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Jersey strengthen business ties with Hong Kong and China

Thursday, October 11, 2012

An official delegation from the Island is in Hong Kong and China for a ten day business trip to strengthen ties with the world's leading economic powerhouse, and follows a successful visit in May.

The delegation includes representatives from Jersey's Economic Development Department and inward investment agency, Jersey Post, Basel eBusiness Limited and Indigo Lighthouse and the 10 day programme has been partially facilitated by the China-Britain Business Council.

The aim of the 10 day visit is to promote the many benefits of Jersey as a centre for e-commerce.

Whilst in Hong Kong, the delegation will focus on meetings with major businesses and a presentation by Deputy James Baker from EDD will be given in Hangzhou to hundreds of delegates from across China to show what Jersey has to offer.

The programme will conclude with a conference in Beijing where Wayne Gallichan of Locate Jersey will give a presentation on Jersey's potential as an inward investment location and Michael McNally, Head of International Development at  Jersey Post and Grant Twine, Director of Basel eBusiness will speak on Jersey's logistics and e-commerce industry. 

Jersey's Economic Development Minister, Senator Alan Maclean said that by continuing to forge close ties with China, we are opening the way for an exchange of ideas and business opportunities for both countries in sectors such as e-commerce and tourism.

Basel eBusiness present at the UK's biggest multi-channel and online commerce solutions event

Monday, October 08, 2012

On the 2nd and 3rd October 2012, Basel eBusiness’s Director, eBusiness Manager and Business Development executive exhibited at the prestigious London eCommerce Expo 2012 www.ecommerceexpo.co.uk, the UK's number 1 event dedicated to online business.

Grant Twine, Mark James and Steve Clarke were in attendance on Stand 1304 for the two day event, which was hosted at London’s Olympia Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Road and was dedicated to all aspects of selling online. The eCommerce Expo was a visiting must for anyone looking to maximise online sales.

The Expo boasted the UK's largest gathering of leading industry suppliers and unrivalled networking opportunities for professionals across digital marketing, ecommerce, IT, retail and design. On offer was a wealth of practical advice, case-study led seminars and the opportunity to hear about the latest technologies, as well as presentations from inspirational speakers and saw thousands of industry professionals come through the doors.

Basel eBusiness are thrilled to have been involved and were delighted with the encouraging response and wish to thank everyone who visited us on the stand and expressed interest in the services we offer. We look forward to serving and assisting both new and existing clients in the future.

To discuss how your e-commerce business can benefit from our services, contact Grant Twine  grant.twine@baselglobal.com, or Mark James, E-Commerce Manager mark.james@baselglobal.com on +44 (0)1534 500 900 or fill out the form opposite and have us call you.  

Basel Director short listed for the UK Institute of Directors (IoD) Young Director of the Year 2012 Award

Friday, October 05, 2012

The IoD Director of the Year Awards celebrates the very best in UK business. Open to directors across the business spectrum, the awards takes winners from the local IoD Director of the Year Awards around the UK, and determines through a comprehensive judging process who is the best of the best in British business.

Winning these awards demonstrate that you have been recognised as the best in your field by the organisation for business leaders, the IoD.

In May this year, Grant Twine of Basel eBusiness was awarded Young Director of the Year by the Jersey IoD and this win secured his place as a finalist in the UK awards, which was held on Friday October 5th at Lancaster Hotel, London and was hosted by Michael Portillo.

There were a total of nine awards presented at the event covering a variety of business areas, and the winner of the ten strong entry Young Director of the Year 2012 Award category was Eliot Lincoln, CEO of Jersey-based consultancy, Greenlight. Basel eBusiness would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Eliot for scooping this prestigious award and wish him and his business all the success for the future.

Basel eBusiness MD wins prestigious Institute of Director award

Monday, May 21, 2012

Grant Twine, Managing Director of Basel eBusiness Limited and Director of Basel Trust Corporation (Channel Islands) Limited, has won the prestigious Jersey Institute of Directors 'Young Director the Year' 2012 award. 

Six directors in Jersey were recognised for their outstanding achievements and leadership qualities at a black tie event held on Friday 18 May where the winners were selected by an independent judging panel. The ceremony was held at the Hotel de France, Jersey and was hosted by special guest speaker and former MP Gyles Brandreth.

The award recognises Grant's expertise and commitment  and hearty congratulations go to Grant and the team. 

 

 

PECAR - that's the way the cookies crumble!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

On the 26th May 2011 the UK law which applies to how cookies and similar technologies are used for storing information on a user’s equipment (for example computers and mobile devices) changed with the implementation of the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Amendment Regulations 2011 (‘PECAR’).

The EU imposed Directive effectively obliges websites to advise users about cookies and to obtain explicit consent for all forms of website tracking with fines of up to £500,000 applying for organisations who are found to be in serious breach of the new rules.

A 12 month lead-in period was given by the UK Information Commissioner to allow organisations to take steps to comply with the new cookie rules, as they were thought by the UK Government at the time to be ‘difficult to work in practice’. This grace period expires shortly and the new rules will be adopted from 26th May 2012 and will affect all UK companies.

According to sources, the changes required to achieve compliancy may be onerous and have a real commercial impact due to lost sales caused by changes to behavioural advertising and affiliate marketing, which uses cookies to track user activity. Data platform researchers QuBit estimate that although major sites and ISP’s support the measures, the new regulations could cost UK business £10billion in a worst case scenario and will have a massive impact on digital marketing.

As Jersey is not part of the United Kingdom and also classed as being outside the EU, the new EC Directive and subsequent UK legislation does not apply to businesses based and operating from the Island. By establishing your e-business and basing your servers offshore here in Jersey you could continue with existing e-commerce operations without the need to comply with the new cookie laws.

