on both sides in parallel, and at a greater pace, in order to deliver on the principles of Matt Hancock’s Future Healthcare Vision.

And that’s why I joined UKCloud. To be part of an organisation focused on delivering the key enabling technology building blocks, to make a difference, to transform the health tech community,  that will help drive the future of healthcare.  This is a great opportunity, a must do, and within our grasp – lets work together in making transformation happen.

I’ll end with a further thought for future insights, yesterday Matt Hancock talked about “prevention being better than the cure”, the potential with genomic medicine and data – The 100,000 Genomes project, which resides on UKCloud’s multi-cloud platform has been a shining example of data sharing within health and life science communities working together to benefit NHS patients through personalised care.  Prevention is definitely better than the cure …….


About UKCloud Health: 

UKCloud Health powers healthcare communities. Providing a secure, but easy to use cloud platform that supports digital transformation and enables the optimisation of patient-oriented healthcare, UKCloud Health supports health and care organisations, as well as research and life sciences and pharmaceuticals.

  • We’re focused on cloud. Our easy to use platform offers an open, collaborative environment to help enhance the way you and your Healthcare colleagues work.
  • We’re open. You are never locked in. Giving you the choice and flexibility of a range of technology platforms as well as payment models in GBP to avoid currency fluctuations.
  • Dedicated to the UK Healthcare sector. We support cloud and digital transformation of services across the healthcare sector, including health and care, research and life sciences and the pharmaceutical industry.
  • We develop communities. UKCloud Health is bringing Healthcare communities together – enabling collaboration, innovation and digital transformation.
  • Customer engagement. With UKCloud Health you’re never alone. Enjoy peace of mind, knowing we understand the challenges you face. Your success is our success.



UKCloud Health are the headline sponsor of the 2018 techUK Health and Social Care Industry Dinner, taking place at The Banking Hall, Cornhill on 14th November. For more information please see:


{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) Opinions Thu, 08 Nov 2018 08:32:26 +0000
MEMBER INPUT | The significance of the UK’s lack of national LPWAN

The aim of this short report is to present an opportunity for the UK to explore the benefits of a wide adoption and deployment of Low Power Wide Area Network technologies, supported by recommendations. We are seeking members views on the matter. 

What is it?

Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWANs) is an important backbone for IoT services as they tend to hit a sweet spot in terms of network characteristics. provide connectivity for devices and applications that require low levels of data transfer, such as sensors, and are therefore seen as a key enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT). 

Why is the UK in the current situation?

There are a number of reasons for the delay in deploying at least one, if not competing LPWANs in the UK. UK MNOs have concentrated on coverage obligations for cellular technologies which has restricted their capital expenditure on IoT specific networks.

UK holding back

The lack of national LPWAN networks makes scaling successful technology pilots to other customers across the country difficult, if not impossible. This significantly limits the size of the total addressable market in the UK. 

Other countries have had years of advantage in testing different LPWAN technologies and are now scaling up. The UK has lagged behind and now it has become a chicken and an egg problem of seeing the benefits but lacking the investment. Furthermore, the high competition among operators in the UK has slowed down the rollout of cellular LPWAN solutions on the UK market.

Another barrier is the lack of clarity around LPWAN business models, which varies depending on the LPWAN technology choices. Finally, further complex certification procedures for some LPWAN networks and upfront costs/investments make it more difficult for LPWAN device manufacturers to enter the market. 


One can quickly see a much stronger innovation eco-system emerging in countries where national networks are available. France is dominating the global picture around Sigfox enabled products and is also in the lead on the LoRaWAN, although the share of companies is more evenly balanced across other countries. The number of business innovating in the UK around these LPWAN technologies is disappointingly low. 

The full report proposal is available in the attachment. Send us your input to by 14 November 2018. 

{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) Reports Wed, 07 Nov 2018 13:08:15 +0000
Member Input | Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce

As you may already know techUK is on the steering group of the Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce and we are seeking your input into the taskforce's work packages 3 and 4. 

Work Package 3 – Smart charging technical requirements

  1. What are the technical requirements for interoperability?
  2. What are the technical barriers to getting the full benefits from smart chargepoints, including how they work together with smart meters (and smart cars)?
  3. Are EU and international standards developing quickly enough to be useful at this stage? Will there be exceptions where the UK should deviate from them (e.g. for cyber security reasons or in order to be more closely integrated with UK smart meters)?
  4. What are the remaining technical barriers to innovation, such as V2G, and how can they be overcome?
  5. Can a single or a small number of technical frameworks or architectures for smart charging be agreed at this point in time? If so, is this helpful/necessary or does it limit innovation?
  6. What are the product safety issues relating to smart charging?

Work Package 4 – Accessible data for decision making 

  1. How can data help networks improve system operation to help with EV demand?
  2. How can data help remove barriers/ease access to getting a connection for EV charging infrastructure (and help inform EV infrastructure investment decisions)?
  3. How could sharing of data (e.g. around demand forecasting) help the energy sector better meet the energy impacts of EVs?
  4. What is the relevant data for decision making, who owns it and who could benefit from it? Should it be shared for free or on a commercial basis?
  5. Do DNOs need better monitoring of the low voltage network or will real-time data from smart charging largely avoid the need for this?
  6. What data is needed to get the right types of chargepoints in locations that best meet the needs of EV users and the energy system?
  7. What data sharing between automotive and energy companies (e.g. battery state of charge information) would be beneficial and how could sharing data this be enabled and encouraged?


Please email with your input or case studies you would like us to consider. The deadline for response is 13 November, Tuesday COB. 

The objective of the taskforce is to put engagement with the electric vehicle user at the heart of preparing the electricity system for the mass take up of electric vehicles (EV), ensuring that costs and emissions are as low as possible, and opportunities for vehicles to provide grid services are capitalised upon for the benefit of the system, energy bill payers and electric vehicle owners.

{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) Opportunities Wed, 07 Nov 2018 12:21:26 +0000
Don't let the taxman have £½million of your money

Leading tax expert John Dunlop will be running an evening taster session on IR35, focussing specifically on employment status.

