techUK Insights RSS Feed - techUK RSS feed for insights content. en Copyright (C) 2015 The Withdrawal Agreement and Tech Thu, 29 Nov 2018 14:34:08 +0000 CRM Sync techUK looks at what the Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration mean for the UK tech sector. <p>Now a Withdrawal Agreement has been reached between the UK and the EU, and a Political Declaration on the future relationship published, techUK takes a look at what they say and what they mean for the sector.</p> <ul><li><a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Our Withdrawal Agreement statement</a></li> <li><a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Background on the decision to support the Withdrawal Agreement and&nbsp;process blog</a></li> <li><a href="">Brexit: What&rsquo;s the deal on the table and what happens next?&#8203;</a></li> <li><a href="">The political declaration&nbsp;explained</a></li> </ul>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK launches Modernising Defence Report Thu, 29 Nov 2018 09:28:15 +0000 CRM Sync techUK’s Modernising Defence Report addresses barriers to digital transformation in the Ministry of Defence (MOD) <p>While the&nbsp;information age&nbsp;has brought much opportunity, it has also created a challenge for MOD&nbsp;by making&nbsp;underwriting the UK&rsquo;s national security more complex than ever before.&nbsp;At the same time,&nbsp;financial&nbsp;pressures faced by the Defence sector have not eased since the last Strategic Defence &amp; Security Review (SDSR) in 2015.&nbsp;With this in mind,&nbsp;both&nbsp;the MOD and&nbsp;industry&nbsp;suppliers&nbsp;must&nbsp;work more closely together to&nbsp;address&nbsp;these&nbsp;challenges.&nbsp;</p> <p>Disruptive technologies,&nbsp;such as bio-technology and artificial intelligence (AI),&nbsp;are&nbsp;playing an ever-increasing role in the digital transformation of UK businesses operating&nbsp;across&nbsp;private sector.&nbsp;The defence sector must act now to benefit from these technologies,&nbsp;rather than being at the mercy of their consequences. In practice, this means that both the MOD and its suppliers must create an environment in which&nbsp;they&nbsp;readily adopt technologies and processes, so that the UK can stay ahead of, or at least maintain parity,&nbsp;with adversaries. Equally, keeping pace with our key allies will be vital, as interoperability continues to play a crucial role in the development of new capabilities.&nbsp;</p> <p>The&nbsp;current&nbsp;Modernising Defence Programme&nbsp;review of&nbsp;the MOD&rsquo;s&nbsp;business is the perfect opportunity to address and remove the barriers to digital transformation, in partnership with sovereign industry and our international allies. If successful, the MOD will be able to greatly enhance UK military capabilities, boost industrial productivity, drive efficiencies across&nbsp;the defence sector&nbsp;and exploit&nbsp;new&nbsp;opportunities.&nbsp;</p> <p>To support this journey of digital transformation, techUK&nbsp;has worked with members to develop&nbsp;recommendations&nbsp;for&nbsp;the MOD, Front Line Commands and the Defence industry itself.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The recommendations are:&nbsp;</p> <ul><li> <p>To&nbsp;truly embark on a process of digital transformation,&nbsp;the MOD should work with&nbsp;industry&nbsp;to&nbsp;understand best practice,&nbsp;and the challenges faced,&nbsp;by large complex organisations which are further along in this process. techUK can provide the mechanism for this engagement, giving the appropriate senior decision makers in the MOD&nbsp;access to&nbsp;the right&nbsp;businesses&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </li> <li> <p>When launching new procurements, the MOD should adopt interoperability wherever it is possible. This will give the department the flexibility to bring in new technologies quickly and help increase its spending with small to medium sized businesses. The MOD should also look at using secure cloud technologies for future infrastructure, and look to take advantage of the strategic direction of the technology industry to gain innovation edge and more efficiencies.</p> </li> <li> <p>In the IT/IS space, the MOD should move away from bespoke systems, (where product switching is not easy or cost effective to undertake) and make greater use of Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) products, which will reduce costs and can be more easily upgraded. In using COTS products, the MOD should also consider enterprise licenses, giving it the opportunity to leverage a wide user base across&nbsp;Government&nbsp;</p> </li> <li> <p>The MOD should aim to make use of pre-approved technologies (where possible in partnership with the rest of government) and&nbsp;look to create sandpit environments to enable pilots for new technologies.&nbsp;</p> </li> </ul><ul><li> <p>Given the vast and increasing quantity of data held by the MOD, it should look to utilise AI technologies to support data analytics across Defence. The introduction of new data-driven capabilities means that the MOD must invest in new analytics tools to manage and exploit the increased volume of information.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </li> </ul><p><strong>Commenting on the launch of the report,&nbsp;techUK&rsquo;s&nbsp;CEO Julian David said:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&ldquo;this report&nbsp;outlines&nbsp;what practical steps the MOD and its suppliers can take to ensure&nbsp;that&nbsp;UK&nbsp;Defence remains at the forefront of&nbsp;the&nbsp;digital innovation.&nbsp;With an extra &pound;1bn of funding for Defence&nbsp;announced&nbsp;in the Autumn Budget and the expected announcement of the Modernising Defence Programme by&nbsp;the end of 2018, there is an&nbsp;opportunity to fundamentally&nbsp;transform the&nbsp;sector.&nbsp;This can only be achieved&nbsp;with a more open, collaborative approach to working with industry.&nbsp;Technologies that can deliver genuine digital transformation&nbsp;for UK&nbsp;Defence&nbsp;are already well established in the private sector.&nbsp;We must act now to&nbsp;proactively exploit the opportunities created by new technology, rather than being at the mercy of their consequences.&nbsp;techUK looks forward to working with members, the MOD and the Front Line Commands to support the sector&nbsp;as&nbsp;it&nbsp;&nbsp;transforms&nbsp;through digital technology.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK Green Week - booklet published Tue, 27 Nov 2018 11:19:06 +0000 CRM Sync We have published all the techUK Green Week blogs and infographics into one booklet available below. <p style="text-align:justify">At techUK&nbsp;we decided to use the inaugural Green GB Week to curate a series of blogs from members, colleagues and partners to highlight how tech and is being used to address some of the major sustainability and environmental challenges in the world, as well as looking at some of the major challenges that the sector faces as it moves into a zero-carbon world.</p> <p style="text-align:justify">Some will call this green washing, but the Green Week was an opportunity to inspire our businesses to consider the potential of the technology they are developing and to share success stories where tech firms have deployed their digital technologies to deliver low-carbon outcomes and address environmental challenges.</p> <p style="text-align:justify">The booklet includes articles from inspiring young digital entrepreneurs, such as <a href="">Pocket Pal</a> and <a href="">One Cherry</a>, who are using technology to try and reconnect young people with nature using augmented reality and developing apps to make it easier for people to find what they want and need from local charity shops.</p> <p style="text-align:justify">Big business was vocal too: See Hitachi&rsquo;s <a href="">work on Smart Islands</a> that shows how scale needn&rsquo;t be a barrier for community led smart city innovation; Dell&rsquo;s <a href="">thoughtful interventions on marine plastics</a>; Intel&rsquo;s plea <a href="">for more sectors to collaborate to address environmental and human rights abuses</a> in the mineral supply chain; and BT&rsquo;s <a href="">leadership on science-based targets</a>. Non profit and civil society took part too, with excellent examples of using technology to support their work, such as <a href="">Plastic Tide</a> and<a href=""> BSR</a>.</p> <p style="text-align:justify">Looking at specific technologies we heard how AI and machine learning, satellites, drones and sensors are being deployed to monitor and enforce <a href="">marine conservation areas</a>, <a href="">marine environments</a>, <a href="">forests</a> and <a href="">nature reserves</a>. How technology is <a href="">help farmers adapt to climate change</a>. And how it promises to further revolutionise our <a href="">energy</a> and <a href="">transport</a> systems.</p> <p style="text-align:justify">The final set of blogs explored the challenges for the sector: our <a href="">energy consumption</a>, the need to become <a href="">more energy efficient</a> and move to a <a href="">renewable energy base</a>,&nbsp; <a href="">deploy blockchain responsibly</a>, and how we must do more to <a href="">minimise the waste generated by the sector and clean up our supply chains</a>.</p> <p style="text-align:justify">With the IPCC report showing the stark realities of climate change and the urgency for action, it was good to see how committed and passionate our members and stakeholders are on environmental issues. To learn more click the pink box below to see our booklet and infographics to see what the sector is doing.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK publishes ‘Manifesto for Matt’ Wed, 21 Nov 2018 16:17:02 +0000 CRM Sync New report sets out measures to fast-track digitisation of health and care <p><img alt="A Manifesto for Matt" src="//" style="border-style:solid; border-width:1px; float:left; height:283px; margin:5px; width:200px">techUK has launched&nbsp;&lsquo;A Manifesto for Matt&rsquo;&nbsp;&ndash; a report that sets out priorities for digitising the health and social care sector, aimed at Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock.</p> <p>Upon receiving the report, Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:</p> <p>&nbsp;"I want the UK to have the most advanced healthcare system on the planet. My tech vision has set out how we can bring the technology of the future to the NHS by creating a culture of innovation and enterprise, to the benefit of both patients and staff.</p> <p>&nbsp;"I welcome techUK&rsquo;s relentless focus on the future of healthcare, and look forward to working with them to make this vision a reality and cementing the UK&rsquo;s status as the home of HealthTech."</p> <p>The report, which was launched at techUK&rsquo;s annual Health and Social Care dinner, sets out priorities for fast-tracking the long overdue digitisation of health and care, focusing on three areas: &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>1. Empowering the public</p> <p>2. Enabling a world-class workforce</p> <p>3. Making the UK the destination of choice for health tech innovators</p> <p>Speaking shortly before the launch, Ben Moody, Head of Health and Social Care at techUK said:</p> <p>&ldquo;There is broad consensus that the health and care system needs urgent digitisation. This is not about a lack of will &ndash; the public and clinicians are crying out for better tech &ndash; and the UK has thousands of health tech innovators looking to serve them.</p> <p>However, the system is unwieldly and frustrates their efforts. Patients can get hold of drugs but not their own data and digital tools. Far too many of the workforce will leave their digitally-enabled home, put away their smart phone and tablet, and pick up a pen and paper when they arrive at work. And health tech innovators find their selves working in a sector often described as the most challenging of all.&rdquo;</p> <p>In producing the paper, techUK have worked with people in all corners of the health and care technology to propose solutions to the barriers faced in digitising the sector.</p> <p>Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock addressed the recommendations in his keynote speech at the sold out dinner on Wednesday evening in London.&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="//" style="height:193px; margin:5px; width:290px"><img alt="" src="//" style="height:193px; margin:5px; width:290px"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Modern Slavery: What are tech firms doing? Tue, 20 Nov 2018 15:19:57 +0000 CRM Sync techUK hosted a workshop looking at how tech firms and others have responded to the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains. <p style="text-align:justify">Modern slavery is a very modern problem. The mass consumerism and demand for ever cheaper goods, particularly with the global middle class growing&nbsp;exponentially, has created a trend where businesses are under pressure to cut manufacturing prices and in some instances&nbsp;cut corners. This applies to tech products as much as anything else and tech firms have been taken huge strides in making sure their operations and supply chains are not contributing to modern slavery, with many seeking to look at ways to make a real difference in the communities they operate in.</p> <p style="text-align:justify">Many members are advanced in this journey and techUK has been helping them understand and respond to this issue. For our report on the tech sector response to the Modern Slavery Act <a href="">click here</a>, for more information about the Tech Against Trafficking initiative <a href="">click here</a> and the Wilton Park report we did looking at how tech can combat modern slavery <a href="">click here</a>.</p> <p style="text-align:justify">In this workshop, techUK members, representatives from Government and the construction sector shared their expertise. Key discussion points are listed below and a full write up with links, resources and discussion points from the event can be found by clicking the pink box at the bottom of this article.</p> <ul><li style="text-align:justify">Tech products are increasingly complex with hugely complex supply chains. Being able to understand what is happening throughout the whole supply chain is an expensive, complex and time-consuming task, but a necessary one.</li> <li style="text-align:justify">Supplier oversight is key, but auditing and customer leverage reduces throughout the supply chain. Therefore, training up and expecting tier one suppliers (suppliers with a direct relationship) to conduct due diligence and auditing of their suppliers cascades best practice.</li> <li style="text-align:justify">Tech is about collaboration and so is the response to modern slavery and trafficking. Rather than try to go it alone, businesses are more effective when working through collaborative fora like the Responsible Business Alliance.</li> <li style="text-align:justify">Risk mapping and profiling is essential. Mapping where the most likely risks originate against company exposure to that market can help prioritise areas or suppliers in need of enhanced due diligence or oversight.</li> <li style="text-align:justify">Business needs tailored solutions for different supplier countries. In the UK (and increasingly elsewhere) the legislation requires companies to do more, but in some areas like Asia, the requirements are not there and attempts to educate suppliers can rub against cultural norms, so an education and training approach may work better.</li> <li style="text-align:justify">Clear KPIs make for better reporting. By having specific, measurable KPIs in modern slavery statements (compulsory for large UK firms), companies can measure if their risk assessments an mitigations are effective.</li> </ul><p style="text-align:justify"><strong>So what next?</strong></p> <p style="text-align:justify">The UK Modern Slavery Act is currently under review and a lot of attention focused on the evolving requirements and review, with members still seeking advice on KPIs and measurements. Given this need, techUK and the Home Office will look to run a session on reporting next year, as well as workshops on responsible mineral sourcing and implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. For more information on these please get in touch via the contact details below.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> MEMBER INPUT | The significance of the UK’s lack of national LPWAN Wed, 07 Nov 2018 13:08:15 +0000 CRM Sync We are seeking your input into our report to present an opportunity for the UK to explore the benefits of Low Power Wide Area Network technologies. <p><strong>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.&nbsp;We are seeking members views on the matter.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><u><strong>What is it?</strong></u></p> <p>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.&nbsp;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).&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><u>Why is the UK in the current situation?</u></strong></p> <p>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.</p> <p><strong><u>UK holding back</u></strong></p> <p>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.&nbsp;</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.&nbsp;</p> <p><u><strong>Innovation</strong></u></p> <p>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.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The full report proposal is available in the&nbsp;attachment. Send us your input to <a href=""></a> by 14 November 2018.&nbsp;</strong></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Enders Analysis Report on UK Digital Radio Mon, 05 Nov 2018 07:00:00 +0000 CRM Sync Enders Analysis have conducted a thorough review of the UK radio landscape and the opportunities for a digital future. <p>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.</p> <p>The report contains&nbsp;Ender&rsquo;s independent views about &nbsp;future projections for digital listening ,the value of a DCMS digital radio review and possible outcomes.&nbsp;Enders expect broadcast radio to remain robust and for the transition to digital radio to continue with a &lsquo; mixed ecology of platforms &lsquo; including FM and AM in the medium term.&nbsp;Most of the industry data quoted is sourced from Q3 2018 RAJARs plus the Autumn Midas share of audio survey.</p> <p>Enders has projected that digital listening will reach 73% by 2025 &ndash; that's behind&nbsp;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.&nbsp;The report welcomes Margot James&rsquo; recent&nbsp;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&rsquo;s growth (which techUK are pushing for ASAP).</p> <p><!-- [if !supportLineBreakNewLine]-->A copy of the report can be downloaded via a link at the bottom of this insight.<!--[endif]--></p> <p>techUK run a Digital Radio Group, representing members' interests relating to Digital Radio and a Digital Radio Switchover. For more information contact Paul Hide.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Ofcom Asks BBC to Review iPlayer Changes. Mon, 05 Nov 2018 07:00:00 +0000 CRM Sync Ofcom has directed the BBC to conduct a ‘Public Interest Test' to assess properly the value and potential impact on a number of changes to the BBC iPlayer the Corporation has proposed to make. <p>Ofcom has decided the BBC&rsquo;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.</p> <p>The BBC has proposed a number of changes to the BBC iPlayer for implementation in 2018/19. These include:</p> <ul><li>A substantial number of additional Box Sets, which would be available on the iPlayer for an extended time period;</li> <li>changes to features, such as enhancements to the user experience and personalisation; and</li> <li>increased marketing spend.</li> </ul><p>The BBC estimates that its proposals could increase iPlayer&rsquo;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.</p> <p>The BBC Board&rsquo;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 &nbsp;2018.</p> <p>Having carefully assessed the BBC&rsquo;s plans, Ofcom disagreed with the BBC Board&rsquo;s conclusions. &ldquo;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&rsquo;s guidance on proposed changes to the BBC&rsquo;s public service activities,&rdquo; it said.</p> <p>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. &ldquo;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,&rdquo; it suggested.</p> <p>Under normal circumstances, given Ofcom&rsquo;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&rsquo;s final approval had been given.</p> <p>However, in this case, Ofcom believes it is appropriate to allow the BBC to make limited changes to the iPlayer. &ldquo;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&rsquo;s investment,&rdquo; it said. Ofcom&rsquo;s draft directions will therefore permit the BBC to proceed with parts of its proposals in 2018/19. The BBC would be able to:</p> <ul><li>retain any series it has already added to the iPlayer since the start of 2018/19 under its proposals; and</li> <li>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.</li> </ul><p>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.</p> <p>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.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> New SPF Report: UK spectrum usage and demand Wed, 31 Oct 2018 11:03:55 +0000 CRM Sync This report, produced by Analysys Mason on behalf of the UK SPF summarises the trends in spectrum use, and implications for future spectrum demand and for UK spectrum policy. <p><img alt="" src="//" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:right; height:330px; margin:5px; width:240px">Through a series of workshops during 2018, the <strong>UK spectrum usage and demand</strong>&nbsp;report prepared by Analysys Mason on behalf of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum (SPF) summarises the outcome of the SPF&rsquo;s discussions within its Cluster 1 group regarding trends in spectrum use, and implications for future spectrum demand and for UK spectrum policy.</p> <p>The SPF&rsquo;s workshops during 2018 have aimed to identify significant trends in spectrum use and their impact on future spectrum demand. The intention is that these can be used as inputs to future UK spectrum policy, as well as to facilitate a joined-up view across industry on sector needs.</p> <p>This report has been produced for publication by the SPF, to inform:</p> <ul><li>UK Government and Ofcom involved in spectrum policy</li> <li>UK spectrum users, to foster a joined-up understanding of spectrum use and need</li> <li>other work in the SPF, relating to spectrum access mechanisms, impact of spectrum and future World Radiocommunications Conference (WRC) agenda items.</li> </ul><p>The scope of work was to assess trends in use of wireless connectivity and demand for spectrum across several sectors of UK spectrum use, and specifically covering:</p> <ul><li>public mobile networks</li> <li>business radio (BR), utility networks and emergency services</li> <li>fixed and fixed satellite services</li> <li>terrestrial television broadcasting, and programme making and special events (PMSE).</li> </ul><p>The UK Spectrum Policy Forum would like to thank Analysys Mason for the preparation of the report and to thank the relevant organistations, and members of the SPF Steering Board who contributed to this report.</p> <hr><p>Launched at the request of Government, the&nbsp;<a href="">UK Spectrum Policy Forum&nbsp;</a>is the industry sounding board to address strategic spectrum issues and to provide advice to Government and Ofcom on industry and user views around key spectrum policy issues. The SPF is open to all organisations with an interest in using spectrum and has over 240 members drawn from mobile and broadcasting, space and transport, equipment manufacturers and public services.&nbsp; The SPF&rsquo;s broad membership working together enables us to engage with challenging questions about how to get better value from spectrum use at the national and international level.&nbsp;A&nbsp;<a href="">Steering Board&nbsp;</a>performs the important function of ensuring the proper prioritisation and resourcing of our work.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Ofcom Publishes First Annual Report on the BBC Thu, 25 Oct 2018 16:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync The report assesses how the BBC is performing against a backdrop of significant change in the media landscape. It finds that, while the BBC is generally delivering its remit for audiences, the BBC should go further in four key areas. <p>Under the BBC Charter and Agreement, Ofcom has responsibility for assessing and reporting annually on the BBC&rsquo;s compliance with its regulatory obligations and its overall performance. To help us do so, they set performance measures for the BBC. Ofcom are required to publish BBC performance data annually, and have included this as an annex to the Annual Report. This includes a summary of evidence base, along with an assessment of the BBC&rsquo;s performance by public purpose.</p> <p>The report finds that, while the BBC is generally delivering its remit for audiences, with whom satisfaction is relatively high, the BBC should go further in four areas:</p> <p><strong>Transparency.</strong> As a publicly-funded organisation, with a privileged status in the UK broadcasting sector, the BBC needs to be more transparent and accountable.</p> <p><strong>Original UK programmes.</strong> To remain distinctive, amid increasingly strong competition for TV audiences, the BBC should maintain its commitment to original UK content. The BBC will need to be more innovative and take more risks &ndash; both in the type of UK content it commissions, but also how it is made, and with whom.