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Oliver Hoade

February 9, 2022

Controversy, airlines, and efficiency: the road to 5G continues

5G – one whole “G” better than its predecessor, 4G – has been a household name for the better part…

Oliver Hoade

July 29, 2021

The UK’s first gigafactories

This month, the UK’s first Gigafactory projects were unveiled to the public. Britishvolt’s factory in Northumberland will create around 300,000…

Oliver Hoade

July 29, 2021

How can AI be used in education?

Artificial intelligence (“AI”) and the Education industry aren’t a particularly likely pair. Although most people encounter some form of AI…

Oliver Hoade

July 2, 2021

ESG and your business

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) considerations are becoming increasingly important factors in company valuations and their investment potential for all…

Oliver Hoade

June 30, 2021

Google’s new tool can spot skin conditions with your phone’s camera

Google – in its latest effort to convince the public that is actually isn’t a sinister company that knows more…

Oliver Hoade

May 27, 2021

The Manufacturing sector’s call for renewed government investment in apprenticeships

The manufacturing sector remains a high-growth core of Britain’s economic output, employing 2.7 million people and accounting for 45% of…

Oliver Hoade

May 24, 2021

The IT/business process outsourcing renaissance

After a year of Covid-induced spending cutbacks, global demand for IT and business process outsourcing (BPO) has surged in the…

Oliver Hoade

May 24, 2021

Manufacturing & industrial marketing insights for 2021

The majority thing market in is high priority, but does this really feed through to action for many within the…

Oliver Hoade

April 28, 2021

3 Lessons Healthtech can learn from Fintech

The rapid digitisation and decentralisation of legacy finance happened simultaneously and was only exacerbated by the lockdown measures of the…

Oliver Hoade

April 28, 2021

The Impact of Digitisation on Education

Digitisation in the education sector, along with many others, has been rapidly adopted and integrated over the last year. Largely…

Oliver Hoade

April 22, 2021

Chips and Qubits: Technology Trends to Keep an Eye on

Technology, unabated by the clingy quagmire of Covid-induced restrictions, continues to march forward into new and exciting territories. In their…

Oliver Hoade

April 21, 2021

Polestar’s Earth Day 2021 report: Improving but could we do better?

Earth Day is upon us once again, bigger and better than in previous years. As reported by the MD of…

Oliver Hoade

March 30, 2021

4 food trends to look out for in 2021

2020 proved to be an unexpectedly pivotal year for many companies and industries, in particular the food and drinks industry….

Oliver Hoade

March 29, 2021

What to expect in the hospital of the future

The hospital of the future is an idea that has been gaining traction over the last decade, one that Covid-19…

Oliver Hoade

March 22, 2021

£9m Shawbrook funding ensures UK-based recycled plastics manufacturer can meet demand

One somewhat unforeseen side effect of the pandemic is the reintroduction of single-use plastics. For many years, countries and corporations…

Oliver Hoade

March 18, 2021

Could the EU halt UK vaccines?

Ursula Von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, indicated in a press conference yesterday that the EU could start…

Oliver Hoade

March 8, 2021

New Covid rules for March 8th – what’s changed?

Covid rules are changing in England today for the first time since we entered our third national lockdown. Here’s a…

Oliver Hoade

March 1, 2021

Could a carbon tax on food help fight climate change?

Should the government tax unsustainable foods? That’s exactly what Dr. Richard Smith of the UK health Alliance on Climate Change…

Oliver Hoade

February 24, 2021

The British holiday boom

One of the key indicators of   the economic and social harm being wrought by Covid is in inability to…

Oliver Hoade

February 22, 2021

Should government scrap interest on student loans?

In a letter written to government, seven universities have called for the scrapping of interest on student loans for the…

Oliver Hoade

February 16, 2021

The UK ambulance manufacturer that’s gone fully self-sufficient

UK Ambulance manufacturer, Venari Group, is the first of its kind to become fully self-sufficient, now carrying out all aspects…

Oliver Hoade

January 29, 2021

4 Predictive Analytics Tools You Should Know About Right Now

Business intelligence software is getting smarter every day — using algorithms, artificial intelligence and machine learning to better understand our…

Oliver Hoade

January 28, 2021

3 Reasons additive manufacturing will boom in 2021

Additive manufacturing (AM) also known as 3D printing, is a transformative approach to industrial production that enables the creation of…

Oliver Hoade

December 22, 2020

3 Digital Marketing Trends for 2021

Digital marketing in 2021 will prove more relevant than ever – join us as we look at 3 important trends…

Oliver Hoade

December 22, 2020

3 new NHS-funded AI healthcare developments for 2021

New AI systems are set to dominate healthcare in 2021 and the following years.  Demonstrating the rising interest in the…

Oliver Hoade

December 14, 2020

UK’s post-Brexit farms: what to expect

The UK’s post-Brexit farms look set for big changes after ministers announced ‘the most fundamental shift’ in farming policy for…

Oliver Hoade

November 30, 2020

Is the McPlant coming 2021?

