Secure by Design for Smart Devices Upcoming Call for View – Deadline: 11 June 2020

I hope you’re doing ok given the circumstances. I wanted to share an update that the Secure by Design team in DCMS are now fully back after a period working on Covid-related priorities, and are working on our mission to protect consumers and the wider economy from the range of harms that can arise from vulnerable smart devices.

As announced in our response to our 2019 consultation on regulation (Jan 27), we know that, given the vast majority of smart products still do not embed good security practices, we propose to develop legislation to mandate a baseline level of cybersecurity for Consumer IoT devices sold in the UK.

Given Ministerial appetite to rapidly develop legislation and the growing threat posed by vulnerable devices at a time with an increased attack surface and reduced social resilience, we recognise the need to keep momentum going in an increasingly competitive international landscape.

We intend to publish a Call for Views on our approach in w/c 13 July to allow industry and other stakeholders to feed back on our approach. This document will follow on from our 2019 consultation and will add further detail to the security requirements we intend to mandate, the scope of the regulation, the obligations the regulation will place on the manufacturers and retailers of consumer smart devices, and the approach that will be used to enforce the regulation.

Ahead of this, we intend to share the Call for Views doc for formal Write Round with other government departments in w/c 22 June.

I recognise that teams are stretched and wish to reiterate that we do value input, but also accompany this with a need to be pragmatic with our own crash deadlines.

In advance of the formal Write Round, we would be more than happy to engage with you, your teams, or relevant stakeholders in your department to further elaborate on our plans, and answer any questions you may have. Could you please share any thoughts by EOD Thursday 11th of June?

If you would like to discuss the proposals and to feed into our ongoing work ahead of the upcoming write-round, please do get in touch with my colleague

In the meantime, please feel free to contact Jonathan with any other queries you may have on the above.

BSI Policy Briefing webinar on supporting SME businesses impacted by coronavirus

How to ensure business continuity in the face of coronavirus: your weekly update on the latest guidance and intelligence around the employment, tax, and financial implications of operating during the COVID-19 outbreak.

This week you’ll get access to the latest guidance and information on the cyber security landscape, including:

  • Current COVID-19 cyber threats
  • Latest guidance issued by NCSC
  • Update on the government-backed Cyber Essentials scheme

You will also get an update on the government’s furlough scheme, which has now been extended until the end of October. We will explore what the modified version of the scheme may look like, and what other options may be open to employers in structuring their workforce after the scheme changes at the end of July.

You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions throughout the live session. If you have some questions in mind, please send them over email ahead of the webinar.


  • Fiona Geskes, Principal Policy Advisor, Tax and Fiscal Policy, CBI
  • Stefan Martin, Partner, Hogan Lovells (guest speaker)
  • Representative from the National Cyber Security Centre (guest speaker)
  • Deborah Fraser, Director – Regions, CBI (chair)


event – 18 May 2020, 15:30 – 16:15

signup –

DIT COVID-19 Webinars for SMEs

The Department for International Trade (DIT) has launched a COVID-19 Webinar series to help UK SMEs.

Our experts will provide guidance and practical advice to help support your business and respond to the challenges and potential disruption caused by COVID-19. There will also be an opportunity for Q&As where you can put your questions directly to our experts.

All webinars are free to UK companies – register now to attend.
How long are the webinars?

  • Our experts usually present for 25 minutes and allow 35 minutes to answer your questions and help you find solutions to any barriers you may be facing.

Each link below will connect you to a webinar registration form where you can find out more about each webinar and receive your unique link to join the upcoming webinar.


Routes to market

Thursday 14 May 2020, 10:00 – 11:00

Delivered by Rob Lewtas, DIT South East and Tom Dixon from DIT’s E-Exporting Programme Team .

Register now


Logistics and movement of goods during COVID-19

Wednesday 20 May 2020, 10:00 – 11:00

Delivered by Veronica Dawson, an International Trade Advisor at DIT and Alex Veitch from the British Freight Transport Association.

Register now


Risk management when considering new markets

Thursday 21 May 2020, 10:00 – 11:00

Delivered by Lee Hibbert, an International Trade Advisor at DIT.

Register now


Managing disruption of supply chains during COVID-19

Friday 22 May 2020, 14:30 – 15:30

Delivered by Terser Adamu, an International Trade Advisor at DIT and Chris Walker from the Federation of Small Businesses.

Register now


You can find all of DIT’s upcoming webinars here.

