• Ford gets into gear with Vodafone 5G for future-proof electric vehicle production

    As it looks to hit the accelerator on the production of next-generation vehicles, Ford has announced has received government backing for the introduction of 5G connectivity to speed up electric vehicle manufacturing.

    The global automotive company is part of a consortium designing and manufacturing the next-generation vehicles, and the UK government has invested a total of £65m to nine consortia harnessing the potential of 5G.

    To accelerate the production process, Ford will install a Vodafone Business 5G mobile private network in the new E:PriME (Electrified Powertrain in Manufacturing Engineering) facility on the company’s Dunton Campus.

    The Vodafone Business 5G

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  • Will the Covid-19 crisis accelerate a shift in tech talent out of London?

    Barclays boss Jes Staley sent shockwaves through the banking industry at the end of April, when he said that big, expensive city offices “may be a thing of the past”.

    The Covid-19 lockdown situation was leading to a “long-term adjustment” of the bank’s “location strategy”, he explained, as it re-evaluated just how much office space was actually required when 70,000 of its staff around the world were able to work from home.

    Jonathan Ratcliffe, lead broker at serviced office provider Offices.co.uk, then added fuel to the fire by declaring that “we’re witnessing the biggest shift of a generation”, as huge,

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  • Government must take steps to drive SME business innovation

    The CBI has called on the government to take a strategic, ambitious and expeditious approach to its policy decisions and long-term strategies to support the innovation economy.

    In its Building a world-class innovation and digital economy report, the CBI warned that innovation will not realise its full potential without widespread adoption. Research highlighted in the report points to a lack of adoption of tried and tested innovation.

    According to the CBI, in 2017, the proportion of UK businesses with basic digital capabilities including websites, internet trading capabilities, customer relationship management and enterprise resource planning systems were lower than the proportion

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