Business environment

Brighton's 5G testbed is 'the start of something special' for UK

The new 5G testbed in Brighton is the start of something special, innovative and very exciting. It’s maybe not quite the dawn of a new age, but it’s not an exaggeration to suggest that we are about to experience profound change as a result of this technology.

Data and business support help make the UK a global land and property market leader

Three years ago, following the success of its Geovation Challenges, Ordnance Survey (OS) opened the Geovation Hub in London and launched the Geovation Accelerator Programme to help new GeoTech businesses launch and grow. Now, the wide range of businesses operating out of the hub include large corporations, SMEs and individuals just starting out.

Public-private sector partnership is key in move to circular economy

The circular economy marks a shift from today’s linear ‘take, make, dispose’ economic model, towards one where materials and products circulate in the economy for as long as possible and at their highest value, writes Richard Shaw, Business Board Chair for the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership.

Hyperloop: An emerging opportunity for the UK to shape the future of mobility  

Hyperloop is a high-speed ground-based transportation system that carries passengers or freight in autonomous, bus-sized vehicles known as pods. Once the technology is proven at large scale and certified for commercial use then it will do more than just cut journey times.

Farming and food and the Industrial Strategy

Food and farming businesses support 3.8 million jobs throughout the UK, with 13% of the national workforce employed across agriculture, food manufacturing, wholesaling, retailing and catering. We were delighted when the government committed the UK to being at the forefront of the global move to high-efficiency agriculture.

How we can win the AI race

If you ask the public what they associate AI in 2018 they are now just as likely to say their virtual assistants as they are robots. 

As Business Secretary Greg Clark says in KPMG’s new report, ‘How the UK can win the AI race’ – an explosion of AI is about to define this century - and if we act now, the UK can lead from the front. We applaud the government’s move to identify AI as one of the UK’s four Grand Challenges. 

How artificial intelligence is helping us get on the Road to Zero

The Industrial Strategy offers a compelling framework for the future. At Spark, we’re particularly excited by the focus on the Grand Challenges, as they link closely to our AI-based journey prediction solution for electric vehicles (EVs).