The week in startup policy

24 July 2015

UK pushes EU on innovation The government has published a 'non-paper' calling for the EU to back startups and the sharing economy, including calling on the EU to ''lighten the load on innovative companies while they're scaling up' - link Tech North delay? Tech City UK's northern cousin, Tech North came under criticism by Labour for delays. It was announced by Nick Clegg last October but...

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Crowdsourcing an alternative summer reading list

22 July 2015

Every summer, Keith Simpson MP publishes a ‘summer reading list’ for his fellow MPs with interesting books. It is a good list - but almost exclusively it covers politics and history, with very little thought given to science, technology or business. As Gaby Hinsliff wrote, it’s no longer OK for politicians not to get the internet. And for the rest of us, it'd be useful to have a place...

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The week in startup policy

22 July 2015

Javid welcomes disruption Business Secretary Sajid Javid defended Uber and disruptive innovation this week. He said: "Berlin and Paris might want to ban Uber. We welcome disruptive technology of that type and others" He argued that it's ultimately to the benefit of consumers and leads to higher productivity. DRIPA unlawful The High Court today struck down last year's Data Retention...

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The week in startup policy

10 July 2015

Budget This week the Chancellor delivered the Summer Budget. Despite being presented in beautiful HTML (thanks GDS!), there wasn't much in there for the tech sector or startups. We have a full roundup here, but some of the announcements were: Tweaks to SEIS, EIS and VCTs (in full here) Changes to the taxation of dividend income A consultation on including investment crowdfunding...

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What the Summer Budget means for startups

8 July 2015

This afternoon, George Osborne delivered the first wholly Conservative Budget since 1996. We've pulled together a summary of the key points that matter to startups and the digital economy and you can find the full Budget here (for the first time in a nice web-friendly format!). Not much on tech In the March Budget, Osborne spoke about IoT, the sharing economy and driverless cars, but this...

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The week in startup policy

3 July 2015

Digital priorities Digital industries minister, Ed Vaizey set out 'digital priorities for this Parliament', focussing on Europe (including the Digital Single Market), infrastructure, new technology (including the sharing economy), cyber-security and digital skills - link Kendall embraces tech Labour leadership contender Liz Kendall gave an impressive speech this week in which she called...

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The week in startup policy

26 June 2015

Open data Good news for open data advocates, and for startups that build on top of public sector data as two serious announcements this week. Companies House announced that all public digital data on the UK register of companies will now be available free, online through a search tool, and more importantly through an API - link DEFRA (the government Department for the Environment, Food...

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The week in startup policy

12 June 2015

Surveillance report Yesterday the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, David Anderson, published his report into investigatory powers in the UK - 'A Question of Trust'. It's a comprehensive  look at the status quo, the views of interested parties, and recommendations for the future. It has 124 recommendations... but some of the interesting ones are: A single new law to...

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The week in startup policy

15 May 2015

Conservatives win election Unless you've been hiding under a rock for the last week you'll probably know already that David Cameron is back in 10 Downing Street, this time with a Conservative majority in parliament. Here's our quick take on what it means for startups - link. New ministers appointed There has been a reshuffle with new ministers appointed. Here's the full list -  Read more

Reshuffle

15 May 2015

David Cameron has now finished (we think) appointing his ministerial team. Here are some of the ministers to watch on startups and tech issues: George Osborne remained Chancellor of the Exchequer. He's previously been engaged on tech and startup issues, including a focus on broadband funding, tax reliefs on early stage investment,  and support for fintech. His big project currently is...

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startupDNA

23 April 2015

We’re working alongside Wayra, Telefonica’s digital accelerator, and coalition of partners, to conduct a ground-breaking research project – what we believe is the first of its kind in the UK - to analyse the DNA of startups in Britain. A lot has been said about the social makeup of the start-up ecosystem in the US but there hasn’t, as yet, been a comprehensive study conducted in the...

