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Author: <span>Sarah Vizard</span>

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The three fates of workers in the age of AI

In this guest article, Hannah Seal, partner at Index Ventures, explores the impact of AI on the workforce. “Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness,” Sigmund Freud once wrote. So, what happens to our humanity in an era of AI, which – according to the headlines – threatens to replace millions of jobs...
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Go:Tech Awards 2024 shortlist revealed

Business Leader has revealed the shortlist for this year’s Go:Tech Awards. The finalists were decided through a rigorous selection process by the awards’ judging panel, which this year included HSBC’s head of technology sector Roland Emmans; Dr Sofie McPherson, patent director at the law firm HGF; Yiannis Maos, founder and CEO of Birmingham Tech; and...

Quantum sensors: A booming market

For many years, quantum sensing was largely a scientific curiosity that few people could grasp. Now, it is primed to become a hotbed of commercialised innovation
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How to set strategy in an uncertain world

The legendary quantum physicist Niels Bohr once said: “It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future.” This sage perspective echoed in my ears as I sat down with the PureGym management team recently to discuss how we should evolve our strategic plan and set course for the years ahead. As one of my...

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The pros and cons of taking venture capital funding for your startup

In 2022, venture capital (VC) firms raised a record-breaking $162.6 billion. Venture capital investment can be an especially attractive way of obtaining significant capital for your startup and taking it to the next level. But what is venture capital? VC is a type of funding that involves private equity financing that is provided by several...

How hotels can reduce their carbon footprint

Hotels play a significant role in the hospitality industry, but their operations often have a substantial environmental impact. Reducing the carbon footprint of hotels is not only beneficial for the environment, but also for the reputation and bottom line of the business. In the context of the UK, where sustainability is gaining increasing importance, hotels...

Introducing The BoxCo: Transforming self-storage with tech

In an era dominated by instant deliveries and digital convenience, The BoxCo. emerges as a game-changer in the self-storage industry. With a vision to revolutionise the way we store our personal items, The BoxCo. is a breath of fresh air in a sector that’s ripe for a tech makeover. Founders’ vision: Streamlining storage The journey...

Navigating economic uncertainty: The role of fractional CFOs in risk management

Economic uncertainty inevitably challenges small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which commonly cannot afford full-time, high-level finance executives. In such turbulent times, a fractional chief financial officer (CFO) plays a vital role, especially in risk management. This article explores how fractional CFO services equip SMEs with essential expertise to effectively steer through economic uncertainties, delivering strategic...

What measures can UK companies take to reduce cyber attacks?

In an increasingly digital world, the threat of cyber attacks looms large over businesses, with UK companies being no exception.  According to recent statistics, cybercrime costs the UK economy billions of pounds each year, with the average cost of a cyber attack for a small or medium-sized enterprise standing at around £8,460 per incident.  In...

How UK landlords can get ahead on their rent

In the complex world of UK property management, landlords often encounter situations where immediate access to cash is necessary to address maintenance issues, cover expenses or pursue investment opportunities. To meet these financial needs, landlords have several options available, including cash advances on rent, landlord finance, factoring and secured loans. Landlords seeking quick access to...

What an accountant can offer the self-employed

As a self-employed individual in the UK, managing your finances can be a daunting task amid the responsibilities of running your own business. This is where an accountant becomes an invaluable asset, providing expert guidance and support to ensure financial stability and compliance with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) regulations. One of the key roles...

How your business can access capital quickly

Despite their importance to the economy, small businesses often have a very difficult time securing the funding they need. This means their owners need to be more resourceful when it comes to financing their businesses and may need to explore alternative sources of funding. Only 20 per cent of small businesses are successful in their...