Archive | July, 2014

Indian business leaders gathering in London will get multi-ministerial support

30 Jul

The 2014 London Global Convention for the Institute of Directors (India) will bring business leaders from across the globe in October.

OfficialBaronessVermaSustainability will be high on the agenda – not least because chair of the convention’s programme committee is Baroness Verma, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Energy & Climate Change.

Sustainability is a high priority on many boardroom agendas and also represents major trade opportunities for the UK – so it’s no surprise to hear that Dr Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, and Trade and Investment Minister, Ian Livingston are also expected to attend the event.

For more information on the Convention and why Sustainability is a key business topic read the Groupe Intellex background commentary.


Can Municipal Enterprise unleash creativity at scale?

20 Jul

thinking_heads smallWhen we published a recent note on Municipal Enterprise we didn’t expect any great rush of readers.

It turned out that the RSA’s City Growth Commission was finalising its report on Connected Cities.

Recommendation 2 of that report (whilst argued specifically for Metro’s) gets very close to the themes of our forthcoming publication with “a substantial risk transfer to those metros able to shoulder it

With regard to infrastructure and connectivity we argue that metros should be responsible for approving and securing finance to develop schemes within their boundaries.

The report also fully supports the lessons gleaned from our Study Tours: “the UK must learn from high-performing international competitors , which typically allow metros much greater flexibility and long-term certainty of funding”.

Catch up with our note (13th July) and links to some of our background thinking.


Keeping it Under your Hat – creating a market for personal data?

20 Jul

HAT LogoIn our latest editorial we look at the work of the RCUK Digital Economy HAT project –  ‘Hub of All Things’.

Described as a model of ‘life-as-we-don’t-yet-know-it’ we introduce readers to the aftermath of Prof Irene Ng’s book ‘Value & Worth: creating new markets in the digital economy’.

The researchers assert that the Internet is changing from serving an era of transactions to a new age – an era of of data-driven decisions.

Read our full editorial with links to the project’s recently released briefing paper.