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The week in startup policy

17 April 2015

Manifestos arrive This week saw manifestos from Labour, the Conservatives and the Lib Dems, as well as from the Green Party and UKIP. We read through the main ones so you don't have to, pulling out the most important pledges on tech, startups and entrepreneurship: Labour Conservative Liberal Democrat All of them pledge action on broadband, digital government and...

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Lib Dem Manifesto and Startups

15 April 2015

Today Nick Clegg launched the Liberal Democrats' Manifesto for the 2015 general election. Here is our quick reaction on what it means for startups. This follows our analysis on the Labour and Conservatives manifestoes. At nearly 160 pages, the Lib Dem manifesto is the longest of the bunch (Labour's is 86, and the Conservatives' is 84 pages long), and contains lots of mentions of...

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Conservative Manifesto and Startups

14 April 2015

Today David Cameron launched the Conservative Party's Manifesto for the 2015 general election. Here is our quick reaction on what it means for startups. [Update: here are similar posts for Labour and Lib Dem manifestos]. Generally it's a collection of positive pledges to support startups and business more generally, although there's little in the way of new policy and it mostly...

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Labour's Manifesto and Startups

13 April 2015

Today Ed Miliband launched the Labour Party's Manifesto for the 2015 general election. Here is our quick reaction on what it means for startups. [Update: here are our summaries for Conservatives and Lib Dems] Recognising the role of digital tech There's a promising section in the Labour Manifesto that recognises the role of digital technology and startups:

"Labour’s longer-term...

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The week in startup policy

10 April 2015

Tories promise age-verification online The Conservatives have pledged that they would enforce age-limits online for adult content. They argue they would require websites to implement age-verification tools, and force ISPs to block access to those that refused - link Quite how this would work, and the odds of foreign-hosted sites complying, are very uncertain to say the least, as argued by...

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The week in startup policy

2 April 2015

Labour launch Business Manifesto Labour released their Business Manifesto this week, setting out their policy pledges. The main things of interest to startups are: -Pledge to cut business rates for small businesses -Long-term strategy and funding for science and innovation -A 'British Investment Bank' to improve access to finance -More apprenticeships, and technical education and...

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The week in startup policy

27 March 2015

Digital Single Market This week the European Commission unveiled the first glimpse of its proposed package on the 'Digital Single Market' (the full announcement is not being made until May). Of particular interest to startups will be moves to: -tackle 'geo-blocking' -modernise copyright -simplify VAT for SMEs -regulation of online platforms (this could be worrying) -reform data...

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Our Budget response

18 March 2015

Today George Osborne delivered the Budget - here's our full summary of what it means for startups. Responding, Coadec's Executive Director, Guy Levin said: 'This was a Budget that backed digital innovation. From fintech to the sharing economy, digital currencies to the Internet of Things, the Chancellor has announced a substantial package of support for tech that will boost the UK's...

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What the Budget means for startups

18 March 2015

This afternoon George Osborne delivered his final Budget before the next general election, which is now just 50 days away. Here are the announcements we think will matter to digital startups.   Broadband ambition The Chancellor announced a new ambition 'that ultrafast broadband of at least 100Mbps should be available to nearly all UK premises', but did not set a deadline or explain how...

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Let's fill Europe with Startups

5 March 2015

Our Executive Director, Guy Levin, was invited to speak at the EPP Group (the centre-right group in the European Parliament) meeting in Toledo on a panel about the digital economy. Here's what he said:   Thanks and Intro First off, I just want to say a big thank you to Manfred Weber and the EPP group for inviting me to speak at your bureau meeting. I run a small non-profit called...

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Our Budget Submission

25 February 2015

On March 18th, Chancellor George Osborne will give his final Budget before the General Election (on May 7th). We're calling on the Chancellor to continue to support the digital economy by: Extending the Rent a Room scheme to cover other sharing economy activities Introducing incentives to encourage more corporate venturing Retain and improve EIS and SEIS Helping teachers to deliver...