LSH and NHS Wales Webinar – Event: 7 May 2020

Life Sciences Hub Wales and NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership would like to invite you to an online event which may be of interest to you and your colleagues.

During this online event, talking place at 10:30 – 11:30 on 7 May 2020, a guest panel of contributors will:

* Explain how PPE is used in different health environments.
* Provide up-to-date information on the current requirements for PPE in Wales for the health and social care sectors.
* Outline what manufacturers need to do, and consider, in order to effectively produce and supply PPE products.
* Provide an overview of Life Sciences Hub Wales’ innovation portal and how it’s being used to receive offers of support from industry.

‘Providing PPE and getting it right’ is chaired by Chris Martin, Deputy Chair of Life Sciences Hub Wales. Attendees are invited to submit a question to the panel on registration – to enable the panel to respond to key queries and concerns of participants.

Keep well and kind regards

Kelley Howlett-Booth
Llywodraeth Cymru / Welsh Government

TechNation ‘Lockdown Unlocked’ – Event: 5 May 2020

Tech Nation is running an event next Tuesday about scaling a tech company through this crisis. You can see the full listing here but below is the agenda so you can decide if any part of it would be useful to you


  • 10:00 – Tech Nation Welcome

  • 10:10 – Government Keynote

  • 10:20 – Futurist Keynote – How will covid-19 affect global economies in the future?


  • 10:30 – Investor Panel with Q&A – How will the funding landscape change post covid-19?

  • 11:00 – Debate – What is the role of the state vs the role of the ecosystem/VC during this crisis?

  • 11:20 – Government Panel with Q&A – Moving past the pandemic – How can government support the tech sector?


12:00 – Leadership during Lockdown

12:30 – Scenario Planning – Unlocking opportunities and Containing the Risks

13:00 – Cash is King


You’ll also have the opportunity to network (virtually) with the wider UK tech community, offer support and connect with those facing similar challenges.

IntaPeople Digital Round Table – Event: 13 May 2020

Each industry has its own set of unique challenges, none more so than those which we are faced with today brought on by the global Covid-19 pandemic. During these unprecedented times we believe it will be useful to bring together tech leaders such as yourself, to create an environment for you to chat with others that may be facing similar challenges, discuss ideas, and to learn from each other.

As such we’d like to invite you to a digital round table event that we are chairing @ 10am on Wednesday 13th May 2020.

This free online session will be about 30 mins in duration, and will include open discussions centered around topics of your choice, such as:
* How has your business been affected by COVID-19?
* What are the biggest challenges that you/your department/your business is facing at the moment?
* How are you managing and motivating remote teams/workers?
* How are you planning for post lockdown? social distancing measures?, etc.
* Has this situation changed how you view remote working? Will it become the norm for your business moving forward if it wasn’t already?

This is an opportunity for you to ask questions, air views, and to chat with other like-minded leaders in your industry, in order to share thoughts, strategies, methods and ideas. You are not alone, what is a challenge in your business is likely to be affecting others in a similar way.

If you would like a seat at the digital round table for tech leaders please let Jon Stock know on

If you can’t make it, but would still like to have a chat then let me know and we’ll arrange a call shortly after the event to share a summary of what was discussed.

Government Support for the Cyber Security Sector

The coronavirus outbreak is the biggest public health emergency in decades. It calls for decisive action, at home and abroad, of the kind not normally seen in peacetime. 

We’re writing to our colleagues in the cyber security sector to tell you what the Government is doing to help the sector and provide the opportunity to feed your comments back to us. Many of you have already been in touch and we thank you for your engagement. 

We aim to:

  • Provide information on the support the Government is offering to help businesses through this difficult period;

  • Outline what we are doing to continue our work on cyber security; 

  • Provide details of how you may be able to contribute to the effort to help the public, and

  • Give you the chance to provide your views to the Government.

A Message from the Minister for Digital Infrastructure, Matt Warman

Portrait photo of Matt Warman MP, Minister for Digital Infrastructure.

Thank you to everyone for continuing to help make the UK a safe place to be online. Your work is more important now than ever. My Department is committed to supporting the cyber security sector during this crisis and is keen to hear from you on where and how that help can be most effective. I encourage cyber security firms to keep giving the country the tools needed to securely work online so we can all stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.