</p> <p><strong>Attracting young people.</strong> The BBC is not reaching enough young people. As well as providing content that appeals, it needs to find new ways of reaching younger people that suit and reflect their viewing and listening habits.</p> <p><strong>Representing and portraying UK society. </strong>Alongside today&rsquo;s annual report, Ofcom has published the conclusions of a review of representations and portrayal on BBC Television. While viewers told Ofcom that the BBC, and TV in general, represents a wider mix of people than it used to, some people still feel less visible, or portrayed in ways that are narrow or inauthentic.</p> <p>The report makes specific reference to the BBC's impact on competition and how a lack of transparency can negatively impact competition and commercial players. Ofcom site the example of a lack of clarity on the future iPlayer roadmap that can have a negative impact on commercial partners, for example device manufacturers.</p> <p>techUK hold regular engagement sessions with the BBC Distribution and R&amp;D teams to help digital device manufacturing members plan for the future.</p> <p>A copy of the Ofcom report can be downloaded below. For more information on techUK's work with the BBC on behalf of members contact:</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK publishes full Budget Submission Wed, 24 Oct 2018 13:53:59 +0100 CRM Sync Stimulating investment and digitising the economy should underpin a Budget plan that looks beyond Brexit. <p>techUK has today published its proposals for the Budget on 29 October.&nbsp; At a time when Brexit is dominating the headlines, the proposals set out a radical plan to help stimulate investment and prepare the UK for the future.</p> <p>The submissions specifically focuses on measures to:</p> <ul><li>Support digitisation across the whole economy to drive productivity.</li> <li>Build a comprehensive package to support UK R&amp;D in digital industries.</li> <li>Support the skills needed for the modern economy.</li> <li>Ensure that the Government&rsquo;s approach to taxation continues to treat companies equally, encourages innovation and does not undermine the digital economy.</li> <li>Support the UK&rsquo;s place as the home of the world leading data centres.</li> <li>Make the NHS and Social Care system a 21st Century service that embraces digital tools.</li> </ul><p>Commenting on the publication, techUK CEO, Julian David, said:</p> <p>&ldquo;A lot of time for both Government and businesses is currently tied up in preparing for Brexit.&nbsp; In doing so we cannot lose sight of the need to lay the groundwork for a digital economy that can thrive whatever the outcome of the negotiation.</p> <p>&ldquo;Ensuring the UK remains a positive place to invest, with strong offers on R&amp;D and skills will be key to our post-Brexit future.&nbsp; Meanwhile enabling all businesses to take advance of the productivity benefits delivered by digital technologies is the best way to boost productivity and increase wages across the economy.</p> <p>&ldquo;techUK&rsquo;s Budget submission sets out the path to achieving these goals, while avoiding the potential pitfalls on issues like tax that could deter investment.&nbsp; We look forward to the Budget and will continue to engage with the Treasury and all parts of Government to secure the forward looking digital future we all want to for our country.&rdquo;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> RAJAR Publish Autumn Midas Study Wed, 24 Oct 2018 08:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync The MIDAS Survey is designed to provide context and insight into how when and where radio content is being consumed in today's fragmented consumption environment. <p>With the increasing penetration of connected devices such as tablets and smartphones, MIDAS shows how listeners are embracing the multi-platform and multi-device offering, as well as how radio-on demand is contributing to listening behaviour. It also reveals the activities they are doing whilst listening, where they are listening, and who they are listening with.</p> <p>One key finding of this year's report is the increase in radio&rsquo;s share of audio on voice smart speakers to 67% from 58% in Summer 2018. This compares with radio&rsquo;s share of audio on smartphone at 20%, tablet at 35% and laptop at 35%.</p> <p>Another key finding indicated by Midas is that while radio&rsquo;s overall share of audio is holding up at 74%, radio&rsquo;s share of audio for younger age groups 15-24 year olds and 25-34 year olds has declined to 47% and 60% respectively. Both the younger age groups have a relatively high share of music streaming and 25-34 year olds have a higher propensity to listen to podcasts. For 15-24 year olds the device with the greatest share of audio is the smartphone (31%) while for 25 -34 year olds it is their DAB radio (32%).&nbsp;</p> <p>For the full RAJAR/IpsosMori report, click the link below:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">RAJAR Midas Autumn 2018 Report</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK’s Cloud Week booklet Fri, 19 Oct 2018 09:47:42 +0100 CRM Sync This year’s Cloud Week focused on the importance of cloud computing for the UK’s digital future. <p><img alt="Cloud Week" src="//" style="border-style:solid; border-width:1px; float:left; height:212px; margin:5px; width:300px">Throughout the week, members gave their views on how UK organisations can realise the benefits and opportunities of cloud, as well as the steps that need to be taken to drive the UK cloud market forward.</p> <p>We have recently published techUK&rsquo;s Cloud Week booklet, drawing together members and other industry experts&rsquo; insights around five key themes: Driving the adoption and use of cloud across all UK sectors and industries, addressing the cloud skills gap, cybersecurity, business transformation and Cloud 2020 and beyond.</p> <p>If you would like to get involved and help drive forward techUK&rsquo;s cloud work and activities, please do <a href="">get in touch</a>. In the meantime, we hope that you enjoy reading members reflections on the current state of play around cloud adoption and what this may look like in the future.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>To read more from techUK's Cloud Week,&nbsp;<a href="">visit our landing page</a></em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Future mobility services report launch Thu, 18 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync techUK launches vision for the future of mobility services in the UK <p><img alt="Future Mobility Services in the UK" src="//" style="float:left; height:212px; margin:4px; width:300px">We often talk about the &ldquo;future of mobility&rdquo; without acknowledging how open-ended this phrase is. It is difficult to picture what it will look like in 15, never mind 50 years&rsquo; time. It is unlikely to be a fixed end-point, and we are likely to see continuous development in the mobility sector as the tech industry drives and supports innovation for mobility services.</p> <p>While there is much we cannot be sure of, what we do know is that the future of mobility services will be 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.</p> <p>techUK has developed a vision for this future in the UK in its new report The Future of Mobility , launched today (18 October 2018) at its flagship conference Supercharging the Digital Economy in Manchester.</p> <p>The report can be drawn upon by the Government and private sector alike. Accompanying this it identifies key technologies that will enable progress towards a digitally-enabled, customer-focused mobility ecosystem, as well as barriers that risk stagnation. techUK also provides three key recommendations to overcome these key barriers and support evolution of the nation&rsquo;s mobility services.<br> The recommendations are:</p> <ol><li>The development of a vision that sets out the characteristics of future mobility services. This needs to be led by central government, drawing on the contributions of external organisations.</li> <li>Wide-ranging and in-depth reviews of regulation and legislation from central government. Integration and implementation of new technologies and services will remain stagnant until these barriers are addressed.</li> <li>Local authorities need to demonstrate consideration of their role in facilitating future mobility services.</li> </ol><p>techUK is excited to be able to share this vision, and stand ready to support policy-makers, decision-makers, service providers and innovators by delivering a vision that provides clarity and a sense of prioritisation for the integration of technology.</p> <p>In support of the report Julian David, CEO, techUK said:</p> <p>&ldquo;This report is techUK&rsquo;s contribution to the development of a flexible, ambitious vision for the future of mobility in the UK. It is impossible to predict exactly what our mobility services will look like in 10, 20 or 30 years. But that&rsquo;s ok; we need a vision to start working towards today, to ensure that we have the foundations in place for the future. Failure to start working towards this vision and getting these building blocks in place would mean that the UK will miss out on a golden opportunity to fundamentally improve how we move people and goods around. UK PLC could also miss out on capturing a share of the global market which is already worth over &pound;34 billion for shared mobility alone. We look forward to working with our members, government and local authority stakeholders and striding together towards this exciting future&rdquo;</p> <p><br> Natalie Trainor, Partner, Pinsent Masons and Chair of SmarterUK Transport Steering Board said:</p> <p>"Future mobility services offer significant opportunities for the UK both in terms of industry and citizen benefits. The SmarterUK Transport Group are proud to present a vision for the future of mobility services in the UK. We recognise that this vision will flex and evolve over time, but it is imperative that we start work now. By identifying expectations, enablers and barriers, and bringing together traditional and non-traditional actors in the mobility services sector, we can start to address the key challenges and unlock the potential opportunities. Industry clearly has a critical role here, but we also need key decision-makers and policy-makers to also &#8239;push this agenda forward.</p> <p>We look forward to building on this report and playing our part to ultimately deliver a &ldquo;digitally-enabled, interoperable, integrated and inclusive transport network that connects our citizens with multiple modes of transport services that can offer door-to-door convenience, respond to dynamic pressures of demand, and cater to the specified needs of the citizen within the locality&rdquo;.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Subscription Video on Demand Poised to Exceed Pay TV Demand Mon, 15 Oct 2018 08:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Futuresource Consulting report that SVoD market outlook suggests that it will soon overtake traditional Pay TV services in many countries <p>A recent FutureSource Consulting report looks at the growth of Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) by key markets and compares it to the demand for Pay TV subscription services.</p> <p>In the UK, SVoD now has a 40% household penetration to share compared to 55% for Pay TV. In Australia, SVoD is now ahead of Pay TV household saturation with a ratio of 46% to 38%. The USA has a ratio of 63%/ 78% and Canada 55%/ 78%. There are now over 449 million SVoD subscriptions in place globally. Netflix leads the share of SVoD in key markets with Amazon Prime second.</p> <p>For more detailed information go to:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Futuresource</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Government Removes Barriers to Radio Stations Going Digital Mon, 15 Oct 2018 08:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync The DCMS response to the small-scale consultation has now been published and outlines support for continued growth of digital radio. <p>Hundreds of small radio stations across the UK are to receive a helping hand to broadcast in digital for the first time.</p> <p>In new measure just announced, the Government will make it easier for smaller community and commercial radio stations to broadcast on small scale digital radio multiplexes. With more than 50% of all radio listening in the UK now on digital, the new lighter touch licensing regime means these small stations won&rsquo;t be left behind by the growing shift from FM and AM to digital radio and will give more choice to millions of radio listeners across the UK.</p> <p><strong>Margot James, Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries, said:&nbsp;</strong><em>&ldquo;We are breaking down one of the main barriers in the transition of radio from analogue to digital, to secure long-term benefits for the UK&rsquo;s smaller commercial and community stations and ensure a range of local content for listeners.&nbsp;</em><em>No one should be left behind by technological advances, so as part of our modern Industrial Strategy we will give small and local radio businesses affordable, practical access to digital radio networks to reach new and longstanding audiences.&nbsp;</em>The roll out of small scale multiplexes across the UK could help more than 450 existing small community or commercial radio stations go digital. Since 2014, Ofcom have been supporting successful trials of small scale radio multiplexes in ten areas of the UK. These trial multiplexes now carry around 160 small radio services offering listeners in these areas a broader range of content and formats. To put these small scale services on a proper long-term footing, the Government is revising the current legal framework for licensing radio multiplexes - originally drawn up in the mid-1990s. The new framework will allow Ofcom to reserve capacity on new small scale multiplexes for&nbsp;community stations, helping them to go live on the Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB) platform.</p> <p><strong>Ford Ennals, CEO, Digital Radio UK, said</strong>:&nbsp;<em>&ldquo;We welcome today&rsquo;s announcement from DCMS supporting the future development and expansion of small-scale DAB. This is good news for radio and good news for listeners as the expansion of small-scale DAB gives listeners a wider range of smaller stations available on DAB and gives small local stations a path to a digital future.&nbsp;</em><em>Following the success of the fantastic range of unique and fresh local commercial and community services in the 10 trial areas we can expect to see many hundreds of local stations joining radio&rsquo;s digital revolution across the UK.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>The proposals will support the roll out of new digital-only radio networks within county areas, helping to expand the community radio sector. The Government will bring forward secondary legislation to make the necessary changes to the licensing regime in 2019.</p> <p>For full details of the recommendations of the DCMS consultation into small scale radio, click on the link below:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">DCMS Small Scale Report</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Summary of Brexit no deal notices Fri, 12 Oct 2018 16:30:00 +0100 CRM Sync A summary of key No Deal notices and issues for tech companies to be aware of. <p>With the Brexit clock rapidly counting down, the Government has been preparing for a range of scenarios, including a &lsquo;no deal&rsquo; Brexit, the worst-case scenario where an agreement with the EU on the terms of withdrawal is not reached.</p> <p>Technical notices have been published to give business more information to enable them to better plan for a no deal and are intended as a guide as to what Government will do in a no deal scenario. These notices <a href="">can be found here</a>. They are not the preferred option and the Government is clear that they want a proper agreement. They also do not necessarily reflect what Government would do in the event of a no deal plus transition (i.e. no deal in December 2020), as different options may be available given a time delay.</p> <p>While it is important for the Government to give further information on its intended policy in the event of a no deal Brexit, these notices show more clearly than ever why it is so important that the UK secures a comprehensive deal with the EU. They show that No Deal would mean significant new bureaucracy for businesses, and higher costs and reduced choice for consumers. While a no deal remains unlikely, tech businesses in the UK should review relevant technical notices to ensure that they are aware of actions they may need to take should that scenario come to pass. techUK has summarised the key takeaways from some of the key notices below.</p> <p>If you would like to discuss these with techUK then please email Giles Derrington: <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="">Data Flows</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The Data flows paper fails, in techUK&rsquo;s view to give the full picture, focusing instead on the process for delivering Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs).</li> <li>The notice states that the preferred position remains adequacy and that this will be pursued</li> <li>The notices say that the UK will unilaterally accept data flows from the UK to EU.&nbsp; While not set out in detail, we assume this effectively means unilaterally granting an adequacy decision to the EU.</li> <li>The paper states that to allow transfers from EU to UK, EU partners will need a legal basis- most likely SCCs.&nbsp; It advises that business work with EU partners to identify the appropriate legal mechanism.</li> <li>As EU to UK transfers will require an EU legal basis, not a UK one, the paper says that EU SCCs can be used, without the need for the UK to develop its own SCCs.</li> <li>However, this does not help businesses who need to transfer on to third countries.&nbsp; We have raised this with DCMS who says they will take it away and look at further.</li> <li>The notice also does not give any information on Binding Corporate Rules (BCRs) and how existing BCRs approved by the ICO will be transferred in the event of No Deal.&nbsp; We have also raised this with DCMS.</li> <li>Finally, the notice does not set out any plans to support smaller businesses with the costs of putting in place SCCs or other transfer mechanisms.&nbsp; We have said that DCMS need to pick this up, though they say this may come in further notices if and when a no deal looks more likely.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Telecoms</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The notice on telecoms is clear that Government&rsquo;s intention is for there to be no substantive changes to UK regulation of telecoms.</li> <li>It highlights that parts of the Communications Act 2003 will need to be corrected using powers in the Withdrawal Act, including things like removing references to the promotion of the Single Market.</li> <li>The notice says that if the EU Electronic Communication Code is adopted before exit day but not transposed until after we leave, the UK is &ldquo;minded to implement where appropriate its substantive provisions.&rdquo;</li> <li>The paper also confirms that rules on spectrum allocation will be corrected so that Ofcom can continue to use an unchanged process.</li> <li>Finally, the paper makes clear that UK telecom providers can continue to provide cross border services under the WTO&rsquo;s GATs rules.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Space Sector</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The UK will no longer participate in Galileo, the EGNO or Copernicus and so UK companies will not be able to bid for contracts for the programmes.&nbsp;</li> <li>However, we will continue to be able to utilise freely available and open source data from the programmes, such as position, navigation and timing information.</li> <li>The Public Regulated Services will no longer be available in the UK when it is completed in Mid-2020.</li> <li>The notices is not clear on existing contracts, saying that the UK &ldquo;is seeking clarification&rdquo; on these contracts.</li> <li>On Galileo, the Government confirms that it is to invest &pound;92 million from Brexit readiness fund to design a UK Global Navigation Satellite System.&nbsp; This will &ldquo;inform the decision to create a UK alternative to Galileo&rdquo;.</li> <li>On Copernicus, users could lose the right to higher bandwidth access from the Copernicus Sentinels.&nbsp; UK will also lose data sourced from any contributory missions.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Mutual Recognition under the &ldquo;New Approach&rdquo;/CE Marking</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The notice confirms that the UK will unilaterally accept goods that meet EU requirements and have the appropriate mark in the event of a No Deal.</li> <li>This includes goods already on the UK market from the EU.</li> <li>However, UK notified bodies will no longer be recognised by the EU, therefore any manufacturers selling goods in the EU that have been approved in the UK will need to have them reapproved by an EU notified body.</li> <li>Manufacturers can choose to ask the UK notified body to transfer the relevant files to a new EU body, though even in this case, a new mark.</li> <li>The UK will also convert UK notified bodies into new UK &lsquo;approved bodies&rsquo; able to issue a UK specific mark. This will be optional as the UK will continue to recognise EU markets.</li> <li>However, the paper suggests that this option will be time limited. This means that it is possible in the future that the UK will cease to recognise the EU mark and require UK approval via an approved body.</li> <li>The papers states that the Government will lay out further plans on this issue later in 2018.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Mutual Recognition</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The notice confirms that the UK will no longer be in scope of EU rules on mutual recognition of products.</li> <li>This means that anyone selling goods to the EU will have to meet the national requirements of the first country to which they export.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Customs</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The UK will operate a customs border with the EU in the event of a no deal.</li> <li>Businesses will therefore have to register for a UK Economic Operator Registration and ID (EORI) number in order to export to the EU.&nbsp; Registration for EORI numbers for EU export will open in advance of March 2019.</li> <li>Business should also ensure that their INCOTERMS recognises their exporter status with the EU.</li> <li>On the UK side, Government will aim to continue to conform with the EU&rsquo;s Excise Movement and Control System, but it is not clear whether it will have full access to the system.</li> <li>The paper does not make any references to AEO status or whether existing mechanisms with third countries will continue to apply.&nbsp; It is likely that this is contained in the as yet unpublished paper on existing EU trade agreements.</li> <li>The paper also suggests businesses explore measures to mitigate disruption, including warehousing, Inward Processing and Temporary Admissions.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">VAT</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The paper states that the UK will aim to keep the VAT regime as close as possible to the EU system.</li> <li>The Government will introduce a Postponed Accounting mechanism for all EU and Non-EU good entering the UK.&nbsp; This means that businesses will be able to account for VAT on their VAT return rather than paying VAT at point of entry and claiming back.</li> <li>For VAT on small parcels (up to &pound;135), the Government will seek to implement a system to enable overseas businesses to pay the VAT, rather than charging the recipient of the package.</li> <li>This will mean an additional &ldquo;tech based solution&rdquo; in which oversees businesses shipping a parcel to the UK will have to register with HMRC for VAT via an online portal. This is likely to be an issue for third party suppliers via ecommerce portals (as is current case for non-EU suppliers currently).</li> <li>For shipments to the EU, the UK will no longer be part of the EU VAT Refund scheme automatically.&nbsp; Therefore businesses seeking to reclaim VAT for an EU export will have to register through the scheme through the non-EU route (i.e. going to individual Member States tax authorities).</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Tariffs</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The UK will have a full tariff regime with the EU in event of a no deal</li> <li>The UK will aim to meet the same tariff scheme as the EU at WTO</li> <li>It is not clear what this will mean in terms of UK compliance with Rules of Origin Requirements.</li> <li>The UK will seek to continue preferential tariffs on developing countries, such as the General Scheme of Preferences</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Broadcast and Video on Demand</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The paper confirms that the AVMS Directive will no longer apply and the UK will be a third country for EU purposes.</li> <li>It confirms that under Recital 54 of the directive, EU Member States will be able to impose whatever measures they deem appropriate.