January 2018

Sensor City shortlisted for prestigious awards

Sensor City has been shortlisted for two industry awards. The first nomination is for the highly contested ‘Connectivity Award’ at Smart Cities UK 2018. The Smart Cities UK 2018 Conference, Expo and Awards will lead the way on addressing the best practice examples on smart transformation from across Cities within the United Kingdom. Sensor City has been recognised for their use of IoT and digital engagement within the community, in addition to how the global innovation hub has improved social and economic outcomes in the Liverpool City Region. Public votes will decide the winner of each category, you can vote for Sensor City using this link: http://4allofus.org.uk/smart-cities-2018-votes/  Voting closes at midnight on Wednesday 31st January. Winners will be announced at the Smart Cities UK Awards ceremony on 1st February, following the Conference in which Sensor City’s Alison Mitchell is presenting. Sensor City has also been shortlisted as “Best Newcomer” in The Mersey Maritime Industry Awards 2018. These awards celebrate Liverpool City Region organisations and individuals leading the way in terms of...Read More >

Registered a Limited Company – What Next?

The Enterprise Hub have developed a new 2-day programme for businesses registered as a limited company in the Liverpool City Region that have not yet traded (made sales) and are under 12 months old when they access the programme. The programme is open to businesses led by men or women from B2B or B2C sectors and is delivered at 54 St James St, Liverpool every month. This interactive 2 day programme enables the business to conduct vital market research, to establish a simple plan, to know what to do when it comes to marketing, and to understand the logistics and legalities attached to a limited company structure – helping to ensure that the business survives and thrives beyond the first year. The programme covers: • Core legal responsibilities for the owner of a limited company • Creating a business model canvas • Market research and customer profile • Conducting a SWOT analysis • Sales and pricing strategy • Putting together...Read More >

Business Start Up Conference

Enterprise Hub Business Start-up Conference Sefton Have you got an idea for a business? Want to create your own job? Thinking of going self-employed but not sure how to get started? At this free and informative event you will: Hear from local business owners sharing tips on how they moved from idea to successful business Be given opportunity to take part in group activities to understand the practicalities involved in self-employment. Have chance to network with others who are considering starting a business and make key connections Find out about the FREE support on offer to help you to get your business off the ground through Enterprise Hub, Invest Sefton and other local organisations. AT: Bootle Town Hall, Oriel Road, Bootle, L20 7AE ON: Thursday 1st February 10am-1pm Book now via eventbrite or contact 0151 706 8113 or enterprisehub@thewo.org.uk for more information This event is open FREE to anyone living in the Liverpool City Region (Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley, St Helens,...Read More >

Report highlights skills shortage in digital tech jobs across the North

A new report has shed light on a skills shortage in the North’s digital tech sector, with 58% of digital companies stating that finding talent is a key business challenge.For each current worker in digital tech in the North, there are 1.4 vacancies, according to research conducted by EY and Tech North. The research found that there are currently 168,671 digital tech workers in the North, yet over the past three years 712,750 vacancies were advertised. Despite this, the research also revealed that productivity in digital tech across the North grew four times faster than other sectors throughout the region. The Gross Value Added (GVA) of digital tech roles was £9.9bn, with this set to grow by 3.5% a year until 2020, over three times higher than the predicted manufacturing rate of just 1%. Richard Gregory, director of Tech North, said: “Back in 2017, we convened over a hundred members of the digital community in the North of England to propose...Read More >

Tech Nation 2018 – Have Your Say!

