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Quel futur pour le Bitcoin ?

Le Bitcoin a soufflé ses 10 bougies en octobre 2019. Apparu en 2008, le principe de cette monnaie virtuelle consiste à éliminer les intermédiaires. Petit point sur son utilisation.

Le Bitcoin, c’est quoi ?

Le Trésor américain a identifié le Bitcoin comme une monnaie virtuelle, alors qu’il est plus communément décrit comme la première crypto-monnaie. C’est à dire une monnaie virtuelle en effet, mais en plus de ça, elle n’est accessible qu’avec un mote de passe. Le Bitcoin est la plus importante du genre par sa valeur marchande totale, qui est actuellement de 19,2 milliards de dollars. Il est de plus en plus simple d’acheter du Bitcoin à l’heure actuelle.

Une monnaie qui va changer le monde ?

Beaucoup de spécialistes de la nouvelle économie prédisait que le Bitcoin prendrait le monde d’assaut. Mais pour le moment, nous n’avons pas encore constater de déferlement même si le succès est au rendez-vous. Pour le moment, cette monnaie n’a pas déraciné les services bancaires traditionnaux tels que nous les connaissons aujourd’hui. Pas de baisse importante du nombre de comptes bancaires et pas d’effets négatifs sur les revenus des banques.

Quel usage à l’heure actuelle ?

En l’état actuel des choses, de plus en plus de sociétés bien connues acceptent le paiement avec des bitcoins. On peut citer, par exemple, les compagnies suivantes : Amazon, Apple Expedia, Overstock, Subway, Reddit, Microsoft, Dell, Tesla, Bloomberg.com, Kmart, Sears, Gap, ou encore Victoria Secret.

Les chiffres sur les bitcoins sont encore rares. Mais avec plus de 100 000 marchands acceptant le bitcoin comme moyen de paiement, on peut tout de même affirmer qu’un phénomène est en marche. Le nombre de marchands acceptant les bitcoins ayant quadruplé entre 2014 et 2015 seulement ! De plus, les sites proposant d’acheter des bitcoins se démocratisent chaque jours d’avantage. Une recherche produite par l’Université de Cambridge a conclu cette année qu’il y a entre 2,9 et 5,8 millions d’utilisateurs uniques qui utilisent activement un porte-monnaie cryptographique, la plupart d’entre eux utilisant Bitcoin, ce qui est beaucoup plus que les 0,3 à 1,3 millions d’utilisateurs uniques estimés en 2013.

Quels intérêts autour de cette monnaie ?

L’avantage principal pour le consommateur se situe au niveau de la réduction des frais de transactions. Effectivement, les commerçants et les vendeurs acceptent les bitcoins avec des frais de 0% à moins de 2%. Bien plus compétitifs que les frais de carte de crédit ! L’inconvénient étant néanmoins le manque de protection pour le consommateur ou le commerçant. D’ailleurs, les utilisateurs de bitcoin sont encore peu protégés par des droits de remboursement et de rétrofacturation. Cela changera certainement. La valeur du bitcoin a certainement été freinée par l’absence de reconnaissance et de réglementation dans les principales économies, ce qui donne à penser que la décision du Japon pourrait avoir un effet domino, ce qui serait une véritable aubaine pour les bitcoin, si l’on considère que la valeur du bitcoin a augmenté de 8%, soit 1 milliard de dollars, pour atteindre 19,5 milliards de dollars en capitalisation. Enfin, qu’on soit très réservé ou non sur la question, il est important de ne pas fermer les yeux face à ce phénomène par manque de confiance. Il s’agit sans doute d’une nouvelle révolution économique en marche, il s’agit de ne pas manquer ce rendez-vous.

#UK Apple confirms acquisition of Cambridge UK company

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Apple has confirmed it has acquired Cambridge UK image technology business Spectral Edge for an undisclosed sum.

As we reported yesterday, all the Spectral Edge directors had quit to be replaced by an Apple legal eagle based in California. The US technology business confirmed our story today but declined to disclose details concerning the amount paid for Spectral Edge or its plans going forward.

Spectral Edge directors resigned in November and were replaced by Peter Denwood, director, Corporate Law – International at Apple.