</li> <li>However, for the 20 EU Member States that have signed and ratified the European Convention on Transfrontier Television (ECTT), they will be required to permit reception of broadcasts from the UK- though national interpretation of the ECTT is likely to make this a complex picture.</li> <li>The UK will be required to license receptions from ECTT signatories as a signatory to ECTT itself.</li> <li>The paper notices that the ECTT&rsquo;s standing committee to resolve disputes hasn&rsquo;t met since 2010 and requires arbitration.</li> <li>Companies will need to assess each individual licence and secure a local licence for any country receiving broadcast that isn&rsquo;t signed up to the ECTT.</li> <li>Technically after exit HQs can remain in the UK if there are decisions and a significant part of the workforce based in an EU country, so as to give EU landing rights.&nbsp; However, this is likely to be highly complex.</li> <li>Finally, the paper notes that a UK company may be able to apply for UK landing rights under Art 2(4) of the AVMS if it provides an uplink service in a specific country- this is most likely to apply to France or Luxembourg.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Trade Remedies</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The Trade Bill creates the Trade Remedies Authority.&nbsp; This will be in place by March 2019.</li> <li>All existing trade remedies imposed as part of the EU will be reviewed by the TRA and adjusted to the UK market (we anticipate that some will not be needed as they don&rsquo;t apply to the UK at the moment)</li> <li>When the TRA is operational, companies seeking trade remedies should approach the TRA in tandem with the Commission until we leave the EU.</li> <li>After leaving the EU the TRA will unilaterally handle any decisions on UK trade remedies.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Export Control</a></strong></p> <ul><li>Rules on control of exports of military items will not change as this is a reserved issue.</li> <li>On Dual Use items however, while the aim will be for the system overall not to change, there will be additional requirements.</li> <li>Existing Export Licences for dual use items from the UK will no longer be valid (as approve at EU level).&nbsp;Therefore, those with existing licenses will need to reapply.</li> <li>There will be new requirements for dual use export licenses for products moving from UK to the EU.</li> <li>The Export Control Joint Unit will be creating a new Open General License for export to EU countries shortly.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Banking and Financial Services</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The UK will treat the EEA under the rules of a third country regime.&nbsp; This will mean that EU licenses will no long apply in the UK.</li> <li>However, the UK will apply Temporary Permissions, giving EEA license holders from outside the UK three years in which to register for a UK license.</li> <li>UK-based payment services providers will lose access to the Single European Payments Area and TARGET2.&nbsp; However, the Government is seeking to align as much as possible to enable third country access to SEPA.</li> <li>The paper recognises that these changes will likely mean higher charges on credit card transactions and slower processing of transactions that move from one currency to another.</li> <li>The Government will bring in a range of new pieces of legislation to allow for transition, including regulations around Credit Rating Agencies, Data Reporting Services and Depositary Authorised Funds.</li> <li>EEA Funds will likely need to take further action to comply with new EU rules although what is not clear from the papers.</li> <li>The paper also references the importance of free flow of data and links to the as yet unpublished paper on this issue.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Horizon 2020</a></strong></p> <ul><li>As already announced by the Chancellor, the Government will guarantee the funding for any Horizon 2020 bid that has been successful until 2020.</li> <li>The paper says the UK is &ldquo;seeking to discuss&rdquo; with the EU cases where the consortium lead is from the UK and how this will work with the responsibility such as disseminating information and papers.</li> <li>UK Research and Innovation will soon be opening an online portal through which all existing UK participants in Horizon 2020 will have to register in order to allow Government to guarantee their funding to 2020.</li> <li>Non-UK parts of a consortium which includes UK elements do not have to register with the portal.</li> <li>The UK intends to continue participation in all third country calls, but this will mean no longer having access to European Research Council grants, SME Instruments and certain medical research related funds such as the Marie Curie Actions programme.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">EU funded programmes</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The papers reassert the Government&rsquo;s commitments to maintain funding of all EU funded programmes until 2020.</li> <li>The paper says that on awards where UK wins a bid that runs beyond that date &ldquo;we will work with the commission to ensure continued participation&rdquo;.&nbsp; It is not entirely clear what this means.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">State Aid</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The UK will retain effectively the same state aid rules as currently exist.</li> <li>The Competition and Markets Authority will take over responsibility for agreeing state aid exemptions and barriers.</li> <li>All existing state aid exemptions and barriers will automatically remain in place.</li> <li>Any new applications under state aid will, from March 2019, by made to the CMA.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Workplace rights</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The vast majority of rules in this area will stay the same.</li> <li>However, there may be some issues around insolvency protection for companies operating in EU Member States.&nbsp; Automatic protection will cease and any protection will depend on companies national rules.</li> <li>Companies should therefore ensure they are aware of what protections exist for insolvency within any member states in which they have a business presence.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Medical Devices and Clinical Trials</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) will take over from the European Medical Research Network as the regulator of all medicines and devices.&nbsp; They will consult on early autumn on the legislative changes necessary to facilitate this move.</li> <li>The UK will unilaterally recognise medical devices approved in the EU and CE marked.&nbsp;</li> <li>However, MHRA will no longer be able to oversee Notified Bodies and so no UK assessment or approvals will be valid in the EU.&nbsp;Devices for EU markets will have to be tested with an EU Notified Body within a Member State.</li> <li>The UK will continue to apply existing medicines and clinical trials regulations and will seek to comply with the Medical Devices Regulation and the In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation&nbsp;in 2020 and 2022 respectively as they come in to force.</li> <li>They UK will also seek to align with the EU Clinical Trials Regulation when it is passed into law, which is expected to be before Exit Day.</li> <li>For licensing of medical trials companies will likely need both an EEA and UK legal presence.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Civil Nuclear Regulation</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The Office for Nuclear Regulation will run oversite of all regulation after March 2019.</li> <li>Exiting supply contracts approved by the Euratom Supply Agency will need reapproved if there is both a UK and EU operator involved and the supply period extends past March 2019.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Nuclear Research</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The UK will no longer be able to bid for Thermonuclear Experimental Research Contracts.</li> <li>However, the UK Government is on track to sign up to the Bilateral Nuclear Cooperation Agreement ahead of March 2019.</li> <li>The Government reiterates its commitment to fund Joint European Tours until 2020, subject to the Commission agreeing the tours&rsquo; extension to 2020 which is expected shortly.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Erasmus</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The paper simply says that Government will &ldquo;need to reach an agreement with the EU&rdquo; to allow continued participation.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Tobacco and E-Cigs</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The paper says that the UK will continue to apply all legislation affecting tobacco products.</li> <li>However, picture warnings on tobacco products will all need to be changed as the EU owns the copyright on the current pictures.&nbsp; This will likely mean requiring substantially different package printing for UK/EU markets.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Roaming</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The notices say that Government will legislate to require UK operators to apply financial limits on data usage abroad.&nbsp; This will cap usage at &pound;45 per month and require the same notifications around data usage as currently exist.</li> <li>It confirms that no deal does not in any way prevent UK operators agreeing or honouring arrangements with EU operators.&nbsp; However, this is entirely at the discretion of the contracting parties.</li> <li>This means Government cannot guarantee roaming free of charge for UK consumers- and make clear in the notice it will depend on companies.</li> <li>The notice also highlights inadvertent roaming in Northern Ireland, but does not set out a process to deal with such cases (where a person in Northern Ireland picks up a Republic of Ireland signal).</li> <li>Finally, the paper confirms that there is no intention to change existing rules around mobile contracts or existing Ofcom guidance to consumers.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Nominated Persons</a></strong></p> <ul><li>UK nominated persons will no longer be recognised in the EU. This means any company using a UK authorised representative should seek to hire a nominated person in the EU for all EU businesses.</li> <li>The UK will unilaterally accept existing EU authorised representatives to deal with the UK.&nbsp; However, new authorised representatives after Exit Day will be required to be located in the UK.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Mergers and Anti-Trust</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The notice states that the Competition and Market Authority (CMA) will take responsibility for investigating mergers and anti-trust enforcement, with the Withdrawal Act used to give the CMA the relevant powers.</li> <li>The domestic rules will remain the same, meaning no changes to the issues that will be investigated or the thresholds at which mergers become subject to investigation.</li> <li>However, the EU will no longer be able to investigate UK aspects of mergers or anti-trust cases and the UK will no longer be part of the Civil Judicial Cooperation regime.</li> <li>This also means the UK will no longer be part of the one-stop-shop on anti-trust cases, meaning companies could be required to comply with both UK and EU rules.</li> <li>In addition, in merger cases, companies that meet the threshold may be investigated by both the CMA and the European Commission.</li> <li>The paper strongly advises anyone engaged in existing merger applications at EU level, or in anti-trust cases, to take independent legal advice.</li> <li>The notice does state that the companies will continue to be able to pursue EU breaches of anti-trust that arise post exit through the UK courts via a Foreign Tort claim. They may also pursue damages based on EU decisions through UK courts.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Public Sector Contracts</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The UK will no longer be able to post its public sector contracts out for tender on the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) or Tender Electronic Daily (TED).</li> <li>The UK will therefore create its own e-notifications system to replace OJEU/TED in the event of no deal. This system will be ready by exit day and will be free to access.</li> <li>All existing opportunities listed on OJEU/ TED from the UK will be listed on this new system.</li> <li>Suppliers will need to register with the new UK system when it opens on Exit Day.</li> <li>Suppliers will also continue to be able to view OJEU/TED for EU opportunities.</li> <li>The paper also confirms the Government&rsquo;s intention to accede to the Government Procurement Agreement at WTO, meaning the basic principles of procurement will remain in place.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Travelling to the EU</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The paper confirms that in the event of a no deal, the UK will be a third country for EU member states.</li> <li>This means that to travel to the EU, a person will need to go through a third country procedure for Schengen processes.</li> <li>These procedures limit a person&rsquo;s stay to 90 days and require that a person has a passport that is valid for not longer than 10 years and not shorter than three months after the final point in which they could stay in the EU.</li> <li>This three-month threshold coupled with the 90 day maximum stay means that in reality a person cannot travel to the EU unless there passport has more than 6 months.</li> <li>Blue passports will be available for late 2019, but existing passports will not automatically have to be replaced.</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Driving in the EU</a></strong></p> <ul><li>The technical notice confirms that UK driving licenses will no longer be recognised in the EU in the event of a no deal. This means that in order to drive in the EU a person will have to apply for an international driving license.</li> <li>An international driving license costs &pound;5.50 and can be obtained from most Post Offices. However, some have raised concerns of the capacity of the Post Office to deliver against demand.</li> </ul><p><strong>Trade marks and designs:</strong></p> <ul><li>Existing EU trade marks and registered community designs will still be protected and enforcement in the UK by providing a UK equivalent trade mark or design.</li> <li>Ongoing EU trade mark or registered design applications at the point of exit will have nine months to apply in the UK for same protection, retaining the date of EU application for priority purpose. Pending applications for trade marks or designs will not be notified automatically and will need to decide whether or not to apply for a new UK mark/design.</li> <li>Government will work with WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation) to provide continued protection after March for Trade Marks and designs filed under the Madrid and Hague systems which designate the EU.</li> <li>Existing EU trade marks or registered designs will have a new UK equivalent right which will come into force on exit from the EU with minimal administrative burden. The trade mark or design will then be maintained as if issued under UK law so: <ul><li>Subject to renewal in the UK</li> <li>Can form basis for proceedings before UK courts or IPO tribunal</li> <li>Can be registered and licenced independently from the EU</li> </ul></li> <li>Existing EU trade marks and designs will continue to be valid in EU27</li> <li>Rightsholders will be notified of new UK right and offered an opt-out</li> <li>Provisions will be made for any ongoing legal disputes at the point of exit.</li> </ul><p><strong>Patents:</strong></p> <ul><li>Relevant EU legislation will be brought into UK law via the Withdrawal Act 2018</li> <li>Existing systems will remain in place, operating independently from the EU, with all current conditions and requirements</li> <li>EU legislation on supplementary protection certificates will be kept in UK law with a new UK version</li> <li>Any existing rights or licences in force in the UK will remain in force after March 2019</li> <li>No action required from rights holder or licence holder.</li> <li>UK membership of UPC has two scenarios, depending on the outcome of the German constitutional challenge and whether the court is in force at the point of exit (it is not clear whether or not it will be): <ul><li>If the Court is in force: The UK will not participate in the UPC. Domestic legislation already passed to bring court into force will never take effect in the UK. There will be no changes for UK businesses in this scenario.</li> <li>If the Court is in force: The UK will become a member of the court and will explore remaining a part however if it needs to withdraw businesses can still use their new UPs in the EU27 but will not be valid in the UK. New UK-UPs will be created to replace these and provide continuity.</li> </ul></li> </ul><p><strong>Copyright:</strong></p> <ul><li>Most copyright law is international through various treaties which apply to the UK independently of its membership of the EU.</li> <li>However there is a set of EU law based on cross border copyright and related rights such as: <ul><li>Sui Generis database rights</li> <li>Portability of online content services</li> <li>Satellite Broadcasting and country of origin</li> <li>Orphan works</li> <li>Collective management of copyright</li> <li>Cross-border transfer of copies of accessible copyright</li> </ul></li> <li>On exit, in a no deal scenario, all EU cross-border reciprocal mechanisms will cease to apply to the UK.</li> <li>EU directives and regulations will be retained by reciprocal nature will end. Amendments o legislation will be required to achieve this.</li> </ul><p><strong>Exhaustion of intellectual Property Rights: </strong></p> <ul><li>In a no deal scenario the UK will continue to recognise EEA regional exhaustion regime from exit day i.e. the UK will recognise a product placed in the EEA as exhausted</li> <li>There will be no change to the rules affecting the imports of goods into the UK</li> <li>However there may be a change on the rules of goods moving from the UK to the EEA and businesses may need to check with EU rights holders to see if a provision is required</li> <li>UK Government is undertaking a research programme to see how exhaustion should work in the future under these circumstances</li> <li>Goods placed in the UK after exit will not be considered exhausted in the EEA which means businesses exporting these goods from the UK to EEA may need rights holders consent. Businesses may need to seek legal advice on how this could affect their business model.</li> </ul><p><strong>Generating low-carbon electricity:</strong></p> <ul><li>Guarantees of origin from combined heat and power issued in Great Britain and Northern Ireland will no longer be recognised in the EU.</li> <li>Existing contracts with EU countries&rsquo; electricity suppliers may be compromised if the contract requires the transfer of a guarantee or origin by the EU.</li> <li>Renewable Energy guarantees of energy in UK will not be recognised in the EU. If this is required in a contract it may be compromised.</li> <li>Certification of installers of certain microgeneration technologies &ndash; UK will continue to recognise EEA certification but UK&rsquo;s will not be automatically recognised in the EEA.</li> <li>Renewable electricity support schemes: <ul><li>Feed-in-tariff schemes and contracts for difference: Government will remove legislation references to UK as an EU country. Scheme administrators will engage with electricity suppliers to inform them of their obligations under the levies</li> <li>Renewable Obligations: Current sustainability requirements under ROs will continue to apply for bioliquids, solid and gaseous biomass.</li> </ul></li> </ul><p><strong>Regulation chemicals (REACH):</strong></p> <ul><li>Companies producing or exporting chemicals from outside the EEA must comply with REACH by ensuring the EEA-based importer they supply fulfils the requirements of REACH, or by producing an &lsquo;only representative&rsquo; (OR). An OR is based in the EEA and acts as an agent to carry out tasks and responsibilities of importers to comply with REACH.</li> <li>In No Deal situation, Withdrawal Act would ensure legislation replaces EU legislation and establish a UK regulatory framework</li> <li>UK would build domestic capacity to deliver functions currently delivered by ECHA.</li> <li>Legislation would preserve REACH with technical changes.</li> <li>By doing this the UK would continue to monitor and evaluate chemicals in the UK to reduce risk posed to human health and the environment with minimised disruption to the supply of chemicals.</li> <li>Health and Safety Executive (HSE) would act as the lead UK regulatory authority.</li> <li>The UK&rsquo;s new regulatory framework would: <ul><li>Enable registration of new chemicals in a new and separate UK IT system (although this will be similar to the EU system)</li> <li>Provide specialist capacity to evaluate the impact on health and environment</li> <li>Ensure regulators and enforcement capacity in the HSE, Environment Agency and other regulators.</li> <li>Enable them to recommend controls in response to the hazard or risk of substances</li> <li>Provide an appropriate policy function in Defra and devolved administrations.</li> </ul></li> <li>The UK would not be legally committed to maintaining medium or long-term regulatory alignment with the EEA.</li> <li>Companies registered with REACH would no longer be able to sell into the EEA market without transferring their registrations to an EEA based organisation.</li> <li>Companies will need to take action to preserve their EEA market access.</li> <li>UK downstream users importing chemicals from the EEA would face new registration requirements. Under UK replacement of REACH, importers would have a duty to register chemicals. UK downstream users would not longer be able to rely on authorisation decisions delivered to companies in remaining EEA countries.</li> <li>Aim to continue access to UK market: <ul><li>There would be a transitional period before the full obligations would fall on the importers who would otherwise be most affected.</li> <li>Defra would: carry across existing REACH registrations by UK-based companies directly into UK replacement of REACH via grandfathering; set up a transitional light touch notification process for UK companies importing chemicals from the EEA before the UK leaves the EU that don&rsquo;t hold a REACH agreement; carry into the UK system all existing authorisations to continue using higher risk chemicals held by UK companies</li> <li>Businesses with REACH registrations would have to register with new UK IT system to validate grandfathered registrations within 60 days of leaving the EU.</li> <li>Businesses would have two years to provide the UK authority with full data package that was supplied for EU registration and held on the ECHA IT system.</li> <li>Businesses that have imported chemicals from EEA before UK exit would need to notify the UK authority and provide data on the chemicals within 180 days of leaving (if there is no REACH registration).</li> <li>Importing businesses would be responsible for identifying appropriate risk management measured and recommending them to their customers.</li> </ul></li> <li>After no deal businesses wanting to place chemicals on both UK and EEA market would need to make two separate registrations.</li> <li>In order to maintain EEA market access: <ul><li>Businesses need to refer to ECHA guidelines and other no deal notifications</li> <li>UK registrants would need to transfer their registrations to an EEA-based entity.</li> </ul></li> </ul><p><strong>Accounting and Auditing</strong></p> <ul><li>The technical notice sets out a number of changes that will impact auditing and accounting functions. However, the Government is commented &ldquo;as far as possible&rdquo; to continuing the same rules as exist currently.</li> </ul><p><u>Accounting</u></p> <ul><li>UK unincorporated subsidiaries and parent companies of EU businesses will continue to be subject to the UK accounting regime.</li> <li>For UK subsidiaries or parents of EU incorporated companies, certain exemptions available under the Companies Act 2006 will no longer apply.&nbsp; For example, the exemption from having to provide individual accounts if it is a dormant entity that is part of a group with an EU parent companies will only apply after a no-deal Brexit where the parent company is established in the UK.</li> <li>Any branches within the EU of UK companies will be treated as a third country and therefore required to comply with the law of the individual member states when it comes to accounting and reporting.&nbsp; This means that in some member states, compliance with the Companies Act 2006 regime may no longer suffice.</li> <li>UK companies listed on an EU market may be required to give additional assurances that their accounts comply with International Financial Reporting Standards.</li> <li>As a result of these changes, the type of information collected by accountants may need to change, requiring system changes to capture the appropriate data.