Government response to coronavirus

On the public health issue, the Government is doing everything it can to tackle the pandemic and mitigate its impact. We are mobilising every bit of Government to defend our people and our country. Businesses, universities and communities across the country are coming together to help.

The Government is providing a range of support to help businesses, including loans, cash grants, tax relief and support for self-employed people. Please visit for further information.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is supporting the wider Government efforts and we particularly want to understand the needs and asks of our sectors – including where and how we can work together to help society and the economy during the crisis.

Our work on cyber security

DCMS is prioritising support for the cyber security sector to help address economic challenges and critical incidents. We are continuing the delivery of critical Government programmes supporting the cyber security sector, such as the LORCA cyber accelerator, the NCSC Accelerator and our Cyber Discovery skills programme. We are also working with the National Cyber Security Centre and others to distribute guidance and advice to the public and businesses on how to stay secure online. 

Cyber security guidance for the public 

As you know, cyber criminals are opportunistic and often look to exploit fears over current events. The public and organisations should continue to be alert to this threat. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has issued guidance for organisations on how to prepare for secure home working and guidance on how to spot and deal with suspicious emails. Please feel free to share this with your customers and contacts. 

With more interaction and work happening online, the Government is continuing its push to help the public and businesses live and work securely. DCMS is working with the National Cyber Security Centre and the Home Office to run a new phase of the Cyber Aware campaign. This will help the public and small businesses adopt secure online behaviours and protect themselves from current threats. This activity will start very soon. Please get in touch if your organisation is interested in partnering with us on this campaign. 

Information and support for cyber security businesses

The Government and its partners have made several recent announcements for the cyber security sector. Many of our growth programmes are currently open to applications.

In addition, DCMS has published a range of statistics and research over the past two months to help inform the cyber security sector, including:

  • The Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2020, published on 25 March. The survey details the scale and impact of cyber attacks and data breaches on businesses, charities and educational institutions. We have also published a series of infographic summaries illustrating the results. 

  • Cyber Security Labour Market Research. This research provides details about the UK cyber security labour market. 

  • Cyber Security Sectoral Analysis This is an analysis of the UK’s cyber security industry, which includes figures on size, employment and revenue. 

Your feedback

Finally, please be aware DCMS will shortly be issuing a survey asking organisations across DCMS sectors for feedback on how coronavirus is affecting them. Please look out for this and respond if you can. Your feedback will be valuable in helping to shape future Government action. 

If you have any specific feedback on cyber security, any questions about this note or any suggestions of how you may be able to help, please contact us at You can also keep up to date on announcements through the newly updated Cyber Exchange portal. Please feel free to share with note with your colleagues. We intend to send further communications in due course.  

Erika Lewis, Director, Cyber Security & Digital Identity, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport 

Tender Notice from National Grid UK

Periodic indicative notice – utilities
Directive 2014/25/EU – Utility Directive

Section I: Contracting entity
I.1) Name and addresses
National Grid UK Limited/National Grid USA Service Company, Inc
Warwick Technology Park, Gallows Hill
CV34 6DA
Contact person: Faye Osborn
Telephone: +44 7808094949
Internet address(es)
Main address:
I.3) Communication – Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
I.6) Main activity – Other: Electricity and Gas

Section II: Object
II.1) Scope of the procurement
II.1.1) Title – Cyber Security Products and Services
II.1.2) Main CPV code – 48000000
II.1.3) Type of contract – Supplies
II.1.4) Short description – Over the next 12 months, National Grid expects to be conducting various sourcing events
for cyber security related products and services.
II.1.6) Information about lots – This contract is divided into lots: No
II.2) Description
II.2.3) Place of performance – UK
II.2.4) Description of the procurement
National Grid uses the Achilles — Utilities Vendor Database (UVDB) — to identify and qualify potential suppliers for our goods and services requirements. For the majority of our purchases, it is a condition of supplying to National Grid that suppliers are registered on the UVDB. Over the next 12 months, National Grid expects to be conducting various sourcing events for cyber security related products and services using the following Achilles codes:
1.5.1. computer hardware and accessories – workstations/servers,
1.5.7. general business software,
1.5.8. specialist business software,
1.5.9. technical software,
1.5.12. computer systems.
Should you wish to tender for the provision of cyber security related products and services you will need to be registered on Achilles — UVDB for all codes listed above that are relevant to the products and services you provide.
Please contact Desta Wheeler at Achilles on: if you require any assistance.
II.3) Estimated date of publication of contract notice: 06/04/2020

Section IV: Procedure
IV.1) Description
IV.1.8) Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: No

Section VI: Complementary information
VI.5) Date of dispatch of this notice – 03/04/2020

COVID Advice from TechNation Wales

Innovate UK Fund

New Innovate UK fund: Business-led innovation in response to global disruption

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £20 million to respond to new and urgent needs in UK and global communities during and following the Covid-19 pandemic.


