Press release: Minister Fairhead leads UK delegation to Bio 2018

first_img The Northern Powerhouse presence on the trade missions is particularly strong, with the Northern Health Science Alliance leading a 14-strong delegation involving 3 widely respected academics from the Universities of Manchester and York and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. This delegation will be highlighting the North of England’s strengths in the life sciences sector, where the region is leading the way. The North boasts a health services sector worth £30 billion, employing 500,000, and is home to more than a fifth of life science companies located in the UK. Northern Ireland also has clinical specialisms within the areas of oncology, cardiology, opthamology, respiratory and diabetes. Its new Centre of Excellence in Precision Medicine, in association with Queen’s University Belfast, joins a suite of research centres and centres of excellence which are attracting investment to the region. The Midlands offers a world-class research and innovation infrastructure including science and technology parks and business incubation facilities, and is home to the largest number of medical technology and device companies in the country. It is bringing a delegation of 10 outstanding companies to the UK Pavilion at Bio. In addition, Scottish Development International (SDI), is hosting a Scotland pavilion for Scottish life sciences companies. Over 600 life sciences organisations make Scotland one of the largest life sciences clusters in Europe, with innovation centres including stratified medicine, sensors and digital health. Wales, too, will be showcasing its strengths in medical technology, regenerative medicine, diagnostics, eHealth, pharmaceutical services and neuroscience. As a global leader in scientific innovation, with more than 5,500 life sciences companies, the UK’s offer to the world in this sector is clear. I am delighted to be joined on this trade mission by terrific businesses from all across the UK. The Department for International Trade will continue to use trade missions such as this to promote healthcare and life sciences innovators across the world, driving investment and forging trade ties that have the potential to further scientific boundaries and improve the lives of millions. DIT provides a wide range of export support for UK businesses, including the opportunity to join trade missions via great.gov.uk.BackgroundAll the UK regions are well represented on the visit: Having strong connectivity to the world’s most important markets is key to creating a balanced and outward facing UK economy. That is particularly the case when it comes to accessing global centres of excellence for high-growth sectors like life sciences. It is clear the North has a number of strengths in the area, including world leading universities and a proven track record for innovation and commercialisation. The availability of direct services to Boston from Manchester Airport only serves to enhance the international competitiveness of the sector, and North as a whole. British pharma exports to the US totaled more than £6 billion last year, 8% of all American pharma imports, whilst US medical exports to the UK totaled £1.6 billion – demonstrating the demand for UK life sciences expertise.Latest statistics from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy show that health and life sciences are worth over £70 billion to the economy and provide jobs for almost 241,000 people across the country. The recent launch of the government’s Industrial Strategy Life Sciences Sector Deal, demonstrates how the government will support the sector to develop and launch the next generation of medicines, technologies and diagnostics and provide better care and treatments for millions of patients.The trade mission has a particular Northern Powerhouse angle as Virgin Atlantic have announced the reinstatement of the seasonal flight from Manchester Airport to Boston. The flight is a further boost for businesses across the Northern Powerhouse, increasing connectivity and ensuring Boston’s thriving financial and life sciences markets are made more accessible to UK companies.Andrew Cowan, CEO of Manchester Airport, said: Baroness Fairhead, Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion at the Department for International Trade, is today leading a strong delegation of UK life sciences businesses at the world-renowned Bio Conference.The UK pavilion at the conference will play host to 21 British organisations and will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS.16,000 people are expected to attend the event over the course of the 3 days, presenting huge opportunities for the innovative UK life sciences firms and thought leaders who are attending.The US is the world’s largest market for life sciences. Abingdon based PsiOxus is a great example of a UK company who are benefiting from the opportunities across the Atlantic. They have recently secured a deal with US counterpart Bristol Myers-Squibb that could be worth nearly $1 billion over the lifetime of the partnership.The likes of Alderley Park from Manchester, the Northern Health Science Alliance and Ulster University will join PsiOxus and Baroness Fairhead at the conference. Delegates will have the chance to attend networking forums, panel sessions and the UK Innovation Reception which will focus on showcasing the UK as ‘the home of health innovation’.Baroness Fairhead, Minister of State for the Department for International Trade, said: Further informationContact the DIT Media and Digital Team on 020 7008 3333 or follow us: @tradegovuk and gov.uk/ditlast_img read more

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Mono Equipment to run free chocolate workshop

first_imgMono Equipment has organised a free Chocolate Made Easy workshop at Priestley Bakers in Slough.The day will offer a programme of demonstrations featuring master chocolatier Beverley Dunkley, using chocolate and ingredients supplied by Barry Callebaut and a range of Mono’s Gami chocolate tempering and enrobing equipment.Dunkley, who is founder of the UK Chocolate Academy, has studied and worked at prestigious establishments across the UK, Switzerland and Luxembourg. During the chocolate demonstrations, she will aim to debunk the myth that chocolate is a difficult product to work with, proving that, with quality ingredients and the right equipment, almost anyone can create chocolate products that look superb and taste fantastic too, said Mono.The event will be held on 27 February at Priestley’s purpose-built training kitchen. Tickets are free of charge and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.last_img read more

