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The UK has the second largest publishing industry in Europe. The sector has a turnover of at least £18.4 billion, with its 8000 plus companies employing around 164,000 people. Publishing companies are key players in the information age, as drivers of the e-economy.
Consultation - Proposal on the Collection and Preservation of UK Offline and Microform Publications and UK Online Publications
The Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) became the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, June 2009. References to BERR relate to publications or events pre-dating the Departments name change.
BERR has commissioned two studies of the publishing industry in the last year. Both were done in partnership with UK Publishing Media (the alliance of the four main publishing trade associations) and the wider publishing industry. The results of these studies have been turned into a joint Government and industry action plan, to promote the success of the future of publishing in the UK.
This BERR-sponsored study was launched in June 2002.
The scope of the project was wide ranging, including books, national and regional newspapers, magazines, journals, newsletters, business information, directory and database publishing and Internet publishing.
This study was done in parallel with the Competitiveness Analysis and looked at the impact of e-commerce on the development of the publishing industry.
In September 05 the European Commission established the Task Force For Co-ordination of Media Affairs, whose aim is to focus on Europe's media industry and contribute to consistent policy-making for the media across all Commission policies. It forms part of the Lisbon strategy and more details can be found from its website .
One of its first tasks was a look at the publishing industry, responsibility for which has now been allocated to DG Information Society and Media. A consultation exercise was set up on September 22nd that would consider the competitiveness of the publishing industry across the twenty-five Member States. The paper that was published sought to stimulate a debate in Europe on the state of the publishing sector, providing relevant data to support this. Responses were sought from all relevant parties to feed in to a discussion Summit in Dec 05.
The UK Department of Trade & Industry encouraged the UK publishing industry to respond to the consultation exercise and also submitted its own response to the Commission (below).EU Commission Staff Working Paper - Strengthening the Competitiveness of the EU Publishing Sector - Government Response
In March 2005, BERR developed and published the first edition of a best practice guide to e-recruitment projects for HR managers in the public sector.e-Recruitment Projects in the Public Sector: A Government guide to best practice
Following publication of this guidance, BERR received positive feedback from other government departments that also requested advice about the best ways in which to engage in an ongoing debate with the private sector on a wide range of e-recruitment best practice issues.
In response to this, BERR hosted a successful one-day e-recruitment best practice workshop on 5 April 2006 between the public and private sectors in partnership with the Digital Content Forum (DCF). The key objectives for the day were:
A copy of the agenda and summary of key outcomes are given below with a report evaluating the effectiveness of the workshop by representatives from both sectors.
Following the workshop, BERR is considering what the best options are for moving forward in terms of:
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