Bad for Business

BBC News reporting another company leaving the UK: Panasonic will move its European headquarters from the UK to Amsterdam in October as Brexit approaches. The aim is to avoid potential tax issues linked to the UK’s decision to leave the EU, said Panasonic Europe’s chief executive Laurent Abadie. In the run-up to March 2019, a number of multinational firms have … Read More…Bad for Business

Major investment in Scottish Innovation

The University of Strathclyde Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) is to receive £16.5M investment in a industry 4.0 demonstrator. Set to begin operating in 2020, FutureForge will be the world’s most advanced hot forging research platform and will include a one-of-a-kind, industry 4.0 ready, demonstrator. It will see the AFRC work with companies in the aerospace, automotive, oil and gas, … Read More…Major investment in Scottish Innovation

Using Experts

1,600 IT workers and engineers denied UK visas – BBC News: Between December and March, 1,226 IT specialists and 383 engineers were denied visas to take up jobs they had been offered. In addition 1,876 medical practitioners and healthcare workers, 197 teachers and 584 other professions were unable to take up their job offers in the UK. It is unclear … Read More…Using Experts

Getting Ahead in Business

Wise words from Stuart: The business world is moving faster and more unpredictably than ever before, so keep thinking about the direction of the company to get the best results for everyone. Watch the trends (but beware of fads) and invest in the opportunities of tomorrow whilst catering for the needs of today.

Coordinating Innovation

Yoram Bar-Zeev, Managing Director at Enspire Science, writing on what it means to be a Horizon 2020 Project Coordinator. … the coordinator must be constantly active and keep a fluent and open communication channel between all parties while closely monitoring the project’s progress in order to ensure its smooth implementation. Indeed. I’ve lead the coordination of Innovate UK proposals, where … Read More…Coordinating Innovation

Regretting Regression

Report by BBC News: The UK will come to “regret” the decision to leave the EU, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has warned. Some of us already are regretting the inward regression by those not prepared to see the good which comes from such collaboration.

It’s All About Collaboration

Great piece by Joe Pacitti, Managing Director of CeeD, writing in the Scotsman: To move towards more revolutionary innovation inherently comes with greater risk as the collaborative forces required to assist the process require more engagement of partners not generally known to the group, and so the process is one which is much more challenging. However, if we continue to … Read More…It’s All About Collaboration

Horizontal Innovation

Graeme Cruickshank writing in TheChemicalEngineer on Horizontal Innovation: The mantra of this innovation theme is to help companies to ‘learn small, learn fast, and learn thoroughly. Innovation should be both Open and Horizontal.

Brexit Transistion

Allie Renison, Head of Europe and Trade Policy at the IoD, writing in her blog: We are hoping and expecting to see more position papers in the autumn from the UK Government in this area, as well as on the Irish border and future framework for regulating cross-border trade in goods and services. Work will also soon begin on a … Read More…Brexit Transistion

Continued Research & Innovation

As pointed out by the IOD, Research in areas such as advanced manufacturing and schemes such as Horizon 2020 are improved by international cooperation, and the UK will want to remain part of some programmes. I can’t see how UK SME’s could continue to innovate without access to such collaborative programmes.