Apple intends to fuse the Spectral Edge imaging technology into its smartphone enhancements, just as it used speech technology from VocalIQ in Cambridge to return fire on Amazon’s Alexa.

In July, Business Weekly revealed that Apple was moving its Cambridge research hub from 90 Hills Road to a new building at 30 Station Road which provides 79,000 sq fit of space with the capacity to accommodate up to 800 people. Regeneration specialist Brookgate, regional contractor R G Carter and fund Aviva Investors started work on Apple’s new facility in October 2019. Completion is due in July 2021.

We speculated that this was to accommodate a fresh acquisition: Apple eased into Cambridge via the acquisition of little-known speech technology startup VocalIQ. Image enhancement technology looked to be a natural bolt-on if Apple could find the right player in the market. Spectral Edge certainly appears to fit the bill. 

In April 2018 Spectral Edge raised $5.3 million from existing investors Parkwalk Advisors and IQ Capital. The new money was to expand the company’s R & D team and support the development of real-world applications for its technology in key areas of focus – notably smartphones, webcams and security applications. 

The team, which in 2014 spun the business out of academic research at the University of East Anglia, has developed a mathematical technique for improving photographic imagery in real-time, also using machine learning technology. 

The technology – which can be embedded in software or in silicon – is designed to enhance pictures and videos on mass-market devices. Mooted use cases include for enhancing low light smartphone images, improving security camera footage or even for drone cameras.

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#UK Apple lawyer replaces Spectral Edge directors amid takeover speculation

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US technology giant Apple, which is growing its space requirements in Cambridge UK, appears to have acquired Spectral Edge, a University of East Anglia spin-out commercialising enhanced image fusion technology from The Bradfield Centre at the Science Park.

All Spectral Edge directors have resigned and been replaced by Peter Denwood, Director, Corporate Law – International at Apple.

In July, Business Weekly exclusively revealed that Apple was moving its Cambridge research hub from 90 Hills Road to a new building at 30 Station Road which provides 79,000 sq fit of space with the capacity to accommodate up to 800 people. Regeneration specialist Brookgate, regional contractor R G Carter and fund Aviva Investors started work on Apple’s new facility in October 2019. Completion is due in July 2021.

We speculated that this was to accommodate a fresh acquisition: Apple eased into Cambridge  via the acquisition of little-known speech technology startup VocalIQ. Image enhancement technology looked to be a natural bolt-on if Apple could find the right player in the market. Spectral Edge certainly appears to fit the bill. 

In April 2018 Spectral Edge raised $5.3 million from existing investors Parkwalk Advisors and IQ Capital. 

The new money was to expand the company’s R & D team and support the development of real-world applications for its technology in key areas of focus – notably smartphones, webcams and security applications. 

The team, which in 2014 spun the business out of academic research at the University of East Anglia, has developed a mathematical technique for improving photographic imagery in real-time, also using machine learning technology. 

The technology — which can be embedded in software or in silicon — is designed to enhance pictures and videos on mass-market devices. Mooted use cases include for enhancing low light smartphone images, improving security camera footage or even for drone cameras.

Neither Spectral Edge nor Apple could be contacted for up-to-date comment at the time of writing.

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#UK Paragraf boosts Series A to £16.2m in commercialisation surge

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Cambridge UK graphene electronics technology company Paragraf has added £3.4 million to its series A round with Draper Esprit joining as significant investor, bringing the total haul to £16.2m. 

The round was led by Parkwalk and included investment from IQ Capital, Amadeus Capital Partners, Cambridge Enterprise, the commercialisation arm of the University of Cambridge, and Partners Investment Company, as well as several angel backers. 

The extra funding will enable Cambridge University spin-out Paragraf to significantly accelerate the delivery of its first graphene-based electronics products to market, transitioning the business into a commercial, revenue-generating entity.

As graphene appears to be reaching its tipping point in many low-cost applications such as road surfacing, paint and clothing where its improved wear resistance properties are offering benefits, the widely speculated, high-performance electronics applications have remained tantalisingly out of reach. 

Paragraf’s patent-protected break-through approach to graphene synthesis has enabled the company to develop some of the first graphene electronics devices using standard mass production scale approaches.

Paragraf has achieved very early delivery to market of its first product, a super-high sensitivity magnetic field detector with order of magnitude performance enhancements over existing sensors. 

