I'm new to UK domains, but it is obvious to me that what is primarily surpressing the market right now is the shambolic way that .UK domains have been handled. I know that domaining in the UK is a small circle, and that there are probably nominet committee members on here, etc, and I don't want to inadvertedly upset anybody. Its not a political post, I couldn't name a single nominet official. But why 5 years? Why does any business need 5 years warning to register a .UK domain? When you register any domain you've only got 1 year until you need to renew that domain, unless you register for longer periods. So why on earth give people 5 years warning to spend a few quid on a domain, its not like its a huge investment decision which needs to be budgeted and planned for. UK domaining would be fun and more active if this .UK shambles wasn't a cloud hanging over the industry. Take hand regs for emerging markets for example..... ..... with .com's people speculatively hand reg hundreds of domains on VR, cloud applications, other growth industries or new techs etc etc. Surely the appeal and/or viability of doing that with UK domains for all but the very best names is greatly diminished by the fact that people have to register twice the number of names, at (typically) twice the usual cost. There are domainers in here saying that they aren't interested in buying/registering new names until 2019. Think of all the nominet transfer fees lost from domain traders going into temporary semi-retirement, and all the reg fees lost by those who don't want to have to register two domains when speculating. 5 years, half a decade, a huge chunk of somebodies adult life, its a ridiculous timeframe isn't it? They could even have just automatically given every .co.uk owner the .uk for free, and told them that they need to renew in a year else it will drop. Job done. Sorry for the rant, and sorry if it is ill-informed. I am looking forward to 2019, and I suspect I'll invest a lot of research into potential .UK regs in 2018, that will be great fun..... but blimey, they'll probably be domainers dying of natural causes between now and then.