Shaping Policy at the Highest Level

BASDA gives a voice for the UK-based software industry with Government, Policy Makers, Industry and Market Media

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A Different Kind of Trade Association

BASDA is run by its members for its members, to increase our collective influence and so increase the value we can add to customers

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What BASDA Means to Us

“The main driver for joining BASDA was to contribute, be involved, influence and keep up to date with all the legislative and technical changes that could affect Xero customers in any way”

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BASDA Summit 2017: Opportunities & Challenges Post Brexit

Our annual Summit on September 12th at the Wellcome Collection in London hosts leading Industry speakers covering a wide range of issues in a post Brexit landscape.

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The Voice of UK Business Software

As a UK trade body, BASDA (The Business Application Software Developers Association) operates through representation and collaboration to ensure that the voice of the UK business software industry is heard by some of the highest levels within UK government, policy-makers and industry media.

Creating Value for our Members

Joining BASDA goes beyond a package of benefits.  It goes much deeper with the advantage felt across your organisation and customers.



BASDA has made a direct and positive impact on the world of its members and their customers for many years.

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Involvement in BASDA can make a real difference to the personal development of members' employees and their future careers.

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Collaboration and shared learning across the BASDA community brings tangible results for members and their customers.

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As a collective and influential industry voice we focus our lens on real issues that matter to our members. We address current issues and influence legislation as it is being formulated, with engagement at the highest levels within regulatory bodies, government, HMRC and industry media. BASDA plays a key role to ensure that business software developers and their customers are at the heart of the conversation.

Our lens is continuously focussed on the key topics impacting our members.  Our current focus is on:

Making Tax Digital

Representing and working for members from the early stages of Making Tax Digital, we aim to ensure that future regulations are appropriately influenced at government level, before official implementation, for the future benefit of our customers and members.


Understanding the implications of Brexit for our industry and ensuring that our members are prepared for the challenges, regulatory changes, timelines, and business opportunities which the negotiation period and post-Brexit world will bring.

Faster Payments

Understanding the dynamics of this banking initiative to reduce payment times whilst working with our members to address concerns, brief them on latest research and best practices to support their businesses to take advantage from the changing banking requirements.

Data Security

Sharing key insights from research, understanding the benefits, risks and concerns for our members whilst working to influence at the highest levels in government to improve cyber security and Data Protection.

Specialist Interest Groups

BASDA’s established Specialist Interest Groups (SIG) are led by members on behalf of members and address key issues that impact the software industry and our customers.

SIG: Making Tax Digital

Representing and working for members from the early stages of Making Tax Digital, we aim to ensure that future regulations are appropriately influenced at government level, before official implementation, for the future benefit of our customers and members.

SIG: Payroll, Pensions & HR

Representing members at Government decision making level to influence the requirements and legislation being introduced. We provide the opportunities to help influence decision making and implementation, in addition to providing foresight and product planning information vital for development road maps.

SIG: Interoperability & Standards

Continuing the drive for electronic exchange to become the predominant invoicing method by 2020.   BASDA focuses on enabling members to maximise eBusiness Technology and to facilitate the widest possible seamless adoption to support interoperability.

SIG: B2B Marketing

Collaborating on new ideas, best industry practice and marketing information to support strategic business growth applicable to the B2B environment and specifically to the business software industry for the benefit of members.

SIG: Accountants in Practice

Focussing on matters affecting the software products that firms of accountants use and, by extension, their clients. We provide an early introduction to matters in the regulatory and compliance environment, many of which have serious strategic impacts upon software developers, their customers and their customers’ clients.

SIG: Construction

Representing members on the Operational Forum of HMRC’s Construction Industry Scheme to contribute to the discussion on the operation of the scheme and ensure software changes are prioritised and appropriately considered.

Member Focus - Clearbooks 

“As a single vendor, trying to interact with the likes of HMRC can be challenging. There’s a whole number of vendors with a common interest in making sure Making Tax Digital can work and that they can comply with the regulations, so it makes more sense to work collectively through BASDA.”

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Events and Dates for the Diary

View our Member Calendar to find out more about forthcoming BASDA Events and other Key Industry Dates.

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News and Insights

Keep up to date with Industry News and Insights from across the BASDA membership.

Disrupting the World of Payments – Starling Bank

By Julian Sawyer, COO, Starling Bank Hear from Julian Sawyer at the BASDA Summit, 12 September 2017 in our keynote session:  "How dramatic change in the world of payments is revolutionising banking and how it impacts us all." Payments is going through unparalleled...

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The UK’s Disenchanted Workforce: Vexed and Vocal Online

Ticking time bomb of employee opinion – younger people are more heavily influenced by the opinions of others about the best companies to work for Employers need to better manage relations with leavers to attract new talent The UK’s workforce is becoming increasingly...

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