The technology also provides operational capabilities over temperature, field and power ranges that no other device can currently achieve. On the back of this success the company has made a strategic decision to take on additional financing, enabling the business to super charge its development roadmap. 

Dr Simon Thomas, CEO and co-founder of Paragraf, said: “By accepting additional investment Paragraf is demonstrating its drive and commitment to rapidly productising its game changing graphene technologies, accelerating the timeframe in which these devices can be developed and, importantly, delivered to market.”

David Cummings, Partner at Draper Esprit, added: “Graphene is known to be a material with huge potential, but Paragraf’s approach takes this into the realm of the commercially possible. 

“We’re delighted to be able to support this dynamic company in accelerating the delivery of its first graphene-based electronics products and are looking forward to working closely with them as they continue to develop their technology.” 

Paragraf is a spin-out from the Centre for Gallium Nitride group of Professor Sir Colin Humphreys in the Department of Materials Science at the University of Cambridge. 

Building on significant know-how and IP, Paragraf has developed atom-layer-thick two-dimensional materials, with a focus on graphene. Through its growing IP portfolio, Paragraf is applying these materials to a range of advanced electronic, energy and medical devices to benefit society. 

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#Asia #Japan Japan leads the world in this one important brach of AI

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Technology develops differently in Japan.

While US tech giants have been grabbing artificial intelligence headlines, a business AI sector has been quietly maturing in Japan, and it is now making inroads into America.

Today we sit down again with Miku Hirano, CEO of Cinnamon, and we talk about how exactly this happened.

Interestingly, Cinnamon did not start out as an AI company. In fact, when Miku first came on the show, the company had just launched an innovative video-sharing service. Today, we talk about what lead to the pivot to AI and why even a great idea and a great team is no guarantee of success.

We also talk about some of the changing attitudes towards startups and women in Japan, the kinds of business practices AI will never change, and Miku give some practical advice for startups going into foreign markets.

It’s a great discussion, and I think you will really enjoy it.

Show Notes

How Miku invented TikTok before TickTok and why it didn’t work
How you know when  its time to pivot a startup
Why companies will never go digital and will always use paper
Who will benefit most from AI
The four categories of AI
How AI will change the legal profession
How japan is actually ahead of US and China in some kinds of AI
What’s really driving business innovation in Japan
Can AI actually reduce overtime?
How enterprise clients treat women founders

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Transcript
 Welcome to Disrupting Japan, straight talk from Japan’s most successful entrepreneurs.

I’m Tim Romero and thanks for joining me.

Today, we’re going to sit down and talk about artificial intelligence with Miku Hirano of Cinnamon. Now, Cinnamon is actually a great example of a successful Japanese startup pivot. When we first sat down with Miku four years ago, she had an innovative micro-video sharing company called Tuya and really, you should go back and listen to that episode. I’ve put a link on the show notes and it was really a good one.

Anyway, Miku basically started TikTok a few years before TikTok and we talk about why things didn’t work out, why even with the same idea, one startup will become a multi-billion dollar brand and the other will pivot. Of course, the pivot to AI and the rebranding to Cinnamon has led this to their current success in using AI to read and to understand common business forms.

In fact, for reasons that Miku will explain during the interview, Japan is actually ahead of the US and China in the area of business AI. We’ll also talk about how attitudes towards women are changing here and how Japanese men at traditional companies treat women founders, particularly women founders with children, and I think it might surprise you. I mean, it surprised me and it surprised Miku as well,

But you know, Miku tells that story much better than I can, so let’s get right to the interview.

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Interview
Tim: So, I’m sitting here with Miku Hirano of Cinnamon and it’s great to have you back on the show again.

Miku: Yeah, thank you so much for having me here again.

Tim: Well, so much has changed since — it was three years ago, right?

Miku: Yeah, yeah, and I had a totally different business at the time.

Tim: Well, not only a totally different business but you’ve gotten married and you’ve had two kids.

Miku: Yeah, yeah, and at the time, I think I was living in Taiwan and now, my business is in Tokyo, so everything has changed.

