Senior figures from business information and data publishing gathered at the PPA last week for the inaugural meetings of two new PPA Business forums.
The two forums - Business Information Skills & Culture and Government & Regulatory Affairs – form part of the new structure for PPA Business.
Business Information Skills & Culture is chaired by Adrian Barrick, CEO of UBM Built Environment, and aims to address commonly held but dated misconceptions about today’s business information publishers, with a view to helping the sector attract the best graduates, especially with data, IT and analytical skills.
Joe Hames, Manager of PPA Business, said: “Our members’ businesses are far removed from the outdated image associated with the ‘trade press’ of old. This group is focused on promoting a more accurate, up-to-date view of forward-thinking businesses that deliver high-value data services and information as part of professional workflows.”
The forum will also work with the PTC’s university accreditation programme to ensure courses are creating the right skill sets for those entering the sector.
Separately, the PPA Business Government & Regulatory Affairs Committee (GRAC) met to discuss legal issues relevant to business members.
Chaired by Neil Smith, COO of Wilmington Group plc, the group intends to provide far greater lobbying capacity and focus for business members in relation to legal issues such as the Hargreaves Review of intellectual property (with particular reference to data mining), the forthcoming EU Data Protection Regulation, and data piracy.
The group will also seek to promote the business information industry within government, and to promote the sector’s importance as a significant employer, a major UK export, and a service provider to many other areas of the economy.
Hames concluded: “These two new initiatives reinforce the key elements in the PPA’s mantra of Promote, Protect and Advise, and form an influential part of PPA Business’ work to actively support the new commercial and strategic models shaping the B2B sector’s future.”