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Major deal struck to boost science and technology sector in Liverpool

Bruntwood SciTech has been announced as a new shareholder in £12m Sciontec Liverpool, in a deal that will mean new world-leading facilities for the city. A major partnership deal has been struck that will boost the science and technology sector in Liverpool. Bruntwood SciTech has been announced as the fourth shareholder and private sector investment partner of Sciontec Liverpool in a deal that will mean new world-leading facilities across the city.

Artificial intelligence has potential to transform lives but we’re not there yet…

Mike Newton, founder of surveilance technology company, NetVu, says ‘AI is mostly limited to back-office business functions’ AI and analytics could plausibly remove the “human glue” that has traditionally governed so many processes and procedures. In much the same way that robots transformed entire swathes of the manufacturing sector, AI could feasibly change the way businesses can work with data. But – according to Mike Newton, founder and chairman of Northwich surveilance technology company, NetVu – we’re not there yet. When asked about the current role of AI and analytics, Newton explained: “People talk about artificial intelligence, but the vast majority is in fact inference, not intelligence. “It refers to machine learning and the ability to act on data, for example, the ability for machines to learn from past experiences and change the outcome of future decisions based on that data. “Like the industrial revolution and the introduction of machinery, automation was initially a means of eliminating repetitive, manual tasks,...Read More >

Launch of ground-breaking accelerator to help businesses adopt industry 4.0 tech

A ground-breaking Industrial Digitalisation Accelerator (IDA) has been launched at Sci-Tech Daresbury. The initiative is from Siemens Digital Industries, together with Atos and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Hartree Centre, and will offer businesses a practical, collaborative space to explore Industry 4.0 technologies. It is the first time that three distinct, yet complementary, experts in the field of computing (STFC Hartree Centre), analytics (Atos Codex) and IoT solutions (MindSphere) have come together and combined their expertise to offer industry the opportunity to discover new pathways to growth. The accelerator programme is offering businesses of all sizes the chance to produce proof of concepts, mentorship to help them acquire Industry 4.0 technologies like big data analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), modelling, simulation and sensor technology through the Made Smarter programme, and the opportunity to develop end-to-end digital solutions. The IDA will also signpost firms to external funding programmes, such as Innovate and the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Brian Holliday,...Read More >

FREE workshop for Liverpool businesses looking to export to China

Liverpool businesses looking to export to China – the world’s largest country by population – will be treated to a FREE workshop later this year. The event will take place thanks to a collaboration between Business Live, the Liverpool ECHO, Liverpool City Region Business Post and the Department for International Trade (DIT).

Search on to find Liverpool’s top tech firms

BusinessCloud has joined forces with LCR Activate and Praetura Ventures to create an inaugural LCR Tech Climbers 2019 list. The search is on to find the climbing stars of Liverpool City Region’s burgeoning tech sector. LCR Activate, in association with BusinessCloud and Praetura Ventures, is giving tech scale-ups in Liverpool City Region the opportunity to put their business on the map with the launch of its LCR Tech Climbers 2019 list. SMEs can put themselves forward or be nominated for the list which will recognise those businesses achieving high growth as the result of an innovative and creative use of technology. To be considered to feature on the list, businesses must fill out a short entry questionnaire and ensure they can demonstrate significant operations in Liverpool City Region. In addition, they must meet at least one of the following pre-qualifying requirements: Development of Intellectual property (IP) or proprietary technology; Provision of a unique tech solution to a problem; Disruption of...Read More >