Latest Features

Those high-growth heroes

5 February 2016 in Innovation

London is packing 50 high-growth firms into its new International Business Programme, a new initiative aimed at helping them break into new overseas markets or boost their existing international operations. In the frame is transport outfit app Gett, city cycling firm Blaze, along with the likes of DIY tech company Technology Will Save Us, Grub Club, Big White Wall and RealEyes.

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Making remanufacturing work

4 February 2016 in Innovation

remanufacturingSupportive governmental policies and additional business investment could see the European remanufacturing industry spike to €90 billion by 2030, employing close to 600,000 people, according to a report from the European Remanufacturing Network. Remanufacturing is an important component of resource-efficient manufacturing and a key strategy within the circular economy of keeping components and their embodied materials in use.

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After the hack attack

4 February 2016 in technology

Hacker trustOne-fifth of consumers say their trust in an organisation, product or service takes a dive when they find out it’s been hacked. And things aren’t about to get better – a majority of smartphone users believe a raft of outfits and products/services will be hacked or become infected by a virus in the near future, according to the 10 Hot Consumer Trends report from Ericsson ConsumerLab.

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No. food. waste.

3 February 2016 in -e.showcase

zero-waste restaurantLondon is getting a taste of what zero-waste restaurant food is all about this week in the shape of Tiny Leaf, a Notting Hill pop-up eatery. The new joint, headed up by chef and food activist Justin Horne and Jonathan Krauss (think ex-Chiltern Firehouse), will feature a rolling, seasonal vegetarian menu and look to raise awareness of food waste issues, writes Root Wilson*.

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Shooting the circular economy

2 February 2016 in technology

circular economyDell has launched its Legacy of Good short documentary film contest, which means it’s on the lookout for inspiring stories on the circular economy. Onboard the initiative is actor and director Adrian Grenier, whom Dell last year appointed as its first ‘Social Good Advocate’ with a view to collaborating on projects to promote healthier, more sustainable choices and actions through digital storytelling. For Legacy, Grenier will work directly with the winning filmmaker to develop and promote the proposed film.

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Kickstarting crowdfunded journalism

1 February 2016 in Publishing

Crowdfunded journalismWhat’s with crowdfunded journalism? Well, between 2009 to and 2015, some 660 journalism-related projects launched on Kickstarter and received full – or more than full – funding. The total? Almost $6.3 million. Plus, the number of funded journalism projects has been spiking over time and the crowdfunding platform is hosting a growing number of proposals from established media organisations, according to Pew Research Center.

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Trailing Fade to Black

1 February 2016 in Publishing

Fade to Black – Steve MullinsJust two days before the results of the Fade to Black video contest are announced at the novel’s official launch party in London’s Somerset House. The competition was rolled out last November to Ravensbourne College post-production students, all of whom were confronted, for the first time, with a brief to create a trailer for a novel… which is also about a film.

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Hands up for innovative start-ups

29 January 2016 in Innovation

Open BionicsNine companies engaged in impacting social and environmental change have made Bloomberg’s Business Innovators 2016 guide, a list of over 50 innovative UK start-ups to look out for this year. The current crop of firms were chosen based on their proven inventiveness, their ability to challenge the way the UK conducts business, and for evidence of strong local or global demand for their ideas.

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Latest News

UK slides on charitable giving

5 February 2016 in -e.showcase

Friday metric: The UK has fallen from second to fourth place in the world when ranked for charitable giving as a percentage of GDP, which has slipped from 0.7% to 0.54%,

JWT’s wearable tech play

4 February 2016 in technology

JWT is partnering with wearable technology Mio Global, to get it access to the latter’s cloud-based health optimisation algorithms.

Fintech on HK fire

3 February 2016 in Finance

Wednesday metric: Hong Kong has the highest rate of fintech use with 29% of digitally active consumers having used at least two fintech products within the last six months, according to EY.

Time to serve fifty-plus consumers

2 February 2016 in technology

Fifty-plus consumers are tech savvy and are frequent online shoppers – three out of four browse and shop on the Net at least monthly, and more than half do so at least once a week.

Big Data beer

2 February 2016 in Innovation

How IBM Watson came up with Big Data beer 0101 by leaning on social media emotions.

Give me a virtual reality concert

1 February 2016 in Music

London’s Southbank Centre and the Philharmonia Orchestra are creating the UK’s first virtual reality concert which will show later this year.

Social enterprise on tour

29 January 2016 in Innovation

Travel outfit Urban Adventures is partnering with NGOs and non-profit for its In Focus series of tours of social enterprise projects around the globe.