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£500 million boost for UK film industry from US firm

The UK’s creative industry is expected to benefit from a £500 million boost following an announcement yesterday of a major investment planned by a leading US film studio.

Atlanta-based movie studios firm, Blackhall Studios, announced their intention to build a £150 million state-of-the-art film studio in Reading, their first outside of the US. Once built, the site would become one of the largest film studios in the UK, boosting the UK’s film capacity substantially. Once operational, the studio is expected be worth £500 million to the UK economy per year.

Work begins on new net zero carbon building at Exeter Science Park

Work on the new Ada Lovelace Building at Exeter Science Park has begun.

The 20,000 square foot speculative office and laboratory space will aim to be net zero carbon for operational energy as a result of innovative design features, including 44kw solar roof-mounted solar-voltaic panels.

The Ada Lovelace Building is named after the 19th Century mathematician and computer scientist and is being built by Midas Construction, part of the Midas Group.

Sell-out ‘Two’s Company’ conference at Discovery Park

Do you want to immerse yourself in a blood vessel, build the perfect factory before you put a spade in the ground or send a version of yourself to deliver a speech in a foreign language on the other side of the world? Or how about testing a car 300 million times before it hits the road, planning surgery or talking to remote patients via a hologram? These ground-breaking approaches are all being delivered via digital twin technology.

Mobile Tech To Help Diagnose Mental Health Conditions

One in four people suffer from mental health issues at some point in their lives at a £94 billion a year cost to the economy.

But a quicker route to diagnosing mental health problems could soon be available on your mobile phone.

Experts at the University of Nottingham have developed technology which uses cameras to spot the changes in physical behaviour caused by conditions ranging from stress through to depression.

Oxford Innovation Signs 10- Year Agreement

Jaynic the developer of the Haverhill Research Park has signed a 10-year management agreement with Oxford Innovation, the UK’s largest operator of successful innovation centres, to run its Epicentre building that is under construction at Haverhill Research Park that will open for business in the Autumn of 2020.

Rothamsted Enterprises CEO Nicole Sadd joins Venues of Excellence Board

Rothamsted Enterprises CEO, Nicole Sadd, has been appointed as Board Member with Venues of Excellence. Venues of Excellence is a unique and diverse organisation made up of hospitality industry experts and specialists and represents the best independent venues in the UK.

Nicole has previously been involved with Venues of Excellence and appreciates how the brand is recognised for excellence and quality in the hospitality sector.

Warwick-based technology company is proving to be a world leader after securing a series of global contracts

A Warwick technology company, which has expertise in wireless communications, is proving to be a world leader in its field after securing a series of global contracts.

Abicom International was founded by David Edwards in 2001 and moved into the University of Warwick Science Park’s Warwick Innovation Centre in 2015 and has set about achieving global growth.

The company’s projects include a CCTV initiative in India, connecting videoing technology over long distances and teaming up with the navy in the United States on long range communications.

Oxbotica leverages Culham Science Centre for development of autonomous vehicle software

Europe’s leading self-driving vehicle software company is the first business to move into Culham Science Centre’s connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) building, Pit Lane, as it looks to scale-up the release of its software for use across multiple industries.

The company has signed a 10-year lease for one of Pit Lane’s bespoke workspaces with offices above (totalling 2,377 sq. ft.) to provide Oxbotica’s engineers with the opportunity to work on vehicles in the garage whilst also analysing huge quantities of data generated from the vehicles.

Innovation Hub Future Space appoints new director

Bristol-based science and tech hub Future Space has appointed a new director.

Laura Crocken Stevens will take up the post, moving from her previous role in the company as innovation director.

She joined the hub from Malmesbury-based international broadcast rights business HBA, where she was commercial director for six years.

Originally from the US, Laura has 30 years' experience as an international start-up specialist, commercial director, and SME strategy/marketing consultant. 

Initiative Ireland Announces Plans to Expand Operations in Ireland and UK and Appoints New Staff

Pictured (l-r) at NovaUCD is Bryan Scannell, Director of Property Lending, Initiative Ireland and Padraig W. Rushe, CEO, Initiative Ireland. (Harrison Photography).

Initiative Ireland, the property finance and impact investment specialist, today announced that it plans to expand operations to fund the construction of  additional energy efficient, social and affordable houses across Ireland and into the UK market.