Update to the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

From the BBB:

“…the recently launched Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) has now been significantly expanded along with changes to the scheme’s features and eligibility criteria. The changes mean even more smaller businesses across the UK impacted by the Coronavirus crisis can access the funding they need.

Importantly, access to the scheme has been opened up to those smaller businesses who would have previously met the requirements for a commercial facility but would not have been eligible for CBILS. This significantly increases the number of businesses eligible for the scheme. The expanded scheme will be operational with lenders from Monday 6th April 2020.

New scheme features

  • No personal guarantees for facilities under £250k: Personal guarantees of any form cannot be taken under the scheme for any facilities below £250k.

  • Personal guarantees for facilities above £250k: Personal guarantees may still be required, at a lender’s discretion, but recoveries under these are capped at a maximum of 20% of the outstanding balance of the CBILS facility after the proceeds of business assets have been applied.

  • A Principal Private Residence (PPR) cannot be taken as security to support a personal guarantee or as security for a CBIL backed facility.

  • Security: For all facilities, including those over £250,000, CBILS can now support lending to smaller businesses even where a lender considers there to be sufficient security, making more smaller businesses eligible to receive the business interruption payment.”

Here is a fact sheet from the BBB.


Support & Mentorship

We are working on a research project with Cambridge Judge Business School and the Behavioural Insights Team to determine the impact of mentoring on digital tech businesses.

As part of this project, we are able to offer the opportunity for free mentoring to any digital tech SME with more than five employees.

For more information and to apply go here.


Statistics and Interesting Reads

A fascinating dive by Google into UK mobility changes city-by-city since the lockdown began.

Good article on building a virtual community across speed networking, webinars, shared experiences, virtual conferences etc – Don’t Just Throw Together a Webinar – The Virtual Events Crash Course You Need

A 24-tweet thread on how VCs are thinking about the pandemic. Not all VCs of course, but worth a read to get one perspective –

A solid post on managing layoffs, should founders unfortunately have to use it – Planning and Managing Layoffs

An interesting ready from Beauhurst on The effect of coronavirus on UK investment: Q1 2020

A nice story: members of the Cyber Wales network have been helping the NHS to receive and set up new IT equipment being sent to help fight the increased demand on the health service.

LORCA Cohort 5 Open Call – Deadline: 4 May 2020

This week, London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement (LORCA), have launched the call for our fifth cohort of technology and cyber innovators.  After speaking to industry experts about their cybersecurity needs and in response to the challenges of COVID-19, We are now recruiting cybersecurity scaleups throughout the UK and abroad with solutions that create a more robust and resilient digital economy.

We know that participation in accelerator programmes is positively correlated with higher survival rates, increased growth in employee numbers and higher amounts of funds raised (Source: Nesta here). Of the 55 companies we have supported so far, LORCA members have brought in 600 new contracts and raised over £86m in investment since joining our programme.

We’d be very grateful if you could share the opportunity with your networks and companies you think should apply. The deadline for applications is Monday, 4 May at 5pm UK time via

More information about the programme can be found here, below and in the attached brochure.

What are the benefits of joining?

  • World-class innovation support to help member businesses scale
  • Connections to investors and industry buyers through exclusive member events
  • Deloitte strategic and technical cyber expertise
  • Engineering support from Centre for Secure Information Technologies (Queens University Belfast)
  • Connections to our industry partners, Dell Technologies, Lloyds Banking Group, Kudelski Security, SOSA, Kx and Global Cyber Alliance
  • Professional workshops and individually designed one to one support on:
  • Sales and business development
  • Marketing and design
  • Legal issues
  • Lead generation
  • Investment readiness, financial modelling and pricing strategy
  • Business mentoring
  • LORCA takes zero equity or IP from members
  • Soft landing programmes and bespoke international trade missions
  • Free desk space at Plexal innovation centre and coworking space in London
  • Peer networking, learning and trading opportunities

If you would like to know more or ask any questions, contact the LORCA team on

Best regards,

Alanna Murphy
LORCA Innovation Associate