Will the CIF drive UK innovation investment?

Will the CIF drive UK innovation investment?

In January 2013, the UK BioIndustry Association released a report on its proposed Citizens Innovation Fund (CIF) entitled ‘The case for unlocking the patriotic potential of the public’. Although the title sounds like no more than an attempt to buy into the patriotic zeitgeist flowing after a year which included the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and the London Olympic Games, the ideas it contains are based Read more…

The great problem of rules

The great problem of rules

What do Starbucks and Jimmy Carr have in common? It sounds like a bad joke you may have received in your Christmas cracker but the serious answer and potentially greater moral question it poses is that neither have been found guilty of illegal tax evasion. When I was younger I used to play some rather complex tabletop games and one topic caused arguments over all Read more…

Seeing the wood for the trees

Seeing the wood for the trees

It can be easy to ignore a problem and hope that it goes away – but eventually, it becomes evident that you have to roll up your sleeves and deal with it! If your problem is cleaning the bathroom (even after having all the family in the house over the Christmas period) then that’s not too bad, but it can be a different matter entirely Read more…