How KnowNow is learning to export with help from the DIT

KnowNow was chosen as one of the top 50 export prospects for technology. We received assistance from the Dept. International Trade which has included introductions to international businesses, help in identifying foreign markets for expansion, and invites to Trade Missions around the world. This article describes how your company can take advantage of the services offered by DIT.
David trying to export KnowNow technology at the UK Technology Trade Mission to Malaysia -

At the UK Technology Trade Mission to Malaysia

Last year, the Department of International Trade (DIT) launched a programme to support 50 of the best UK export prospects. The programme provides introductions to new markets and relevant target customers. KnowNow was selected by DIT as a top prospect for technology.

We hadn’t worked with a government agency before we met a local representative at an event here in Portsmouth. As a technology company, they were keen to understand what we were doing. They wanted to see if a little help would encourage faster, more sustainable growth.

They helped us decide whether our technologies were appropriate for foreign markets. We then agreed a list of target territories and companies.

Expert export help

There are several different ways that the DIT help us.

David at a Department of International Trade speed dating event

Dept. of International Trade speed dating event

We receive invitations to government trade missions to our target countries. In November I travelled to Malaysia, meeting many companies over two days.

There are opportunities to have a stand at foreign embassies in London which enables us to meet foreign diplomats and visiting companies. Often they offer to work with us to help us develop within their country.

Our contact at DIT passes briefings on our technologies to the UK’s High Commission teams around the world so they can make introductions. It is also on government showcase websites such as www.leadingedgeonly.com which has led to introductions to several major companies. Check out the leading edge only page for our Consentua software here!

The help we receive from our nominated contact at DIT has been excellent therefore I would recommend any business who doesn’t currently export to consider reaching out to an International Trade advisor.

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How do I manage consent? Consentua of Course!

For most organisations, consent is probably the most used condition for the process of personal data. Many organisations recognise that they have to improve how they manage consent. Making the request clear and easy to understand, for example.Consentua logo and ticked checkboxes for to manage consent

Consentua provides Choice and Control over personal data.

Many people see the incoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as an opportunity to better understand the customer. What better way of improving your brand’s trust than via a clear and transparent explanation as to what personal data is processed and why this benefits the end user?

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VivaTech Paris – Consentua on tour

 

VivaTech Paris

VivaTech Paris Entrance at Parc D’Expositions.

VivaTech Paris 2017

The KnowNow team were at VivaTech in Paris recently.  We were there to man a stand and pitch to a panel.  Tom & I had been invited by Air France to participate as they wanted to know more about Consentua. Our new personal data consent management service.

This was the first time we had taken Consentua to a trade show.  We had a great time and had some fanatics interest in our new service.

To read how we got on check out the blog I wrote here

Humanising Smart Cities – TM Forum Review

The wall as drawn by @Scriberian

The TM Forum Foyer – as drawn by @Scriberian

Smart Cities can be Citizen Centric

Having presented at TM Forum in Nice about “Humanising Smart Cities” I wanted to follow up with my thoughts from the event and discuss what happens next.   The takeaways from the event are:

  1. Nice is a really cool city.   The Cote D’Azur delivered fantastic  weather and I can safely say #ILoveNice!  Go visit.
  2. The future is API centric.  Not only that but the future is Open API’s too.
  3. The mobile telco industry is looking down the barrel from a disruption and change perspective and they are trying to react positively.  Honest.

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Work Experience with KnowNow

This last week we have been lucky to have Joseph with us on work experience from Cams Hill School in Fareham. He was able to work on a few of our current projects and describes the experience below.

Joseph with David celebrating a successful work experience!

Joseph with David celebrating a successful work experience!

Hi, I’m Joe and I have been gifted with the opportunity of working with KnowNow for a week.
I am 15 and I love computers and programming. For my Work Experience I was delighted to know that KnowNow were happy to take me on.

In school we had been had been using tools such as Raspberry Pi‘s to create our own minecraft servers.
I also was part of a club of programmers in our school. We use languages such as HTML and CSS to provide more online applications for teachers.

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GDPR Infographic – What do I need to know about GDPR?

Created as the first in a series of GDPR Infographic. It is intended to act as a basic introduction.

Let us know how you are preparing to comply with GDPR in the comments below and f you have further questions then give us a call on 02392 160640.

Helping you prepare and introducing Consentua

Our Consentua service provides GDPR compliant consent management that can be integrated into your organisation’s existing data protection processes.

We also provide Privacy Impact Assessments, GDPR readiness reviews and Privacy Notice refresh. If you feel you might be a bit behind in preparations for GDPR then contact@kn-i.com.

GDPR Infographic about What do I need to know about GDPR? The General Data Protection Regulation adopted in statute from May 2018.

Business Support Bank – Free advice in Portsmouth

Tomorrow, Friday 27th January is the annual Shaping Portsmouth Conference. Shaping Portsmouth is a community interest company that helps to build partnerships between Portsmouth businesses and the city council. This conference sees the launch of the Portsmouth Business Support Bank.

Tickets are still available for the conference here

Business and Enterprise

KnowNow supports Shaping Portsmouth’s Business and Enterprise (B&E) programme through David who will be attending the conference on Friday. One of the things that David worked on last year with the B&E team, is the creation of the Business Support Bank. The bank is designed to help businesses in Portsmouth by providing access to advice and mentoring around specific business issues.

Business Support Bank expertise

Initially, the advice and expertise will be offered in the following areas

  • Business Planning
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Finance

The offer is open to any business or entrepreneur within the PO1 to PO6 postcodes. It accepts applications from those who want help or those who want to provide help.

The Business Support Bank is already working with Portsmouth companies and will be formally launched tomorrow, at the conference.

You can use this free, local resource, by contacting the team at contactus@shapingportsmouth.co.uk.

Business Support Bank Flyer - call 02392841074 for further information

Business Support Bank Flyer

Privacy consultancy services

We built our privacy consultancy service with the express aim of helping organisations achieve an appropriate level of information management maturity. Almost all organisations use data in one form or another. We focus on an organisation’s obligations around the use of individual Personal Identifiable Information (PII).

Privacy Consultancy from KnowNow Information

Privacy concerns around PII have increased over recent years. The need to address the obligations and to meet national and international laws, regulations and compliance standards are becoming ever more onerous and complex, especially where data needs to be shared between different jurisdictions. Individuals that use your services are becoming increasingly aware of the value of their data, the rights they have and are expecting appropriate use and transparency in the way organisations use this information.

The incoming GDPR regulations in May 2018 will dramatically increase the requirement for privacy controls on organisations and ensure better management of personal data for citizens. 

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Review of KnowNows Rollercoaster 2016

What a Year! What a Ride!

2016 was a very interesting year from KnowNow’s perspective.   We made a decision to pivot, we won some battles, lost some skirmishes and we have made some customers very happy.     We also had to say goodbye to some old friends too.  As Dave & I both said to each other at our end of year review  “it has been a rollercoaster of a year!”.

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