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Some good news on immigration

25 February 2015

Some great news for digital startups today as the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has recommended to the Home Office that several digital roles should be added to the Shortage Occupation List (SOL). We called for this in our Startup Manifesto, and have been campaigning for this change alongside techUK and Tech London Advocates. It's great that the MAC have listened to the concerns of the...

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Welcome Alex, new Coadec Chairman!

24 February 2015 | Jeff Lynn

 Welcome Alex! I am very pleased to announce that I have invited Alex Depledge, Co-founder and CEO of Hassle.com, to take my place as Chairman of Coadec. I am even more pleased to say that she has accepted my invitation.   Alex is a truly remarkable woman who will provide Coadec with powerful leadership as it faces the challenges and opportunities of the new government.   It has...

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A boost to the Coadec team

24 February 2015

24 February 2015: The leading advocate for digital startups, The Coalition for a Digital Economy (Coadec), has today announced two senior appointments, Alex Depledge and Eileen Burbidge, to its team as it prepares to step up its activity ahead of the General Election in May. Alexandra Depledge, CEO and co-founder of Hassle.com, is to take over as Chairman of Coadec. Alex was named by...

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Startup Manifestos around Europe

19 February 2015

Last year we published our Startup Manifesto setting out 24 ideas for how the next government should continue to support digital startups in the UK. This is part of a growing movement for startup communities around the world to organise and engage with policy makers. Here are some of the other Startup Manifestos from around the world. Get in touch if you know of any others that we should...

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2014 for Coadec

18 December 2014

2014 has been a great year for Coadec, and for me personally, relaunching the organisation has been an amazing experience. As the year draws to an end, I'm really proud of everything we've achieved. Here are some of the highlights from 2014: We relaunched in May with a party at Campus We researched and published The Startup Manifesto, which was backed by over 200 leading digital...

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Startups and new EU data rules

11 December 2014

Today Coadec and techUK are hosting an event looking at what new EU data protection rules may mean for startups, and the truth is that it's not pretty. Antony Walker (deputy CEO, techUK) and I have written a column about this for Tech City News. To bring this rather dry subject to life, together with techUK we invented a P2P lending startup called 'Lend.io' and asked top data law firm,

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What do new data protection rules mean for startups?

8 December 2014

We would be delighted if you could join us on 11th December at 16.00 for a panel event hosted by Coadec and techUK on what new European data protection rules will mean for digital startups. Trust and confidence in the use of data is fundamental to the success of all data driven businesses. Startups benefit from data protection rules that provide consumers with the confidence to embrace new...

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What the Autumn Statement means for startups

3 December 2014

This blog originally appeared on Tech City News (link)   Today George Osborne delivered his Autumn Statement. Gone are the days when these are just updates from the Chancellor on the latest economic figures, and this afternoon we had a statement of Budget-like proportions, with a huge number of announcements.   Overall, my impression is that there is a lot of good stuff in the...

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What Labour Conference means for startups?

26 September 2014

This week I was at Labour Party Conference in Manchester. I've written for Tech City News about my overall impressions, but here are some specific items that will have an impact on startups: Ed Balls: Tech is 'hollowing out' labour market Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, warned in his conference speech that ‘rapid technological change is replacing traditional skilled jobs’leading to ‘a...

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What people are saying about the Startup Manifesto

3 September 2014 | Guy Levin

The Manifesto has been welcomed by top politicians: Chuka Umunna MP (Shadow Business Secretary) "We want to see more people starting up, leading and working in business and the creation of high-skilled, better-paid jobs. Britain's burgeoning digital economy has a huge role to play in meeting both of these challenges, and that's why Coadec's manifesto is right to emphasise the importance...

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The Startup Manifesto

3 September 2014 | Guy Levin

With 9 months to go until the next general election, and as the political parties are writing their own manifestos, today Coadec is publishing the Startup Manifesto to influence the debate. Click here to read The Startup Manifesto It has been backed by over 200 leading startups and investors, including founders and partners from: King,TransferWise, SwiftKey, Lovestruck, Funding...

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