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Sweat the Small Stuff

first_imgCollaboration is the essential ingredient for intelligent “workplace” teams, as studies have told us for decades — yet for many enterprise organizations today, working together easily still remains elusive.I can point to a few reasons historically for this failure, but more hopefully, I see multiple trends that will change our future.Turn Quadrants Upside DownFirst, for the past twenty years or more, the team collaboration topic has often been approached with the classic 1970 Boston Consulting mindset: solve the largest problem for the largest gain. In fact, coming at “working together” from an individual user-based perspective is a better strategy in today’s product-as-a-service world.I would argue that IT apps should eliminate small, frustrating, and painful tasks to create instant user gratification. Doing this repeatedly over time, I believe, earns loyalists who are thrilled to use your collaboration tools and are then highly productive.Take the common collaboration roadblock of trying to share a file. Fixing this alone might dislodge the majority of pain holding back teamwork in your enterprise.In a typical scenario, a team working together wants to share a large PowerPoint file, but IT blocks large file sends through email. Instead, IT could enable shared folders with a smart phone app, then allow easily copy/pasted folder links sent in email. Work teams would gain immediate file access, even while traveling, to keep collaboration going.All it takes is prioritizing the user pain.Focusing on improving one small productivity task increases the likelihood of it getting solved. Choosing to solve the most frustrating or inhibiting user problems generates rampant user engagement – top criteria for enterprise software success in a cloud future.Similarly, using apps that do one thing well can drive productivity through the roof. Sweating the small stuff that holds users back will pay off in team motivation and their day-to-day ability to work together productively.Respect Muscle MemorySecond, old yet productive working habits have been outright forsaken for the new. If colleagues are adept with email and use it fluently, incorporate that habit into the newest services you deliver.Allow teams to continue using email as a sharing mechanism while taking away its inefficiencies. Better yet, give them improvements, such as protection from malicious email attachments.Habits are embedded in muscle memory. The fewer you have to change, the better. How much are your collaboration apps undoing productivity for the sake of productivity?Adapt to Users, Not to InitiativesFinally, rethink what’s causing frustration or creating inefficiencies in your teams in the first place. Does solving the root cause of working together really require a complete technical rearchitecture?Considering that the tenure of corporate leaders continues to drop, fitting collaboration projects into smaller 1-2 year efforts with rapid iteration cycles is critical. Look for creative and innovative solutions that keeps users productive first.My favorite example is that you don’t have to reconfigure SAP and change your invoice processing workflow just to solve getting SOWs signed. We simply incorporated electronic signatures into our file sharing app. If an executive is on the road, no need to print, sign, fax and return a document. Just fingertip sign and click to share, all in one place.Enterprises have enough company-wide initiatives to drive, and coming at collaboration as an entire reconfiguration can lose steam before it ever delights a single user. Adapt your collaboration services to users first, so approved apps are immediately desirable at the grassroots level. And rethink functionality from the user level to uncover potentially simple, shorter-term solutions.Why the Future Looks BrighterOf course, hindsight is 20/20, and there have been valiant attempts to make collaboration better. Recent studies are looking at how to design the smartest teams possible in the first place so they’re predestined to collaborate, for example.But from a technology perspective, I see several trends that were not pervasive decades ago. These have changed behaviors and laid the groundwork for us to come at collaboration differently. This is why I’m hopeful things will change for the better.For IT, for example, the ease of delivering incremental software changes to users has greatly improved. Users know how to self-procure apps. They are on the lookout for, and willing to try, better ways of working. IT can take advantage of this new mindset by delivering the best user-loved solutions. IT can lead impactful changes that address strategic organizational needs, like productivity and global collaboration.Vendors have changed as well, amidst the popularity of smart devices. The constraints of small screen sizes have forced the quality of software to improve. Only the most essential functions can be presented to today’s users, who are constantly swiping and mobile. This mobile design discipline has made it a requirement to do less things very well, rather than delivering distracting or unused feature sets that might slow users down.These future trends and an understanding of past failures can help us, as leaders, navigate to gain incredible team efficiencies in the present. Start by solving the painful annoyances that hold teamwork back; carry forward learned productivity habits that work; and focus on users, not initiatives.last_img read more

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Commentary: ‘Bearish Risks Dominate’ Across Global Coal Industry

