Nurture or regulate? How government is supporting investment in AI

Investment in the UK’s tech sector is booming despite the cloud of Brexit uncertainty, with Britain leading the way among European countries. UK tech firms attracted £3 billion in 2018, more than double that invested in 2017. Boosting the trend further, the government has announced a series of funding strategies for Artificial Intelligence (AI) andRead more

Keeping pace with the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The release of the new Westworld and Humans series may have offered some escapism over recent months. But as the march towards the fourth industrial revolution continues apace, science fiction is fast becoming science fact. As we edge closer to the technology of tomorrow, a fierce debate has emerged about whether the UK workforce isRead more

Electric Vehicles strategy: going in the right direction but cruising in third gear

The government’s delayed electric and ultra-low-emissions vehicles (EVs) strategy, Road to Zero, was published this week and has turned out to be more Volkswagen E-Up than Tesla Model-X: perfectly decent, will do the job, but not particularly exciting. No sense of urgency The strategy lacks ambition, sticking to a 2040 target to remove petrol andRead more

The Automotive Sector Deal – a clear road ahead?

The Government this week published its much anticipated Automotive Sector Deal – the third of the four sector deals promised in November’s Industrial Strategy White Paper. The Deal, which the Government claims is the first of many with the sector, aims to build on the existing partnership between the Government and industry through the AutomotiveRead more

WA long read: What’s on the horizon for 2018

2017 was a political rollercoaster – a (surprise) snap general election, an even more surprising result, the formation of a Tory-DUP confidence and supply arrangement, the rise of Corbyn-mania, and sexual harassment scandals that shook all political parties in Westminster and across the devolved assemblies. To say that 2018 will be a less tumultuous yearRead more

Sector Deal or No Deal? The Verdict on the Government’s Plan for Life Sciences

The life sciences sector is the jewel in the crown of British industry and has been for some time. It outperforms all others in terms of productivity and growth, making it the teacher’s pet of the Industrial Strategy and a beacon for how industry and government can collaborate successfully on big-ticket issues such as genomicsRead more

Industrial Strategy: big vision and Grand Challenges but does the policy match the ambition?

It was long (nearly 250 pages), at times repetitive and much of the content was either announced at the Budget or is a restatement of existing policies or strategies. But the Government’s long awaited Industrial Strategy was nevertheless one of the most significant documents published by Theresa May’s Government to date. This is, first andRead more