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from Public Service Broadcasting to Public Service Communication

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from Public Service Broadcasting to Public Service Communication . Public service broadcasting must change if it is to survive. The licensing and funding arrangements that support it are challenged by long-term technical and market changes including the proliferation of channels and services, the rise of new interactive services and the shift away from mass access to niche services and alternative platforms for content delivery. Although in the short term UK public service broadcasters are in a state of rude health, they neglect these longer-term challenges at their peril. Edited by Damian Tambini and Jamie Cowling.

 

By Institute for Public Policy Research, UK.

Business Policy Resource.


Corporation tax reform

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Corporation tax reform. In August 2003 the government issued a further consultation document on reform to the corporation tax system. This consultation continues a process that started in July 2001 with a consultation document on large business taxation, and which appears to have become an annual exercise. This Briefing Note points out that this annual round of reform proposals does little to promote a stable environment for business investment decisions. New proposals on transfer pricing and finance leasing will add to business costs. By Stephen Bond and Alexander Klemm.

 

By Institute for Fiscal Studies, UK.

Business Policy Resource.


Regional Venture Capitalism:

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Regional Venture Capitalism: UK and Germany Compared .This report examines the regional complexion of venture capital activity in the UK and Germany over recent years, particularly in the context of spatial concentration versus dispersal. It seeks to identify and explain differences in ?regional' venture capital policy models between the two countries, and the impacts of those policies to date; and finally to ascertain the scope for further policy development and learning from ?best practice'. By Ron Martin, Christian Berndt, Britta Klagge, Peter Sunley, Stephan Herten and Rolf Sternberg.

 

By Anglo-German Foundation, UK, Germany.

Business Policy Resource.


ICT skills in the UK and Germany: How companies adapt and react

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ICT skills in the UK and Germany: How companies adapt and react. This study analyses and assesses the contrasting national strategies associated with skill supply for information and communication technologies (ICT) in Britain and Germany. It also examines the impact of these strategies on firms and assess the usefulness to companies of skills at different qualification levels. It concludes with policy implications for change in publicly financed ICT skill supply strategies that emerge from this analysis. By Hilary Steedman, Karin Wagner, Jim Foreman.

 

By Anglo-German Foundation, UK.

Business Policy Resource.