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GDPR Comes Into Effect May 2018

blue-1283011_640The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be enforced from 25th May 2018 and seeks to better protect EU citizens from privacy and data breaches.

GDPR has been described as the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years and replaces the 1998 Data Protection Act. The GDPR was regarded as necessary because the world has become significantly more data-driven in the 20 years since the Data Protection Act was introduced.

GDPR needs to be taken very seriously as organisations that don’t comply may be fined up to 4 per cent of their global turnover or €20m for more serious transgressions.

There is time to prepare your business but our strong recommendation is to start planning now for 25th May 2018.

Your business may also be impacted by The Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR) that is going to be updated to align with the GDPR. PECR sets out extra rules for electronic communications.

DBS is not in a position to give you legal advice but from a practical standpoint, now is the time to begin your research into how GDPR will affect your organisation.

Your own legal adviser may be able to help you but there are also GDPR compliance specialists such as Griffin House Consultancy who offer training and advice.

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21st Work Anniversary For David

David Social Media ProfileDavid Clarke is celebrating his 21st year anniversary at DBS. David is the founding director of DBS having started the business in California in 1996. Originally a Yellow Pages Advertising Agency David has overseen profound changes in the business over the years adapting to changes in web design, internet marketing and the birth of social media along the way.

This year DBS became an employee owned business with all of its employees becoming certified shareholders in the company and Julie Priestley also promoted to Director alongside David.

“I’m delighted for DBS to have reached 21 years this year” said David. “2017 will be looked back on as a landmark year for DBS”.

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On The Road with DBS

James Hopkins and David Clarke of DBS have just completed a UK tour where they held online marketing training sessions.

Time For You has over 130 franchisees and, starting in January 2017, their head office organised a series of Success Track events in:

  • Glasgow
  • Manchester
  • Maidstone
  • Bournemouth
  • Belfast
  • Northampton
  • Birmingham

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DBS Client Scoops Speaking Award

craigCongratulations to our client Craig Collinson of Totem Training.

Craig has progressed to the semi-finals of the PSA UK Speaker Factor Competition 2017 taking place in Coventry this October.

Organised by the Professional Speaking Association judges mark speakers on their stage craft, script, delivery and bookability. Good luck Craig!

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Happy Birthday to David


A very happy birthday to DBS Director David Clarke!

The team gathered around to wish David a happy birthday this morning and enjoy a slice of cake. David will continue his birthday celebrations this weekend with a BBQ for family and friends.

Find out more about David Clarke here.

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