Tim: And so, we’re not even going to cove what we talked about last time even though in the in…

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#UK What tenants want to see in a rental property of the future

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There has been a noticeable shift in the private rented sector in recent years, writes Anton Frost, Partner, Carter Jonas Cambridge. Developments seem to suggest that the Government is discouraging investment into the buy-to-let market by the private landlord, whilst simultaneously promoting the institutional-led build-to-rent (BTR) model.

Against this backdrop, private individual landlords, institutional landlords and investors looking to attract and retain tenants need to understand what occupants want from a rental property – to understand tenant motivations, likes and dislikes and what they might pay a premium for. 

Likewise, by understanding these key requirements and what tenants would like to see in a rental property of the future, we can go some way towards helping to shape the sector to better accommodate their needs. 

A recent report from our in-house research team had just this in mind. The team collected responses from over 300 tenants living in urban and rural settings and flats, and houses. The findings go some way towards providing a comprehensive insight into tenant drivers and requirements. 

There was a notable increase in tenants living in flats and houses who felt that sustainable energy measures are now an ‘essential’: 21 per cent of respondents in flats said this in 2019, compared with 15 per cent in 2017. This feature has moved up three places and is now considered more important than en-suite bathrooms or fitted wardrobes for the majority of our flat respondents. 

The growing cost of utilities and rising energy prices (gas & electricity bills have increased around three per cent in real terms over the last two years to the end of 2018), combined with a heightened awareness of our daily impact on the climate and wider environment, is likely having an impact on renter priorities.

The research also found that high-speed broadband is considered essential for a rental property, even more so than a modernised kitchen or bathroom. 
One of the key questions of the research asked what tenants would pay more for. This is particularly relevant in the current environment where an ever-increasing number of BTR developments and units have been developed or are coming on stream. 

According to the British Property Federation (BPF) there are around 143,000 BTR units either completed or planned across the UK with research suggesting that given the extra amenities these units offer, there is an associated rental premium of around 9 per cent. 

It is, therefore, crucial to understand just what it is that tenants are willing to pay a little extra for. While the current consensus is that BTR schemes can achieve higher rents because they offer features such as concierge service, communal spaces and an on-site gym, our flat respondents showed that these were of little added value. 

Only 12 per cent of people saying they would pay more for an on-site gym and just five per cent and three per cent, respectively, would pay more for a concierge and communal space.

Encouragingly however 19 per cent of our respondents said they would be willing to pay more for a newly refurbished kitchen or bathroom. Given that most build to rent units (in this country anyway) are relatively new, this is something which would garner a rental premium without a BTR developer having to change anything.

On the other hand, there were some features flagged that the average BTR development may struggle to achieve. While 14 per cent of respondents said they would be willing to pay more for outside space, many BTR schemes are flats and can only provide a balcony/terrace and communal gardens. 

Allocated parking can also be hard to incorporate into new developments; space issues and wider planning difficulties make it harder for schemes to include too much in the way of vehicle parking, although 12 per cent of our respondents said they would pay more for this luxury.

Looking to the future, one of the most frequent responses related to improving the condition and quality standards of rental properties. 

Additionally, many tenants would like to have greater flexibility and control over the property. Rental properties in the UK do not traditionally allow for pets or redecoration of the interior, and this came up as an issue to improve going forward.

Finally, lower administration fees, fees charged by agents and landlords, and the introduction of some type of rent control system were all mentioned as changes tenants would like made in the private rented sector. 

At the time of writing, party manifestos for the upcoming election are flying around, each of which has various proposals that could disrupt the sector further. 

I wonder if perhaps predicting what a rental property of the future will look like is easier than predicting what the sector will look like in 12 months.  

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#UK Triangles, Powerhouses, Corridors and Arcs

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Many phrases and tag lines have become commonplace in promoting the excellence and potential of the UK Life Sciences sector to create better patient outcomes and wealth creation, writes Tony Jones, CEO of One Nucleus

There will be strong representation at Genesis on December 11 from areas such as the Golden Triangle, Northern Powerhouse and various Corridors linked with driving success. 

Of course, to those outside the sector, the meanings of these phrases often have differing connotations such as Golden Triangle with illicit drugs and Powerhouse with Marvel Comics whilst promoted Arcs and Corridors frequently have only a passing resemblance to such shapes in reality. 