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Moribund global demand growth and volatile pricing are what coal producers face in the next five years, with not even some bright spots in Asia able to outweigh a bleak outlook for Europe and the United States, and lower consumption in top user China.That’s the central message of the International Energy Agency’s Coal 2017 report, which outlines a future in which coal remains a significant source of global energy, but one that is decreasing in importance.Global coal demand will grow by only a compound 0.5 percent a year over the 2018-22 period to 5,534 million tonnes of coal equivalent (mtce), up just 177 mtce from 2016’s consumption, the IEA said.Top consumer China is expected to drop 0.1 percent a year to 2,787 mtce by 2022, while demand in the United States will fall 0.9 percent per annum over the five-year forecast period, and that in developed countries in Europe by 1.6 percent per annum.India remains the best hope for coal producers, with thermal coal demand expected to climb 3.3 percent a year to 605 mtce by 2022.Positive contributions to growth are also expected from newer consumers such as Pakistan and countries in Southeast Asia.But overall, it’s pretty grim reading for coal miners, traders and their political backers, such as U.S. President Donald Trump and the ruling Liberal Party in top exporter Australia.The IEA report also continues a trend of increasingly bearish forecasts from the agency, as it has steadily reduced its expectations for coal’s share of global energy.The IEA’s 2012 coal report forecast that global coal consumption would rise to 6,169 mtce in 2017, but the reality has turned out somewhat differently.The IEA didn’t provide a forecast for 2017 in its latest report, but said demand in 2016 was 5,357 mtce and estimated 2018 at 5,445 mtce.In other words, the IEA’s forecasts from five years ago were too optimistic for the industry, even if they seemed reasonable and quite cautious at the time they were published.More: Coal’s bleak future is stagnant demand, volatile trading: Russell Commentary: ‘Bearish Risks Dominate’ Across Global Coal Industrylast_img read more

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3 questions you should ask yourself before you retire

first_img 106SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details There are probably hundreds of questions someone should ask themselves if they’re planning on retiring in the near future. Some of those questions may pertain to you and some may not. Here are three basic questions everyone should know the answer to before they start the retirement process.Can you afford to retire?: This is easily the most important question when considering retirement. You may be ready to call it quits, but you need to make sure your income in retirement will be greater than your expenses. Is your house paid for? Do you plan on relocating? Do you have car payments? Can you max out your social security benefits if you wait a little bit longer? These are all things you should be thinking about before you declare yourself ready to retire.What are you going to do?: You can’t just sit around all day. You’ve spent your adult life working 40 hours a week and now you have nothing to do. Are you going to travel? Pick up a hobby? Woodworking? Golf? What’s it going to be? Figure out how you want to spend your time in retirement so you’ll know how you’re going to be spending your money. If you’ve got grandkids nearby you may be starting a new life as a babysitter. Whether you do a lot in retirement or choose to do as little as possible, that’s okay, but it’s good to have a plan.Who are you going to be doing it with?: You make a lot of friends at work. When work is your life, your coworkers are sometimes the only people you have time for. What are you going to do after you retire? Will those work relationships last? Do you spend a lot of time with family? Is your spouse still working? Plug yourself into activities or organizations that will keep you engaged with others. Finding ways to stay social will help keep you active and feeling young.last_img read more

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3 surefire office camaraderie killers

first_img 30SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Being friends with your coworkers is not a requirement for a productive working environment, but it sure can help. Camaraderie lifts morale, promotes creativity, and creates a positive work culture. There are a variety of factors, however, that can have a negative influence on the office energy. Here are three guaranteed camaraderie killers and how you can work to prevent them from impacting office dynamics.Poor leadershipNothing adversely affects workplace camaraderie quite like bad management. When employees don’t respect their leader, it greatly affects their opinions on their workplace. Coming in to work each day to a bad boss is an unpleasant experience and leads to an indifferent workforce. Employees who aren’t well managed can begin to question their value, which can greatly affect overall office morale.Frequent turnoverWhen employees are frequently resigning, it can be a signal to the office that something is off. Turnover creates tension and can make employees uncomfortable and uneasy. It is also difficult to feel like part of a team if employees have the impression their colleagues are departing for something better.Constant conflictWhile productive conflict in the office can be the key to new ideas, disagreements and arguments are guaranteed camaraderie killers. Even if you’re not involved in the conflicts, just being witness to them can greatly affect your morale. Instead of dwelling on differences, employees should collaborate and put their opposing opinions to good use.last_img read more

