The Network has explored a number of options within Europe, and has created a short-list to include Amsterdam (The Netherlands); Dublin (Rep. of Ireland); Tallinn (Rep. of Estonia), and relationships have been established with the respective National bodies. Each of these locations provide their own potential advantages.
The Netherlands – Amsterdam
Currently the favoured EU location, on which EU budgets have been calculated. A business and regulatory environment not too dissimilar to the UK, with a large proportion of English speakers. Amsterdam offers both AVTN and NewsNet247 proximity to a major Aviation hub in Schiphol Airport and European bourse in the Amsterdam Euronext, as well as easy access to C-Suite personnel and experts across many industries. Amsterdam is a major Internet hub, and is a good choice for basing GDPR compliant data operations. (Also see Licensing)
Rep. of Ireland – Dublin
A business and regulatory environment closely modelled on English Law and regulatory principles, with English as the first language. Dublin offers both AVTN and NewsNet247 proximity to an International Airport with pre-clearance for flights to New York’s JFK International, with London-Dublin being the 9th busiest air-corridor in the World in 2018. Though Dublin airport does not share the same hub status as Amsterdam Schiphol, Ireland is home to a large portion of the European aircraft leasing business. Dublin is home to the ISE bourse, and some 1,000 key Sector companies have operations in Ireland, though many are not HQ’s, and may not provide as easy access to C-suite personnel or Industry experts. This could however, be offset by the continued presence in London, and by focusing on VOD/SVOD, EU Production, and post-production services from Ireland. Ireland is home to a thriving Contact-Centre Industry, and offers significant multi-lingual capabilities, and is a good choice for basing GDPR compliant data operations. (Also see Licensing). Ireland has an existing legal framework designed specifically around Intellectual Property.
Rep. of Estonia – Tallinn
A straight forward business and regulatory environment not too dissimilar to the UK, and a European leader in technology adoption. Estonia boasts the claim to being Europe’s first fully Digital Economy, and is home to an innovative E-Residency program. English is commonly spoken (70%) among its 1.3 million citizens, especially in Business. While Estonia is not home to a major Aviation Hub or Bourse, it’s flexibility for conducting business based there is very interesting. With London, New York and Singapore providing access to C-Suite personnel and Industry Experts; Estonia could provide a European base of operations for personnel in a flexible and engaged regulatory environment, with EU Production, Editorial control, Editing, Data, VOD/SVOD all being based there. Also of potential interest to trialling Russian speaking services in the future is that one-third of the population (300,000) is Russian speaking. (Also see Licensing)