Following the recent announcement at the Halloween Budget, it is anticipated that the changes will become a huge issue in the months to come and we would encourage businesses to get up to speed quickly on the changes. John has led a number of tax dispute claims with HMRC and his clients were always happy the right result was found. However, the risk of getting it wrong in just a small way means over half a million pounds of your money could be sent to HMRC. John will explain 'the how', 'the why', the traps and some of the solutions. 


John will be running some more in-depth training sessions on IR35 and what this means for the private sector in early 2019:


'Employment Status: £½million lost' taster evening follow up - Thursday 17 January 2019

This session is for companies who attended this free evening taster session


'Employment Status: £½million lost' full session - Wednesday 13 February 2019

This session is for companies who did not attend this evening taster session and want to know the basics of IR35 as well as taking a more in-depth look at the changes and implications



{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) Meeting Wed, 07 Nov 2018 11:14:48 +0000
Supercharging the digital economy podcast

We’ve got lots to talk about at techUK – providing insights on the latest tech innovation, government decisions and discussing how digital transformation will impact citizens and businesses alike. And today we’re launching our latest techUK podcast so you can access all the latest content for free whilst you are on the move.

This month’s podcast comes to you from techUK’s Supercharging the Digital Economy flagship event in Manchester. During the show, Matthew Evans, associate director at techUK catches up with Liliana Danila, Economist at the British Retail Consortium to go through why technology is impacting high street stores and online shopping experiences. They look at what must be done to help both aspects of retail and ensure that retail continues to be a driving force throughout our economy.

He then catches up with our very own, Jessica Russell, programme manager for transport and smart cities, to discuss techUK’s new report, Future Mobility Services in the UK. The report sets out a vision for the future of transport and mobility in the UK: a truly multimodal, digitally-enabled, customer-focused ecosystem, incorporating fixed and flexible infrastructure, private and publicly operated services and a multitude of vehicles, some of which are beyond what we can imagine today


{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) News Tue, 30 Oct 2018 13:48:00 +0000
Complete our GovTech SME Survey 2018!

This week techUK has launched its fourth GovTech SME Survey. Each year we undertake this survey to better understand the experience of SMEs in the public sector tech market. The findings from the survey are used to develop recommendations to promote GovTech innovation, ensure a smoother experience when it comes to procurement, and generally help improve access to the public sector market for SMEs. 



The  2017 GovTech SME Survey highlighted that 90% of SMEs did not think that civil servant buyers have a good understanding of how SMEs can meet their needs, and 95% of SMEs stated that government should be doing more to improve the SME experience as part of the supply chain route selling into the public sector. The findings showed that civil servants aren't aware early enough in the commissioning process of what is available in the market and there isn't enough of an understanding of the benefits SMEs can provide. But it was clear that SMEs on the whole find procurement frameworks such as G-Cloud useful.

On the back of the 2017 GovTech SME Survey, throughout 2018 techUK has been working on a series of market engagement events to help SMEs engage better with government and gain business. We also launched our Procuring the Smarter State Report and hosted a GovTech SME Roundtable.

Henry Rex, techUK’s new Head of Public Sector, said

I’m delighted to launch this year’s GovTech SME survey. The survey provides us with valuable data points to help us make the case to Government on behalf of the GovTech SME community. And the feedback from respondents informs the development of practical recommendations to promote innovation in the public sector, and help dynamic British based SMEs to scale and grow.

The public sector has been making progress towards their SME targets, but more needs to be done to ensure UK public services can really make the most of GovTech innovation. So I’d encourage any public sector tech suppliers (or aspiring suppliers) to complete the survey.

]]> (CRM Sync) News Tue, 06 Nov 2018 10:41:59 +0000
Funding competitions to solve problems for blue lights services

SBRI: improve firefighters’ operations and safety with digital technology:

Organisations can apply for a share of £1.25 million (including VAT) for an instantly deployable solution for real time tracking of firefighters at incidents.

Competition opens: Monday 15 October 2018

Registration closes: Wednesday 21 November 2018 12:00pm

The aim of the competition is to instantly track firefighters inside a building in hostile and hazardous conditions. This will improve operational situation awareness and safety. Each year UK fire and rescue service attend over 55,000 incidents inside buildings or structures. They are currently unable to accurately monitor and track a firefighting crew’s location in real-time. The overall programme will be delivered over 2 phases. This is phase 1 of a potential 2-phase competition. A decision to proceed with phase 2 will depend on the outcomes from phase 1. Only successful applicants from phase 1 will be able to apply to take part in phase 2.


You can find more information, and register for the competition here.


Tackling knife crime - Detecting steel-bladed knives

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) has launched a competition seeking innovative technologies and approaches that help to reduce knife crime.

DASA is interested in innovative technologies and approaches for the identification of people carrying steel-bladed knives. This is with a view to developing deployable solutions to aid the UK Police and security organisations.

Total funding of up to £500k is available in Phase 1 of this competition for research projects of up to 6 months in duration. Additional funding is anticipated to be available for future phases of this competition. The closing date for this competition is midday on 21 November 2018.


You can find more information, and apply to the DASA competition, here.

{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) News Tue, 06 Nov 2018 10:23:51 +0000
Invite: Participate in techUK’s Council of the Future campaign week

techUK will be holding a Campaign Week series for its Insights blog on the theme of ‘Council of the Future’ from 3 -7 Dec 2018 and we would be delighted to have you contribute to it.

During this campaign we will be exploring what the ‘Council of the Future’ will look like and the building blocks to getting to this vision. It will be an opportunity to hear from members and stakeholders on the technologies shaping  local public services of the future.

Each day during the week there will be a different topic with blog posts, tweets (#CounciloftheFuture) and case studies centred on each of those themes. This could be a thought leadership blog post (max 600 words), a case study or a video that demonstrates your view on this issue. We’d like to invite you to contribute on one of the topics outlined below. If you wish to contribute to a different topic then happy to explore further with you.


