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“Ecommerce and the UK: leading the way, shaping the agenda”

Ecommerce is now a vital component of the UK economy.

This summit will bring together a range of UK policymakers, key European policy makers, leading UK-based companies trading online, international retailers trading in the UK, payment providers, distributors and commentators to discuss the big issues affecting ecommerce in the UK.

Join us for plenary sessions with keynote speeches, and panel discussions on creating a competitive EU Digital Single Market and ensuring that ecommerce continues to drive UK economic growth.

Confirmed speakers include:
  • Chi Onwurah MP, Shadow Minister for the Digital Economy
  • Vicky Ford MEP, Chair of the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee
  • Dr Adam Marshall, Acting Director General, British Chambers of Commerce
  • David O’Sullivan, Policy Officer, DG TAXUD, European Commission
  • Sietske De Groot, Senior EU Adviser, Federation of Small Businesses
  • Sébastien Begnis, ASD Group
  • Maurits Bruggink, Secretary General, EMOTA
Panel session 1: E-Commerce & Taxation
As the largest and most buoyant e-commerce market in the European Union, the UK is home to some of the most successful e-commerce companies in the world, both large and small. The UK has not only created a competitive environment where e-commerce companies thrive, but has created conditions where those companies are best-placed to export to the European marketplace. However, one of the main obstacles to UK companies exporting to the EU is processing and complying with the 500 different VAT regimes in the member states. Additionally, there is also the question of whether or not a reform of the tax collection mechanisms is needed, given the rapid increase in international e-commerce. The first panel session will explore the solutions to these issues from a regulatory and operational perspective.
Panel session 2: E-Commerce & Trade
As e-commerce continues to be one of the fastest growing retail channels, and a central component of the UK economy, it is vital that regulatory and administrative barriers to cross-border trade are removed and threats to the UK’s e-commerce companies – such as competition from large third country importers – are dealt with sufficiently. Our second panel session will examine a range of topics including contractual distribution restrictions, fragmentation of payment systems, high-cost parcel delivery, linguistic barriers, and product safety.

Contact Details

For further information please contact James Noble at j.noble@connectpa.co.uk or call 020 7592 9490.

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Date & Time

Date: Tuesday 17 May 2016

Time: 09.00 - 13.30

Who should attend

  • UK policymakers – Ministers, Civil Servants, MPs
  • Key policy makers in the European Commission and MEPs
  • Leading UK-based companies trading online
  • International retailers trading in the UK
  • Payment providers
  • Distributors
  • Media and commentators, including trade press and think tanks


RICS at Parliament Square
12 Great George Street
Parliament Square
London SW1P 3AD