Productivity

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

A number of McLaren cars parking outside a show room

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.

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

Hyperloop pod designed by HYPED.

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

Graphic showing how AI is used around the UK.

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. 

Universities as a facilitator for place-based Industrial Strategies

View of Sheffield at night with cooling towers in the foreground.

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.

Universities' aerospace collaboration takes off at Farnborough International Airshow

Richard Harrington at the Farnborough Airshow.

This week at the Farnborough International Airshow we have seen some fantastic examples of British business and universities working together that have captured the imagination of the world. This shows what can be done when we combine the power of UK business with the research power of UK academia.

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

Road sign showing hybrid automobile electric charge area.

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).