  • Vision: Future scenarios of the ‘council of the future’; what will the future local public services look like
  • Future Gazing: The technologies re-imaging local public services to solving complex problems; and the future tech trends
  • Data & Trust: Data driven local public services; building trust and cyber resilience
  • Culture: The role of leadership in creating a digital first-mindset
  • Collaboration: Driving innovation through collaboration to growing the local gov tech market through partnership working


If you would like to contribute, please email Georgina Maratheftis by Friday 9 November. The deadline for content to be submitted is Wednesday 28 November. When you submit the blog please can you also include the name, job title of the author as well as a blog title (max 60 characters) and any social media handles you would like us to use. You can learn more by reading our contributor guidelines here.

Join the conversation on #CounciloftheFuture @techUK

{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) News Mon, 05 Nov 2018 15:04:26 +0000
Joint techUK/UKspace Satellite Telecommunications Committee

Quarterly meeting of the Satellite Telecommunications Committee, Chaired by Dr. Peter Aspden of Airbus.

Deputy Chairs: Jon Wakeling (BT) & Kumar Singarajah (Euroma)

This meeting is open to members of techUK and/or UKspace.

Follow-up to the meeting of 4th December 2018.

{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) Meeting Mon, 05 Nov 2018 14:08:40 +0000
UK Space Agency GovSatCom briefing

Part of a series of briefings by the UK Space Agency to bring industry up to date on develpoments in the EU's proposed GOVSATCOM programme.

This briefing is a follow-up to the briefing of 19th July 2018.

{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) Briefing Mon, 05 Nov 2018 14:22:51 +0000
ISO 50001 for data centres: the PUE Debate

Please click below to download this document.

{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) News Mon, 05 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000
Same footprint, more capacity: Using AI to drive infrastructure

On 18 June, techUK, in partnership with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and The Alan Turning Institute, held a one-day design AI sprint. The event explored AI, machine learning and data science: shaping the future of existing infrastructure and brought together civil engineers, data scientists and technologists who worked together in teams.

During the day teams were asked to develop an approach to the question: How can our existing infrastructure be adapted for predictive maintenance? This could have been from the perspective of a specific sector, using technology or through better data gathering. The group began by identifying what its collective measures of success would be and decided that, value to end customer, data quality and whole systems thinking, would be the priority outcomes used to judge the final solutions. Working through the design sprint steps, individuals teams developed a number of final solutions that were then presented to the whole group and the winner was decided by popular vote.

Find out more about the conclusions of the day, and the winning solution, in the report of the day via the link below.

If you would like to discuss this event or get involved in techUK’s work on smart infrastructure and AI please get in touch with Sue Daley, Head of Cloud, AI and Data Analytics: and Matthew Evans, Head of Internet of Things:

{bio}{/bio}{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) Event round-ups Mon, 05 Nov 2018 13:53:19 +0000
Joint techUK/UKspace Satellite Telecommunications Committee

Quarterly meeting of the Satellite Telecommunications Committee, Chaired by Dr. Peter Aspden of Airbus.

Deputy Chairs: Jon Wakeling (BT) & Kumar Singarajah (Euroma)

This meeting is open to members of techUK and/or UKspace.

Follow-up to the meeting of 26th September 2018.

{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) Meeting Mon, 05 Nov 2018 13:47:14 +0000
techUK welcomes Health Secretary’s renewed focus on prevention

It’s been a busy period of announcements from the Department of Health and Social Care. We had the Vision for Digital, Data and Technology, and today the Government launches their ‘Prevention is better than cure: our vision to help you live well for longer.’  

The document sets out the government’s vision for: stopping health problems from arising in the first place; and supporting people to manage their health problems when they do arise. The mission is to ensure that people can enjoy at least five extra healthy, independent years of life by 2035 and narrowing the gap between the experience of the richest and poorest. 

techUK’s Head of Health and Social Care, Ben Moody, commented: 

“A paradigm shift in prevention and public health are vital to improving health outcomes and making health and social care more sustainable and it’s great to see the Government recognise that technology has a significant role to play in this transformation. The paper recognises the potential of remote monitoring; virtual consultations; predictive analytics and AI-empowered diagnostics. We need to put UK companies at the forefront of these opportunities by simplifying procurement and making access to life-saving data less of a minefield for innovators.” 

techUK’s Programme Manager – Local Government, Georgina Maratheftis also commented: 

“The focus on prevention is to be welcomed, and the Strategy rightly recognizes the need for an eco-system approach in getting this right. Collaboration is a key part of this which technology is intrinsically designed to foster, while digital has a vital role in delivering a more intelligent and predictive approach to helping people manage their own conditions. Local government is at the forefront in tackling some of the most complex social care and public health challenges facing our society, with many utilisng technology to do so. Hampshire, Barnet, Lancashire and Wolverhampton are using care technology to support people to remain independent at home for longer..” 

“techUK is committed to driving an eco-system of innovation. We recently bought together health, local government and industry to workshop through solutions to health ageing. Technology has the potential to help people live more independently for longer. Furthermore, our annual State of the Connected Home report outlines how technology can giving people more control over their lifestyles.” 

“We look forward to working with the Secretary of State in implementing the prevention vision and understanding how this will be implemented at the local government level.” 

{bio}{/bio}{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) News Mon, 05 Nov 2018 13:24:25 +0000
2018 Budget Implications for Data Centres

Please click below to download this document. 

{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) News Mon, 05 Nov 2018 12:29:41 +0000
Ofcom Asks BBC to Review iPlayer Changes.

Ofcom has decided the BBC’s proposed iPlayer changes are material and suggests the PIT process will ensure that any legitimate competition concerns and potential market impacts are fully considered by the BBC, alongside the public value benefits.

The BBC has proposed a number of changes to the BBC iPlayer for implementation in 2018/19. These include:

  • A substantial number of additional Box Sets, which would be available on the iPlayer for an extended time period;
  • changes to features, such as enhancements to the user experience and personalisation; and
  • increased marketing spend.

