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Richard Hall

May 24, 2021

The recovery will be digital

Paperless technology has seen a dramatic rise in demand and we all know why.  As we have worked and schooled…

Richard Hall

April 28, 2021

Is 19 a lucky number?

Writing about the positives arising from Covid is perhaps a somewhat shorter perspective than the alternative, but at Polestar we…

Richard Hall

April 19, 2021

Robot trends in 2021

Digital industrialisation is happening more and more in the manufacturing and industrial sector. To stay relevant, competitive, and efficient, more…

Richard Hall

March 30, 2021

Interconnected health

In an ever more interconnected world, the ability to draw on findings from one symptom/treatment situation to assist in another,…

Richard Hall

March 26, 2021

OFCOM’s Connectivity Carrot

With a real need for high speed connectivity to keep up with the demands of an increasingly data heavy society,…

Richard Hall

March 24, 2021

People Value – Case Study

People Value is a well-performing Human Capital Management (HCM) business built on a solid technology platform, with quality recurring revenues…

Richard Hall

March 24, 2021

Polestar Pilots People Value to a Successful Exit

Polestar, the full-service Corporate Finance boutique, is pleased to announce the successful sale of People Value, the employee recognition and reward…

Richard Hall

January 29, 2021

Big Data approach to the challenge of food production

The role of data is ever more prevalent, with those businesses that control and glean value from large amounts of…

Richard Hall

October 30, 2020

Connecting the Agriculture Sector

An ever increasing demand for food, driven by a growing population, constraints in land and climate/environmental change, means the Agriculture…

Richard Hall

July 31, 2020

Jobs Potential from Fibre roll-out investment

Vested interest from the parties in this article aside, there are good reasons for the Government’s election pledge to support…

Richard Hall

July 31, 2020

Rapid CBILS turnaround ensures recent MBO is ready to support return to school

Polestar is delighted to announce that it has completed a £3.75m refinancing for dedicated education sector arts and crafts business,…

Richard Hall

June 30, 2020

Managing Volatility on the Road to Recovery

We have been seeing some sprouting green shoots of recovery here at Polestar over the last three weeks or so,…

Richard Hall

May 22, 2020

Reasons for Optimism – Tech Investment

Some interesting statistics are arising from this report from Tech Nation.  The UK has established leading global base in tech,…

Richard Hall

April 30, 2020

Entrepreneurial Spirit fortified by technology and Brand

Pubs and restaurants are currently one of the hardest hit sectors, but as elsewhere in the economy, technology is lending…

Richard Hall

March 30, 2020

CBILS – Banks rightly under fire?

The press last week picked up a few examples of high rates and onerous terms being attached to a few…

Richard Hall

March 20, 2020

Polestar Government Business Support Update: 20/03/2020

The Polestar has been used by marine pilots for centuries to help ships’ captains navigate tricky waters; most would I…

Richard Hall

March 6, 2020

Crumpet and Ale

Surveying more positive news, Warburton has come up with a solution to cut waste, brewing beer from crumpet that, to…

Richard Hall

February 27, 2020

An unhackable Internet?

A bold claim, but one of 10 technological breakthroughs showcased in MIT’s 2020 report, alongside the promise of personalised medicine,…

Richard Hall

February 2, 2020

Entrepreneurs’ relief (ER) hanging in the balance?

“The Sunday Times” today appears to confirm that the ER concerns flagged in our blog on “…who pays the cheque?”…

Richard Hall

December 13, 2019

Election won √ check…now who pays the cheque?

With the election over, how do we pay for the various pledges made? Corporation tax take since 2009 perhaps provides…

Richard Hall

November 27, 2019

Wake up and smell the coffee!

Good to see another new tech idea attracting investment to take it to the next stage. Bio-bean takes used coffee…

Richard Hall

November 8, 2019

Healthcare efficiencies in China’s rural provinces

China is boosting remote healthcare is both senses – bringing technology to rural areas by combining centres of excellence, dealing…

Richard Hall

November 8, 2019

Will a Capital Gains Tax rise be used to help fund the parties’ spending pledges?

Recent election spending promises from all sides have prompted some discussion here at Polestar as to how these are all…

Richard Hall

November 7, 2019

Healthy opportunities to profit from data

Expanding on some of the same themes we outlined in our blog on data in healthcare this article similarly views…

Richard Hall

October 31, 2019

Politicians – be careful of unintended consequences

China wants to be a world leader in artificial intelligence by 2030.  Sinovation Ventures, one of China’s leading venture capital…

Richard Hall

September 24, 2019

Healthy data insights from other sectors

Healthcare involves a number of complexities that give rise to conservatism, with a tendency to repeat, rather than modify, modus…

Richard Hall

July 31, 2019

Data – The Manufacturing Perspective

Thinking about the impact of data in manufacturing?  Positive on the opportunities or concerned that your competitiveness may be at…

Richard Hall

June 28, 2019

Data – bigger, faster, better?

Bigger  With more and more activities being recorded and analysed, data is increasingly used to drive changes in modern life,…

Richard Hall

June 13, 2019

Time to invest in healthcare tech?

Soaring healthcare demands, and consequently costs, are driving a real commercial need to find ways to do things more efficiently….

Richard Hall

May 26, 2019

Disrupting healthcare from the outside

With demographic drivers and technological improvements in treatments, we can easily fall into the trap of thinking ever greater financial…

Richard Hall

May 7, 2019

Steady as she goes from the Bank of England

Unchanged interest rates – but within the report low investment levels due to Brexit uncertainties must be a longer term…

Richard Hall

April 25, 2019

Food for thought on successful £20 million debt raise

Polestar is pleased to announce the completion of a £20m debt refinancing for Produce World Group Limited. The funds are…

Richard Hall

March 11, 2019

Rethinking spend on the NHS

Brief précis of a report by a North American healthcare specialist on the use of tech in the future direction…

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