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Brexit skepticism and predicting the unpredictable


In a bizarre confluence of polarized opinions battling amidst the wanton exposition of misinformation by careerist politicians, the UK has voluntarily plunged itself into a prolonged period of economic and political uncertainty by voting to the leave the European Union. The Prime Minister has resigned, any potential successor from the Leave campaign lacks public credibility or electability, and the Chancellor claims to have no responsibility for delivering a plan for the country in terms of how to navigate and exploit the proposed exit. All those currently in power are willing… Read more

Expectations of rapid MVNO expansion in Middle East


MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) subscription rates are expected to grow rapidly over the next five years in the Middle East region despite the existence of high entry barriers. Firms that can establish themselves as leading market players early on are therefore most likely to reap the rewards of market expansion. Differences in customer preferences and market structure in the Middle East as compared to already established MVNO markets such as Western Europe and North America mean that companies will have to think strategically about business models and market entry… Read more

Billions of test miles to prove driverless tech


As of April 2016, Google is running 23 converted Lexus SUVs and 34 prototype vehicles in autonomous mode on public roads across Kirkland, Mountain View, Phoenix and Austin in the US. It has driven its vehicles a total of 1,564,981 miles in autonomous mode to date, averaging weekly miles of between 10 and 15 thousand. On May 3rd 2016, it was announced that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Google will be joining forces to integrate autonomous driving technology into 100 Chrysler Pacifica Minivans, marking the first time that Google has partnered… Read more

Top entrepreneurial cities: 21st century UK incorporations


Companies House data demonstrates that more companies have been incorporated in the Greater Manchester region in the 21st Century than anywhere else outside of London. This appears to provide some evidence for the Chancellor’s siren calls of Northern England and particularly the North West becoming a power house of the UK economy, able to compete not only with London but internationally as well. Figure 1 shows the concentration of incorporations across the UK in recent years, it can be seen that Birmingham is also a hub of activity. On further… Read more