The BBC estimates that its proposals could increase iPlayer’s share of video-on-demand viewing. As a result of its proposals, the BBC forecasts that total minutes of iPlayer viewing could increase substantially in 2018/19 relative to 2017/18 levels.

The BBC Board’s assessment concluded that the proposed changes to iPlayer did not constitute a material change, and did not therefore warrant a PIT. The BBC submitted its materiality assessment on its proposals to Ofcom for consideration on June 8th  2018.

Having carefully assessed the BBC’s plans, Ofcom disagreed with the BBC Board’s conclusions. “We consider its proposed changes to iPlayer do represent a material change. In reaching our decision, we have considered the relevant factors set out in Ofcom’s guidance on proposed changes to the BBC’s public service activities,” it said.

According to Ofcom, the process will ensure that any legitimate competition concerns and potential market impacts are fully considered by the BBC, alongside the public value benefits. “We understand the BBC is considering how the iPlayer should further develop after 2018/19. We therefore require the BBC to also consider whether to incorporate those plans into the PIT by 31 December 2018. By undertaking a PIT on its longer-term plans, there is the potential for the BBC to reduce the risk of future intervention by Ofcom,” it suggested.

Under normal circumstances, given Ofcom’s materiality finding, it would expect to direct the BBC to cease making changes to the iPlayer until after the completion of the PIT, and only once Ofcom’s final approval had been given.

However, in this case, Ofcom believes it is appropriate to allow the BBC to make limited changes to the iPlayer. “We understand the need for the iPlayer to continue to develop, and for the BBC to retain audiences. We also consider it appropriate to allow the BBC to use the programme rights it has already acquired, to enable licence-fee payers to benefit from the BBC’s investment,” it said. Ofcom’s draft directions will therefore permit the BBC to proceed with parts of its proposals in 2018/19. The BBC would be able to:

  • retain any series it has already added to the iPlayer since the start of 2018/19 under its proposals; and
  • add to the iPlayer any series to which it acquired rights before November 1st, and to make them available on the iPlayer until those rights expire.

Ofcom also plans to monitor performance of the BBC iPlayer to determine whether the interim measures remain appropriate, or whether changes are required. It will keep the content of these measures under review and require the BBC to provide it with monthly information on the series it has made available on the iPlayer.

Ofcom has given the BBC an opportunity to raise any practical concerns regarding its interim directions, which it must submit to Ofcom by November 16th 2018.

{bio}{/bio}{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) Reports Mon, 05 Nov 2018 07:00:00 +0000
techUK Respond to Calls for More PSB Prominence Protection

IPTV should not be hindered by new prominence rules

An open letter today says Public Service Broadcasters need protected prominence in an IPTV world, when in fact consumers have a much wider choice of content.

Link to Open Letter

The Public Service Broadcasters have an instrumental role in the forefront of the UK creative and digital sectors BBC iPlayer, for example, is a world class UK tech product and millions tune into watch fantastic, agenda setting content. UK broadcasting is in great health but is facing increasing pressure from online players as consumer habits evolve to a more on-demand content world from a greater variety of providers. In this environment it is important to make sure PSB content is accessible, with prominence protected in EPGs. Broadcasters need to recognise that the rules should not prevent new content players entering the market.

techUK do not support the PSB written letter calling for protected prominence to extend from the linear EPG to the IPTV and online world. We believe that this would overly restrict the ability of smart-TV and streaming services to innovate in this changing market and would make it harder for people to find new AV content.

A key part of the letter is that smart-TV manufacturers bury PSB content which is not the case. Press the ‘smart’ button on almost any connected TV and you will have a wealth of content, with iPlayer, All 4 and ITV Hub very much on the first page. Manufacturers are in business of helping consumers find and watch what they want to watch, so hugely valued platforms used by millions will never realistically be off the first page of the smart element of a TV. 

Manufactures need the ability to customise and develop their own User Interfaces (UIs). TV sets are becoming more and more sophisticated so overly prescriptive rules will hinder the development of exciting new features like AI, metadata and voice control. These new features are increasingly part of the consumer proposition; companies must have the freedom to develop these features, which are often developed on a global and common standards platform basis.

The Ofcom ‘Media Nations’ report shows that linear broadcast television is still hugely popular. Young people are indeed consuming a smaller fraction of their content this way but get the content right and young people will watch TV – Love Island perhaps being the strongest example. If PSBs want to regain audience share the answer is to invest more in the types of media content people want – not supporting rules that prevent new content providers from entering the market. The PSBs have made great strides in this area (the BBC drama this year has been exceptional), so let’s see how things play out in the viewing marketplace.

Commercial incentives are already delivering and will continue to deliver PSB availability and prominence because these broadcasters are the most watched and dominant in the UK.

techUK and our members see no evidence that the current prominence regulatory framework is not fit for purpose. The Digital Economy Act required Ofcom to review the issue of prominence and EPGs and should be allowed to report without being pre-empted. techUK call on Government and Ofcom not to restrict device innovation and viewer search and discovery choice through unnecessary and overly prescriptive legislation.

{bio}{/bio}{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) Opinions Mon, 05 Nov 2018 07:00:00 +0000
Enders Analysis Report on UK Digital Radio

This report examines the overall audio content market, but mainly focuses on radio, the largest sector by far. While radio listening is relatively robust, and income is secure (indeed the commercial sector is recording record revenues), we consider the potential for disruption from Spotify, podcasting and platforms. We discuss how well the industry is collaborating in innovation of technology (such as distribution and receiver equipment), while continuing to compete on content.

The report contains Ender’s independent views about  future projections for digital listening ,the value of a DCMS digital radio review and possible outcomes. Enders expect broadcast radio to remain robust and for the transition to digital radio to continue with a ‘ mixed ecology of platforms ‘ including FM and AM in the medium term. Most of the industry data quoted is sourced from Q3 2018 RAJARs plus the Autumn Midas share of audio survey.