Tech Nation have launched the 2018 survey!  We are calling on UK startups and entrepreneurs to take part in a 5 minute survey on the digital tech sector in their area. Tech Nation is a groundbreaking series of reports on the UK’s digital tech ecosystem, providing the most comprehensive insight into the UK’s thriving digital tech sector.  Over the last three years – through quantitative and qualitative data – it has captured the strength, depth and breadth of activity across the UK.  It has revealed the scale of the digital tech sector, captured its growth, and – crucially – developed an understanding of the characteristics of the communities driving it, as well as the national and regional challenges and opportunities.   The reports have been well received around the world, with Tech Nation becoming a flagship go-to source of information into the exceptional performance of the UK’s digital clusters, the envy of Europe and the world. For the 2018 survey, we’re...Read More >

British Airways jumps on board with International Business Festival

British Airways has been announced as a headline partner of the International Business Festival which will take place in Liverpool this summer. The festival, which takes place every two years, attracts an audience of buyers, suppliers and investors from around the world. At the 2016 event, UK companies secured export sales worth more than £250m. This year’s event will take place between June 12 and 28, with a programme of expert panels, practical workshops and keynote addresses designed to explore international business growth opportunities across a range of sectors – from manufacturing to creative industries. British Airways says it is dedicated to helping promote business growth through its ‘On Business’ loyalty programme.  This enables small and medium sized companies to collect On Business points each time a member of their company travels. Points can be spent on reward flights, on a cabin upgrade, or on special offers. Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ director of brand and customer experience, said: “Our latest figures show...Read More >

Carillion – Support for Businesses and Employees

Carillion have filed for compulsory liquidation.  An Official Receiver has been appointed and contingency plans have been activated across Government.  The Cabinet Office has announced that the government will continue to deliver all public sector services following the insolvency.  The Official Receiver who works for the Insolvency Service (one of BEIS’s partner organisations) has been appointed by the court as liquidator along with partners at PwC that have been appointed as Special Managers. Workforce The Government is taking steps to support businesses and workers who have been affected during the process of winding up the firm.  The Official Receiver/Insolvency Service/PwC have established a hotline to provide up to date information to those firms and employees who have been affected. They will also publish regular online updates. In the event of any redundancies, there are special arrangements for employees who are owed redundancy pay and notice pay by their insolvent employer after they have been dismissed. The Redundancy Payments Service in...Read More >

Transport for the North’s 30-year Strategic Plan will be ‘transformational’

Business leaders in the North West have hailed Transport for the North’s blue print for transforming transport across the region of the next 30 years. The size of the prize is vast, with improved transport infrastructure offering the potential to deliver a £100bn increase in GVA and 850,000 additional jobs by 2050. Included in the Strategic Transport Plan for the North, launched across six cities at noon today (Tuesday, January 16) are plans to cut rail journey times between Liverpool and Manchester and Manchester to Leeds to 30 minutes, and 26 minutes between Leeds and Sheffield. John Cridland, Transport for the North chairman, said: “The North is a rich, diverse region and home to around 16 million people. We have vibrant communities, buzzing cities, five stunning national parks, an abundance of talent and a wealth of high-performing businesses. “Transport for the North’s vision is of a thriving North of England, where modern transport connections drive economic growth and support an...Read More >

Meet the Engineering Experts – Daily Surgery Sessions

Sensor City is providing the opportunity for companies and entrepreneurs interested in Sensor developments to discuss their interest with an engineering expert in sensor development. A range of expert input is available on a daily basis according to the following schedule from the week beginning 5th February 2018. Please email the expert directly whose subject area is of interest to you. Ensure that you include “Sensor City Surgery Request” in the email subject line in order to secure your session. Monday 14:00 – 16:00 Dr Jeff Cullen Areas of expertise: Sensor system design; Pollution and environmental monitoring; Geographic Information Systems (GIS); real time monitoring and mapping; Energy performance monitoring; use of microwaves for heating; fuel remediation; assessment of weld quality. EmailJ.D.Cullen@ljmu.ac.uk Tuesday 14:00 – 16:00 Prof. Andy Shaw Areas of expertise: Microwave technologies; structural monitoring; industrial process measurement; material processing; energy production from waste. EmailA.Shaw@ljmu.ac.uk Dr Muhammad Ateeq Areas of expertise: Design and development of sensors & systems; microwave heating/processing of materials;...Read More >