</li> </ul><p><u>Auditing</u></p> <ul><li>Those with an EU auditing qualification operating in the UK will be given a transition period until December 2020. During this time they will be able to apply for an aptitude test to ensure their qualification remains valid after this transition period.</li> <li>Post-December 2020, an EU auditing qualification will not be recognised in the UK and they may no longer be offered just an aptitude test in order to be able to continue to practise.</li> <li>This does not apply to Irish auditors as the Irish audit system is based on the UK qualification.</li> <li>EU audit firms will, post-December 2020, no longer be recognised among the required majority of suitable qualified owners.&nbsp; This means that EU auditors will not be able to own a UK audit firm.&nbsp; The same will apply for UK firms owning EU auditing firms.</li> <li>Audits of EU businesses seeking to raise capital by issuing sharers of debt security on regulated markets will need their auditor to be registered with the Financial Reporting Council.&nbsp; The FRC will need to be able to make inspections in the Member State where the business is registered.</li> </ul><p><strong>Business structure</strong></p> <ul><li>Branches of EU companies in the UK will become subject to the overseas companies regime.&nbsp; While there are likely to be limited additional burdens attached, they will be required to the same information and filing requirements as current third country branches.</li> <li>The same will apply for UK companies in the EU.&nbsp; This means that UK citizens may be limited in owning and managing companies in the EU depending on the sector and the individual rules of the Member State. These additional burdens may include things like meeting additional requirements in order to purchase real estate. Certain types of business (such as running a pharmacy) may be prohibited altogether in some member states.</li> <li>UK companies and Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs) that have central administration and a principle place of business in the EU may no longer have their limited liability recognised in those Member States operating under the &lsquo;real seat&rsquo; principle of incorporation.</li> <li>On cross border mergers, post-Exit Day, in the event of a no deal, Member States will no longer be required to give effect to mergers under EU Directive 2005/56/EC.&nbsp; It is strongly advised that any mergers are completed before Exit Day.</li> <li>UK investors in EU businesses may also face restrictions on the amount of equity that can hold in some sectors.&nbsp; This is dependent on the rules within each individual Member State.</li> <li>Certain businesses structures will no longer be able to be register in the UK.&nbsp; Specifically: European Economic Interest Groupings, European Public Limited Liability Partnerships and European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation.</li> </ul><p><strong>Geo-blocking</strong></p> <ul><li>In the event of no deal the UK Geo-blocking Regulation, due to come into force on 3 December 2018 will cease to have effect.</li> <li>This means that businesses in the UK will be able to discriminate between EU, UK and third country customers.&nbsp; For example by offering different terms of use.</li> <li>However, the EU Geo-blocking Regulation will continue to exist.&nbsp; Therefore a business operating in the EU will not be able to discriminate between customers of different member states.</li> <li>This essentially means that companies meeting the EU Regulations as of December, will not have to take any action, but could, in the event of no deal, chose to offer different terms between the UK and the EU.</li> </ul><p><strong>Existing EU Free Trade Agreements</strong></p> <ul><li>This notice has very little specific information.&nbsp; It states that the UK &ldquo;will seek to bring into force bilateral UK/ Third Country agreements from Exit day or as soon as possible thereafter.&rdquo;</li> <li>The notice does not confirm or deny which existing FTAs the UK will seek to ensure are brought into force on Exit Day in the event of a no deal, or whether any will be able to do so.</li> <li>The notice is also clear that, even if FTAs can be re-signed as bilateral agreements, these may be subject to changes that affect companies.&nbsp; For example, Rule of Origin requirements (RoO) may change meaning that components from the EU cannot be assumed to make up part of any RoO requirement to enable utilisation of a specific FTA.</li> <li>The notice also makes clear that the Government continues to work to lay its schedule at WTO and specifically the &ldquo;negotiations are ongoing for us to become an Independent member of the WTO&rsquo;s Government Procurement Agreement.&rdquo;</li> </ul><p><strong>Recognition of Professional Qualifications</strong></p> <ul><li>The Mutual Recognition of Qualified Professionals (MRPQ) Directive will no longer apply in the event of no deal and there will be no system for mutual reciprocal recognition of qualifications between the UK and the EU.</li> </ul><p><u>Overall</u></p> <ul><li>The technical notices says that UK &ldquo;will ensure that professionals arriving in the UK from the EEA will have a means of seeking recognition of their qualifications&rdquo;.&nbsp;</li> <li>However, this does not amount to unilateral recognition of qualifications from the UK for EEA citizens.&nbsp; Automatic recognition will no longer apply.</li> <li>Where an application for recognition of a qualification has started before Exit Day &ldquo;as far as is possible&rdquo; the UK will allow this to be concluded.</li> <li>The applications of a UK citizen applying for recognition in the EU will depend on the rules of the individual Member State</li> </ul><p><u>Legal services</u></p> <ul><li>Specifically for lawyers, the Legal Services Directive will end and EEA lawyers will be treated the same as other third countries lawyers in the UK.</li> <li>&nbsp;They will no longer be able to seek admittance to the UK legal system based on their professional experience.</li> </ul><p><u>Provision of services</u></p> <ul><li>EEA businesses will no longer have professional access rights and protections.&nbsp;</li> <li>Instead each relevant regulatory authority in the UK will treat EEA businesses the same as those from other third countries.</li> <li>However, as the UK is a highly liberalised market, there are unlikely to be significant additional burdens.</li> <li>On the other hand, for UK businesses offering services in the UK they will no longer be covered by the EU Services Directive, meaning it will be up to individual member states whether they want to impose requires, such as nationality requirements on those operating in services where professional qualifications are required.</li> </ul><p><u>Short term permission for provision of services</u></p> <ul><li>In the event of a no deal, travelling to provide services in the EU will be subject to the rules of individual member states.</li> <li>Companies should check the visa and work permit requirements of any country in which they operate a contract that requirements people to travel to services.</li> </ul><p><strong>Export and import of chemicals</strong></p> <ul><li>The UK will establish its own independent Prior Informed Consent (PIC) regime in order to meet the Rotterdam Convention.</li> <li>The notice states that this will &ldquo;initially&rdquo; be based on the EU&rsquo;s regime.</li> <li>UK exporters will continue to be required to notify the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the UK PIC.</li> <li>UK companies will no longer have access to the ePIC and will instead need to use the UK PIC&rsquo;s Designated National Authority (DNA) to notify of export from the UK.</li> <li>It is the government&rsquo;s intention that existing export notifications for 2019 that are already in place are able to continue to be recognised.</li> <li>However, where explicit consent has been given by an importing country under the EU PIC, a company may need to get consent again post March 2019.</li> </ul><p><strong>Classification, labelling and marketing of chemicals</strong></p> <ul><li>The UK will establish an independent regime, aimed at adopting the Global Harmonised System and based on the EU system.</li> <li>The role of the European Chemicals Agency will be replaced by the HSE in the UK.</li> <li>Companies important to the UK from the EU will become importers under the CLP regulation and need to comply with the duties of an importer.</li> <li>Responsibility for UK to EU imports will rest on the EU based importer, meaning they will need to see details of the chemicals being imported from the UK supplier in order to properly register the import.</li> </ul><p><strong>Consumer protection</strong></p> <ul><li>The no deal notice states that the UK and EU&rsquo;s consumer protection regime will be different but remain highly aligned.</li> <li>This means the rules surrounding what consumers can expect will remain broadly the same when they buy from an EU Member State.</li> <li>However, where someone seeks redress, they will need to do so through the courts of the relevant member state.</li> <li>The UK is taking steps to ensure that existing Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms remain available for those in the UK.</li> <li>However, the online disputes resolution platform will no longer be accessible.</li> <li>When it comes to travel and holidays, the UK is seeking to amend the Package Travel Regulations 2018 so that any EU trader selling package holidays in the UK will have to comply with existing insolvency protection requirements in the UK.</li> </ul><p><strong>Sanctions</strong></p> <ul><li>The technical notice states that the UK will continue to implement a sanction regime based on the UN sanctions regime.</li> <li>The Government intends to carry over all existing EU sanctions.</li> <li>They Government is also in the process of setting out its own sanction regime for the provision of any future sanctions.</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><u>The Full list of notices</u></strong></p> <ul><li>Broadcasting and video on demand if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Data protection if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Mobile roaming if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>What telecoms businesses should do if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Getting an exemption from the maritime security notifications if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Reporting CO2 emissions for new cars and vans if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Vehicle type-approval if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Driving in the EU if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Recognition of seafarer certificate of competency if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Accessing public sector contracts if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Funding for UK LIFE projects if there&rsquo;s not Brexit deal</li> <li>Using and trading in fluorinated gases and ozone depleting substances if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Industrial emissions &lsquo;Best Available Technique&rsquo; (BAT) regime if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Upholding environmental standards if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Travelling to the EU with a UK passport</li> <li>Travelling with a European Firearms Pass if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Trading in drug precursors if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Travelling in the Common Travel Area if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Connecting Europe Facility energy funding if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Handling civil legal cases that involve EU countries if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>European Regional Development Funding if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>European Social Fund (ESF) grants if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Merger review and anti-competitive activity if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Satellites and space programmes if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Trading under the mutual recognition principle if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Appointing nominated persons to your business if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Running an oil or gas business if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Trading goods regulated under the &lsquo;New Approach&rsquo; if there&rsquo;s no Brexit deal</li> <li>Trade marks and designs</li> <li>Patents</li> <li>Copyright</li> <li>Exhaustion of intellectual property rights</li> <li>European Territorial Cooperation funding</li> <li>Generating low-carbon electricity</li> <li>Flights to and from the UK</li> <li>Aviation safety</li> <li>Aviation security</li> <li>Operating bus or coach services abroad</li> <li>Commercial road haulage in the EU</li> <li>Vehicle insurance</li> <li>Registration of veterinary medicines</li> <li>Regulation of veterinary medicines</li> <li>Accessing animal medicine IT systems</li> <li>Exporting animals and animal products</li> <li>Important animals and animal products</li> <li>Regulation chemicals (REACH)</li> <li>Manufacturing and marketing fertilisers</li> <li>Producing and labelling food</li> <li>Importing and exporting plants</li> <li>Taking your pet abroad</li> <li>Buying and selling timber</li> <li>Producing food products protected by a &lsquo;geographical indication&rsquo;</li> <li>Accounting and Audit functions</li> <li>Structure of your business</li> <li>Geo-blocking</li> <li>Recognition of Qualified Professionals</li> <li>Consumer Rights</li> <li>Trading of gas</li> <li>Trading of electricity</li> <li>Rail Transport</li> <li>Rail Safety</li> <li>Existing Free Trade Agreements</li> <li>Export of objects of cultural interest</li> <li>Pesticides control</li> <li>Control of mercury</li> <li>Control of organic pollutants</li> <li>Taking horses abroad</li> <li>Moving and trading endangers species</li> <li>Breeding animals</li> <li>Continuity of waste shipments</li> <li>Commercial fishing</li> <li>Commercial fishing</li> <li>Plant variety rights and marketing of seeds</li> <li>Regulation of biocidal products</li> <li>Export and import of hazardous chemicals</li> <li>Classifying, labelling and marketing of chemicals</li> <li>Funding overseas territories</li> <li>Sanctions policy</li> <li>Health of meat, fish and dairy products</li> <li>Import of high risk foods</li> <li>Exporting GM food and animal feed</li> </ul>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Tech to tackle fraud Fri, 12 Oct 2018 09:14:13 +0100 CRM Sync techUK publishes a short briefing paper on the potential of technology to tackle fraud. The paper draws on the insights arising from our recent roundtable discussion on this subject. <p>Earlier this year&nbsp;techUK convened&nbsp;a group of senior police officers, civil servants, and tech industry leaders, to explore how technology can best be harnessed to combat fraud.&nbsp;The most recent stats from the<a href="" target="_blank"> Crime Survey of England and Wales</a> revealed that fraud is the most commonly experienced crime in the UK. It is anticipated that the next set of statistics, to be published later this month, will confirm this trend. The<a href="" target="_blank">&nbsp;NCA Strategic Assessment of Serious &amp; Organised Crime 2018</a>, published in May, emphasised the importance of fraud, and highlighted that &ldquo;our understanding of fraud in the UK is hampered by under-reporting; less than 20% of incidents are reported to the police.&rdquo;</p> <p>techUK is conscious of the challenges facing law enforcement and policy makers in a world where traditional governmental models of recording and investigating crime are struggling to match developments in technologies - which enable credible threats to be delivered simultaneously to multiple targets at marginal cost.</p> <p>The group identified a number of ways that improvements could be made. Bulk reporting tools for businesses, with clear signposting to a single point of contact for reporting is essential. There also needs to be closer working between industry and law enforcement. We must develop a model to encourage the sharing of data and tools. As a starting point, open APIs between systems would allow for much better sharing of threat data.</p> <p>We have produced a short briefing note summarizing the discussion, which you can download below.&nbsp;techUK members undertook to work with police forces to improve their access to and understanding of industry capabilities. Particular technologies which will aid in the fight against fraud include: natural language processing; automated entity extraction; automated analytics; and open source intelligence analysis.</p> <p>The briefing note contains several other recommendations to address the challenge of fraud:</p> <ul><li>Establishing two-way secondments between policing and industry: to allow industry and policing to share skills, experiences, and expertise.</li> <li>Exploring the viability of setting up a policing equivalent of InterOpen: to incentivise collaborative behaviour among the tech supplier community.</li> <li>Encouraging adoption of digital identity verification tools: a crucial tool in fraud prevention.</li> <li>Working to understand the harm caused by fraud: to increase awareness of the threat.</li> </ul><p><strong>Commissioner Ian Dyson, QPM</strong>, National Policing Lead for Fraud and Economic Crime, said:<br> &ldquo;<em>In order to optimise our response to fraud, we urge victims to report to Action Fraud, helping us to understand and tackle the problem and ensuring we can develop our intelligence on the threat. We are working to increase information sharing between Action Fraud, law enforcement and business, and will continue to deepen our relationships with the tech industry to increase partnership working.</em>&rdquo;</p> <p>Ultimately, law enforcement, Government and the tech industry must continue to work closely together and deepen those relationships to ensure that police are equipped with the skills and tools they need to tackle this threat.&nbsp;If you would like to get involved in techUK&rsquo;s work tackling fraud and cyber crime, please contact&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK Respond to Ofcom Consultation on PSB Prominence Mon, 08 Oct 2018 10:30:28 +0100 CRM Sync techUK have made a number of recommendations relating to this important consultation and its potential impact on content delivery providers and device manufacturers. <p>The Digital Economy Act 2017 introduced a new duty for Ofcom to report from time to time on the prominence of linear PSB and video-on-demand (VoD) PSB services. The deadline for the first such report, along with a review of the Code, has been set to be completed by December 2020.</p> <p>This consultation sets out the findings from the review of the prominence section of the Code and proposed changes. In addition, Ofcom have separately published the first report on the prominence of linear PSB and VoD PSB services, as required under the Digital Economy Act (2017).</p> <p>This review takes place at a time when the market is changing rapidly, and viewers are no longer bound by the linear television schedule or only able to watch content on a television set.&nbsp;&nbsp;Ofcom are also seeking views on principles and ideas that could underpin any future changes that Parliament could make to the statutory regime, to maintain the prominence of PSB content and services in an online world.</p> <p>The current prominence rules have been developed to protect prominence primarily in a broadcast/ linear delivery world. This consultation is specifically focussed at looking at how prominence for PSBs should be protected in the on-demand/ IP delivered landscape and therefore changes may impact how broadcasters/ content providers/ device manufacturers EPGs display PSB content and discoverability which is accessed via IP/ Catch-up/ Apps as well as linear broadcast.</p> <p>techUK's response was developed with input from our CE Strategy and Technology Group.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK position paper on India Data Protection Bill Fri, 28 Sep 2018 13:42:00 +0100 CRM Sync New personal data protection rules in India will be important to UK-India trading relations, which will not be helped by data localisation requirements. <p>Following the publication of a draft Data Protection Bill for India, techUK's&nbsp;position paper sets out&nbsp;its views on the key elements of the Bill. The continued development of India&rsquo;s data protection framework is of significant interest to tech companies operating in the UK as trading relations could be significantly affected.</p> <p>techUK welcomes the fact that India is updating its data protection rules. The draft Bill is a significant step forward in the development of data protection law in India. A large number of the Bill&rsquo;s provisions mirror those of the EU&rsquo;s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which took effect on 25 May 2018. This is a positive development given the global nature of data protection.</p> <p>The global reach of GDPR means that many businesses across the world are already complying with GDPR and therefore alignment in more countries is beneficial. Indian legislation that meets the standards set by GDPR is also likely to be a key factor in the success of any attempt for India as a whole, or in the first instance, the Indian IT industry, to an adequacy agreement with the EU. An adequacy agreement would significantly reduce barriers to trade between the EU and India.</p> <p>However, there are some concerns with certain elements of the Bill, including data localisation requirements and definitions of &lsquo;personal and sensitive data&rsquo; amongst others. The data localisation requirements within the Bill are arguably the most concerning element. Their inclusion mirrors a disappointing trend of increasing data localisation requirements around the world, which do not provide additional protections to personal information but does hinder cross-border activity.</p> <p>Read the full position paper via the link below and if you would like to discuss further please get in touch with Jeremy Lilley.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK launches report into improving the tech gender pay gap Tue, 25 Sep 2018 13:20:05 +0100 CRM Sync From April 2018, all companies in the UK with 250 or more employees had to report their gender pay gap. The next set of reporting is just six months away and techUK is launching its guide to writing a good Gender Pay report. <p>From April 2018, all companies in the UK with 250 or more employees had to report their gender pay gap. We are now just shy of six months away from the next set of reporting and techUK is launching its guide to writing a good Gender Pay report, &lsquo;Remedying the Gender Pay Gap: How to write a good report&rsquo;.</p> <p>It is important to note that the guide is not a silver bullet for any company to dramatically improve their gender pay gap ahead of next year&rsquo;s result. Instead the report should be read as a plan to writing a good report and a series of steps a tech company should consider to embed meaningful gender diversity into their company culture, for example by becoming a signatory of the Tech Talent Charter or establishing a Returners Programme or Returnship. For techUK large member companies, this means that actions taken here will improve your diversity outcomes in the medium to long term meaning in your 2019 report you can flag your commitments and changes in the pipeline. For techUK SME members, taking these steps now will help a company improve its culture and in turn, ensure a company is on the best possible footing ahead of mandatory reporting as the company expands. &nbsp;</p> <p>The report was launched at a breakfast event hosted by the techUK Skills and Diversity Council, the event included a summary of the report&rsquo;s main recommendations by Sarah Atkinson, Vice-Chair of the Council and Vice President of Communications at CA Technologies, followed by a panel discussion on gender pay with leading industry and non-profit experts including: Helen Wollaston, Chief Executive of WISE Campaign; Karina Govindji, Group Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Vodafone; Inge Woudstra, Director of W2O Consulting; and Michael O&rsquo;Sullivan, Senior Business Development Manager at Dentons.</p> <p><em>Read the full report via the link below</em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Open Banking: view from the fintechs Mon, 24 Sep 2018 13:10:02 +0100 CRM Sync Report on techUK roundtable: Open Banking: hit, miss or too soon to say? <p><strong>Where are we at with open banking now and what needs to happen to ensure its success? These were the two questions addressed by a roundtable held at techUK on 17 September. Representatives from fintechs, techUK members, the banking sector and the FCA and NPSO filled a packed room to hear the views from the front-line: what do the UK&rsquo;s innovative financial services firms think?</strong></p> <p><strong>Tim Richards, <a href=""><span style="color:#000080">Consult Hyperion</span></a></strong> kicked off with an overview of the state of play. There were certainly problems, he noted, but much progress has been made. &nbsp;&lsquo;Open Banking is a baby; it will take time to grow up. When it does, we will see real competition,&rsquo; he concluded.