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VIDEO: The Scale-Up Guide to Amsterdam
posted on February 9, 2016

Tech City News travelled to Amsterdam to explore what the city has to offer as a hub for tech start-ups. In our video from the visit, we speak to the top names from the Amsterdam tech space and find out what’s going on in the burgeoning technology scene. Turns out it’s an ideal place to set up…


5 questions to ask before selecting a startup assistance programme
posted on February 6, 2016

Cisco has published a whitepaper titled ‘A new approach to start-up commercialisation‘, in this excerpt, the multinational technology company explores the most important factors startup owners should consider when selecting an accelerator or assistance programme. Top-tier start-up accelerators have a reputation for being highly selective. Some, according to published reports and Silicon Valley lore, are harder to…


The UK should start getting to grips with 5G now to achieve a roll out by 2020
posted on February 3, 2016

The UK Government wants the country to be among the early adopters of a 5G network, however, a sturdy bridge from the still-new 4G network to the ultra-powerful 5G must be built before it becomes available for commercialisation. In January, the government’s commitment to the initiative again reached new heights when it tapped the European Union to…


How new recommendations on employing overseas workers could affect UK tech companies
posted on January 23, 2016

Kerry Garcia is partner at Stevens & Bolton LLP. In this article, co-authored by Serena Spink, associate in the Employment team at Stevens & Bolton LLP, she explores how Migration Advisory Committee recommendations on employing overseas workers could impact UK technology firms. Employers in the tech sector often struggle to find suitable candidates to fill key roles, meaning many have to…

distributed ledger

UK government publishes report on blockchain technology
posted on January 19, 2016

The true potential of distributed ledger technology can be only be realised if applications such as smart contracts are layered on top, says a new report by the UK Government’s chief scientific adviser. Titled ‘Distributed Ledger Technology: beyond blockchain,’ the report also highlights the need for government involvement in supporting the development of the emerging technology….

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Doctor, doctor, what records do I need to keep for HMRC?
posted on January 15, 2016

Tax payers in the UK are responsible for including the correct information on their tax return, and so tax is reported on the “Self Assessment” basis, meaning that tax payers prepare and file their own tax returns (often with the assistance, advice and support of accountants) and they then pay over any tax due. However HM…


Doctor, Doctor, do I need a written employment agreement with people I hire?
posted on January 8, 2016

The short answer is that there is an obligation on employers to give their employees a written statement of certain particulars of their employment (ie their basic employment terms), but beyond that, there is no legal requirement for an employment agreement to be in writing. However, for a number of reasons set out below, we…


Hearts vs Minds: tech vs music
posted on January 6, 2016

If you enjoyed the last #techtalk in the Hearts vs Minds series at M by Montcalm’s Urban Coterie, you’ll be glad to hear there is another on 20th January on the subject of music and tech. The Shoreditch-based hotel is putting on a series of #techtalks #ideaforums exploring the culture of creativity as millions of pounds…

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Smart technology ‘will have a dramatic impact in 2016’
posted on December 30, 2015

Smart technology has, for years, been touted as a game changer, with the potential to have a significant impact on the way we live. 2015 saw some interesting developments in this area, but experts at MWR InfoSecurity believe 2016 will really be the time for this tech to shine. Devices By the end of 2016, some 4.8…

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Poll: What will be the top tech trend of 2016?
posted on December 25, 2015

There’s still a week to go before the new year is upon is, but we’re sure you’re already thinking about what 2016 has in store. Take our poll and let us know, out of the following, what you think will be the biggest tech trend of 2016: blockchain, wearables, Internet of Things or Artificial Intelligence (AI)….

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Streamline staff scheduling with RotaGeek – Startup of the Week
posted on December 9, 2015

Welcome to the 12th episode of the Elevator Pitch series 5! Every week we publish a 30-second pitch from our Elevator Pitch winners. These startups, chosen by a panel of expert judges for their potential to change the world, join an alumni group that includes the likes of YPlan, Hassle, and Glow, and have…


UK must learn from unicorn obsession
posted on December 8, 2015

The UK tech sector must learn from Silicon Valley’s mistakes and create sustainable companies not sub-prime unicorns, says George Mathew. The global tech sector is undoubtedly booming. While the number of IPOs may have slowed down, the volume of venture capital being poured into late-stage technology companies continues to rise. According to PwC, an astonishing…

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