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Nov
14
2018

The Digital Services Tax – a help or a hindrance?
#Information Technology

Chancellor Hammond’s new Digital Services Tax may not be the robust tax-attack on Tech Giants some were hoping for but many believe it’s a tangible step in the right direction. ...

Nov
14
2018

Tech, IPOs and Unicorns: Too much money is a good thing, isn’t it?
#Information Technology #Entrepreneurs & Start-Ups

The tech sector is booming. We live in a time of the mega private business in which the likes of Uber and Airbnb are extending their lives as privately held businesses by delaying public offerings. The venture capital asset class is more buoyant than ever and now includes atypical investors such as hedge and sovereign wealth funds who seek a piece of the action. Governments globally are also trying to attract innovation and tech talent using all manner of inducements, from tax breaks to immigration. So, are we living in the golden age of tech or is the frothy venture capital market a sign of a bubble reminiscent of that which led to the dot com bust of 1999/2000, and why does this matter to entrepreneurs? ...

Nov
13
2018

'How tech and data can spot and stop the quitters' - Michael Sippitt comments for Raconteur
#Employment #Information Technology #Press

Technology used ethically can help retain valued staff by spotting potential problems which could cause them to quit...

Oct
25
2018

How Tech could help the High Street
#Information Technology

With household names such as Coast and House of Fraser hitting the headlines for insolvency, it is clear the 2018 has been a tough year for retail. ...

Oct
24
2018

Clarkslegal is sponsoring Hacktoberfest at Thames Tower this weekend
#Information Technology #Clarkslegal #Entrepreneurs & Start-Ups

Clarkslegal is proud to co-sponsor Hacktoberfest, a full day hackerthon being held at Thames Tower on Sunday 28th October....

Oct
17
2018

Can Virtual Reality help treat Mental Health Conditions?
#Information Technology

In recent years the rise of new technology has been portrayed as having a detrimental impact on our physical and mental health, as we become more attached to our screens, less active and assess out own self-worth based on the number of followers we have, or the number of likes to our social media posts. However, in some areas advances in technology are being used to create solutions to some debilitating health conditions. ...

Oct
10
2018

Is working 9:00-5:00 still the way to make a living?
#Information Technology #Employment

One of the biggest changes workplaces have seen in recent years has been the greater use of flexibility in the workplace and remote working. A survey by YouGov earlier this year revealed some interesting findings, including that only 6% of those who responded were working the traditional hours of 9:00-5:00. The report also showed a desire for staff to start (and finish) work earlier, with the most popular option being 8:00-4:00....

Oct
09
2018

Social Media App Google+ to close down for consumers after huge data breach
#Data Protection #Information Technology

It has been reported this week that Google’s social media app, Google+, is to close down for consumers after it was revealed that a bug had exposed the personal data of up to 500,000 accounts. In a blog published by Google, it was revealed that a bug in the software meant that numerous third-party applications had access to up to 500,000 accounts. ...

Oct
09
2018

Its not all bad news in ‘The Future Of Jobs Report 2018’
#Information Technology #Employment

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, to use World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab’s slogan, is well and truly on its way. However, the latest report out of Davos (the location of the WEF’s annual gathering of business leaders and politicians) is that whilst 75 million jobs could be displaced by rapid technological advances, roughly 133 million jobs could be created within the next 10 years. ...

Oct
08
2018

The Benefits and “Pit-falls” of Shared Work-Spaces
#Real Estate #Information Technology

Shared work spaces are designed to accommodate flexible, agile working and are gradually becoming more widespread in the commercial property market. The appeal is obvious; affordable, shared, serviced work-hubs where the Tenant can rent a space, nurture their business and share ideas with like-minded cohabitees from a diverse range of backgrounds. ...

Sep
05
2018

Drones – developing law
#Information Technology #Construction

A drone is an unmanned flying aircraft used to collect data. Drones are closely associated with innovation in digital technology and are already used by a wide range of industries and the public sector. As we identified in our article in June 2018, Drones have begun to change the way the construction industry operates. They are used to survey sites, both at the start of planning to produce baseline models and during construction to track progress. They can also be used to monitor security and health and safety. ...

Sep
04
2018

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality- the way forward for recruitment?
#Information Technology #Employment

Augmented reality (“AR”) is becoming more and more prominent. Put simply, AR is technology that superimposes a computer-generated image onto a user’s view of the real world....

Aug
31
2018

Food tech venture capital is burgeoning
#Information Technology #Food and Restaurants

From meal delivery kit businesses to meat substitutes, investors are accelerating their bets on the food tech sector. According to Pitchbook, investors in the US have poured a record-breaking $2 billion into the sector so far this year, relative to $1.5 billion in each of the previous two years....

Aug
29
2018

Do you want fries - I mean AI with that?
#Information Technology #Commercial #Food and Restaurants

Recent weather and its impact on the food chain has seen quite a bit of media coverage over the last couple of months. However, the increased use and experiments with AI in all aspects of the food and beverage sector has also proved topical....

Aug
14
2018

AI the future of retail banking?
#Commercial #Information Technology

The use of AI software in providing audit and compliance roles, conversational interfaces (“chatbots”) and analytics to identify and match clients best positioned for particular investments is and has been in operation for some time in the commercial banking sector....

Aug
10
2018

Technology: Giving Green Energy the Green Light?
#Information Technology #Environment

The amount of energy generated by renewable energy sources is on the rise. The BEIS reports that renewable sources now account for approximately 30% of all electricity generated.[1]...

Jul
25
2018

Could technology be the answer to boost employee wellbeing?
#Information Technology #Employment

Technology’s impact in the workplace is unquestionable- the increased use of remote working, mobile devices and new technologies in the workplace all designed to improve employee and company performance is clear for all to see. However, the debate continues on whether this impact is positive or negative on employees’ wellbeing. ...

Jul
19
2018

The Construction Sector Deal – investment in “bytes and mortar”
#Construction #Information Technology

On 5 July 2018, the Government announced its Construction Sector Deal worth £420 million to transform the UK construction industry by improving productivity through greater investment in innovation and skills....

Jul
18
2018

Electric Vehicles: The next revolution in transport?
#Information Technology

Will EVs overtake traditional internal combustion engines as our default mode of transportation? Recent data suggests so and perhaps very quickly if the current pace of adoption persists....

Jul
16
2018

Michael Hibberd comments for Elite Businesses on Uber – ‘Above the Law?’
#Employment #Information Technology #Press

Uber had its brakes slammed on last September after Transport for London (TFL) revoked its five-year licence for failure to report crime and to properly background check its drivers....

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