News - 15 May 2020
It would be difficult to overstate the challenges facing the UK’s pivotal construction industry right now. With a declining skills base, a workforce that’s aging out of the sector, the still-uncertain Brexit fallout and now a global pandemic to deal with, it’s no surprise that construction’s suffering its worst slump in memory - but as one of the most innovative sectors in the UK there's still hope for the future.Read more
When we talk about medtech, a lot of the time we put the emphasis on the glamorous cutting edge where innovation borders on science fiction. However, as COVID-19 has demonstrated on a global scale, innovation can be every bit as much about expanding capacity under pressure, broadening definitions along with horizons
With the UK’s economy on a pilot light until further notice, it’s more important than ever that you take every funding opportunity seriously. The trouble is, when the going’s uncertain, many of the traditional lenders and investors you’d be looking at start getting cold feet. With the money drying up all around, businesses are looking beyond their normal financing comfort zones – and it turns out there’s still quite a lot to find out there.
A key lesson of the Covid-19 pandemic is that teleconferencing, remote presence and real-time information sharing are key support structures for navigating a social lockdown – and nowhere is this need more urgently felt than in the medical sector.
The FinTech sector's on a serious surge right now, with the number of UK firms already estimated at over 1,600 and set to double inside the decade. So, what's the big deal? How and why is FinTech shaking up the financial industry so hard? As we see so often these days, it's all a matter of innovation and disruption.
The accelerating drive toward greater efficiency and effectiveness – not to mention sustainability and ecological friendliness, is throwing an ever tighter spotlight on innovation with each passing year. We're paying closer, more results-minded attention to our R&D, treating it less as leap of faith and more as a finely calculated risk. Innovation, to be fair, is always a dice roll - but those dice can be loaded if you understand the rules of the game.
Innovating to make your business more efficient, effective and sustainable takes strong planning and solid funding. That means you need to look harder and further for finance options, and to understand exactly which of them fit you best.
IR35 is a piece of legislation that allows HMRC to assess whether a contractor is an employee or not. At the moment responsibility for determining whether IR35 applies sits with the contractor. This guide explains what is happening in April 2020 when the responsibility for determining whether IR35 applies will move from the contractor to the client if the client is a medium or large organisation.
It can be pretty annoying when someone else gets credit for your hard work, particularly when the fakers go down in the history books and become the ones best known for your invention.
When the report from UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change came out in 2018, its conclusion was pretty stark. The only way to keep the effects of climate change manageable would be to cut our worldwide carbon emissions by half before 2030. While that deadline still seems a fairly long way off, investing in the future of the planet is like saving cash in a pension.