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Business news round-up: EU reform, awards nominations & Sage Summit 2016

Nominations now open for North West Finance Awards

The North West Finance Awards recognise excellence in individuals performing accounting and financial roles in businesses based across the North West.

Nominations are now open for this year’s ceremony, taking place at a Grand Awards Evening on 29th September.

You are able to nominate yourself or any colleagues, members of your team, customers, clients, suppliers, business associates, or any other individual who goes above and beyond in their role. Entering and nomination is entirely free, so you can nominate as many people as you would like.

The deadline to submit nominations is 22nd July. Find out more about the entry requirements and how to nominate on the North West Finance Awards website.

EU data protection reform is confirmed for 2018

This month, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was approved, a reform by The European Commission to “make Europe fit for the digital age.”

By unifying Europe's rules on data protection, lawmakers are hoping to create more opportunities for businesses.

The new rules will come into force on 4th May 2018 and have serious implications for both EU and non-EU companies, including breach penalties of up to €100 million.

Regardless the result of the EU referendum vote on 23rd June; if UK companies wish to operate in Europe, they will have to comply with GDPR.

Read more about the new rules and how to make your business compliant here.

Event launched to help business develop mobile strategies

On 4th May, a special breakfast event, ‘Survival Strategies for the Mobile First Economy,’ will take place in Manchester; discussing with attendees how brands can enhance and develop their customers’ mobile experiences of their business.

The ever-increasing use of mobile devices means that customers expect a consistent, feature-rich and user-friendly experience however they choose to access a website.

Led by Insider Media and Fetch, the purpose of the event is to address some of the current mobile trends, particularly concerning how to deliver a mobile strategy and utilise media, creative and analytics services to reach and engage with mobile consumers.

Find out more about the event and register on the Insider Media website.

UK businesses at heart of “fourth industrial revolution”

The EU Commission has published details on how businesses across the UK can get better access to technologies that will help them to modernise, improving the way the UK does business in the research, technology and industrial sectors.

The actions, which include details on cloud services and data analytics, will in part be funded by private investment and Horizon 2020, the biggest ever EU research and innovation programme, with €80 billion of funding available over seven years (2014 to 2020).

Business Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe said: “The package set out by the European Commission contains stimulating ideas about how businesses can embrace new and interesting ways of working.”

Read more about the package on the Business Matters Magazine website.

Dates for Sage Summit 2016 announced

The annual Sage Summit, organised by Sage, will take place this year from 25th to 28th July in Chicago, USA.

The Sage Summit is the largest gathering of small and medium businesses in the world, and is open to everyone, including customers, partners and even non-Sage users.

The Summit showcases a range of celebrated speakers and business experts, including keynote speaker Sir Richard Branson. The event also offers opportunities in mentor and peer networking, in-depth education, interactive training, and details on Sage certification.

Typical attendees range from business owners, executives and managers, to people in IT, HR professionals and sales personnel.

Visit the Sage website to get your tickets.