</p> <p>But others were more equivocal. <strong>Caroline Plumb,</strong> of <a href=""><span style="color:#000080"><strong>Fluidly</strong></span></a>, said that her company, although AISP and PISP authorised, was not currently using open banking APIs as the commercial risk is too great, at present, for the following reasons:</p> <ul><li>The coverage is still limited to current accounts. But her SMEs clients need data from across the range of accounts, from savings to corporate cards.</li> <li>The consent journey for users is cumbersome, slow and difficult to cope with, especially for SMEs where multiple directors are account signatories.</li> <li>API standards were meant to ensure consistency but in practice, each bank handles their customer flow differently, with no consistency of language, number of screens etc.</li> </ul><p>For <strong>Ashleigh Petrie</strong> of <a href=""><span style="color:#000080"><strong>Moneybox</strong></span></a><span style="color:#000080">,</span> open banking should deliver great benefits, both to companies and users. She was looking forward to the extension to credit cards and the ability to use payment initiation instead of direct debit to collect monthly savings.</p> <p>However, not all was rosy. She went on to list major difficulties in connecting to Santander bank. She illustrated a seven-step process for customers, different from their online banking and involving several passwords/numbers. Since Moneybox has no sight of the process after the customer leaves their app, assisting customers has been problematic and drop-off rates high.&nbsp;She contrasted this with Starling Bank, which has a 3-click process using biometric authentication. Yet, she acknowledged that the process was far easier for a digital bank operating only through mobile platforms.</p> <p>Moneybox is not intending to link to any further banks immediately, as the process is too long and troublesome for a small company to manage.</p> <p><strong>Martin Threakall </strong>from <a href=""><span style="color:#000080"><strong>Modulr Finance</strong></span></a> was very positive about open banking. He noted the obvious: it is only insiders who are debating success or failure &ndash; the public knows little about it and are unconcerned at slow progress. He believed open banking will really deliver when it has achieved full scope and payment services are up and running. Modulr is preparing an open banking service to allow their lender customers to collect moneys owed. He agreed, however, that the process must get much easier if consumers are to adopt.</p> <p>For <strong>Ryan Edwards-Pritchard, <a href=""><span style="color:#000080">Funding Options</span></a></strong>, speed and convenience for customers was paramount. &nbsp;Currently the speed of APIs across the CMA 9 varies from 3 to 22 seconds and although he didn&rsquo;t expect a seamless process, it does need to be swift and standard. Likewise, the customer journey must be standardised, using language that informs and does not scare the customer off. In his view, a trust-mark is needed, both to reassure customers and to give banks something to aspire to over and above the letter of the law.</p> <p>The last speaker, <strong>Stefano Vaccino</strong> from <a href=""><span style="color:#000080"><strong>Yapily</strong> </span></a>presented what may be a solution for many TPPs &ndash; the integrator option. Yapily streamlines the process between TPPs and all banks &ndash; UK and internationally. It does not require FCA licence under current rules but works with regulated companies. For Stefano, the main issue was how to ensure EU and international standardisation and interoperability, both of regulation and process.</p> <p>The roundtable discussion, moderated by <strong>Louise Beaumont</strong>, focussed on payments. The fintechs were keen to use open banking for payments to provide immediacy and enhance competition. Yet several barriers were identified:</p> <ul><li>The technology is currently clunkier than cards and, unless this changes, they will not be used.</li> <li>Push payments do not carry the guarantees that credit cards do.</li> <li>The must-have use-case for PISP is not yet clear &ndash; fintechs need to unearth opportunities where PISP will come into its own.</li> <li>Payment initiation will be more interesting when it also covers future and variable payments.</li> </ul><p><strong>Overall, the conclusions were:</strong></p> <ul><li><strong>It is too soon to say: open banking is not fully developed, many TPPs are waiting to see, but this will change. Banks also need more time to improve their processes.</strong></li> <li><strong>As the market grows banks will better recognise the opportunities.</strong></li> <li><strong>There is likely to be a key role for integrators to smooth over connection issues.</strong></li> <li><strong>The success of open banking depends on customer adoption, which will require fewer steps, consistent user journeys, clear language and easy authentication (biometric). A&nbsp;trust mark would help</strong>.</li> <li><strong>Standardisation in the UK is not enough &ndash; we need international standardisation.</strong></li> <li><strong>The &lsquo;killer&rsquo; use-cases still need to emerge &ndash; especially for payments.</strong></li> </ul>Contact: <a href=""></a> What makes a 'good' Digital Board? - new report from SmarterUK Wed, 19 Sep 2018 08:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync New report explores how to build a greater understanding of digital, data and technological solutions into the executive leadership in local authorities and ultimately underpin the creation of smart places. <p><img alt="What makes a 'good' digital board?" src="//" style="border-style:solid; border-width:1px; float:left; height:212px; margin:5px; width:300px">The key theme for the Smart Cities and Communities programme this year has been &ldquo;practical steps for delivering smart city solutions&rdquo; which has largely focused on leadership. This has included examining&nbsp;the roles and responsibilities for central government and local authorities in creating smart places around the UK. Local authorities are on the front line when it comes to smart, place-based digital initiatives. Although they should not be tasked with delivering the nation&rsquo;s smart agenda without overarching support and ambition from central government, there are steps that local authorities can take to improve their own capacity and capability.</p> <p>The first step towards this is building a greater understanding of digital, data and technological solutions into local authorities by establishing and maintaining &ldquo;a dedicated and legitimate decision-making body that is empowered by the executive leadership of the local authority&rdquo; - a digital board. A digital board will engage representatives from a mixture of local actors, including academia, local businesses, consumer/citizen groups, and tech companies. By drawing on such broad expertise, a digital board can raise awareness of opportunities for digital evolution, as well as support implementation efforts and ultimately deliver positive and sustainable citizen-focused outcomes for a locality.</p> <p>With the help of industry and local government professionals, we have developed a series of recommendations for establishing and maintaining a digital board. The recommendations address key themes for digital boards to consider; ensuring meaningful engagement with local stakeholders, establishing a culture that supports an action-oriented and delivery focus and a collaborative approach to digital evolution.</p> <p>If you would like to hear more about SmarterUK's work on leadership for smart places, please contact <a href="">Matthew Evans</a> or <a href="">Jessica Russell</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> New SPF Report: Cyber-Spectrum Resilience-Framework Tue, 18 Sep 2018 07:17:00 +0100 CRM Sync 10-step Cyber-Spectrum Resilience Framework for spectrum users to minimise the spectrum threat to their businesses <h2><strong><a href=";Itemid=181&amp;return=aHR0cDovL3d3dy50ZWNodWsub3JnL2luc2lnaHRzL3JlcG9ydHMvaXRlbS8xMzkzNS1uZXctc3BmLXJlcG9ydC1jeWJlci1zcGVjdHJ1bS1yZXNpbGllbmNlLWZyYW1ld29yaw=="><img alt="" src="//" style="float:right; height:352px; width:250px"></a>New UK Spectrum Policy Forum paper identifies 10-step Cyber-Spectrum Resilience Framework for spectrum users to minimise the spectrum threat to their businesses and contribute to the overall national cyber resilience strategy.</strong></h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The new paper - <strong>Cyber-Spectrum Resilience-Framework</strong> - prepared by QinetiQ on behalf of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum, provides information and guidance to spectrum users, managers and installers to help them make informed decisions and contribute to the overall cyber resilience strategy.</p> <p>Radio spectrum access, which underpins the UK&rsquo;s economy and provides significant social value, is part of the UK&rsquo;s (soft) infrastructure. Consequently, spectrum access should be appropriately resilient from malicious or accidental disruptions and the necessary spectrum protection measures should be implemented by businesses and users to ensure that the services they provide meet their needs.</p> <p>The denial of spectrum access, through jamming, spoofing or hacking, either accidentally or intentionally, can result in similar effects to cyber denial of service attacks (DDoS).</p> <p>To help keep spectrum-using systems safe, the paper includes the below ten-point checklist for spectrum users, managers and installers:</p> <ol><li><strong>Spectrum Audits</strong>: Do you know what frequencies you are using and why?</li> <li><strong>Impact assessment</strong>: Do you know what would the impact be on your business if you lost access to spectrum?</li> <li><strong>Detect/Monitor/Record</strong>: Are you checking the availability and usage of your frequencies?</li> <li><strong>Respond and Recover</strong>: Have you got a plan for getting back to business as usual after an interruption to your spectrum access?</li> <li><strong>Reporting</strong>: How and when do you report disruption?</li> <li><strong>Practice</strong>: Have you stress tested your system and your response and recovery plans?</li> <li><strong>Awareness</strong>: Are your staff aware of potential threats to spectrum availability?</li> <li><strong>Update</strong>: Do you implement regular updates?</li> <li><strong>Qualified personnel</strong>: Do you ensure that you are using suitably qualified personnel (SQP) to configure and control your systems?</li> <li><strong>Board responsibility</strong>: Do your Directors take responsibility for spectrum resilience?</li> </ol><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>David Meyer, Chair of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum</strong> <strong>said</strong>:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;Digital is the fastest growing part of the UK&rsquo;s economy and connectivity underpins almost every sector. Businesses and services are increasingly reliant on wireless technology - from banking IT systems and transport communications, to industrial manufacturing and AI. It&rsquo;s therefore vital that these services are resilient from accidental or malicious interference.</em></p> <p><em>The UK Spectrum Policy Forum&rsquo;s broad membership&nbsp;enables us to</em><em> address strategic spectrum issues and provide advice to Government and Ofcom on industry and user views around key spectrum policy issues</em><em>. This Cyber-Spectrum Resilience Framework provides a 10-point check list for Government, businesses and organisations to enable informed decision-making to help ensure that their services can continue to be provided un-interrupted.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><u>Further information</u></p> <p>The development of this cyber-spectrum resilience framework was a key recommendation of the recent&nbsp;SPF <a href="">Spectrum Resilience White Paper</a>, which was developed by QinetiQ for the SPF. Based on the outcomes of UK Spectrum Policy Forum workshops the paper demonstrated the need to conduct system level testing to ensure that unexpected (ripple or cascade) effects can be understood and mitigated.</p> <p>The EU Directive (2016/1148) on the security of <a href="">Network and Information Systems Directive</a> (NISD), which came into force in the UK in May 2018, aims to improve the security of network and information systems across the EU. The NISD requires that significant disruption to service provision is reported within a pre-defined period or fines may be levied. It is important to note that the NISD does not confine the causes of the disturbance to wired infrastructure.</p> <hr><p><strong>About the UK Spectrum Policy Forum:</strong></p> <p>Launched at the request of Government, the&nbsp;<a href="">UK Spectrum Policy Forum&nbsp;</a>is the industry sounding board to address strategic spectrum issues and to provide advice to Government and Ofcom on industry and user views around key spectrum policy issues. The SPF is open to all organisations with an interest in using spectrum and has over 240 members drawn from mobile and broadcasting, space and transport, equipment manufacturers and public services.&nbsp; The SPF&rsquo;s broad membership working together enables us to engage with challenging questions about how to get better value from spectrum use at the national and international level.&nbsp;A&nbsp;<a href="">Steering Board&nbsp;</a>performs the important function of ensuring the proper prioritisation and resourcing of our work.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK response to UK preparations for WRC-19 Thu, 13 Sep 2018 15:28:46 +0100 CRM Sync techUK responds to Ofcom's consultation on UK preparations for the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 <p>techUK's <a href="">Communications Infrastructure Council</a> has responded to Ofcom's <a href="">consultation document </a>which set out the key issues that will be considered at the conference and why they matter to the UK.&nbsp;The next WRC will take place in November 2019 and Ofcom represents the UK at WRCs.</p> <p>The use of radio spectrum, and its role in today&rsquo;s technology focused society, has never been so important. Most of us make direct use of spectrum in our everyday lives when we use mobile/smart phones, laptops, tablets and when we watch television (which may receive signals from transmitters on the ground or from satellites that orbit the earth). Outside these more familiar examples, radio spectrum is also used for many other purposes including for aviation, maritime and by the scientific community for the detection of emissions from space (radio astronomy) or from the earth itself.</p> <p>To assist this usage, frequency band harmonisation plays a pivotal role. The most important global spectrum harmonisation activity are World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRCs), of the International Telecommunication Union. These Conferences are held approximately every four years and take key decisions concerning the identification and international harmonisation of spectrum bands.</p> <p><strong>techUK's response can be downloaded below [techUK member log-in required]</strong></p> <hr><p>Further information is available on <a href="">techUK's Communications Infrastructure Programme</a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> An immigration system that supports the UK tech sector Thu, 13 Sep 2018 08:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Ahead of the publication of the Migration Advisory Committee’s (MAC) report on EEA workers in the UK labour market, techUK has published its asks of the post-Brexit immigration system. <p>Ahead of the publication of the Migration Advisory Committee&rsquo;s (MAC) report on EEA workers in the UK labour market, techUK has published its asks of the post-Brexit immigration system. techUK has developed a set of proposals based on the principles that we believe are necessary to support the UK&rsquo;s thriving tech sector. These asks will be the criteria with which we will judge the government&rsquo;s proposed future system &ndash; both in the highly anticipated Immigration White Paper and the legislation that stems from it.</p> <p>The UK faces a digital skills crisis and as the economy digitises, competition for tech talent will only become fiercer. Whilst industry and government are working hard on creating a domestic pipeline of future tech talent, and much is being done now regarding lifelong learning, there is an immediate need for skilled labour in the tech sector. Migration, both EU and Rest of World, is key to the UK&rsquo;s continued success.</p> <p>The ease and simplicity of freedom of movement has taken the edge off an otherwise complicated immigration system, and so whilst the UK&rsquo;s exit brings a number of challenges it is also a unique opportunity to address the UK&rsquo;s migration system as a whole. Migration is key to a successful, globally-competitive UK tech sector.</p> <p>In our 2017 <a href="">report </a>with Frontier Economics, it was clear that the majority of demand for Tier 2 visas came from the three major industry groups most closely associated with the digital sectors &ndash; information and communication; professional, scientific and technical activities; and financial and insurance activities. Furthermore, whilst we have seen a doubling of Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visas in November of last year and the London Tech Week announcement of a new Start-Up visa are encouraging first steps, they ultimately support entrepreneurs and do little for existing British tech firms seeking to fill employee vacancies right now.</p> <p>That is why we are calling for, among other recommendations, a removal of arbitrary caps of Tier 2 skilled workers and above; a review of Tier 1 visas, both Exceptional Talent and Post-Study work visas; a stop to salary acting as a proxy for skill level; and a relaxation of continuous residency requirements for those undertaking business or research travel. There is also a clear need to streamline processes which is why we have also recommended: changes to supporting documentation requirements; a simplification of fee structures; and a review of the currently underused Tier 5 visa system.</p> <p>The publication of the MAC report, due on 18 September, will undoubtedly reignite debate about what our future migration system should like and whilst techUK were encouraged that the Government chose to wait for this report before publishing its White Paper, an evidence-based approach that for too long has been missing from the immigration debate in this country, we are now only six months away from Brexit and businesses need to know what a new system will looks like. techUK will continue to push for a system that supports the tech sector and retains the UK&rsquo;s position as a global tech hub.</p> <p><em>Read the full report via the link below.</em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Survey Data GfK 2018 - The State of the Connected Home Report Wed, 12 Sep 2018 14:06:00 +0100 CRM Sync Data and questionnaire of The State of the Connected Home report 2018. <p>For the second year in a row,&nbsp;<a href="">techUK</a>&nbsp;launched its inaugural annual State of the Connected Home report, looking at current consumer understanding of the connected home market. Developed in partnership with market research firm,&nbsp;<a href="">GfK</a>, it explores the appeal and ownership of different categories of devices and makes recommendations to encourage further adoption in the UK.</p> <p>Key findings include:&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>Device ownership is growing. The&nbsp;number of households owning more than three devices up by a quarter since last year&rsquo;s report&#8239;&nbsp;</li> <li>The number of smart speakers/home assistants&nbsp;has&nbsp;doubled and seems&nbsp;to be powering ownership&nbsp;of&nbsp;other devices&#8239;&nbsp;</li> <li>Knowledge and appeal of the connected home, in general,&nbsp;has stagnated</li> </ul><p>Find the data behind the survey below.&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Internet of Things Biannual Round-Up Wed, 05 Sep 2018 09:18:22 +0100 CRM Sync Find out what the IoT Programme has been up to in the first half of 2018. <p>2018 has been a real blend of policy focus and market engagement in our IoT programme. Find out what we've been up to, who we have engaged with, and a sneak peek at what is to come.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you're interested in engaging with our IoT Programme, please contact:</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> SmarterUK Biannual Round-Up Thu, 30 Aug 2018 15:49:00 +0100 CRM Sync Find out what we've been up to for the first half of 2018 and who we've engaged with, as well as insight into the second half of the year. <p>Welcome to the SmarterUK biannual round-up. Find out what we have been up to in&nbsp;Transport, Smart Cities &amp; Communities, and Smart Energy &amp; Utilities.</p> <p>Want to find out more? Contact our SmarterUK Team.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK Release Updated Service Guidelines Code of Practice Thu, 09 Aug 2018 11:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Produced by the techUK Consumer Electronics Service Forum, this guide provides valuable information on best practice relating to pre and post sales of consumer electrical goods. <p>This Code of Practice (CoP) is designed to set out guidelines for the minimum criteria for service quality standards that are provided by Manufacturers and Producers of Consumer Electronics that are supplied to end users.</p> <p>The purpose is to describe good industry practice in the areas of pre and post sales and to provide benchmark service levels for key elements of the service proposition for consumer electrical goods. This CoP sets out minimum standards guidelines for manufacturers, resellers, distributors and channels only. It is not designed as a customer/ end user facing document. This paper seeks to give guidance to device producers and sellers on what information they should provide to the end user/ purchaser.</p> <p>This guide is designed to support best practice recommendations for electrical goods. There are some electrical goods that also connect to additional services such as the supply and use of gas and water. This CoP does not set out to describe the requirements for support and service of non-electrical specific products and features.</p> <p>It is designed to complement statutory legal requirements and consumer rights and act as a supporting guide for manufacturers, importers and distributors of consumer goods to enable cross industry universal minimum standards of service.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> SPF Report: UHF Band 694-960MHz Tue, 31 Jul 2018 14:19:00 +0100 CRM Sync New UK Spectrum Policy Forum Study identifies recommendations for long-term spectrum policy at a national and European level in UHF Band 694-960MHz. <h2><!--[if gte IE 8]--><!--[endif]-->O<!--StartFragment-->verall capacity benefits gained from defragmentation would be small compared to the gains promised by future technology developments such as 5G and the use of higher frequency bands, according to a report published today by the UK Spectrum Policy Forum, authored by LS telcom UK.&nbsp;</h2> <p><img alt="" src="//" style="float:right; height:423px; width:300px">The future-looking study &ndash; Study on UHF Band (694-960MHz) &ndash; by LS telcom UK was commissioned by the UK Spectrum Policy Forum (SPF)&nbsp; to examine the practicality, feasibility and implications of defragmenting the UHF band 694 to 960 MHz.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The study was initiated by the SPF in response to radical proposals to re-plan the 694 to 960 MHz band to remove the current fragmentation &ndash; the proposals claimed that such re-planning could potentially deliver considerable benefits such as increased capacity, future proofed spectrum and securing access for Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) services below 694 MHz.&nbsp;</p> <p>The LS telcom UK study found that the overall capacity benefits gained from the proposed defragmentation would be small compared to the gains promised by future technology developments, such as 5G, and the use of higher frequency bands. Furthermore, LS telcom determined that the proposed defragmentation would impose a considerable cost burden on mobile network operators, who would need to upgrade every base station in their network, for a fractional increase in capacity.&nbsp;</p> <p>From the key findings presented in the UHF Band&#8239;(694 &ndash; 960 MHz)&#8239;study, the UK Spectrum Policy Forum presents the following recommendations:&#8239;&nbsp;</p> <ul><li> <p>The SPF recommends that HMG/ Ofcom should at WRC19 support an agenda item for WRC23 that reviews how UHF 470-960MHz is&#8239;used, and&#8239;considers how that band can deliver best value beyond 2030.&#8239;&nbsp;</p> </li> <li> <p>The review should take note of the findings in the LS Telcom report on use of the upper frequencies by mobile: while the limited number of options analysed in this report show the challenges of achieving major gains in value from radical&#8239;replanning, they also provide useful insights for further thinking in this area.</p> </li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Saul Friedner, project manager and associate director of spectrum services at LS telcom, said: "This was a challenging project due to the future looking nature and the requirement to determine what a mobile network might look like in 2030. Whichever way we looked at the problem we could see no significant justification to undertake such a defragmentation exercise".