Stress is a common experience that everyone goes through at some point in their lives. It can be caused by various factors such as work-related issues, financial problems, family issues, and health concerns. Stress can have a significant impact on our mental and physical well-being, and it is essential to be aware of the signs and symptoms of stress to prevent it from becoming chronic.
University “spinouts” – companies created to commercialise scientific and technological breakthroughs developed by students and researchers – are big business. According to a recent report, equity investment in spinouts increased more than fivefold – from £405 million to £2.54 billion – in the decade to 2021.
The pace at a fast-growth startup is, well, fast. Adaptability is key. Agility is paramount. After all, startups are founded, backed and made up of ambitious people with big dreams. They all want to realise those dreams, often with restricted budgets and limited time to prove a concept to potential investors. As fascinating as this business journey can be, it demands patience and perseverance from the people working in it.
“I never felt different from my male colleagues until I got pregnant. When I went on maternity leave, I felt guilty about not contributing to my former business's targets – and coming back to work was even worse. It made me feel angry for being a woman,” shared one of Sweep’s employees at our gender parity workshop on International Women’s Day.
Founders don’t need me to tell them they’re in the midst of a difficult operating environment. Global venture funding slumped 35% in 2022. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, US-China tensions, the pandemic, and associated global supply and energy crises, underpin a difficult macroeconomic setting for business.
Apple rolled out an update to its iOS 16 to fix two major security flaws in February, urging users to upgrade now to avoid cyber threats. It’s not the first time the tech giant has issued security warnings this year, with owners of older Apple models also being urged to upgrade their settings. With hybrid working here to stay, many teams are using their personal devices for work. But what does this mean for business security?
Every day, hundreds of patients receive the life-altering news that they’ve been diagnosed with a chronic neurological condition. Right now, a colossal 14 million Brits are living with Dementia, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer's Disease, and statistics show that 1 in 6 people will be affected over the course of their life. The high prevalence of these conditions means that most of us know someone - a friend, colleague or family member - with a brain disease, and we’ve seen the devastating impact first-hand.
Casual games have proven to be the “Trojan Horse” of user engagement and adoption of new technologies and platforms. When the iPhone first launched, the popularity of gaming on the device caught Apple by surprise. It was (and is) the number one app category. Hyper-casual games have dominated the app game charts for years. When Facebook launched to a wider audience than college campuses, it was casual and social games that helped them breakthrough to wider audience demographics that became crucial to their future.
If you ever worked with Office 97, you’ll remember Microsoft’s iconic assistant Clippy. The animated AI-based paperclip would pop up in your document and offer to help you format whatever you were working on. Clippy would analyse and structure words in your document and help you format it according to what you were working on. For example, if anything vaguely resembled a resume, you would be prompted with “It looks like you’re writing a resume! Perhaps a resume template will help?”.
EDBM is looking to attract startups and SMEs to invest in their country and the incentives they would receive for doing so. It should be of interest to all businesses across all sectors but especially to exporters or those looking to access markets in Africa. Hear from Sachin Mohabeer, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Economic Development Board [EDB] of Mauritius.
The UK is facing one of the worst staffing shortages the hospitality industry has ever seen. Many leaving the industry due to furlough during the pandemic and access to fewer workers due to visa restrictions following Brexit, has resulted in nearly 40% of UK hospitality businesses facing a skilled worker shortage.
According to a UK Government survey, nearly 15% of the UK population is neurodivergent. With Neurodiversity Celebration Week coming up on 13-19 March, this is an important opportunity to recognise those who experience neurodiversity and spread awareness and information about the best ways to support them in home, working, and learning environments. Dan Kentley, Practice Manager at Onebright highlights how spiky profiles can help support the strengths of neurodiverse individuals.
Digital Twin technology is on the cusp of dominating global digital transformation. According to a recent Strategic Market Research report, the global market for digital twins was valued at $6.30 billion in 2021 and is estimated to reach $131.09 billion by 2030. John Hill, CEO and Founder of Silico discusses.
A quality digital offering has become of existential importance. Disruptors from Amazon and Spotify to Uber and Netflix have transformed people’s service delivery expectations – expectations that are progressively extending to the financial services sector. Bottom line: firms without a strong digital offering that puts the control in users’ hands won’t survive.
Women investors, investresses, are making impressive strides and paving the way for other women. They’re increasingly embracing value investing, running diversified multi-asset investment portfolios on behalf of investors, and managing assets worth billions of pounds, as part of a growing number of female role models who are gracefully leading the change that will inspire many generations to come.
For our Founder Focus feature this issue, we chat with Tanya Laird, Founder of Digital Jam, and the host of the Digital Jam Sessions; an inspirational woman who, despite currently battling cancer, still continues to facilitate collaboration and innovation in the gaming and augmented reality (AR/VR) sector.
By now, it’s pretty well known that there’s a demand for data skills. I might even go as far as saying that some people are a little sick of hearing it… but it’s an unavoidable truth. The government estimates that companies are recruiting for approximately 200,000 roles with hard data skills. And this isn’t slowing down - the need for data skills is set to continue rising in the coming years.
Industry players are on a mission to differentiate themselves, while merchants and consumers are demanding innovative ways to pay for what they buy. A seamless payment experience is becoming more and more important to consumers and therefore merchants as ecommerce continues to be as competitive as ever.
Dry January is the annual campaign which urges participants to abstain from alcohol for a month. Paula Allen, Global Leader of Research and Total Wellbeing at TELUS Health shines a light on what businesses can learn from Dry January and how to identify and support substance use and addiction in the workplace.