Nevertheless, taking such poetic licence cannot mask the success stories of the past, present and (hopefully) future that is UK Life Sciences. Such terminology can be very effective in aligning a call to action or policy for investment and taking such poetic licence can perhaps be justified.

Since its launch in 2001, Genesis has seen the exhibit hall contain regional and national representations from across the UK and internationally. 2019 is no different with a healthy mix. 

What is different this year is that the East of England stakeholders have become the first ever to bring a ‘super-regional’ presence, sponsored by Mills & Reeve to include 20 exhibitors from across the R & D, technology, science park, business enablers and economic development policy groups. 

The East of the UK can only be viewed as a powerhouse by almost any metric, whether it’s the >£1Bn private investment over the past 18 months, 17 per cent employment growth and 37 per cent business growth since 2012 or it’s highly skilled labour market with 44 per cent qualified to degree level or above. 

Coupling this with the proximity and access to the London financial sector with its colossal academic medical research base and global connectivity then it’s little wonder why so many of us feel confident in the potential for future success. 

Showcasing in the exhibit hall, and open to helping you navigate this world class region, are organisations that include Mills & Reeve, Harlow Science Park, Discovery Park, Quadram Institute, Norwich Research Park, Public Health England, Babraham Research Campus, London Stansted Airport, Wellcome Genome Campus, Kao Data, Emirates, Radisson Hotels, Cambridge Network, Eastern AHSN, Milner Therapeutics Institute, Cambridge Wireless (CW), The UK Innovation Corridor, Form the Future and The Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor. Of course, One Nucleus will be there too!

There is a strong showing in the final of the 2019 BioNewsRound Award sponsored by Fish & Richardson too with Astex Therapeutics, AstraZeneca, Domainex and Healx all making the final and will be presenting to win votes in the day. 

Astex is celebrating the FDA Marketing Approval of the second drug BALVERSA™ (erdafitinib) from their Janssen collaboration started in 2008. AstraZeneca entered the news of their rapidly executed mega deal with Daiichi Sankyo to accelerate development of the HER2-targeting antibody-drug conjugate trastuzumab deruxtecan involving a $3.5Bn equity placement. 

Domainex reported ground-breaking news from its collaboration with Imperial College where they have identified a potential new drug, by targeting the MAP4KA protein, to treat damage caused by a heart attack using a stem cell derived muscle cell platform. 

Healx celebrate their $56M Series B financing that will enable them to launch their global accelerator programme for rare diseases, a step that may dramatically address serious unmet needs in those patients.

Absolutely there have been numerous great new developments and related news stories that could equally have made their way into the final such as the growing success of Inivata, Crescendo Biologics, Artios, CMR, Ieso Digital Health, Congenica, Eagle Genomics, Procarta Biosystems, Pfizer and more. It’s been a fantastic year in the east of the UK and perhaps more will follow the unicorn status established by CMR in 2019. 

The success is driven by a world-leading science and technology research base which successive governments have continued to show commitment to and with political champions such as George Freeman, Matt Hancock and Daniel Zeichner all proponents of translating great science into better patient outcomes via the NHS, then I feel the region will continue to have a strong voice in political circles when the current dust settles. 

It doesn’t mean there aren’t going to be challenges ahead. Brexit, and whatever the on-going political and trade negotiations that follow, global market turbulence, US-China trade policy and more will all inevitably impact every sector, including Life Sciences. 

This sector has proven to be resilient, evidenced by the stream of success mentioned above in these uncertain times. Attracting significant capital and corporate deals from both US and Asia should continue given it is the quality of the innovation pipeline that has created the momentum we currently see. 
 
We cannot, and will not, rest on our laurels. One Nucleus, with the stakeholders mentioned above, has stepped up its activities and investment in promoting our members and the region. This to further engage current and potential international investors, business partners and talent. 

At a time when geopolitical factors could hinder progress in all aspects of translating new biopharma, med tech and healthcare innovation into patient benefit and economic growth, we feel it is vital to ensure the excellence and opportunity here for scientists, technologists, entrepreneurs and investors is in the global shop window. 

This is true when we showcase at international events in US and Europe but it is equally important that we do this on our own doorstep. To this end, I am delighted to see the regional presence at Genesis 2019 on 11 December in London take this to a new level over previous years.