This month, McDonald’s announced it is ready to start rolling out its new ‘McPlant’ meat-free burger when “markets are ready”….

Oliver Hoade

November 26, 2020

Space-age solar power

Could a solar power station in space be a viable form on energy production? The UK government plans to answer…

Oliver Hoade

October 30, 2020

UK scores first major independent trade deal with Japan

Finally, the UK has signed it first major trade agreement since leaving the EU. The deal has been made between…

Oliver Hoade

October 28, 2020

The future of manufacturing jobs

A recent report published by The World Economic Forum, Future of Jobs 2020, delves into the ways in which our increasing…

Oliver Hoade

October 28, 2020

Permanent summer or permanent winter?

The question isn’t as sinister as it may initially sound, but it is one that EU counties – and possibly…

Oliver Hoade

October 1, 2020

Cars, cigarettes, and community

‘In the UK, even when trips are only between one and two miles long – 3km – six out of…

Oliver Hoade

October 1, 2020

Ocado’s rise to stock market prominence

Ocado has overtaken Tesco on the stock market – now valued at £21.7bn compared to Tesco’s £21.1bn – making it…

Oliver Hoade

August 27, 2020

How cool is your house?

The recent heatwave over here in the UK had me thinking about the way our homes our built and how…

Oliver Hoade

July 31, 2020

Now is the time for us to get our fingers green

Now is the time for the UK’s economy to be rebuilt upon green foundations, says a recent report by The…

Oliver Hoade

July 31, 2020

The social media cold war

I turn 23 on the weekend and, for maybe the first time in my life so far, I feel out…

Oliver Hoade

June 30, 2020

Eating in the back alley

Are outside eating spaces a viable option on the streets of Britain’s busiest cities? That’s the question Ben Masterton-Smith is…

Oliver Hoade

June 26, 2020

A different kind of viral marketing

With things in the world ever-so-slowly getting back to normal, now more than ever it is important for new outbreaks…

Oliver Hoade

May 29, 2020

Using Minecraft to create the next generation of engineers

Amidst the turmoil the current pandemic Enginuity, a software-based engineering education and training company, has released their newest offering, Skills…

Oliver Hoade

May 29, 2020

A post-Covid-19 look at the four-day working week

Reigniting once again the debate surrounding the four-day working week, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern recently said in an…

Oliver Hoade

May 5, 2020

Is a pandemic the perspective we need to fix the environment?

Somewhat understandably, all that dominates the news and public discourse at the moment is COVID-1, the effect it is having…

Oliver Hoade

April 29, 2020

The age of the philanthropic multi-national

Proactive as ever, Salesforce has recently announced its plans to provide $5m of grants to help smaller businesses with covid-19-induced…

Oliver Hoade

April 6, 2020

Earthworm investment in vertical-farming start up

Self-described ‘environmental investor’, Earthworm, has recently ploughed a further £1.1m into Vertical Future, a tech company ‘focused on building a…

Oliver Hoade

March 28, 2020

Smart nappies from smart people

With a pandemic sweeping the globe, stock markets faltering, and enforced social distancing now in full effect in many countries,…

Oliver Hoade

February 27, 2020

Maximise Your Value: Gain Clarity

As a shareholder, you may well have attended seminars outlining how to sell a business, how to maximise value, or…

Oliver Hoade

February 27, 2020

Debt only buy-out maximises return for exiting shareholders and management team

Polestar has completed a Management Buyout (MBO) for Dryad Group, which provided an excellent result for both the vendors (securing…

Oliver Hoade

February 27, 2020

Coronavirus’ threat to the global supply chain

The seemingly inexorable advance of coronavirus across the planet has reached new heights in the last week; Iran and Italy…

Oliver Hoade

January 31, 2020

What can additive manufacturing add to your business?

Until recently, much of component manufacturing has been subtractive based – taking a large amount of material and removing excess…

Oliver Hoade

January 31, 2020

Are we wasting our waste plastic?

As the focus of both consumers and producers shifts ever more towards sustainability and creating a circular production economy, a…

Oliver Hoade

January 8, 2020

To-quil-a plastic straw

The year 2020 signals the start of a new decade and, with it, likely an ever increasing emphasis on environmental…

Oliver Hoade

November 27, 2019

Is agroforestry worth the agro?

