Rural Digital Divide

Rural Digital Divide

E RADAR and the HD8 Network are calling for more strategic investment to help rural businesses realise the full potential of the digital economy and narrow the rural digital divide. Speaking at a high-level round-table at the European Commission in London, HD8 Network’s founder Merewyn Sayers expressed concern that many businesses across rural Kirklees are struggling […]

How to manage VAT on Digital Services

How to manage VAT on Digital Services

“If you are providing telecommunications, broadcasting or electronic services (‘digital services’) to consumers across the European Union, you must comply with new laws concerning VAT on digital services and account for VAT where consumers live or are located.” The EU introduced these new rules amid concerns that suppliers trading cross border were avoiding VAT payments on […]

‘Grassroots’ Strategy Key To DSM Success

‘Grassroots’ Strategy Key To DSM Success

The EU’s Digital Single Market (DSM) cannot succeed without a ‘grassroots’ strategy that enables, supports and promotes businesses, groups and individuals already working at the heart of local communities across Europe. DSM implemented bottom up, not top down. Our recent DigiChampz case study in rural Yorkshire concludes that a network of accredited digital champions can offer strategic vision, help, […]

Services Directive

Services Directive

The EU Services Directive was introduced to remove unjustifiable or discriminatory requirements affecting the setting up or carrying on of a relevant service. A service is an economic activity normally provided for remuneration and which is not a contract for employment. Types of a service include Business services: management consultancy; professional services such as lawyers, accountants and actuaries; advertising; certification and testing; facilities management, including […]

EU Data Protection Reform – A ‘Demented’ Set Of Regulations?

EU Data Protection Reform – A ‘Demented’ Set Of Regulations?

Plans to update data protection laws in Europe are facing increasing criticism from members of the European Parliament, with one UK commentator calling the draft proposals “a completely demented set of regulations.” But Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding remains adamant that her proposals should become law and has even accused the UK Government of introducing additional complexities. […]