Deloitte reports its fastest annual revenue growth in a decade with a rise of 13.6%, reaching a turnover of £3.04bn and increased group revenue by £313m in the year ended 31 May 2016, topping £3bn for the first time. Profit distributable to partners for 2016 was £608m, compared to £593m in 2015. The average profit earned by each equity partner in the year, based on the firm’s distributable profit, was £837,000, compared with £822,000 in 2015
From Stock Exchanges to classic high technology businesses like ARM, the UK seems determined to flog all its developed and beneficial organisations. Expert comment on the latest proposed LSE Deutsche Borse merger, comes from John Colley, Professor of Practice, Warwick Business School and expert on mega mergers.
Government has announced new funding arrangements for apprenticeships in connection with the introduction of the Training Levy in 2017. Many of the courses currently used by the motor industry to fill around 13,000 apprentice vacancies every year are now subject to cuts of up to 50% in Government funding. This sparks real fears that retail motor sector will suffer a trainee drought from next year, worsening an already critical skills shortage across the country.
And making hay with good graphene and other nano-materials environment Hayvale is to acquire EPL (EPL Composite Solution), a specialist in the design, development and commercialisation of advanced composite polymer materials both in the UK and overseas. The acquisition will maximise EPL’s access to the nano-enhanced composites market and expected to significantly boost Haydale’s sales potential. Between material and technology providers, world-class universities and government-backed laboratories with innovation centres operating between the two regions.
The river where Scotland's very first hydro-electric scheme was thought to have been sited in the late 1890s by Sir John Fowler, a civil engineer famous for his work both on the London Underground and the Forth Bridge, now makes headlines yet again for as community water powered renewable energy system that is starting to pay money back to its original investors.
Local authorities and businesses in the UK are being encouraged to consider how they might respond to "improbable" or "unforeseen" disruption, including that prompted by developments in technology as Pinset Mason a leading academic warns that the business support infrastructure in Scotland hinders the ability of businesses to ‘scale-up’, as a “preoccupation” with technology firms was skewing the available funding.
Tom Sapsted,`(below left) director, Nuclear Energy Insider writes that SMR (Small Modular Reactors) represent a huge opportunity for the UK in terms of IP and supply chain development. If the UK government and industry commit now, Britain could become a world leader in the nextgen nuclear.
Scotland’s ground-breaking CivTech pilot has launched a new challenge for developers and entrepreneurs to stimulate the nation’s cyber security agenda. Backed by Scottish Government, the CivTech pilot is harnessing new technologies to drive innovation in the public sector. With the launch of its “WildCard Challenge” the CivTech pilot looks for new cyber security products and ideas with a clear application for public sector and significant commercial potential in the fight against cyber threats and IT disruption. The successful applicant will be awarded £15,000 funding and a place on the CivTech pilot’s dedicated three-month accelerator programme in Edinburgh.
Shining a spotlight on YoCo (Young Contractors ) around the UK, Parasol announced IT professional Lauren Farmer as the winner of its inaugural Young Contractor of the Year Awards on Wednesday 18th August. The award comes as GSCE results being released today, many students will be looking at apprenticeships as a way to enter their chosen career. Elaine Rowlands, head of HR at PCMS - a lead retail technology provider to Waitrose, M&S and John Lewis - is also calling for apprenticeships to receive more funding and support as a credible alternative to university.
Spectromax Solutions Ltd, IT project and software development specialist, involved in the set-up of a new IT system for EU farming subsidies in Scotland, has announced its membership of ScotlandIS which represents digital businesses in Scotland across IT, telecommunications and related sectors. As part of its membership, Spectromax will participate in ScotlandIS events and initiatives designed to develop and raise the profile of Scotland’s thriving digital technologies industry, which has become essential to the growth of the country’s economy.
The IEEE's annual IEDM conference is a world premier forum for scientists and engineers in the field of micro and nanoelectronics to present research breakthroughs. This is an advance glance at some of the most newsworthy topics and papers to be presented at the 61st annual meeting, being held at the Washington, D.C. Hilton from December 7-9, 2015. Subjects include memories, Nand architecture, RRAM, alternatives to Silicon, IGZO transistors 3D devices & circuits, power, silicon photonics, flexible electronics, STT-MRAM et al.
Katharine Blodgett Gebbie, a visionary physicist and senior government research administrator who supervised and mentored four Nobel laureates in physics, died August 17, 2016, in Bethesda, Maryland. She was 84.
Finland, with its long land border to Russia having maintained strict neutrality through the Cold War, is negotiating a defence collaboration agreement with the United States and aims to sign it this autumn, its defence minister said on Monday. Simultaneously VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland sees positive opportunities for the growth of the electronics industry in Finland, and is developing its research, development and manufacturing capabilities in the Micronova semiconductor fabrication facility in Espoo.
Intel Custom Foundry has made a statement of intent that it is serious about competing with the companies TSMC, Samsung and GlobalFoundries and is agreeing a full support package for ARM intellectual property, on its upcoming 10nm FinFET manufacturing process.
Scottish cloud and data centre, brightsolid, has received Preferred Partner certification in Dell’s PartnerDirect program, meeting the necessary technical and sales training requirements. As a Dell Preferred Partner with certifications in Cloud Services & Solutions, brightsolid has always maintained a close working relationship with Dell and excels in hardware, software and services knowledge that help eliminate IT complexity for customers and help create greater efficiencies.
Gaberlunzie has wasted about 3 hours trying to provide a photograph that will satisfy the passport office. If you are brave enough to use the The Passport Service, this theoretically allows you to take a digital photo of yourself - no not a selfie! This photo has to have balanced white background and no light differentials. It also it has to be taken from 1.5 metres away from your face and must be a jpg.
Global asset management firm, Baillie Gifford, has appointed Scotland-based Assure APM to gain greater forensic insight and control of its IT
systems, as part of an ongoing strategy to provide the highest levels of service to its clients. Baillie Gifford’s assets under management are
unostentatiously valued at around £130 billion. Assure was appointed following its pilot of ‘Advanced Performance Management’ technology across
Baillie Gifford’s IT environment to monitor and manage their network, server, and virtual infrastructure.
The wide range of robotic work currently being undertaken makes it hard to keep up with developments that range from a smart mobile outdoor robotic trash bin to motivate students in cleanliness campaigns, to ensuring an assistive robot partner is both expressive and communicative so being likely to make it more satisfying to work with and leading users to trusting it more, even if it makes mistakes!
The Minister for International Development has chaired a meeting with a range of key stakeholders to highlight a commitment to the introduction of a post-study work visa and called on UK Government to include Scottish Universities in the student visa pilot programme.
A Memorandum of Understanding will see both Babylon undergraduate and postgraduate students finishing their studies in Huddersfield.Students from one of the most fabled cities of the ancient world will soon be completing their degrees and boosting their qualifications at the University of Huddersfield.
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