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When to implement risky technology

first_imgThe programs are buggy and cause member experience issues. Overall growth. Improved member experience. Failed integration with the core system. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Hayden Monson Hayden Monson is the Technical Marketing Manager for FLEX. Hayden has been with FLEX since 2013 and has worked in various customer service and marketing roles over that time. As … Web: https://flexcutech.com Details Attract new members. A steep learning curve for members and staff. The product doesn’t meet member needs. Ryan Smith, CEO of Qualtrics, named one of the most innovative companies by Enterprise, recently tweeted, “Whatever you are working on will be different a year from now, even if you nail it. The shelf life of innovation is short.”The same goes for technology innovation in the credit union industry. Technology is always pivoting and for many, it’s hard to keep up. The challenge arises when credit union leaders ask themselves which innovations will be doorbusters and which ones will quickly phase out in the next year? You don’t want to miss the wave of excitement that new products bring but you also don’t want to sink a chunk of capital into tech that doesn’t yield some sort of ROI.Possible negative outcomes to implementing new technology: First to market with new products. Frequent downtime and connectivity issues. Sunk costs. Possible positive outcomes to implementing new technology: Positive ROI and increased revenue. Product adoption is less than stellar. While there are pros and cons to being an early adopter of innovative technology, there is a time and place to do it. Here are a few do’s, don’ts and cautions:DO adopt a mentality of innovation.DON’T let that mentality push you to risk everything.DO verify the tech being implement will have an ROI.CAUTION – perform your research when the ROI is something besides money i.e. member experience, time savings, sexy User Interface (UI).DON’T risk the majority of your eggs at one time.DO break up your innovative implementations into small chunks. If you’re taking a big risk on a new core system, keep other consistent services in place until the dust settles.CAUTION – Be wary of the new guy on the block. If a new player in the core processing space promises you the stars, you might miss the moon and fall flat on your back. When it comes to the largest part of your credit unions technology, be sure you are implementing a tried and well-tested product.DON’T be fooled by the hype.DO find out who has beta tested the product and ask them, first hand, how their experience was.DO follow our gut. If you feel uncomfortable about the risk you are taking then walk away.DON’T, however, live a life full of fear. Sometimes the risk of implementing a better and more expensive piece of technology is exactly what your credit union needs to attract new members and grow.DO ask yourself, “how does this affect the bottom line?” and “how does this impact our members?”Just like many things in life, knowing when to implement risky technology can be more of an art than a science. However, do your homework, take calculated risks when appropriate, and lean on trusted technology partners to assist you in the process. Increased efficiency for staff and members.last_img read more

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Animal shelters adjust to COVID19: Can you still adopt?

first_img“No longer can you come in and just peruse the animals. You have to first have an approved adoption application and then you have to set up an appointment. We are keeping track of who’s coming in, their contact information.” she says. These are small operations that rely on volunteers, and many of those volunteers are required to stay home. Along with less staff, the general public isn’t allowed to come view animals without some notice. “We have changed our processes here. We are not allowing people just in to visit,” says Broome County Humane Society Executive Director Karen Matson. Despite the changes, adoptions are continuing. “My mission right now is to make sure these animals are taken care of and we can help the community the best we can,” Matson says. “The least we can do is be prepared to provide an emergency boarding situation. Of course it’s temporary, it’s not that you’re giving up your pet to us. You’re allowing us the opportunity to provide the care your pet needs while you get the care you need to become healthy,” says Matson. “We’ve decreased our staffing here as far as volunteers. They do not report in anymore until further notice. So we’re just working with our six staff that we have on here,” says Broome County Dog Shelter Manager Kelly Conlon. “We’ve got a ton of appointments set up throughout the week now. I’m pretty sure our numbers are going to go up as far as adoptions for this month,” says Conlon. Keeping adoptions going not only helps the animals, but it keeps shelters and humane societies ready to take animals in and care for them if their owner falls ill. We all have some part to play during this stressful time, and these animal caretakers are focusing on what they can do. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Some parts of life continue on despite the pandemic, and for shelter and humane society workers this includes taking care of rescued animals. For more coronavirus coverage, click here.last_img read more

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Binghamton University’s theater department to live stream ‘Macbeth’

first_imgThe performance will be live streamed through the university’s website at 8 p.m. on Oct. 15, 18, 22 and 25. You can purchase tickets to Macbeth by clicking here. Gabe Pinciotti, who plays Macbeth and is a recent graduate, says the department gave cast members the materials and technology they needed to present the play virtually. The play was was cancelled just 10 days into rehearsal.  “We all have costumes,” Pinciotti said. “They gave us clip lights to put in our rooms with colored filters. We have makeup that they gave us. We had tech weekend where we had to work through all these cues for the show.”  VESTAL (WBNG) — After being cancelled in the spring due to the pandemic, Binghamton University’s theater department will be streaming William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” live. Over the summer, the department reached out to each cast member to see if they would be willing to do the show this fall virtually. The cast holds rehearsals over Zoom.last_img read more

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Midtown faces style challenge

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