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Reflections on entry level hiring

Shields Russell on 2020-02-29

Since January 1st, I no longer lead the process of recruiting and selecting entry level hires. Entry-level hiring is a serious responsibility. We are who we hire. And who we hire is formative in terms of what we can become. In a knowledge firm, talent acquisition and development is the business strategy. Making this move is a generational shift that will bring those driving the process closer in age to the...

Opportunity to innovate in air pollution

Eliza Scott on 2020-02-29

We are all probably aware to varying degrees that the levels of air pollution in the UK are too high, but we perhaps do not understand the full extent of the issue. According to Defra, the annual health cost of particulate matter alone is estimated to be around £16 billion and as a UK average, 5.3 out of every 100 deaths are the result of air pollution. This figure is far higher for London Boroughs and cities such...

Control your digital presence and harness the vitality of web-based communication

Siona Wu-Murphy on 2020-01-08

A big part of my job is to bridge the gap between our portfolio companies and the markets they serve. I speak with potential customers on a daily basis about a particular novel technology and the possible value it can unlock; I have found that a large part of successful commercialisation and deal making is in the effective presentation and communication of the product, solution, or service. If it is worth putting in days of preparation...

Diversity unlocks innovation

Ellie Wolverson on 2020-01-08

Globalisation and advances in technology have radically altered the way that information is exchanged, ideas and innovations are diffused, trade occurs, and companies collaborate and grow internationally. The multiple dynamics of globalization—financial flows, migration of labour and work, technological innovations, environmental sustainability, and cultural dynamics—form a turbulent and complex environment for businesses to operate...

Competition versus compensation: the importance of speed to market in agtech

Alex Crichton-Miller on 2019-12-10

In any industry, executives and consultants prize the concept of ‘speed to market’ highly. This is usually the result of the belief that if you don’t do it, someone else will – and, as with at least a majority of oft-repeated business phrases, it contains a degree of truth. ...