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Insight - 13 Feb 2020
Focusing on innovation isn’t about predicting the future. RIFT’s Director of R&D Sarah Collins discusses the full-blooded commitment to new ideas, approaches and expectations needed build the future the UK deserves.Read more
Across all industries, employers, workers and organisations are waking up to the impact mental health has on business. All told, figures from the Office for National Statistics show that around 141.5 million working days were lost to sickness in the UK in 2018. That’s almost 4.5 days for every worker in the country, up from 4.1 days the year before.
The R&D Tax Credits claims we’ve built have pumped literally tens of millions of pounds back into British companies so far. RIFT’s Head of R&D Sarah Collins takes you through our top 10 tips for making the most of your R&D claim.
Innovation is one of the key principles that underlie the UK construction industry. Being willing and able to innovate means getting more from your projects than you otherwise would. With the cost of construction rising around the UK and knowledge leaving the industry through an ageing workforce, the construction sector must find a way to put innovation at its heart again if it’s going to thrive.
With the state of the environment very much on people’s minds these days, we’re all starting to think a lot harder about what we’re throwing away. That goes for more than just individual consumers, naturally. Entire industries are rethinking their approach to waste and sustainability, and it’s beginning to have an effect.
Agriculture is one of the oldest and most critical industries in existence. It’s no exaggeration to say that our lives literally depend on it. With current estimates suggesting the global population’s set to hit 9.7 billion over the next 30 years or so, agricultural technology is, by necessity, constantly pushing for new and innovative tools, methods and approaches.
Parliament has laid out an impressive set of targets for its environmental policy over the next couple of years, aiming to: bring down carbon emissions by 34% and water consumption by 50%, lower the weight of waste materials created by 30%, recycle 75% of waste. These are pretty decent goals to aim for by 2020/21, but they’re only the beginning of the government’s ambitions.
The UK government’s set its sights on boosting R&D development throughout the country, with a fairly ambitious target of getting it as high as 2.4% of our Gross Domestic Product by the time we reach 2027, so let’s take a look at some of the key findings from the ONS report for 2019.
A shocking 1,400 construction workers have taken their own lives in the last 4 years in the UK. Overall, suicides in construction outnumber fatal work accidents by 10 to 1. The industry is taking steps to make the modern construction workplace safer than ever before, but we’re having much less success in taking care of the people who use it.
When the UK’s National Health Service turned 71 years old in 2019, it was already a full 5 years older than the average male life expectancy when it was founded back in 1948. Over those 7 decades, the service has seen an incredible, continuous shift in the whole field of cradle-to-grave medical care. Every year brings new approaches, new techniques and new treatments