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Guest blog: Leading entrepreneurs on issues affecting the Cambridge technology cluster.

Academic-industry partnerships: A broad spectrum of opportunity

Jo-EalesThe interface between our world-leading universities and industry is a crucial element of a successful UK economy.

If you’re not at the table, consider yourself lunch

Harriet-Fear-UK-ambassador“If you’re not at the table, consider yourself lunch.” Those were the sage words of Richard Branson who was guest of honour on the first day of BIO in San Diego last month.

Tailoring benefits for boomers and Generation Y

James-BoltonStudies by MetLife in America on employee benefits trends have found that almost all employees appreciate their employer offering customised benefits options that can be tailored to suit their own circumstances.

Don’t smash the Google Glass headset yet

Professor Andy Neely, Cambridge Service Alliance Wearable technologies - such as Google Glass and Nike Fuelband - are capturing the headlines and in some cases raising concerns about personal privacy, but rather than viewing these technological advances with suspicion I believe that wearable technologies (wearables) are opening up new ways of innovating to deliver both products and services.

Reforming construction safety

Colin-Jones-HewitsonsConstruction can be risky and dangerous. It’s useful for any property owner considering undertaking construction work to have a grasp of the basics of  relevant safety laws.

Raising the game person by person

Claire-RuskinIn the rush for recruitment, companies forget the need to retain and develop existing staff as new joiners are brought in.

Showcasing how to transform the translation of medicines from molecule to market

Harriet-Fear-UK-ambassadorThe business of biotechnology is booming in Cambridge, globally one of the most vibrant and productive centres for the art of translating scientific excellence into medicines.

Online business: Changes afoot in EU consumer protection law

Eileen-McKendry-GrayConsumers are set to benefit from enhanced legal rights for online purchases with regulations set to come into force from June 13 2014.

Crowdfunding electronic product development

Peter-CowleyLike many internet enabled technologies, crowdfunding is disrupting established models.

Scientists are human too

Thomas-RumboldThe science and technology industries are hugely exciting. They’re dynamic, creative, innovative spaces packed with talented, visionary people - and that’s magnified enormously when you work somewhere like Cambridge.

Wearable technology $50 billion investment frenzy

Peter-HarropMany giant electronics manufacturers, computer services companies and conglomerates have tens of billions of dollars in the bank that is instantly available for investment to counter their saturating sales in mature markets.

Why SMEs need to jump on board the Big Data train sooner rather than later

Professor Andy NeelyI for one support the view that the internet is the great transformer for businesses in the UK today – but not all businesses have equal access to the Big Data sets that can be harnessed from new technology.

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