Grand Challenges

The Industrial Strategy sets out 4 Grand Challenges to put the UK at the forefront of the industries of the future.

How McLaren is building on Sheffield's strengths to bring in new investment and boost productivity

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Ideas, people, infrastructure, business environment and places are the five foundations of the UK Industrial Strategy which was published one year ago this week. The newly opened, £50m McLaren Composites Technology Centre encompasses all of them.

How cross-sector collaborations can help us be at the forefront of the AI and data revolution

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The Industrial Strategy was launched one year ago today to improve the UK’s productivity, outlined through its Grand Challenges - but what headway has been made in this first year? And what have we learned?

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

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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.

Ageing and sustainability: an agenda for success

It’s no secret that the global population is ageing, and whilst this presents social and economic challenges, it also presents a huge opportunity to develop cutting edge innovation. And with climate change on everyone’s agenda, we take a look at the cross section between design for demographic change and design for environmental sustainability.

Clean growth is more than a challenge: it’s an opportunity

A long-term view is essential: clean growth must be sustainable. Not only does offshore wind have the potential to become the backbone of the UK’s clean electricity system, it’s delivering thousands of jobs and economic growth to coastal areas and bringing billions of pounds of investment to the UK.

UK fusion expertise can support a leap away from fossil fuels

Reliance on fossil fuels is one of the major obstacles we need to overcome to minimise the significant economic, social and environmental threats posed by global climate change, writes Dr David Kingham, Executive Vice Chairman at Tokamak Energy.

Using the power of brands to educate and inspire consumers to recycle

Over the years, Coca Cola European Partnerships has done much to improve the sustainability of our business; driving down the carbon impact of our business operations by 54% since 2010.

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.