Irrespective of what geometric shape we would like to describe our areas in, there is no doubt the excellence of our region will continue to form the future on a global scale.  

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#UK CMR Surgical guns for global leadership with strategic CEO switch

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Cambridge UK surgical robotics gamechanger CMR has signalled its intent to dominate global keyhole surgery markets via a fresh phase of growth under a new CEO with crucial multinational manufacturing expertise.

Martin Frost, who has steered the business from conception to unicorn status, is stepping aside to allow new CEO Per Vegard Nerseth to scale the medical devices technology pioneer to fresh heights and cripple the traditional stranglehold of US players.

Frost will hold the reins until the official handover on January 1 and then transition to a board position as a non-executive director.

Nerseth has more than 25 years of significant growth and business-scaling experience in the field of robotics. He joins CMR from ABB, a world leading manufacturer of industrial robots and robot systems. 

For the last nine years he served as senior VP and managing director of ABB Robotics, a multi-billion dollar business unit with more than 7,000 people in 53 countries. 

During his tenure ABB Robotics achieved double digit sales growth while making significant operational efficiencies. Prior to this Nerseth established ABB Engineering’s robotics division in China, growing it to become the number one robotics business in that country.

Frost co-founded CMR in 2014 and has been CEO since formation. During this time he has driven CMR to the point of commercialisation whilst attracting investment of a record-breaking £195 million in the company’s Series C financing round, which valued the business at more than £1 billion.

Frost said: “I am extremely proud of what we have achieved to date at CMR and I am delighted to be handing the CEO reins over to Per Vegard, who will lead the company to the next stages of its maturity. 

“Per Vegard has strong experience in manufacturing and robotics at a multi-national level, which makes him the perfect candidate to take over. I look forward to continuing my involvement with the company as a non-executive director.”

Nerseth added: “I feel privileged to be joining this vibrant, rapidly growing, world-leading company at such an exciting stage in its development. I look forward to using my previous robotics and manufacturing experience to contribute to the future of CMR.”

The succession is crucial to CMR’s strategy to confirm its position as Europe’s leading medical devices company and nudge US rivals into the sidelines. But stepping aside has not been an easy decision for Frost. He said: “I was away 110 nights in the last year and had to consider my work-life balance. I leave the company in a fantastic position and feel proud that we have built it thus far on a platform of integrity.

“It has been an emotional time, telling 400-plus employees, investors I have engaged with and attracted and others close to the business that I am stepping aside but I genuinely felt I was getting out of my comfort zone and that it was time for someone else to take the reins.

“Integrity is everything. We arrived where we are relatively quickly but built the company in the right way. Now we need a CEO with a different skills set if the business is to take advantage of the position we have created.

“The new CEO has experience in high value volume manufacturing which is important in taking CMR to the next plateau. I have built relationships with a lot of investors and driven staff recruitment but the new CEO has skills that are vitally needed going forwards.”

Frost said CMR was scaling across several key territories in the US, Asia and Europe. It is already in major markets such as China, India, Europe and the States. 

Frost has put relationships in place with the NHS in the UK, with hospitals around the world and various influential and wealthy investors and enjoyed the global ambassadorial role.

He said: “We have endeavoured to build the ecosystem right and as we scale it was time to put a new ace in our hand. Our model has always been substance over style.

“We have built the robots and the team – but the important next stage is to deliver the transformation. We have persuaded some highly talented people to join us to pilot this journey.

“Many have taken a pay cut to come to work for us – and I am talking globally. We have attracted talent by creating a quality of work, a happy and productive environment and a business that has massive prospects to scale to fresh heights in a very special space in terms of medical device design and manufacture.

“Now we enter a new phase. The new CEO has great experience in all the right segments to take the business on and has also has signed up to our core values. We are up against US giants but have nothing to fear thanks to the infrastructure and quality of product that we have created.

“We have conjured all the nice warm and cuddly things that make this business so special but now need to get to grips with fresh challenges globally and Per Vegard will carry that torch for CMR.

“We face fresh challenges in terms of scale-up, manufacturing and quality engineering. We have progressed our product, which is brilliantly designed; the market is investing in the vision and our robotic system and we know we have have to thrill the market every time.

