There’s been a lot of news throughout the pandemic around the unexpected environmental upsides. Reduced air travel, minimal driving, and a downshift in manufacturing activity are all stimulating emissions reductions, improved air quality, reduced light pollution.
Business support and advice.
The World Health Organisation has found that to age healthily we need to have opportunities to live and do the things we value and cherish because this improves our wellbeing in older age.
Watching how a panel of smart experts viewed and analysed various proposals and team pitches was an eye opener. A written application can be crafted and refined over time, but a panel interview requires an immediate response that either provides the assurances needed or opens up areas of doubt.
From today, Innovate UK EDGE brings together Innovate UK’s growth and scaling support for innovative businesses. I’m proud to be leading the Business Growth team at Innovate UK, which has worked so hard and built on our strong advisory heritage …
2020 was an extraordinary year and the challenges presented by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic caused UK industry to rethink how it will operate over the long-term.
As I reflect on my tenure at Innovate UK, I am exceptionally proud to have led the organisation through many complex challenges – from organisational transformations to UKRI integration to preparing for the myriad eventualities of Brexit. However, as any business leader will now attest, nothing could have prepared me for the challenges (and opportunities) of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It’s just thirteen more cooking, decorating, planning and shopping days to Christmas, for those of you who celebrate it. And while Christmas might look a bit different this year – we’re looking for board games to play over Zoom, for example – life still goes on.
Today is the first day of BEYOND, a conference running from 30 November to December, where thinkers, makers, investors and researchers across the creative industries come together to explore the relationship between creative research and business innovation.
The main thing I remember about January 2020 was the rain and the number of times I was stranded at railway stations as the tracks were washed away. A few weeks later, like all of us, I would have been grateful if it was just the weather that was bothering me. The rest of 2020 feels like a blur, but a blur of activity and delivery and pressure to move faster.
Born the son of a coal miner in South Yorkshire in the '60s, I grew up in a region then dominated by deep mining and heavy industry.
I sometimes comment that I was the “son of a Panda” but of course that was the coal dust around my father’s eyes.