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.
Supportive 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.
One-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.
London 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*.
Dell 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.
What’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.
Just 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.
Nine 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.