On Thursday 1st of November 2018, the APPG for Video Games held their AGM.
The AGM commenced with a discussion about the group members roles with Alex Sobel MP taking over from Sharon Hodgson MP as chair and Daniel Zeichner MP, Matt Western Ed Vaizey MP, Scott Mann MP, Sharon Hodgson MP, Chris Law MP and Lord Clement-Jones all agreeing to serve the group as Vice Chairs. The group then explored the topics they’d like to cover over the next 12 months with esports, music, inclusivity and growth all featuring.
This morning, The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) released its immigration report Open and controlled – a new approach to immigration after Brexit. As a CBI member, Ukie has been very vocal about the need for reform of the immigration system to support the ease of movement, especially considering Brexit. The report comes as a step in the right direction for this, and we’re glad to have contributed to the process.
Luke Thomas, Plus accounting’s lead accountant and tax advisor has created a series of comprehensive 'gamer guides' to provide an insight into key areas affecting the sector. They provide clear guidance on issues relating to both accounting and tax, together with information on topics relating to the industry i.e. Video Games Tax Relief.
Ukie hotline: Stefano Petrullo discusses PR
PR and gaming go hand in hand, with strategies almost being as crucial as the creation itself, having an understanding in today’s climate of PR strategy is essential, no matter the size of your company. In light of this, Industry veteran Stefano Petrullo founded Renaissance PR, to provide a unique non-formulaic approach to public relations, which has gone on to be nominated for several awards, winning TMT News’ Best PR Gaming Professional in 2016.
Games industry visits 10 Downing Street.
Senior games and esport industry figures, including Ukie CEO Dr Jo Twist OBE, Ukie Chair, Noirin Carmody and representatives from PlayStation, ESL, SEGA, Team Dignitas, Ninja Theory, Media Molecule and more, attended a Creative Industries reception last night at 10 Downing Street, hosted by the Prime Minister.
Apprenticeships are continuing to rise in popularity, with businesses finding it increasingly difficult to source talent in the UK, apprenticeships are becoming a cost effective, cost efficient way to tailor employees to each individual organisation’s needs.
We’d like to introduce a couple of new faces who have joined the Ukie and Games London teams over the last couple of weeks.