Enders has projected that digital listening will reach 73% by 2025 – that's behind industry projections and may not be enough to trigger broadcaster support to switch off FM at that point in time. They highlight the important role of DAB and forecast it to remain at 73% of digital listening (53% by 2025 ) as it is today, showing less online growth than industry projections. The report welcomes Margot James’ recent statement at Drive to Digital and says that they believe that DCMS should instigate a comprehensive radio sector review to determine how to support digital radio’s growth (which techUK are pushing for ASAP).

A copy of the report can be downloaded via a link at the bottom of this insight.

techUK run a Digital Radio Group, representing members' interests relating to Digital Radio and a Digital Radio Switchover. For more information contact Paul Hide.


{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) Reports Mon, 05 Nov 2018 07:00:00 +0000
Roads Policing Intelligence Hub: Roundtable with NPCC

Call to Industry: Request for Information

techUK, working with the National Police Chief’s Council, Specialist Capabilities Programme invites members to contribute to understanding the current technical capability to analyse information from multiple providers in order to provide a marked improvement in intelligence to advance the security, safety and efficiency of the roads.

Companies who submit answers to the attached RFI will be invited to participate in a roundtable to discuss the opportunities and challenges further.

Responsibility for the safety, security and efficiency of the roads network is vested in the police, government departments and agencies. In addition, large parts of the manufacturing and financial services sector rely on the roads network for the conduct of business and to generate revenue.

While a safe and efficient roads network has a positive impact on public confidence and commerce, it is eroded by criminals who use the roads network to enable a wide range of criminality from serious organised crime to low-level, high volume failure to comply with the law. While there is considerable effort and expenditure by government and commerce in collecting data about the roads network, there is no technical capability to pool roads network data and conduct the necessary analysis to provide quality roads intelligence.

The Specialist Capabilities Programme (SCP), with considerable support from other government departments, agencies and commerce, is examining technical and organisational options to improve Roads Intelligence. The current focus is on understanding what intelligence can be gained from current information sets by leveraging advanced analytics and visualisation techniques.

Given the breadth of the RFI, responses that are only able to address parts of the scope are encouraged to respond. Furthermore, responses should consider the wider range of potential users of roads intelligence that, in addition to the police, might include the Department for Transport, Highways England, The Motor Insurers' Bureau and similar government and commercial organisations.

Information gathered from this RFI and the roundtable session will inform the SCP in the development of an Outline Business Case to procuring a solution.

If you would like to complete the RFI and attend the roundtable please contact

{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) Roundtable Mon, 05 Nov 2018 09:42:10 +0000
Budget 2018 roundup

In techUK’s Budget Briefing we highlight the key announcements in the Budget that impact on the tech sector. These range from new pots of money that will be open to bids by businesses, to measures that affect training and skills. Much of these announcement provide valuable opportunities to help tech businesses grow and invest.

Alongside our Budget Briefing techUK is publishing a separate note on the Digital Services Tax announced by the Chancellor. The new tax has caught the tech headlines post Budget and has overshadowed many of the positive announcements in the Budget. While the tax is likely to be fairly narrow, and is aimed only at very large firms, the wider impacts on the tech sector and the message it sends about the UK’s approach to the digital economy risk undermining confidence at a time when economic uncertainty is already high due to Brexit. techUK will continue to work with Governments both in the UK and internationally to seek a long term agreement on multination taxation.

{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) News Fri, 02 Nov 2018 10:44:33 +0000
Trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand

techUK welcomes the opportunity to respond to the consultation on future trade negotiations with both Australia and New Zealand. techUK is supportive of FTAs with both countries that include deep and comprehensive provisions for digital trade and deals with these two countries can help set a high benchmark for the UK’s future trade policy. 
Both Australia and New Zealand represent relatively modest markets for UK tech exports. In 2017, the UK exported £381 million to Australia in telecommunications, computer and information services, and a further £42 million to New Zealand. Any future FTAs should recognise the existing links and build on them. Both Australia and New Zealand are members of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) which is a deep agreement that already sets a high bar for trade agreements. techUK has responded separately to that consultation but there are nevertheless areas where separate agreements with Australia and New Zealand could go further.  
techUK’s response to this consultation focuses most heavily on those areas of particular priority to techUK members. These include the Digital, Telecoms, Intellectual Property and Services chapters of the consultation. However, we have referenced views in other areas where relevant. Many of these issues are similar to the those discussed in techUK’s response to the consultation on negotiations with the US.
It is also important to recognise that tech operates as an underpinning industry for the UK and the economies of Australia and New Zealand, meaning that wider impact of an FTA on supply chains and other sectors will have a direct impact on the benefits of any FTA to the UK tech sector. This is especially the case in areas that are currently in the process of digital transformation, such as fintech, medtech and autonomous vehicles, where wider regulatory and financial barriers applicable to those sectors will also have a bearing on tech companies operating in those sectors. 
In responding to this consultation, techUK is clear that for the majority of our members, ensuring ongoing alignment with the EU is their central priority. The total trade in digital services with the EU completely dwarfs that with Australia and New Zealand: in 2017, UK exports of telecommunications, computer and information services to the EU amounted to £9.085 billion. techUK therefore strongly urges Government to consider the impact of any agreements with Australia and New Zealand in the context of a UK-EU agreement. Future FTAs should not jeopardise EU alignment. 
techUK also stresses that an FTA is not, and should not be seen as, the sole mechanism for facilitating increased trade between the UK, Australia and New Zealand. In addition to significant steps to improve trade facilitation, based on the welcome work already being undertaken by the Department for International Trade, there are also other mechanisms of agreement the UK should explore and, in some cases, prioritise over an FTA. For example, once the UK leaves the EU, and before any FTAs could be concluded, there will be the need to implement a replacement to the UK’s participation in the EU-New Zealand mutual adequacy agreement to enable the continuing transfer of personal data. The UK-Australia Fintech Bridge is another non-FTA agreement that will do a lot to open markets and trade in an emerging area.
Finally, techUK believes that it is essential for the UK Government to set out in detail its plans for the ongoing consultation of businesses before entering in to any negotiation with Australia and New Zealand or other potential partners. While techUK welcomes the opportunity to feed into the development of the Government’s trade policy through this consultation, it is difficult to have confidence in how trade negotiations will be conducted without a clear mechanism for businesses to input. The creation of the Strategic Trade Advisory Group is a good first step, but to ensure that textual proposals work for the businesses at the sharp end of trade, and do not contain unforeseen implications, it will be necessary to consult at a detailed sectoral level. techUK recommends that the Government explores a system modelled on the US’s 1974 Trade Act, which includes sectoral consultative bodies. The ability to view and advise on individual portions of text throughout the negotiation process should be seen as a key requirement of businesses and a valuable tool for Government in providing advice on often highly technical matters where expertise rests within industry. 