&nbsp;</p> <p>David Meyer, chair of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum said: &ldquo;The Spectrum Policy Forum&rsquo;s broad membership&#8239;enables us to work together&#8239;and engage&#8239;with challenging questions about how to get the best value we can from spectrum use at the national and international level.&#8239;&nbsp;</p> <p>The provisional agenda for ITU WRC-23 includes a review of mobile and broadcasting requirements in the 470-960 MHz band.&#8239;This agenda item presents an opportunity to develop long-term spectrum policy at a national and European level in relation to this frequency range.&#8239;&nbsp;</p> <p>This SPF-commissioned report determined that significant benefits from major changes within the 694-960MHz do not seem likely in the mid to long term. Should there be changes to the co-primary users of the band in response to business needs, the position for the band beyond 2030 should be reviewed.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align:center"><a href=";Itemid=181&amp;return=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cudGVjaHVrLm9yZy9pbnNpZ2h0cy9yZXBvcnRzL2l0ZW0vMTM1OTktc3BmLXJlcG9ydC11aGYtYmFuZC02OTQtOTYwbWh6"><strong>The study is available to download below</strong>.</a><br><em>(If you are having an issue with downloading the report, please get in touch with Skye MacLeod - contact details below.)</em></p> <p><!--[if gte IE 8]--><!--[endif]-->Further information:</p> <p><!--StartFragment-->The recent Digital UK sponsored study (Aetha, Nov 2017) that looked at potential long-term options to reconfigure mobile in the 694-960MHz range was an interesting early input to this debate. The report has garnered international interest with the Australian regulator (ACMA) reportedly investigating the potential of a defragmentation dividend when considering options of sub-1GHz band optimisation. This SPF study on UHF Band (694 - 960 MHz) therefore considers in more detail and responds to some of the suggestions within the Aetha study, including the practical feasibility of migrating to a large FDD band, three TDD bands, or an all TDD plan.<!--EndFragment--></p> <hr><p>Launched at the request of Government, the <a href="">UK Spectrum Policy Forum </a>is the industry sounding board to address strategic spectrum issues and to provide advice to Government and Ofcom on industry and user views around key spectrum policy issues. The SPF is open to all organisations with an interest in using spectrum and has over 240 members drawn from mobile and broadcasting, space and transport, equipment manufacturers and public services.&nbsp; The SPF&rsquo;s broad membership working together enables us to engage with challenging questions about how to get better value from spectrum use at the national and international level.&nbsp;A <a href="">Steering Board </a>performs the important function of ensuring the proper prioritisation and resourcing of our work.</p> <p>(<em>If you are having an issue with downloading the report, please get in touch with Skye MacLeod - contact details below.)</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><!--EndFragment--></p> <p><!--EndFragment--></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Ofcom Publish Changes to COP for Electronic Programme Guides Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:30:00 +0100 CRM Sync Following a 2 year period of consultation and reflection Ofcom have published its findings and requirements relating to EPGs for broadcast TV services <p>Ofcom report that people with sight impairments will be able to navigate TV channels more easily, following changes published&nbsp;by Ofcom to the Code governing broadcasters&rsquo; on-screen TV guides.</p> <p>These electronic programme guides, or EPGs, help people plan their viewing and discover new programmes. But people with visual impairments can find them difficult to use.</p> <p>So we have decided to introduce changes to the EPG Code to help ensure the following features are incorporated into EPGs as standard:</p> <p class="xxmsonormal">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Text to speech. Channel information, and the text necessary for navigation, are available as speech;</p> <p class="xxmsonormal">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Filtering and highlighting. Programmes with audio description, and those with signing, are highlighted or listed separately;</p> <p class="xxmsonormal">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Magnification. Viewers can magnify or enlarge EPG information; and</p> <p class="xxmsonormal">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;High-contrast display. Viewers can switch between default and high-contrast displays.</p> <p>The proposed changes will apply to EPGs made available on all new models of TV receivers for which development begins after 27 July 2018.</p> <p>EPG providers will be able to use innovative methods to introduce these features, providing they prove effective for consumers. They must also submit an annual report to Ofcom on the accessibility of their programme guides, so we can closely monitor progress.</p> <p>Ofcom continues to work closely with broadcasters, on-demand programme service providers and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) on other ways to increase the accessibility of television to people with sight impairment.&nbsp;</p> <p>This year, we are supporting the RNIB and broadcasters in an industry campaign to increase public awareness of audio description &ndash; a commentary service that describes what is happening on screen. Broadcasters including the BBC, BT, Channel 4, ITV, Sky, UKTV and Viacom will be airing adverts to promote their audio description services throughout the summer and early autumn.</p> <p>techUK provided input and recommendations into the consultation. Our response and recommendations can be accessed via the link to the consultation and findings below:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Ofcom EPG Accessibility Statement</a></p> <p>techUK will continue to review, debate and support members on this topic through our Consumer Electronics Strategy and Technology Group. For more information contact:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Paul Hide</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK Propose Route to Digital Radio Switchover Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Digital Radio reach and listening has now exceeded the criteria for a switchover review. techUK have set out their proposal for the review and process towards migration. <p>techUK fully support a commitment and clear pathway towards a digital radio migration. We believe that it is in the interests of the listener and the broadcaster and supply chain stakeholders to find common group on which we can plan the roadmap towards digital migration. The attached member only document sets out techUK suggested path towards migration.</p> <p>For more information on techUK's work in digital radio, contact:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Paul Hide</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> BBC Distribution Policy Published Mon, 18 Jun 2018 11:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync The BBC have now published the final Distribution Policy following the consultation period that ran February to April. techUK provided input into the consultation. <p>The BBC published on 15th June the final Distribution Policy. As a result of the consultation, the BBC has made a number of refinements to the Policy clarify its intention in the following areas:</p> <ul><li>The role of the Distribution Guidelines which will be superseded by the Policy with immediate effect. (Policy clause1.2)</li> <li>That, when considering distribution arrangements, the BBC will always be open to new and innovative distribution proposals. It will nevertheless always seek to improve or at the very least maintain the quality of the current audience experience (which in turn will be assessed by the compliance of any new solution with the conditions set out this Policy). (Policy clause 2.3)&nbsp;</li> <li>That the BBC will withhold its services where it is reasonable, proportionate and in the public interest to do so (Policy clause 2.4 and 4.3)&nbsp;</li> <li>That the BBC is providing guidance as to the process for dealing with requests for carriage of the content and services the BBC syndicates (see below). (Policy clause 3.4)&nbsp;</li> <li>Details of the BBC interpretation of audience &lsquo;needs and expectations&rsquo; of prominence, providing some indicative guidance. (Policy clause 3.5(b);(d)) &middot; BBC expectations of adequate curatorial influence relating only to the presentation of BBC programming. (Policy clause 3.9)&nbsp;</li> <li>The sufficient opportunities the BBC might expect platforms to provide to secure BBC branding and attribution. (Policy clause 3.11)&nbsp;</li> <li>The inclusion of access services among the functionality that we will expect third party platforms to deploy (Policy clause 3.15)&nbsp;</li> <li>That the BBC does not seek data beyond that relating to consumption of its own content and which, in deployment of a standard service product, the BBC in practice gathers itself, as well as handling of requests for data the BBC receives on third party platforms (Policy clauses 3.17-3.20)</li> </ul><p>It should be noted that whilst the document acknowledges that a number of respondents raised questions regarding the Strategy document (published at the same time as the Distribution document) , BBC have declined to make any comments on that document in this response.&nbsp;</p> <p>techUK believe that the BBC should engage in open cross industry discussion regarding their stated strategy of moving to an IP only distribution world as soon as possible. techUK will continue to represent members&rsquo; interests on this matter and will engage with a broad cross section of stakeholders, including the BBC, as this topic progresses.&nbsp;</p> <p>A link to the BBC's published response is below:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">BBC Distribution Policy</a></p> <p>A copy of techUK&rsquo;s response to the original consultation is attached to this report.&nbsp;</p> <p>For further information on techUK&rsquo;s work on this topic, and to get involved, please contact:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Paul Hide</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> New techUK Report on Reuse and Repair of Tech Goods Wed, 13 Jun 2018 06:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Tech sector sets out key opportunities to put ICT repair and reuse at the heart of the Government’s Waste and Resources Strategy <p>Calls to consider new incentives and VAT reductions for repair activities and to encourage take-up of innovative digital technologies that can support repair, are among the recommendations to Government in a new report from techUK, <em><a href="">Reuse, Repair, Remanufacture in the ICT Sector</a></em><em>. </em></p> <p>The report comes as the Government develops its Resources and Waste Strategy, a commitment outlined early this year in the Government&rsquo;s 25 Year Environment Plan.</p> <p>In the Plan, Government signalled its interest in products that last longer and have enhanced resource productivity.<br> techUK&rsquo;s report takes stock of the current landscape for ICT manufacturers. It focuses on efforts by the&nbsp;sector to make&nbsp;products more durable and to support reuse and repair activities. It also looks at remanufacturing products, where products are taken back from customers and are returned to as-good-as-new condition. In doing so, the report also sets out a number of policy recommendations to further support this activity.</p> <p>Among the recommendations, the report asks Government to:</p> <ul><li><strong>Place safety and quality at the heart of our flourishing professional repair sector</strong>, recognising increasing concerns about the availability of sub-standard and counterfeit spare parts and other elements used in combination with products that put consumers at risk.</li> <li><strong>Assess the case for introducing a VAT reduction on repair activities, as has recently been introduced in Sweden</strong>. Frequently, some of the costs associated with repair relate to the labour not spare parts. It may be that a reduced cost of labour could support greater levels of out-of-warranty repairs.</li> <li><strong>Provide consistent and clear advice to the public on the deletion of data on devices </strong>to encourage more reuse, repair and remanufacturing of devices, by avoiding the hoarding of electronics because of data security fears.</li> <li><strong>Research the use of 3D printing to generate simple spare parts. </strong>With some businesses already using this technology to generate spare parts for themselves, now is the time to explore how we might 3D print simple spare parts for consumer markets in the future.</li> </ul><p>The report also highlights the potential of new technologies, such as the Internet of Things, machine learning and 3D printing to prolong the life of products. The Government&rsquo;s recent review of industrial digitalisation <em>Made Smarter</em>, estimated that digital technologies have the potential to reduce resource costs by &pound;10 billion. An example can be found in predictive maintenance, powered by artificial intelligence, which can anticipate when a product is going to fail enabling its user to repair it in advance.</p> <p>Susanne Baker, Head of Environment and Compliance at techUK, said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;We no longer operate in a market where electronic devices are used and disposed of in a short period of time. With the market for reused smartphones outperforming markets for new phones, it is clear that strategies to </em><em>support reuse - for example, using cloud </em><em>technology to free up memory and redesigning phones to avoid common sources of failures &ndash; is working.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;While there are still issues to address in the sector, it is notable that high-level manufacturing strategies are starting to align with circular economy goals and that companies are not only innovating to develop solutions to tackle barriers to repair but also exploring how they can maximise value at the end of life.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;We urge the Government to harness this appetite for innovation, by supporting and trialling novel approaches, supporting the deployment of proven solutions and by thinking about how to make professional repair as cost effective as possible.&rdquo;</em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK Supports Launch of THINGUIDE to Cyber Security for Business Tue, 12 Jun 2018 14:56:48 +0100 CRM Sync The techUKI-supported THINGUIDE to Cyber Security for Business provides practical advice to business leaders who are looking to implement a cyber security strategy <p><img alt="" src="//" style="height:530px; width:558px"></p> <p><span style="font-size:10pt">techUK is pleased to be supporting a new publication; the THIN<strong>GUIDE</strong> to Cyber Security for Business. It&rsquo;s a pocket-sized reference book for non-technical senior managers that explains what they need to know and do about cyber security, rather than trying to explain what it is. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:10pt">Avoiding the jargon our industry often uses, it gives senior business managers the insights and understanding necessary to participate meaningfully in important tech-related strategies and decisions.&nbsp; At techUK we hope that this THIN<strong>GUIDE</strong> will give you a frame of reference for our efforts to get non-technologists to understand cyber security</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:10pt">Produced by THIN GUIDES Ltd. and supported by CGI, you can see the online version <a href=""><u>here</u></a> or alternatively pick up a physical copy at techUK&rsquo;s offices on your next visit.</span></p> Programme CORTISONE Procurement Announcement Wed, 23 May 2018 10:31:33 +0100 CRM Sync Programme CORTISONE Procurement Announcement Video - 17 May 2018 <p style="text-align:center"><iframe frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Above is the video recording of the Programme CORTISONE Procurement Announcement from the 17 May 2018.</p> <p>Message from ISS Programme CORTISONE team:</p> <p><strong><em>&ldquo;Dear Suppliers,</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Thanks for attending our Procurement Announcement Event. Attached is our High Level Design, on which we&rsquo;d like feedback by 5pm 5th June. Whilst we are interested in all feedback, we are particularly interested in answers to the following questions:</em></strong></p> <ol start="1"><li><strong><em>Is the target architecture achievable?</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Is the capability bundling realisable?</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Based on the information provided is there anything that would prevent you from bidding?</em></strong></li> </ol><p><strong><em>All responses should be sent to the ISS team <a href="">here</a>.</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Also if you have any further comments on the procurement announcement event itself, a digital version of the feedback form on the day <a href=""><u>can be found here</u></a>. Feedback will be used to inform the structure/content of future events.</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Yours Sincerely,</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Mark Brownlee</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>CORTISONE Commercial Lead&rdquo;</em></strong></p> <p>Slides from the day as well as the High Level Design are attached below.</p> <p>If you have any queries, please contact Dan Patefield or Charlie Wyatt.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK draft response to BEIS Smart Appliance Consultation Tue, 22 May 2018 13:49:31 +0100 CRM Sync Input into our response to our draft smart appliance consultation response by 4 June <p>techUK are submitting a response to the <a href="">BEIS 'Proposals regarding smart appliance' consultation</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>BEIS are&nbsp;<a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">currently consulting on proposals to set standards for smart appliances</a>&nbsp;to support the transition towards a smarter energy system through facilitating the adoption of consumer demand side response. The objective for setting standards (defined as principles, and associated functionalities which could be based technical standards) is to:</p> <ol><li>Provide certainty in the burgeoning smart appliance sector to support investment to develop smart appliances for the market, enabling electricity system benefits and consumer rewards;</li> <li>Ensure minimum standards of function of smart appliances to protect consumers and the system; and</li> <li>Enable the UK to be at the forefront of an emerging sector.</li> </ol><p>BEIS proposes to take primary powers, subject to Parliamentary time and approval, to mandate these standards for certain smart appliances:</p> <ul><li>Those which are communications enabled and able to modulate their electricity consumption in response to signals; and</li> <li>Those which offer the greatest opportunity for DSR (as outlined above: cold and wet appliances, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and battery storage).</li> </ul><p>The consultations outlines the key principles as interoperability, grid stability &amp; cyber security, and data privacy.</p> <p>Our response is broadly supportive of the 'Option D' preference for developing voluntary standards now whilst reserving the right to mandate standards later.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>We welcome members input into both the high-level proposals and specific actions outlined in the consultation</strong>, with tracked comments particularly appreciated. In order to allow us to collate, address comments and address any differences <strong>we ask for input no later than midday on 4 June.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Please send responses directly to <a href="">Matthew Evans</a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK supports open banking consumer manifesto Wed, 02 May 2018 08:47:23 +0100 CRM Sync techUK adds its voice to calls to ensure open banking delivers better outcomes for consumers. <p><img alt="" src="//" style="height:328px; width:700px"></p> <p>Fintechs, banks,&nbsp;consumer organisations and regulators met at Level 39 in Canary Wharf&nbsp;yesterday to examine how open banking will address the needs and expectations of consumers.&nbsp;The event, organised with the&nbsp;<a href="">Finance Innovation Lab</a>,&nbsp;saw the launch of the <a href="">Consumer Manifesto for Open Banking</a>, presented by Faith Reynolds and developed with a wide range of consumer agencies and charities. It calls for open banking to be a 'force for good' which gives people real power to control their own data and which ensures security and reliability.</p> <p>Ruth Milligan, Head of Financial Services &amp; Payments at techUK, chaired a panel with representatives from the Banking Standards Board, the Money &amp; Mental Health Policy Institute and the Money Advice Liaison Group. The key messages emerging were that open banking holds great potential for customer good but that care must be taken to ensure solutions are inclusive and available to all consumers, whatever their circumstances.&nbsp;</p> <p>The fintechs present at the event described their own solutions and how they intend to meet the manifesto&nbsp;criteria and a further panel suggested that a 'code of conduct' governing the behaviour of players in the system would be a good way to engender consumer trust. Participants also agreed that consumers must have clear and effective mechanisms for redress if something goes wrong.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK respond to BBC Consultation on Distribution Policy Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:33:33 +0100 CRM Sync In response to the BBC's vision of a future IP only content distribution world, techUK has laid out the challenges faced by this approach and the requirements from the supply side in maintaining a strong viewer and listener first proposition. <p>The BBC launched 2 documents in February of this year. A Distribution Policy and Distribution Strategy. The BBC proposed to only consult on the Policy document.</p> <p>techUK have written a detailed response covering many issue faced by digital device manufacturers that serve the television and radio sectors. Members can download our consultation response from this link.</p> <p>Paul Hide, techUK commented. "Whilst we welcome the opportunity for dialogue and comment&nbsp;it is a mistake for the BBC to only consult on the Distribution Policy document and not to also consult on the Distribution Strategy document. Proposals contained within both documents are intrinsinctly linked and cannot be considered in isolation. Comments in our response span both BBC policy and strategy as we do not believe that they should or can be considered independently. techUK call upon the BBC to consult on both documents as part of this consultation and review. We believe that this is of such critical importance that techUK and its members cannot support the proposals in the BBC Distribution Consultation without a linked review of the Distribution Strategy document."</p> <p>For more infromation on our work with the BBC on behalf of members contact:</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK response to DCMS Secure by Design Project Tue, 10 Apr 2018 12:21:20 +0100 CRM Sync Draft techUK response to DCMS Secure by Design IoT Project <p>techUK is submitting a response to <a href="">DCMS' Secure by Design consumer IoT Project</a>&nbsp;drawn from both IoT and Cyber Programmes.&nbsp;</p> <p>The response is based on our previous engagement with DCMS and following a conference call with members.&nbsp;</p> <p>We welcome further revisions to the response and ask for these by Close of Business on Thursday 19 April.</p> <p>Please send any comments through to<a href=""> Matthew Evans</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> New techUK Paper Sets Out What Tech Exporters Want From Brexit Tue, 27 Mar 2018 12:14:45 +0100 Craig Melson(techUK) techUK launches new paper setting out what tech exporters want from Brexit <p>With Brexit negotiations back underway, techUK has published a new report on what tech exporters, particularly those in the Dual-Use, cyber and defence sector want to see when the UK leaves the EU.</p> <p>This paper, titled ‘<a href="images/what_tech_exporters_want_from_brexit_WEBSITE.pdf">What Tech Exporters Want From Brexit</a>’, outlines the steps the UK should take to ensure current trade is not disrupted, highlights the impact of uncertainty, how companies have already responded and complements an existing techUK paper ‘<a href="insights/news/item/10659-government-must-ensure-uk-tech-can-thrive-in-new-customs-arrangements">Leaving the Customs Union</a>’ which focuses specifically on the importance of securing a customs system in time for the day the UK leaves the EU.</p> <p>There has been positive progress on transition with a deal seemingly in place and the Articles on the continued flow of goods and conformity assessments are particularly welcome. But, there is still a lack of information on the future customs system and, with less than one year until exit day, this is a major concern.