Places

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.

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.

Rethinking retirement to meet the Ageing Society Grand Challenge

Working alongside the panel of independent experts on the Longevity Science Panel, Legal & General has been doing a great deal of deep thinking on ageing; from pensions to housing and long-term care to mid-life MOTs.

Universities as a facilitator for place-based Industrial Strategies

Earlier this year, YU’s Board of Vice-Chancellors agreed that YU should seek to widen and deepen the collective role of universities in place-based development and the Industrial Strategy.

Recently, YU held a roundtable in Leeds with Universities UK (UUK), which brought together universities, local enterprise partnerships (LEPs), combined authorities, government and national research funding agencies.