Read the full submission via the link below and if you would like to discuss further please get in touch with Giles Derrington or Thomas Goldsmith.

{bio}{/bio}{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) Consultation responses Fri, 02 Nov 2018 09:42:00 +0000
AR and VR – How is the sector evolving and what is its future?

The XR Industry Survey 2018 reveals some interesting trends for the industry - some of them expected, others more surprising.


Patterns of investment and development in the different sectors which AR/VR are applicable to – or potentially applicable to – show the increasing use of this technology beyond the games and entertainment fields that saw its birth in the 90s. For example, 38% of respondents believe VR growth in the enterprise sector has been ‘strong’ or ‘very strong’, with an equivalent figure of 43% for AR.


At the same time, however, some industries’ slowness to recognise the potential of AR/VR suggests that many still assume it has no serious role outside the games console.


The first point to take home is that the consumer sector (entertainment) and the enterprise sector (product design, training, and so forth) have experienced similar amounts of growth but the majority consensus is that this growth has been weaker than hoped in the consumer category. 


Enterprise seems to have experienced marginally more growth than consumer; this may be because entertainment applications still depend on head-sets which remain relatively expensive and unwieldy. Doubtless, this will change as the technology is refined. 


Price also remains an issue, with 60% of respondents considering the price of head-mounted displays (HMDs) to be impeding increased adoption of VR/AR, compared to 34% who cited size and design of HMDs.


Alongside these challenges, the survey also suggests some companies have pulled out of VR game development for the moment and mobile AR apps have yet to really take off, largely due to the cost considerations mentioned above.


The flipside of this is that there seems to be the greatest scope for growth in the enterprise sector because corporations are more able to invest in the expensive hardware than individuals. 


Education is prioritising AR/VR the most, and it’s the most competitive enterprise sector, despite the fact that it traditionally has much less spending power than industry – of respondents who reported that they are already using XR technologies, 23% were in this sector. Healthcare is quite low down on the list despite the obvious AR/VR potential in diagnosis and therapy, with just 7% of those using this technology being in the healthcare sector.


These mixed messages give rise to the question - what are the main barriers to the wholesale embrace of AR/VR predicted in the 90s?


Potential adopters are also deterred by the lack of proof of ROI, with half of respondents citing this as an issue.


The survey further reveals an industry expectation that AR will blossom in the mainstream before VR does, in part because of the availability of open content development platforms like ARCore and ARKit which have no VR counterparts. 


Nevertheless, many industries see the benefit in the long term coming from combining both AR and VR and VR’s superior ability to create a fully immersive environment, which currently gives it the edge in training and educational applications.


The results of the latest survey are illuminating but also contradictory in places. One thing is clear, however. Many potential customers – both industry and consumer – still remain to be convinced of the benefits of AR/VR or are just apathetic. Suppliers will therefore have to invest more in product development and marketing.


On the plus side nevertheless, this should pay dividends down the line for early adopters, especially if intellectual property can be developed to create significant barriers to entry for late comers.


Most end users who trial the technology quickly see the benefit and invest in it. There are a lot of potential customers out there to be won over.

]]> (CRM Sync) Opinions Fri, 02 Nov 2018 09:39:04 +0000
UK potentially seeking accession to CPTPP

techUK welcomes the opportunity to respond to the consultation on potentially seeking accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). With the 11 countries of the CPTPP representing around 13 per cent of the global economy and several important growth markets, acceding to the agreement could bring advantages to the UK tech sector.

While the UK will potentially have separate trade agreements with 9 of its 11 members through rolling over active and near-completion EU FTAs, as well as the separate negotiations with Australia and New Zealand, CPTPP nevertheless is a deep agreement that offers many strengths and sets a high bar for trade agreements on digital issues in particular.

The countries of CPTPP collectively represent a significant market for the UK tech sector. In 2017, they accounted for over £1.4 billion in telecommunications, computer and information services exports (up from £1.26 billion in 2016), and £465 million in imports. These figures are dwarfed by the UK’s trade with the EU, to whom the UK exported £9.085 billion of telecommunications, computer and information services in 2017 and imported £6.4 billion. The gap between the countries of CPTPP and the EU tech trade in tech services is an important consideration in how the UK should position itself in terms of its future trading relationships and position on differing regulatory standards.

In responding to this consultation, techUK is clear that for the majority of our members, ensuring ongoing alignment with the EU is their central priority and that acceding to CPTPP should be secondary to the need to secure a comprehensive agreement with the UK’s main international tech market, the EU. As such, the UK should be careful to ensure no provisions within CPTPP should cut across the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

One concern for techUK is what provisions in CPTPP for most-favoured-nation treatment would mean for the future UK-EU relationship. While techUK would welcome MFN access to the countries of CPTPP, if this would prove a complication to securing a deep and comprehensive agreement with the EU then techUK’s members are clear that the relationship with the EU must remain the priority.

techUK also stresses that an FTA is not, and should not be seen as, the sole mechanism for facilitating increased trade between the UK and countries of CPTPP. In addition to significant steps to improve trade facilitation, based on the welcome work already being undertaken by the Department for International Trade, there are also other mechanisms of agreement the UK should explore as well as acceding to the agreement. For example, in the context of the free flow of personal data, the UK is currently part of an EU adequacy agreement with New Zealand and a partial one with Canada. In addition, the EU is currently in the process of finalising adequacy with Japan. It will be important that the UK ensures that free flows of personal data are able to continue with these countries after the UK leaves the UK and should not wait to join CPTPP before seeking arrangements with these countries.