</p> <p>Members believe Brexit will disrupt trade and one of the main conclusions is to ensure this doesn’t happen. There are several case studies in the report, where businesses have had to move operations into the EU and we urge Government to be more open with business, so companies can have more confidence about the future relationship.</p> <p>From discussions it was also clear there are also opportunities from Brexit, especially in reforming the treatment of Dual-Use items and simplifying the overly complicated export licencing system for controlled items. The UK excels at innovative cyber, defence and Dual-Use products and techUK members in this area feel that that the UK regime is overly burdensome and inhibits export growth, something we can’t afford to do.</p> <p>The report further encourages Government to look at how other non-EU countries approach Dual-Use goods and highlights the need for a long-term vision for this sector, especially if the EU Dual-Use Regulation recast fails to pass in the next year.</p> <p>The report also makes suggestions around new and tech-led ‘Virtual Free Trade Zones’ that simplify customs clearances and help alleviate border crossing pressure. The recommendations in full are:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Ensure there are no new barriers in the movement of goods between the UK and the EU, nor an increase in base prices for products</strong>. This is key to maintaining UK competitiveness in the tech and digital sectors.</li> <li><strong>Transitional deal terms should be outlined by early 2018 and be results-driven and business ready</strong>. techUK believes this should have been at least two years and should follow a project management system with key milestones.</li> <li><strong>Reform export controls.</strong> The UK has taken the lead from Europe on a variety of export control policies and Brexit is an opportunity to reform, future-proof and simplify onerous export control regulations.</li> <li><strong>Consider other Dual-Use arrangements</strong>. The Dual-Use Regulation will not pass in time to be accounted for under the processes in the EU Withdrawal Bill, and the UK should set out a long-term strategy for promoting the exports of Dual-Use goods.</li> <li><strong>Consider Virtual Free Trade Zones</strong>. Using tech, Virtual Free Trade Zones can allow for smooth processing of goods and allow for frictionless trade.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Reform the customs system.</strong> Whilst the CHIEF – CDS transition is happening already, there is an opportunity to properly revise the whole suite of customs procedures.</li> <li><strong>Flexibility in the next stage of negotiations</strong>. Businesses need to know where the UK and EU will be flexible and to what extent to better justify investment decisions.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> Data Centres and Environmental Permitting Regulations Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:35:25 +0000 Lucas Banach (techUK) Emma Fryer makes some observations on EPR and how they apply to large installations of emergency standby plant in data centres. <p>Please click below to download the report.&nbsp;</p> Why Returners Programmes are Good for Business Thu, 08 Mar 2018 09:00:00 +0000 Harri Turnbull(techUK) To celebrate the anniversary of techUK's Returners Hub, members of the Skills & Diversity Council share their experiences with Returners Programmes. <p>On International Women’s Day 2018, one year after the <a href="returners">techUK Returners Hub</a> was launched, members of the Skills &amp; Diversity Council share their experiences with Returners Programmes – their value to companies trying to address skills shortages and improve diversity; their economic impact; and the impact they’ve had on the individuals participating in them. To mark this day, techUK members produced a paper (download link at the bottom of the page) reporting on the success of the Returners’s Hub over the previous year.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="images/assets/iwd_570px_002.jpg" alt="iwd 570px 002" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Jen Rodvold, Head of Sustainability &amp; Social Value Services at Sopra Steria, who led the development of this paper said:</h3> <p>“The paper gives real-life examples from companies that offer opportunities to returners, from those just starting to those with well-established programmes. Participating Council members with Returners Programmes (or a commitment to hiring returners) report positive experiences and anticipate significant business benefits in the future. It is still early days for most of us, and many of us reported that we need to improve how we find and attract returners so we can continue to develop this talent source. Next, we’ll be looking into further developing the Returners Hub to ensure it is even more useful for companies, supporting organisations (like ELATT and the OU providing training), and returners themselves. So, watch this space and a special thanks to Accenture, CA Technology, CogecoPeer1, ELATT, FDM, Fujitsu and Sopra Steria for their contributions.”</p> <h3>Case Studies</h3> <p>The report contains two case studies with four real life examples of how returner’s programmes can have a dramatically positive impact on the lives of people returning from career breaks. The stories can be seen below.</p> <h3>Yesim Shenoy, Manager, FDM Group</h3> <p><img src="images/assets/Yesim.PNG" alt="Yesim" width="154" height="158" style="display: block; margin: 5px; float: left;" /></p> <p>“I took a career break to look after my growing family and then subsequently to care for my aging mother. In total, my career break lasted fifteen years.</p> <p>Anticipating that coming back to work would be difficult after this length of time, I chose to join a join FDM’s Returners programme as I realised the seven weeks of training it offered would give me the opportunity to refresh my skills and rebuild my confidence. The great thing about joining a returner programme is that you’re not in it on your own. Joining as part of a group, with the support of excellent trainers was really reassuring, and enabled me to adapt back into a business environment. For others thinking of returners programmes, I would encourage you to have an open mind in the first instance. You need to just do it, jump in and take yourself out of your comfort zone and work hard in order to get it back.”</p> <h3>Sheila Marriott, Business Change Project Manager, FDM Group</h3> <p><img src="images/assets/Sheila.PNG" alt="Sheila" width="169" height="190" style="margin: 5px; float: left;" /></p> <p>“After spending 2 years caring for my children and family I had not anticipated how challenging it would be to return to work; I felt like I was a small fish in a big ocean with no real idea what to do next or how to deal with the lack of support.</p> <p>FDM’s returners programme gave me the opportunity to re-train and restart my career, and provided the ongoing support and training once I started. Having been out of the working world for a while, I felt that I needed to have a strong support structure to help me get back into a career. The program has provided me with the knowledge, confidence and skills to believe in myself and deliver in my role. I would recommend to others that you don’t hesitate in applying, a returners programme is the starting point of you getting your career back on track.”</p> <h3>Janice Everitt, Accenture Break|Through participant</h3> <p style="text-align: left;"><img src="images/assets/Janice.PNG" alt="Janice" width="183" height="195" style="margin: 5px; float: left;" />&nbsp;“I applied to a returners programme as I felt that it would be a much better fit for me following a six year career break than applying as an experienced hire. The Accenture programme was particularly appealing as it offers both the training opportunity to bring me back up to speed and the project opportunity to prove (to myself primarily) that I still have a valuable contribution to make.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">There have been many benefits of being part of the returners programme so far. The training we have received has been excellent both in terms of content and the knowledge of the faculty. Joining a project team and seeing how I can make a difference and add value has increased my confidence that I am indeed good enough to return to professional life, and last but by no means least, being part of a returners group has provided a fantastic support network in a very short space of time.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">My advice to anyone else considering a returners programme would simply be “Go for it!” Just because you have chosen to take a career break definitely doesn’t mean that you no longer have a valuable contribution to make. Don’t tell yourself you can’t do it – if you did it in the past then you can most definitely do it now (especially with the fantastic support provided on a programme like Break|Through).”</p> <h3>Anjali Khimasia, Accenture Break|Through participant</h3> <p><img src="images/assets/Anjali.PNG" alt="Anjali" width="194" height="229" style="margin: 5px; float: left;" /></p> <p>“I chose to apply to a returners programme to test out my ability to get back to being at the top of my game after taking time out to be with my kids. I felt that many of the general flexible/part-time roles advertised would not have challenged or excited me enough. I was also very keen to have some training and reassurance that the skills that I’d acquired over the years were still relevant and applicable NOW, despite the changing technological landscape.</p> <p>I feel excited about the technological revolution and my future career prospects, having had exposure to so many great minds at Accenture. I feel confident that I can add value and can make a positive contribution to projects and I’ve picked up lots of skills and knowledge from the intensive training we have been given. I’ve also met a lot of smart, approachable and lovely individuals. And I have a broader range of topics to take home and discuss with my children!</p> <p>My advice to anyone thinking about doing the same would be to take the plunge, go for it and embrace the opportunity. There’s little to lose and so much to gain. I am pleased that the climate is changing and that my kids (especially my daughter) will one day be able to take a career break and be welcomed back with open arms.”</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>To see more posts like this, <a href="">please visit the campaign week landing page</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For press enquiries:</p> Check out latest techUK Data Protection Bill Briefing Thu, 01 Mar 2018 11:38:54 +0000 Jeremy Lilley(techUK) techUK has updated its Data Protection Bill briefing ahead of the Bill's Second Reading in the House of Commons. <p>The Data Protection Bill will receive its Second Reading in the House of Commons on Monday 5 March 2018.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Bill is an incredibly important piece of legislation, updating the UK's data protection framework in line with the EU General Data Protection Regulation and is a crucial part of preparing the UK for brexit negotiations and agreeing an adequacy agreement with the EU.&nbsp;</p> <p>techUK has been following the Bill closely and you can download our latest briefing below.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you would like further information on techUK's work on Data Protection please contact Jeremy Lilley.&nbsp;</p> BBC Consult on Distribution Policy Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:11:41 +0000 Paul Hide (techUK) The BBC has launched an 8 week consultation on the draft Policy for the distribution of its UK Public Services <p>The draft policy sets out how the BBC’s services are made available to watch, listen or use and includes a series of proposed conditions for distribution via third parties.</p> <p>Alongside the Distribution Policy, the BBC’s Charter &amp; Framework Agreement also requires the BBC to publish a Distribution Strategy. The Strategy sets out the BBC’s distribution objectives and has also been published today to give context to the draft Policy.</p> <p>Paul Hide, techUK, commented: "We requested an industry consultation as part of our response to Charter renewal in 2016. We welcome this review and will be working with members and the BBC to input industry requirements."</p> <p>The consultation will run for 8 weeks until Monday 9 April 2018.</p> <p>If you wish to get involved in techUK's work with the BBC on behalf of members, please contact:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Paul Hide</a></p> <p>The full documentation can be accessed via the link below:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Consultation Documents</a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> techUK Respond to Ofcom Consultation on EPG Accessibility Thu, 08 Feb 2018 17:03:00 +0000 Paul Hide (techUK) This Ofcom consultation relates to EPG accessibility for users with visual impairments and impacts all device manufacturers in the TV/ PVR/ STB space. <p>This consultation seeks to implement changes to EPG displays to benefit users with visual impairments. Some of the proposed changes are available on selected devices today but are not standardised across all products. These changes will apply to EPGs that display Free-to-Air Public Service Broadcaster content, so will apply across DTT, Satellite and IP.</p> <p>The consultation refers to the previous consultation and changes proposed in this second consultation as a result of feedback from the previous consultation. In summary some of the main points are:</p> <p>1) Previously the proposed changes were focused only on multi-function receivers (e.g. PVRs), now they will apply to all devices that display EPGs (so TVs are now in scope).<br />2) Previously it was proposed that ‘best endeavours’ are required to meet the changes, now it is proposed that ‘reasonable endeavours, to secure so far as practical’ are required.&nbsp;<br />3) Changes will come into force when the final statement is published, so this suggests that manufacturers will be required to review/ act quickly on new devices, possibly in 2018.<br />4) The changes required include:<br />a. Text to Speech rendering.<br />b. Programme highlighting where audio description is provided.<br />c. EPG magnification options.<br />d. Switching between default and high contrast displays.</p> <p>The change recommendations are designed to help visually impaired viewers use EPG’s with greater ease and be able to identify which programmes contain content support services that help visually impaired viewers.</p> <p>techUK have responded to this consultation on behalf of our device manufacturing members. A copy of our response can be downloaded by members below.</p> <p>Enquries should be directed to:</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Modern Slavery Act: How is the Tech Sector Responding? Tue, 06 Feb 2018 16:00:00 +0000 Craig Melson(techUK) A new techUK report outlines how the tech sector has responded to the Modern Slavery Act. <blockquote>A new techUK paper explores how tech firms are responding to rules on modern slavery and provides recommendations for Government to help improve business reporting.</blockquote> <p>A new report from techUK investigates current modern slavery reporting standards in the tech sector and makes recommendations for both businesses and Government to help improve the quality of reporting and further drive out modern slavery from tech supply chains.</p> <p>The 2015 Modern Slavery Act is one of the world’s first national laws for combatting modern slavery. Section 54 introduced a new requirement that all UK firms turning over £36 million publish a Modern Slavery Statement.</p> <p>In <a href="images/techUK_modern_slavery_act_FINAL.pdf">Modern Slavery Act: How has the Tech Sector Responded?</a>, techUK analyses a number of statements from tech companies. Overall there is a high level of compliance, but major variances in the quality and detail of reports. Several recommendations to improve the quality of reporting across the sector are made in the report, including:</p> <ul> <li>Metrics to illustrate progress and compliance.</li> <li>Examples and case studies of non-compliance and how these were resolved.</li> <li>Details of corporate governance structures and reporting methods, even if the company believes it is at a low risk.</li> <li>Details of whistleblowing mechanisms and how they have been used.</li> <li>Responsibilities that have been assigned to staff, directors and board members.</li> </ul> <p>Further recommendations are also made to Government to improve the reporting process, such as:</p> <ul> <li>Work with industry to set a reporting framework with sector specific-advice.</li> <li>Use insights from the UK’s global network of embassies to help companies identify credible NGOs to work with in-region.</li> <li>Create an FAQ on questions received from businesses in respect to MSA reporting.</li> <li>Engage with foreign governments and international fora (Commonwealth or G20) developing their own MSA type rules to align and seek equivalence in reporting requirements.</li> </ul> <p>Speaking about the report, Julian David, techUK CEO said:</p> <p><em>“The tech sector takes its role in combatting modern slavery very seriously and is keen to work with Government and other third-party organisations to do so. This is, however, a new area of reporting with little guidance on what “good” looks like. This techUK report is a first step in attempting to bridge the gap so that the sector can efficiently identify and enact positive change to stamp out any wrongdoing both within their business and across their supply chain."</em></p> <p>Andrew Wallis, CEO of Unseen, went on to say:</p> <p><em>“We very much welcome the lead that the tech sector is giving to tackling modern slavery. techUK’s report constructively highlights some of the innovative and positive responses by the tech sector. We particularly welcome the recognition for the need for real collaboration in tackling this complex issue. Unseen looks forward to further productive working with responsible businesses in the sector as we seek together to end modern slavery.”</em></p> <p>Moira Oliver, Head of Policy and Chief Counsel, Human/Digital Rights - BT Group Corporate Affairs, concluded:</p> <p><em>“Technology is a critical enabler in the global effort to eradicate modern slavery. It can help to protect the vulnerable from abuse, prevent crimes, pursue criminals and support care and remedy mechanisms for survivors. But it’s important that the technology sector collaborates not just on potential solutions but on reporting transparently the steps we’re taking.”</em></p> <p>For more information, please download the report below.</p> techUK Responds to Ofcom Fixed Wireless Spectrum Strategy Wed, 31 Jan 2018 10:05:00 +0000 CRM Sync Ofcom consultation on proposed next steps to enable future uses of fixed wireless links <p>Ofcom&nbsp;previously&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">gathered information on how the uses of fixed wireless links could change over the next 5-10 years</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>This recent document&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">summarises Ofcom's key findings and consults</a>&nbsp;on specific areas which focus on enabling ultra-high capacity wireless backhaul requirements for the future.</p> <p>techUK's&nbsp;response was developed through techUK's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Communications Infrastructure Council</a>:</p> <p><em>"techUK members make extensive use of existing fixed links spectrum and are interested in how the regulation of bands in use today may change and in new spectrum bands that are not yet available.</em></p> <p><em>Many of our members with interests in fixed wireless links have participated in recent relevant debates within UK Spectrum Policy Forum, including workshops where issues concerning bands above 50GHz have been debated, and where flexible spectrum access requirements have been. This techUK response reflects many of the views and some conclusions from the Spectrum Policy Forum discussions."</em></p> <p>techUK's comments in response to the consultation questions are provided in the attached consultation response.</p> <hr><p>&nbsp;More information on techUK's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Communications Infrastructure Programme</a>&nbsp;is available.&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Procuring the Smarter State Mon, 29 Jan 2018 09:33:17 +0000 Simona Paliulyte(techUK) techUK outlines steps to promote public sector innovation in new report <blockquote>techUK has launched <span class="wf_file_text">Procuring </span><span class="wf_file_text">the </span><span class="wf_file_text">Smarter State: key steps to </span><span class="wf_file_text">promote innovation and</span><span class="wf_file_text"> </span><span class="wf_file_text">growth in the public </span><span class="wf_file_text">sector</span>.</blockquote> <p>This new report sets out how procurement can act as a tool for Government to deliver its ambitious vision for the future of public services and use public sector procurement to help foster innovation in the supplier community.</p> <p>Drawing on the findings from techUK’s<a href="civil-servants-survey"> Civil Servants Survey 2017</a>, and <a href="insights/opinions/item/12009-making-the-case-for-govtech-smes" target="_blank">GovTech SME Survey 2017</a>, the report identifies the key challenges and opportunities for Government as it seeks to build the Smarter State. Key recommendations include:</p> <p><strong>Use Procurement as a Tool to Deliver the Vision of Government Transformation</strong></p> <p>The use of the Digital Marketplace should be expanded by increasing the spend going through frameworks, and the number of non-Whitehall parts of the public sector using the system - with a focus on local authorities and Government agencies.</p> <p><strong>Take Advantage of the Opportunities Offered by the UK GovTech Market</strong></p> <p>One minister in every department should be given responsibility for tech and should champion driving consistent implementation of the Digital Strategy, as well as aligning with the Government Transformation Strategy. A key area of focus for these ministers should be the commitments relating to procurement and SMEs, and promoting the use of Contracts Finder to advertise opportunities.</p> <p><strong>Take a Strategic and Innovative Approach to Market Engagement</strong></p> <p>Central government departments should take a broader, transparent and strategic approach to communicating with the tech sector on planned procurement activity. This should include adopting a more proactive approach to engaging with prospective suppliers, publishing pipelines and emerging opportunities well in advance of procurement decisions.</p> <p><strong>Launching the report at the National Government ICT Conference Rob Driver, Head of Public Sector at techUK commented:</strong></p> <p><em>“The message of this report is simple - for the Government to deliver its transformation and growth commitments, it must make a step change in procurement in central government and the wider public sector. I look forward to working in partnership with Government to develop the next generation of public services, and to stimulate growth in the UK GovTech market.”</em></p> <p><strong>Niall Quinn, Procurement Director for Technology at the Crown Commercial Service commented:</strong></p> <p><em>“The UK benefits from one of the most vibrant and thriving tech ecosystems globally and the experience and innovation of the UK’s tech industry is a valuable resource for the public sector.”</em></p> <p><em>“The last decade has seen an increased understanding within government of the importance of driving digital transformation to deliver efficient, effective public services which meet the needs of citizens. As such this is an important report that should be considered as a platform for the whole of the public sector to engage with current and prospective ICT suppliers.”</em></p> BBC Release R&D Review Including Value Creation from Investment Wed, 24 Jan 2018 10:49:11 +0000 Paul Hide (techUK) The BBC have released findings into the results and value creation of their R&D activities over the previous charter period. <blockquote>As part of the BBC’s new Charter agreement with&nbsp;UK Government (2017) , they were required to undertake and publish a review of their Research &amp; Development (R&amp;D) activity.</blockquote> <p>The review is an&nbsp;assessment of the work that BBC R&amp;D has delivered over the last Charter period (2007 – 2016), including a cost-benefit analysis, a qualitative assessment of&nbsp;successes, and consideration of future objectives.</p> <p>The review concludes that BBC R&amp;D delivered significant value to the BBC, audiences, the creative community, the wider industry and the UK economy. Its cost-benefit analysis&nbsp;estimates that every pound spent by BBC R&amp;D delivered a return of £5 - £9 to the UK.</p> <p>This analysis takes a range of factors into consideration, including economic benefits and efficiencies delivered to the BBC, audiences benefitting from new or improved services, and other factors like patents and technology standards that benefit the industry and broader society.</p> <p>Full details and links to the papers can be accessed via the link below:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">BBC R&amp;D Review Links</a></p> <p>techUK and the BBC have arranged for a member briefing on the review and it's impact on the commercial sector at techUK's Consumer Electronics Strategy and Technology Council on the 30th January. Matthew Postgate, BBC Main Board Director, will be attending to present the review.