To discuss how you can establish your online e-business offshore and benefit, please contact Mark James, E-Commerce Manager mark.james@baselglobal.com or Grant Twine on +44 (0)1534 500 900, or fill out the form opposite and have us call you.

Update on LVCR High Court Appeal

Friday, March 16, 2012

Following the recent Judicial Review brought by the States of Jersey and Guernsey, the High Court yesterday ruled that the UK’s proposed changes to Low Value Consignment relief (LVCR) which effectively excludes the Channel Islands, are consistent with EU VAT law. Subsequently, from 1 April 2012 VAT will apply to all commercial consignments sent directly to the UK from the Channel Islands, irrespective of value.

The verdict to scrap LVCR comes following a three day court hearing in London (please see www.gov.je/News/2012/Pages/HighCourtRuling.html

for an official statement on the ruling from from Jersey’s Economic Development Minister). No doubt there will be cause for an Appeal, but we are well aware that this action may take a considerable period of time to conclude with no guarantee of a positive outcome.

Here at Basel eBusiness Solutions, we would like to take this opportunity to reassure our clients that this decision does not mean the demise of the fulfilment industry, and we are already placed to offer alternative solutions for fulfilment operations.

As this limitation only affects goods imported into the U.K. directly from the C.I., we are positioned to be able to organise fulfilment operations into the UK from other jurisdictions, as well as into the mainland European market from the C.I.. Basel eBusiness are working closely with our established international network of service providers in this regard.

To discuss how your online business can continue to take advantage of internet trading with Basel eBusiness Solutions, please call Grant Twine  on +44 (0)1534 500 900, or fill out the form opposite and have us call you.

Swiss Day II Event - 18-19 January 2012 at Swiss Post International - Zurich

Friday, January 20, 2012

In conjunction with fulfilment providers ProFS and international postal operator Swiss Post, Basel eBusiness Solutions yesterday co-presented Swiss Day II  - an event aimed at highlighting the opportunities and explaining the benefits of the distribution solutions available from Switzerland into the UK and to mainland Europe.

Please download this article for event details. 

An update on the seminar will be posted shortly, but if you are interested in finding out more about this event, please call Grant Twine on +44 (0)1534 500 900, or fill out the form opposite and have us call you.

Update on HM Treasury’s announcement of the end of Low Value Consignment Relief (LVCR) to the Channel Islands

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The U.K. Government's intention to take action against LVCR on imports to the UK from the Channel Islands was first announced in the March 2011 UK Budget, initially with an impending  reduction in the threshold below which items are imported into the UK free of VAT, from £18 to £15. This new threshold came into effect on 1 November 2011 and applies to commercial goods imported from the Channel Islands until 1 April 2012. On the 29th November in his Autumn Statement, Chancellor George Osbourne confirmed an earlier HM Treasury announcement that from April 1 2012, Low-Value Consignment Relief will no longer be offered to goods exported to the UK market from the Channel Islands.

In response to this announcement, both Jersey and Guernsey governments sought legal opinions on the legality of this action. Whilst continuing negotiations with HM Treasury, the two territories said they would be working with their respective fulfilment industries to assist them with dealing with the impact that such measures will take. A contingent of local businesses have also announced they will be mounting a strong legal challenge in the form of a Judicial review. This review will be presented on the basis that the figures HM Treasury based their decision to exclude the C.I. on have recently been shown to be flawed, and that the decision is discriminatory.

In the meantime though, we would like to take this opportunity to reassure our clients that this declaration does not mean the demise of the fulfilment industry, in fact, Basel eBusiness are already placed to offer alternative solutions for fulfilment operations even if the directive does become a reality.

As this limitation only affects goods imported into the U.K. from the C.I. we are positioned to be able to organise fulfilment operations into the mainland European market from the C.I. (as the majority of European countries still operate the maximum exemption limit of €22). LVCR imports into the UK from other jurisdictions remains in place (ie the relief remains at £15 for products into the UK from centres outside the EU) and we are working closely with our established international network of service providers in this regard. In fact, Basel eBusiness will be jointly presenting at a Swiss Day seminar with Swiss Post and fulfilment providers ProFS, to be held in Zurich on the 18th and 19th January 2012. This seminar will explain the benefits of fulfilling from Switzerland and we will be explaining what the corporate requirements will be to enable this.

To discuss how your online business can continue to take advantage of internet trading with Basel eBusiness Solutions, please call Grant Twine on +44 (0)1534 500 900, or fill out the form opposite and have us call you.

A new link between Jersey and Israel forged

Monday, June 06, 2011

Basel eBusiness were part of the official delegation of 30 Jersey politicians and business leaders who visited Israel between the 23rd and 25th May for meetings with senior Israeli politicians and key business leaders. The visit was arranged  jointly by Jersey Enterprise and UK Israel Business, a new entity formed by a combination of the British-Israel Chamber of Commerce and the Israel Britain Business Council. The focus of the delegation  was to meet key ecommerce and egaming professionals as well as strengthening political ties.

 

Israeli-linked companies form some of the largest, most innovative and profitable egaming businesses in the world and Daniel Seal, chief executive of UK Israel Business, said: "This has been an important step in creating economic ties between Israel and Jersey. UK Israel Business is delighted to be bringing these two countries together, which will improve both Jersey and Israel's productivity”.

 

Grant Twine, Managing Director of Basel eBusiness stated how delighted he was that Basel eBusiness were a strategic partner of UK Israel Business and hailed the trip a great success. He is looking forward to developing the potential presented by this historic visit.

 

Swiss Day for Distance Selling into Europe

Friday, June 18, 2010

Interview with key speakers at the Swiss Day seminar - an event to investigate options for fulfilment from Switzerland