Read the full submission via the link below and if you would like to discuss further please get in touch with Giles Derrington or Thomas Goldsmith.

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Dubai & Middle East Expansion Workshop

The UAE is an important entry port for a £150 billion regional marketplace which is spring-boarded out from Dubai.

To find out how your business can expand into this region, register and attend a 1-2-1 free workshop on the opportunities to scale and the compliance requirements to sustain that growth.

Get bespoke face-to-face advice and guidance from in-country experts on market entry and expansion, compliance and investment, payments and logistics, talent and travel - alongside access to UK and Dubai Government agencies and trade bodies.

Expert advisers & mentors include:

What to expect from the GTM Programme:

This workshop is part of the GTM programme which supports mid-market tech/digital companies on their international expansion journeys. By participating in the programme you can expect a mix of the following great benefits:

  • Advice & guidance from experts in international trade
  • Export readiness audits & market research reports
  • Access to a network of in-country specialists & trade partners
  • Go-to-market strategy development & market expansion planning
  • Compliance, regulatory & risk management planning
  • In-country distribution, sales & business development services
  • Access to overseas EDOs, accelerator programs & government support
  • Funding via an international network of investors & VCs
  • Curated promotions & offers for businesses transacting overseas

Please note, attendance is subject to the approval of the organisers who will contact you after you have registered.


Workshops run in two-hour slots throughout the day and are organised so that you have a series of one-to-one consultations with select experts relevant to your business needs and international expansion plans. There is also opportunity for peer to peer networking with lunchtime food and refreshments.

Who should attend:

CEOs, founders and senior managers of UK mid-market tech & digital scale-ups looking to expand internationally in the next 3 to 6 months and with turnover in the range £7m to £50m.


Places are limited so early registration is advised. The organisers will contact you directly to discuss your circumstances and confirm your booking, typically within 48 hours. You will be asked to provide information about your business so that you can be matched to relevant mentors on the day.

Please register your interest to attend the event here.

{bio}{/bio}{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) Partner event Thu, 01 Nov 2018 16:33:00 +0000
East Asia Business Expansion Workshop

While some regard China, Japan and Korea as tough markets to crack, they’re thriving tech hubs and vital locations to target for any firm with global growth ambitions.

techUK is pleased to invite you to attend a dedicated 2-hour face-to-face session with advice and guidance from Intralink, in-country experts on market entry and expansion.

Hear from – UK government agencies, trade bodies and commercial partners for 1-2-1 guidance on compliance and investment, payments and logistics, talent and travel.

Intralink’s specialist in-country advisers & mentors include:

  • Greg Sutch – CEO, who has lived and worked in the region in for over 30 years
  • Huw Thomas - worked for Sanyo Semiconductor in Japan, headed up Intralink’s Tokyo office
  • Michal Waszkiewicz - a bilingual Korean-speaker, who has helped secure multiple revenue-generating partnerships for European firms with some of Korea’s largest tech companies

Other specialist advisors and mentors are from:


Places are limited so early registration is advised. Please note also, attendance is subject to the approval of the organisers who will contact you after you have registered.

About Intralink

  • Intralink enables Western companies to expand in East Asia
  • With over 75 full-time employees, a 28-year track record and offices in China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, America and the UK, Intralink make expansion into Asia fast, easy and cost effective.
  • Through its proven Surrogate Sales Program™, Intralink not only develops a company's market expansion strategy — it will also play a hands-on role in its execution, closing deals and generating revenues on behalf of the company.
  • And, when the business is ready, Intralink will help you set up your own in-country presence through a local subsidiary, partnership or acquisition.
  • Intralink are proud winners of The Queen’s Award for Enterprise for helping companies with their international business growth.

What to expect from the GTM Workshop Programme:

This workshop is part of the GTM programme which supports mid-market tech/digital companies on their international expansion journeys. By participating in the programme you can expect a mix of the following:

  • Advice & guidance from experts in international trade
  • Export readiness audits & market research reports
  • Access to a network of in-country specialists & trade partners
  • Go-to-market strategy development & market expansion planning
  • Compliance, regulatory & risk management planning
  • In-country distribution, sales & business development services
  • Access to overseas EDOs, accelerator programs & government support
  • Funding via an international network of investors & VCs
  • Curated promotions & offers for businesses transacting overseas

To register your interest in the event, please click here.

{bio}{/bio}{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) Partner event Thu, 01 Nov 2018 16:07:19 +0000
Middle East Expansion Workshop

Expand into Dubai and access markets across the Middle East. Manchester 14th November.

Grow your business from Dubai and access the lucrative markets of the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

To find out how your business can expand into the region, register and attend a 1-2-1 free workshop on the opportunities to scale and the compliance requirements to sustain that growth.

Get bespoke face-to-face advice and guidance from in-country experts on market entry and expansion, compliance and investment, payments and logistics, talent and travel - alongside access to UK and Dubai Government agencies and trade bodies.

For a full agenda and to secure your booking please register here.

Please note prompt booking is advised

Delivered by GTM Global working in association with techUK, British Centres for Businessand Department for International Trade.

{bio}{/bio}{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) Partner event Thu, 01 Nov 2018 16:25:40 +0000
Office for AI roundtable on Masters programmes ]]> (CRM Sync) Roundtable Thu, 01 Nov 2018 14:25:19 +0000 BATCIS Industry Briefing Day

The BATCIS team will be providing an update on the upcoming and future procurement activity the team manages. 

The Industry Brief will include updates on MORPHEUS (including the MORPHEUS Systems Integrator), TRINITY, DSA and the TacCIS Support Project and will share early conceptual thinking on other aspects of the LE TacCIS programme which BATCIS manages.