“One of the most exciting things about CMR, its vision and its prospects, is that we are starting to recruit interns who are choosing us ahead of the many brilliant technology companies that abound in Cambridge and the wider technology marketplace.

“We had 30 interns in here over the summer, aged around 16-22. One who was particularly brilliant went on to excel in an exercise in Florida. 

“All the founders of CMR have worked fantastically well together; all have had shoulders to the wheel and the organisation has drawn great strength from the team and the leadership group. 

“But we have had to step out of our comfort zone and recognise that CMR is operating within a complex medical device sector – one of the most complex areas to conquer. There can be no resting on laurels and everyone involved in this wonderful company recognises the need to constantly innovate and improve.”

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#UK WHP Telecoms acquires Sitec Infrastructure Services

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Wireless telecoms services business WHP Telecoms has acquired Cambridge UK neighbour Sitec Infrastructure Services in a deal that will create a group with a turnover in excess of £100 million and 500 employees. 

Sitec is described as a dynamic, delivery-focused project management company providing end-to-end solutions for the UK’s mobile and fixed line network operators. 

The business specialises in network design, rollout, upgrade, and management to the mobile telecoms industry. It also has an expanding presence in the wayleave, design (planning) and installation of fixed line fibre optic networks.

The deal brings together two sector leading businesses with strong operational and cultural complementarities working across the full network lifecycle. The acquisition will also provide the platform for WHP Telecoms to enter the fast growing and dynamic fibre market. 

This is the first acquisition WHP Telecoms has made since completing a management buyout backed by Equistone Partners Europe in 2018 and represents an important step in the group’s strategic growth plan. 

Andi Tomkinson and Sebastien Leusch at Equistone Partners Europe, said: “An important part of our investment strategy for WHP Telecoms is to build on its market leader status, boosting the scale and breadth of its services through organic growth and strategic acquisitions. 

“The acquisition of Sitec Infrastructure Services fits with that seamlessly, presenting an exciting new opportunity to add to WHP’s customer base and geographical reach, as well as providing entry into new markets.”

Rob Potter, CEO of WHP said Sitec was an excellent fit for WHP Telecoms, both in terms of culture and the skillset that the team would bring to his company.

“The acquisition is consistent with our appetite to lead consolidation in the sector and continue to strengthen our services and breadth of offering,” he said.

Adam Eatock and David Hawthorne, directors of Sitec added:“This deal represents a major milestone in Sitec’s development; WHP is an excellent home for our business.”

Michael Loudon and Tom Barnwell at Clearwater International supported WHP with corporate finance and debt advisory services on the transaction, with Jemma Clarke and Ben Collins at Addleshaw Goddard providing legal advice and Chris Heatlie at BDO providing financial due diligence. Sitec was advised by JDC Corporate Finance and Mills & Reeve.

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¿Quieres encontrar un/a canguro que hable inglés y francés, tenga coche propio, viva por tu zona y se ajuste a tu horario y presupuesto?

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¿O prefieres un/a limpiador/a de tu zona con la mejor valoración y reseñas en quien confiar la limpieza de tu casa?

¡Sin problema, en SaveMe-Time te ayudamos a encontrar cualquier perfil!

SaveMe-time permite buscar empleadas de hogar bajo los siguientes criterios:
• Mostrar las/los que mejor valoración tienen en tu zona.
• Mostrar las/los que más reseñas tienen en tu zona.
• Mostrar las/los que más cerca viven de tu dirección.
• Mostrar las/los que hablen ciertos idiomas.
• Mostrar las/los más económicos en tu zona.
• Mostrar las/los que más cobren de tu zona.
• Podrás leer reseñas y valoraciones de los candidatos y mostrar sólo los que se ajusten a tu horario y presupuesto.

SaveMe-time también ofrece a los empleados de hogar encontrar empleo bajo los siguientes criterios:
• Mostrar sólo ofertas de empleo que se ajusten a tu horario y presupuesto.
• Poder decidir cuánto quieres cobrar y en qué áreas quieres trabajar.
• Poder decidir la distancia máxima a la que te desplazarías.
• Poder leer reseñas y valoraciones de los caseros antes de decidir si aceptas el trabajo o no.
• Mantener tu calendario de disponibilidad actualizado para que te lleguen las ofertas de empleo que más se ajustan a ti.

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