As Election Day looms ever closer, we are starting to see the first party manifestos trickle in. First off the…

Oliver Hoade

November 27, 2019

Is British manufacturing really in decline?

Fears of Brexit and a new general election have caused some to question the relevance and longevity of the British…

Oliver Hoade

November 8, 2019

A critique of the four-day week

‘Eight Hours’ Labour, Eight Hours’ Recreation, Eight Hours’ Rest’ The quote above is famously that of Robert Owen, an 18th…

Oliver Hoade

October 29, 2019

Weirdly sustainable fashion part 2: seaweed nappies

We’ve seen pineapple shoes. We’ve seen rugs made from rice. Today I bring you seaweed nappies. Luisa Kahlfeldt – a…

Oliver Hoade

October 23, 2019

How photogrammetry highlights a new-wave development ethos

The topic of photogrammetry has come up frequently during research for a client recently and, given its interesting nature and…

Oliver Hoade

September 24, 2019

The state of workplace automation in 2019

Fears surrounding automation in the workplace have been present since the industrial evolution and the evidence shows AI is coming…

Oliver Hoade

September 12, 2019

What makes you hate broccoli?

What makes you you?  A fascinating article from the National Geographic aims to shed some light on this subject and reveals some…

Oliver Hoade

August 29, 2019

Electric planes

Anyone who has ever been in the car park of a supermarket and tried to cross the road directly into…

Oliver Hoade

August 21, 2019

The skills gap

A recent report by the National Centre for Universities and Business identified the growing gap between the skills taught in…

Oliver Hoade

July 30, 2019

Do you feel like an impostor in your place of work?

Impostor syndrome is rife in the workplace. 70% of people will experience it at some point during their working life….

Oliver Hoade

July 30, 2019

Are cars made from plants our best shot at reducing their carbon footprint?

First we brought you shoes made from plants, now why not your cars, too? More specifically, certain car components made…

Oliver Hoade

July 30, 2019

The love drug is at the core of business success

Every deal and and business decision we make relies on trust; without trust, we can’t rely on others to keep…

Oliver Hoade

July 7, 2019

Amazon’s new drone delivery seeks to revolutionise the way we buy products

In 2013 Jeff Bezos promised delivery drones within five years. Six years later, Amazon’s CEO Worldwide Consumer, Jeff Wilke, is…

Oliver Hoade

June 17, 2019

Cyborg plants could be the future of human/technology interactions

At Polestar we love reading about technology that makes you ask questions, questions such as ‘has science gone too far?’….

Oliver Hoade

June 13, 2019

Should you have the right to repair your phone?

Anyone who’s ever cracked their phone screen or had to replace a faulty laptop battery will know how expensive gadgets…

Oliver Hoade

June 13, 2019

Weirdly sustainable fashion: pineapple shoes and rugs made of rice

Have you ever looked at your shoes and wished they were made of pineapple husks? I know I have –…

Oliver Hoade

June 6, 2019

Home of the future or glorified caravan?

Strap on your tin foil hats and pack up your over-sized backpacks because we’re going off-the-grid. PassivDom is the latest…

Oliver Hoade

May 26, 2019

What next for Huawei?

Who can have missed the tech news of the month, even pushing Brexit off the front page!  Chinese tech Goliath,…

Oliver Hoade

May 17, 2019

Fast fashion Britain

With Brexit bringing uncertainty to almost every sector in the UK market it may come as a surprise to learn…

Oliver Hoade

May 3, 2019

To adopt early or not to adopt early? That is the question

Pioneering a new avenue of business is a risky game, no matter what sector you might be in. The rewards,…

Oliver Hoade

April 24, 2019

The model soldier company taking the stock market by storm

Gamesworkshop is a company that makes model soldiers and board-based games. Based in Nottingham, the business has seen incredible growth…

Oliver Hoade

April 18, 2019

The big cheese of the cheese industry

Barber’s, based in Somerset, is one of the world’s largest cheese producers. After a tripling of both its turnover and…

Oliver Hoade

April 8, 2019

Growing food out of thin air?

AeroFarms, an American company founded in New Jersey, is a pioneer in aetopoinc farming – farming where, instead of plants…

Oliver Hoade

March 6, 2019

Could Brexit signal the end of the UK’s ceramics renaissance?

The ceramics industry appears less fragile than you might think at first glance, with British manufacturing booming. Employing more than…

Oliver Hoade

March 6, 2019

Is a plastic tax the best route to sustainability?

Following the outcry of public support, the government is looking to introduce a new tax on ‘bad plastics’ in a…

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