What is BATCIS

The BATCIS Delivery Team is part of ISS.  BATCIS is responsible for the development, fielding and sustainment of a range of tactical CIS equipment and systems used in the joint Land Environment. The BATCIS portfolio includes Bowman, the Common Battlefield Applications Toolset (ComBAT), Digitisation Infrastructure and Platform Battlefield Information Systems Application (PBISA), all collectively known as BCIP, MORPHEUS, DSA, the Personal Role Radio, Tactical Ground to Air and Tactical Satellite radios, the MAKEFAST engineer BISA, Falcon and TRINITY.

Details about the Industry Briefing Day

If you are interested in attending the event you will need to book through the event page on the techUK website. There are 120 places available for attendees. Attendees will be selected on a first come first served basis and each organisation will be able to bring no more than 2 attendees to the event. Tea and coffee will be provided.

If you have any queries (other than booking queries) about the event, please contact us on

What information will you get from this day?

  1.    An update on the activities in the BATCIS DT
  2.    Our forward plan on our future procurements opportunities

Opportunities of the day:

  1.    Engagement with the BATCIS DT team.
  2.    Network with other suppliers and potential partners.
{bio}{/bio}{bio}{/bio}{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) Briefing Thu, 01 Nov 2018 09:19:26 +0000
Regulatory sandbox - FCA opens cohort 5 applications

The FCA’s regulatory sandbox allows innovative businesses to test new products or services and is open to authorised firms, unauthorised firms that require authorisation and technology businesses.

Cohort 5

The FCA has opened applications to cohort 5 of the regulatory sandbox and the deadline for applications is Friday 30 November 2018. Members wishing to apply can contact the FCA to discuss the process before application by email:, or by telephoning 020 7066 4488. Click here to access the FCA’s application form

Eligibility criteria

Information on how to apply and the eligibility criteria, can be found here. A firm’s application must clearly explain how its proposition satisfies FCA’s eligibility criteria, which are:

  • in scope: is it looking to deliver innovation that is either regulated business or supports regulated business in the UK financial services market?
  • genuine innovation: is the innovation new or a significantly different offering in the marketplace?
  • consumer benefit: does the innovation offer a good prospect of identifiable benefit to consumers (either directly or via heightened competition)? Here the application must provide for mitigation of any identified possible consumer risks
  • need for a sandbox: Is there a genuine need to test the innovation in the FCA’s sandbox (i.e. the innovation does not easily fit the existing regulatory framework, making it difficult or costly to get the innovation to market)?
  • ready for testing: is it you ready to test the innovation in the real market with real consumers?

Sandbox tools

The FCA also provides a range of tools to sandbox firms to help facilitate testing a proposition and applies a tailored authorisation and registration process for firms accepted. This is restricted to allow firms to test only the proposition agreed. The FCA may also be able to waive or modify certain rules to aid testing, as deemed appropriate.

Regulatory insight

The regulatory sandbox was launched in June 2016 and the FCA captured its own insights from testing in a lessons learned report.  Firms can also access guidance through the application process on FCA’s authorisation pages.

Sandbox cohorts

To date, the FCA has received 89 companies into its regulatory sandbox programme. The applications span a diverse range of sectors, locations and firm size. Accepted propositions include distributed ledger (blockchain) technology-based payment services, RegTech propositions, general insurance, mortgage advice, cross-border remittance, anti-money laundering (AML) controls, biometric digital ID, know your customer (KYC) verification and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), By cohort 4, the FCA had received a number of applications using cryptoassets. Here, it is keen to explore whether, in a controlled environment, consumer benefits can be delivered.  Further information on previous regulatory sandbox cohorts::

June 2017: cohort 1  (18 companies) ; cohort 2  (24 companies); cohort 3  (18 companies)

July 2018: cohort 4  (29 companies)

Global Sandbox

In August, the FCA announced the creation of the Global Financial Innovation Network (GFIN) in collaboration with 11 financial regulators and related organisations. It also published a consultation seeking views on the GFIN mission statement, its proposed functions and priorities. Market feedback, from an earlier FCA consultation, highlighted the anticipated benefits of a global sandbox approach in improving ‘speed to market’ in multiple regulatory jurisdictions, but also highlighted a wide range of cross-border issues to address around: artificial intelligence, distributed ledger technology, data protection, regulation of securities and ICOs, KYC and AML.

{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) News Wed, 31 Oct 2018 15:18:35 +0000
DCMS publishes UK Cyber Sectoral Analysis and Deep-Dive Review

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has this week released their UK Cyber Security Sectoral Analysis and Deep-Dive Review. The report is published in collaboration with RSM and the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT).

Following Government’s commitments within the National Cyber Security Strategy 2016-2021 this study is intend to provide Government with an estimate of the size and scale of the UK Cyber Sector.

This detailed examination of the sector includes statistical analysis around the number of UK cyber security companies, the sector’s contribution to the UK economy (through revenue and GVA), the number of personnel employed in the sector, and the products and services offered by these firms. This review also explores the investment and funding available to the sector for growth and development, as well as support for training and development and labour supply.  

Key headlines include:

  • RSM estimate that there are currently 846 firms actively providing cyber security products or services in the UK.
  • RSM estimate that the cyber security sector’s total revenue in FY2015/16 was £5.7bn.
  • RSM estimate there are c. 31,300– 40,000 staff (FTE) employed in the UK cyber security sector. For transparency, this includes staff within firms providing cyber security products and services, but does not include CISOs, or support staff.
  • The majority of firms are active in providing Network Security, Information Risk Assessment & Management and Cyber Professional Services.
  • 89% of the firms are SMEs and collectively drive £1.5bn (26%) of the sector’s revenues. The larger firms (11%) earned £4.2bn (74%) in cyber security revenues in FY2015/16.
  • In the past five years (2012-17), the number of firms active in the sector has grown by over 50%, with over 100 new business registrations in the market within the past two years, representing a surge in new entrants to the market.

To access the full report please click here.

{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) News Wed, 31 Oct 2018 15:24:47 +0000