</p> <p>If you are a techUK member and would like to particpate in our partnership work with the BBC and find out more how we support our members in the Consumer Electronics and Broadcast sectors please contact:</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Report: What does the UK need to do to pursue its spectrum resilience objectives Wed, 24 Jan 2018 09:44:28 +0000 Skye MacLeod (techUK) A white paper prepared by QinetiQ for the UK Spectrum Policy Forum <blockquote><a href=";Itemid=181&amp;return=aHR0cDovL3d3dy50ZWNodWsub3JnL2luc2lnaHRzL3JlcG9ydHMvaXRlbS8xMjE2NS1yZXBvcnQtd2hhdC1kb2VzLXRoZS11ay1uZWVkLXRvLWRvLXRvLXB1cnN1ZS1pdHMtc3BlY3RydW0tcmVzaWxpZW5jZS1vYmplY3RpdmVz" target="_blank"><img src="images/assets/White_Paper_image_-_what_does_the_UK_need_to_do_to_pursue_its_spectrum_resilience_objectives.JPG" alt="White Paper image - what does the UK need to do to pursue its spectrum resilience objectives" width="202" height="283" style="float: right;" /></a>This QinetiQ white paper for the UK Spectrum Policy Forum considers what the UK needs to do to pursue its spectrum resilience objectives.</blockquote> <p>Radio spectrum access is critical - it underpins the UK’s economy and provides significant social value through the range of applications it supports. It is, therefore, part of the UK’s (soft) infrastructure and the access to it should be resilient and appropriate spectrum protection measures should be implemented by businesses and users. It is UK Government policy to have resilience in its Critical National Infrastructure, however, as spectrum access is pervasive, there is also a need to ensure that other key systems and services, in an increasingly integrated and interdependent society, are resilient.</p> <p>This white paper, based on the outcomes of two UK Spectrum Policy Forum&nbsp; workshops (<a href="" target="_blank">1</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">2</a>), first outlines the broad need for resilient systems and provides two examples that illustrate the potential ripple or cascade effects that disruptive effects could cause. These demonstrate the need to conduct system level testing to ensure that unexpected (ripple or cascade) effects can be understood and mitigated.</p> <p>A <a href="events/meeting/item/12631-uk-spectrum-policy-forum-spectrum-resilience" target="_blank">further workshop on spectrum resilience</a>&nbsp;will be held on&nbsp;Thursday 03 May 2018 at techUK.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p>Launched at the request of Government, the <a href="" target="_blank">UK Spectrum Policy Forum</a>&nbsp;(<a href="" target="_blank">@UK_SPF</a>) is the industry sounding board to Government and Ofcom on future spectrum management and regulatory policy with a view to maximising the benefits of spectrum for the UK. The Forum is open to all organisations with an interest in using spectrum and already has over 240 member organisations. A&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Steering Board</a> performs the important function of ensuring the proper prioritisation and resourcing of our work.</p> USA Consumer Technology Association Launch Innovation Scorecard Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:23:52 +0000 Paul Hide (techUK) The UK scores highly in the CTA Innovation Scorecard, consisting of indexes that evaluate innovation-friendly policies both domestically and internationally. <p><strong>The 2018 International Innovation Champions are: The United Kingdom, Finland, Australia, Sweden, the United States, Singapore, the Netherlands, Canada, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Austria, Denmark and New Zealand.</strong></p> <p>The inaugural International Innovation Scorecard grades 38 countries and the European Union across 12 categories. You will find measures of whether or not governments are welcoming disruptive technologies, including the sharing economy and self-driving vehicles, how friendly their tax systems are, and how well they protect the environment, as well as issues of perennial importance such as broadband speed and cost.</p> <p>Across the countries the CTA evaluated:</p> <p><strong>Diversity</strong><br />The most diverse countries are Australia, Canada, Singapore and Sweden.</p> <p><strong>Freedom</strong><br />The countries with the most individual and political freedom in the world are Canada, Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Portugal.</p> <p><strong>Broadband</strong><br />The countries that have, on average, the fastest and most affordable internet connections are the <strong>United Kingdom</strong>, Finland, South Korea, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Austria and the Netherlands.</p> <p><strong>Human Capital</strong><br />The countries with the most educated workforces are Singapore, Israel, Japan, Canada, <strong>United Kingdom</strong>, Germany, Sweden and New Zealand.</p> <p><strong>Tax Friendliness</strong><br />The countries with the most innovation-friendly tax systems are Singapore, China, Panama, Chile, Ireland and Canada.</p> <p><strong>R&amp;D Investment</strong><br />The countries with the greatest amount of R&amp;D spending as a percentage of GDP are Israel, South Korea, Japan, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, and the United States.</p> <p><strong>Entrepreneurial Activity</strong><br />The countries with the highest level of entrepreneurial activity are Australia, <strong>United Kingdom</strong>, New Zealand, the United States, Singapore, Ireland and Sweden.</p> <p><strong>Drones</strong><br />The countries best-enabling drone technologies to flourish are Australia, Finland, Portugal, Singapore and Sweden.</p> <p><strong>Ridesharing</strong><br />The countries that allow ridesharing to operate most freely are Finland, Panama, Peru, Poland, Rwanda, South Africa and Mexico.</p> <p><strong>Short-Term Rentals</strong><br />The countries with the best federal frameworks for short-term home rentals are Chile, Denmark, Finland, Israel, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Portugal and South Africa.</p> <p><strong>Self-Driving Vehicles</strong><br />The countries leading the way in self-driving vehicle policy are Australia, Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, the <strong>United Kingdom</strong> and the United States.</p> <p><strong>Environment</strong><br />The countries with cleanest water and air are Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the <strong>United Kingdom</strong> and the United States.</p> <p>For the full report, access via the link below:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">CTA 2018 Innovation Report</a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> techUK Achievements | 2017 Mon, 15 Jan 2018 07:00:00 +0000 CRM Sync In 2017, techUK made a significant impact across a number of crucial areas. <p>In 2017, techUK made a significant impact across a number of crucial areas. Key to this was our ability to quickly establish good relationships with new ministers and senior policy makers in the post EU-referendum world. Throughout 2017, the techUK team met with over 350 senior Government and civil service officials. We also welcomed almost 25,000 members and tech industry stakeholders to our offices in St Bride Street.&nbsp;<br><br> techUK media profile and brand awareness reached new heights: Over 2,000 articles in tier one media (12 per cent in broadcast and national media). Social media growth saw 24,000 twitter followers and community growth in our refashioned LinkedIn channels where we now engage with over 9,000 tech industry stakeholders. The techUK website continues to be a destination for tech industry insight and opportunities, attracting over 22,000 unique visitors every month.</p> <p>Our successes in 2017 are being mirrored in 2018, resulting in techUK being the clear &lsquo;go-to&rsquo; organisation for the tech industry in the UK.</p> <p>This report includes a selection of the many successes techUK enjoyed over the past year.</p> CES Blog. Day 4 (January 12th). Leaving Las Vegas. Sat, 13 Jan 2018 01:55:50 +0000 Paul Hide (techUK) Paul Hide, techUK, wraps up his week at CES 2018 with a summary of this year’s show. <p>It’s been an eventful, exhausting, chaotic and productive week in Las Vegas. Obstacles have been put in our path that we might not have expected. Tuesday saw the wettest ever January day in the city. Crossing the street could be likened to riding the rapids of the Grand Canyon.</p> <p>All that water had to go somewhere, that somewhere being through the ceilings of the Main Halls, the rooms of the Suites in the MGM and the doors of Eureka Park. I’m not sure that Samsung and Sony had imagined a collection of buckets across their multi million dollar stands as part of the original design specification.</p> <p>Greater challenges occurred when the water found its way into the main electricity supply plunging the Main Halls into darkness for over 2 hours on Wednesday, impacting on the likes of LG, Intel, Sony, Samsung, Panasonic and hundreds of other exhibitors.</p> <p>But through adversity business has flourished. The techUK Pavilion has been a destination point for thousands of international buyers, distributors, financiers and media partners. All 12 of our supported companies have collectively secured order opportunities of many millions of pounds, far above their expectations, and many excellent global connections which can lead to new business opportunities after the show has ended.</p> <p>I have spoken to many of the other UK companies situated within Eureka Park and the Connected Home halls and they too are incredibly positive about the value they have and will gain from attending this international trade fair. The location may be the USA, but the audience is most certainly global.</p> <p>I’ve been attending this show on and off for the last 20 years. It has evolved massively over time and is no longer the preserve of consumer electronics alone. The motor industry now has a massive presence here, as does the health tech sector.</p> <p>Many of the 4000 exhibitors are focussed on B2B tech solutions spanning hardware, software and services. The media headlines may be led by the major brand players in consumer focussed tech but when you get onto the show floor your eyes are opened to the breadth and spread of companies from across the globe doing B2B, B2C and B2G business.</p> <p>This has been the first year that techUK have partnered with the UK Department of International Trade to run a UK Pavilion at CES giving exposure to some superb examples of the quality of the tech start-up entrepreneurs and their innovative products and services that the UK can offer.</p> <p>It has proved an unequivocal success. UK Government branding resulted in the Pavilion being a destination point for media and business people to seek out UK companies at the show. We’ve been packed out with visitors talking real business opportunities every hour that the show floor was open. Our start-up partners go home exhausted but excited about the orders and opportunities secured over the last four days.</p> <p>We have proven how successful a co-ordinated approach at CES can be. We have also seen that this show provides opportunities for many sectors of the tech industry, home, health, mobile, transportation, energy, data and automation to name just a few.<br />techUK will be working with DiT as soon as we get back to the UK to start the planning process for 2019. We want to build on the success of this year and support more techUK members and start-ups use CES2019 to grow their businesses.</p> <p>Consider the opportunities that attending CES can create for your business. If you want to find out more about how techUK can help you in exhibiting at CES2019 speak to us soon. Those that attended in 2018 most certainly plan to be back next year.</p> <p>CES2019 January 8th to 11th 2019. Put it in your diary. Viva Las Vegas!</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> IoT 6 Monthly Activity Roundup 2017 Fri, 12 Jan 2018 09:00:00 +0000 Manar Al-Muflahi(techUK) IoT 6 Monthly Activity Roundup 2017, the full version is available to download for members. <p>techUK's IoT Programme has a core vision of stimulating the take up of IoT in the UK. It does this by bringing together the key players in IoT in the UK to; drive core issues that affect trust in IoT; ensure the right policy and regulatory regime is in place and develop markets and business opportunities.</p> <p>The second half of 2017 began with a flurry of policy announcements with GDPR, data, and security dominating discourse. Our IoT Programme has been as busy as ever running <a href=";view=itemlist&amp;Itemid=193&amp;date_direction=future&amp;date=7&amp;cat%5B1%5D=237_173_160&amp;cat%5Bmain%5D=61_47_64_50_69_67_60_68_59&amp;format=raw">over 25 events</a>, publishing our <a href="">Top Actions to Accelerate IoT Implementation</a> and our inaugural <a href="insights/reports/item/11743-the-connected-home-a-view-of-the-uk-market-and-future-trends">State of the Connected Home report</a>. With the IoT becoming more relevant to everyday life, and Government embarking on a new Industrial Strategy that rightly places digital at its core, we have sought to focus not just on market opportunities but also how we overcome the challenges limiting implementation.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2 style="color: #8a04ab;">Highlights &amp; Achievements</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3 style="color: #04ab36;">State of the Connected Home 2017</h3> <p>In November we published our long awaited <a href="insights/reports/item/11743-the-connected-home-a-view-of-the-uk-market-and-future-trends">State of the Connected Home 2017 report</a> in partnership with market <a href="">research firm, GfK</a>. We launched the report with a stakeholder roundtable, followed by an interactive workshop where we took members on an immersive journey; exploring and demonstrating how to navigate the complicated world of consumer-led innovation for the Connected Home.<br />The report explores the appeal and ownership of different categories of devices, and makes recommendations to...</p> SmarterUK 6 Monthly Activity Roundup 2017 Fri, 12 Jan 2018 09:00:00 +0000 Manar Al-Muflahi(techUK) SmarterUK 6 Monthly Activity Roundup 2017, the full version is available to download for members. <p>The second half of 2017 saw techUK delve deep into data accompanied by exploring the implications of GDPR. Data brings many opportunities for the infrastructure sector, it opens doors for innovation, but it isn’t a one-way street. techUK worked closely with government, local authorities, and the tech sector to open doors for opportunities and innovation hosting and participating in <a href=";view=itemlist&amp;Itemid=193&amp;date_direction=future&amp;date=7&amp;cat%5B1%5D=286_119_122_123&amp;cat%5Bmain%5D=61_47_64_50_69_67_60_68_59&amp;format=raw">over 30 events in the second half of 2017</a>. This work will be built upon in 2018 and we very much look forward to continuing this work with our members.</p> <h2 style="color: #8a04ab;">Highlights &amp; Achievements</h2> <h3 style="color: #33c1ff;">To champion the economic and societal benefits that smart infrastructure solutions can deliver to UK plc and its citizens.</h3> <p>In conjunction with the techUK IoT Programme and market <a href="">research firm GfK</a>, we published our highly anticipated <a href="insights/reports/item/11743-the-connected-home-a-view-of-the-uk-market-and-future-trends">State of the Connected Home 2017 report</a> in November. The report explores the appeal and ownership of different categories of devices, and makes recommendations to encourage further adoption in the UK. We launched the report with a stakeholder roundtable, followed by...</p> Putting the User Back into Transport Innovation Mon, 08 Jan 2018 14:38:37 +0000 Claire Leslie (techUK) Use Cases for Data provided an opportunity for tech and transport industry actors to explore user-focused opportunities for innovation. <blockquote>Putting the User Back into Transport Innovation – Use Cases for Data provided an opportunity for tech and transport industry actors to explore user-focused opportunities for innovation.</blockquote> <p>In November 2017, techUK hosted a workshop with <a href="">Intelligent Transport Systems UK (ITS UK)</a> to bring together the transport and technology industries to explore opportunities to better innovate for the future, with a particular focus on user challenges.</p> <p>Attendees included Catapults, tech suppliers, transport providers and delivery agencies.</p> <p>Challenges and opportunities were examined in themed workshops, including:</p> <ul> <li>Unlocking the value of transport data</li> <li>Skills availability in the UK workforce</li> <li>Opportunities for data in reducing maintenance costs</li> <li>Public transport investment</li> <li>Network management</li> </ul> <p>The workshop fostered open discussion of organisational needs and objectives for incorporation of technology and data capabilities to better prepare British transport for the future.</p> <p>If you would like to know more about the SmarterUK Transport Group, please get in touch with:</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> DCMS Launch Small Scale DAB Consultation Document Fri, 05 Jan 2018 10:01:15 +0000 Paul Hide (techUK) More local commercial and community radio stations will be able to broadcast on digital across the UK under new plans announced by Digital Minister Matt Hancock. <p>DCMS has&nbsp;published the small-scale DAB consultation document, accompanied by a press release headed ‘Government to help commercial and community radio to go digital.’&nbsp;</p> <p>The press release highlights the progress made by digital radio and the opportunity offered by small-scale technology to enable hundreds of local commercial and community stations to broadcast on DAB for the first time.</p> <p>In his quote Digital Minister Matt Hancock comments on how local radio is much-loved and the need to support local radio by making sure the rules are up to date and that the opportunity exists to use new digital technology to reach audiences.</p> <p>Digital Radio UK are quoted&nbsp;as welcoming the small -scale DAB consultation but emphasising that ‘there is much work to be done to fully consider the best use of the limited spectrum available and how small-scale can work most efficiently alongside existing local and national DAB multiplexes.’</p> <p>The consultation will run for 8 weeks starting on 4 January and completing on 5pm 28 February and covers 12 key questions relating to community stations and digital licences, ownership of small scale radio multiplexes, the size of the multiplex area , the duration of the licences, BBC access to small-scale DAB and Ofcom’s duty to consider local commercial impacts on local multiplexes.</p> <p>DCMS have said that their aim is to have new licensing arrangements in place by the end of the year. It is likely that during this period they will take measures to extend the existing trial area small-scale multiplexes whose licences expire in the first half of 2018.</p> <p>A link to the press release:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Press Release</a></p> <p>A link to the consultation documentation:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Consultation Document</a></p> <p>For more information on techUK's work on Digital Radio contact:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Paul Hide</a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> techUK Data Centre Programme Overview Thu, 04 Jan 2018 09:00:00 +0000 Claire Leslie (techUK) Collective expertise and a strong authoritative voice has made techUK the go-to organisation on data centres. This is how we represent the sector. <p>Like much of ICT, data centres are poorly understood by policy makers, commentators and the general public. That makes them vulnerable to ill-informed criticism. We have an excellent track record in setting the record straight on ICT in general and data centres in particular.</p> <p>The techUK data centre group has over 400 members and is recognised by key decision makers as the collective voice of the UK data centre sector in matters relating to public policy, reputation, professionalism and energy efficiency. It is our ultimate objective to ensure that the UK continues to offer a business environment in which the sector can flourish. Our members include data centre operators, both colocation and enterprise providers, companies who manufacture the IT and communications hardware that occupy these facilities and others in the data centre supply chain - from cooling solution providers to investors.</p> <h2><strong>Below is an overview of the activity undertaken by the techUK data centre group.</strong></h2> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 98% of Non Authorised Apple Chargers Pose Fire and Shock risks Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:59:46 +0000 Paul Hide (techUK) Electrical Safety First launch report on test results of non authorised device chargers <p>Electrical Safety First (ESF) have launched a new report detailing the results of some testing we carried out, supported by Apple, on 50 counterfeit iPhone chargers. Almost all (49 out of 50) of the chargers tested had the potential to deliver a lethal electric shock and/or cause a fire.</p> <p>ESF's media campaign highlights the serious risks associated with buying fake/ non-authroised&nbsp;electrical products, particularly chargers.</p> <p>ESF are asking online marketplaces and social media companies to do more to prevent the sale of fake electrical goods and to highlight the problem of sellers advertising counterfeit or lookalike chargers on their websites.</p> <p>The message for consumers is to be vigilant when shopping online and only buy from retailers they know and trust.</p> <p>You can find out more about the story, and download a copy of the full report, by visiting:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Fake Chargers</a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Ofcom Launch New Consultation on Electronic Programme Guides Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:33:22 +0000 Paul Hide (techUK) Ofcom propose amendments to the EPG code, so that people with visual impairments can benefit from extra features to help them navigate channels more easily. <p>Following an initial consultation launched back in October 2016 and feedback from techUK, Digital UK and other industry stakeholders the&nbsp;second iteration of the Ofcom consultation on proposed changes to the code of practice on EPGs has now been released. This consultation impacts the feature sets for TVs, PVRs and STBs as well as the EPG meta data delivered via the Broadcasters.</p> <p>This new consultation has taken into account some&nbsp;of the feedback received from industry in the first consultation and there are some changes to the original proposals.</p> <p>In summary,&nbsp;the main recommendations for change include:<br />1) Previously the proposed changes were focused only on multi-function receivers (PVRs), now they will apply to all devices that display EPG (TVs are now in scope).<br />2) Previously it was proposed that ‘best endeavours’ are required to meet the changes, now it is proposed that ‘reasonable endeavours so far as practical’ are required. This suggests a less onerous 'comply at any cost' approach which would have proved problematic where it is not possible to enable compliance of current models/ chassis without incurring costs and/ or resource that could make the product uneconmically viable to continue to place onto the market.<br />3) Changes will come into force when the final statement is published, so this suggests that manufacturers will be forced to act quickly, possibly in 2018.<br />4) The changes required are&nbsp;:<br />a. Text to Speech rendering.<br />b. Programme highlighting where audio description is provided.<br />c. EPG magnification options.<br />d. Switching between default and high contrast displays.</p> <p>techUK will be reviewing and responsing to this consultation on behalf of members. The techUK CE Strategy and Technology Group will lead on the consultation response drafting.</p> <p>A link to the Ofcom consulation can be accessed below:</p> <p><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=epg-accessibility" target="_blank">Ofcom EPG Consultation documents</a></p> <p>For more information on how to get involved in this consultation contact:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Paul Hide</a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> National Careers Service Concept Viability Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:09:56 +0000 Simona Paliulyte(techUK) National Careers Service Concept Viability Report Published Today <p>techUK held a series of concept viability market engagement events with the National Careers Service in November. The concept viability programme allows public sector customers to have a two-way dialogue with the market, and provides suppliers of all sizes, including small businesses, with an opportunity to help shape and validate ideas, plans and requirements.</p> <p>The events engaged with potential suppliers, experts and other interested parties in advance of a future procurement. Organisations were invited to attend the event and which was designed to discuss how the ESFA can best deliver the objectives of the new National Careers Service.</p> <p>A final report summarising the findings of the market engagement events, including briefings from the National Careers Service and a summary of key themes and responses can be found below.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>