From Automotive World
The £130 million UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) soon to be operational
5 November 2020
The £130 million UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC), a first of its kind battery production development facility in Coventry, will soon be operational
The pioneering 18,500 square metre publicly funded facility – which has already begun to welcome the first of its customers through its doors – can be accessed by any organisation with existing or new battery technology, if that technology will bring green jobs and prosperity to the UK.
The highly flexible facilities are designed so that several users can run projects at the same time in discrete areas, and also provides opportunities for hands-on training in battery production.
UKBIC currently employs 86 people, including battery technicians, engineers and consultants, with plans for that number to reach 100 to support future project partnerships with industry and research organisations.
From Insurance Business Magazine
Networks and the changing face of broking
11 November 2020
The following is an opinion piece written by Paul Trail (pictured), managing director, Close Brothers Premium Finance.
Nobody can deny that insurance broking is going through change. However, brokers are not alone.
Today, the inter-connected world we live and work in means change is continuous and reaches everyone. The pandemic has shown how inter-connected the insurance value chain really is, where brokers, insurers and suppliers alike all play an important part in the value chain, whether on the sales side or in claims.
COVID-19 prompts half of UK Financial Services workers to consider career change
27 August 2020
COVID-19 has prompted a bout of soul searching among Financial Services workers, with almost half (44%) considering a career change as a result of the pandemic.
- 44% of Financial Services workers surveyed are considering a career change in light of pandemic
- 13% won’t return to the sector, blaming long hours and commute
- Financial Services Skills Commission shines a light on skills gaps and the need for increased investment in training
COVID-19 has prompted a bout of soul searching among Financial Services workers, with almost half (44%) considering a career change as a result of the pandemic. Despite the prospect of a challenging job market, a third of workers (31%) said they will be looking for new roles within the year, according to new research by KPMG and the Financial Services Skills Commission.