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High Profile Investors, Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders Back International Festival Business 2016



A group of leading innovators, investors and leaders from world-renowned brands have today given their support to the International Festival for Business 2016 (IFB2016).

This new cohort of Ambassadors for IFB2016, the largest business festival in the world, covers technology, venture capital investment and enterprise, reflecting Britain’s international appeal in these areas:

  • Eileen Burbidge, Partner, Passion Capital: Eileen is also Chair of TechCity UK and is HM Treasury’s special envoy on FinTech
  • Luke Johnson, Chairman, Risk Capital Partners: Luke is also Chair of StartUp Britain and Co-Founder of the Centre for Entrepreneurs
  • Paul Lindley, Founder and Chairman, Ella’s Kitchen
  • Frank Meehan, Co-founder, SparkLabs: Frank is also Co-Founder and Chief Executive of SmartUp
  • John Mohin, Former Managing Director, Wedgewood
  • Keith Morgan, Chief Executive Officer, British Business Bank
  • Ciaran Quilty, SMB Director EMEA, Facebook
  • Sarah Wood, Co-founder and Co-CEO, Unruly: Sarah is also a visiting Professor at the University of Cambridge and in September 2015 sold Unruly to News Corp for £114 million

The latest group of Ambassadors comes from the forefront of the digital, creative, design, technology and venture capital sectors, highlighting Britain’s global standing in these industries and demonstrating the global growth opportunities that this offers British firms.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport found that the creative industries, at a value of £84.1bn, now account for just over 5 per cent of the UK economy, with a growth rate of 8.9 per cent, almost twice that of the UK average. The Tech Nation 2016 report released by Tech City UK also highlights the UK’s digital industries are growing 32 per cent faster than the rest of the economy.

Backed by HM Government, IFB2016 is the world’s biggest business festival and global marketplace where deals are done. Commencing on 13th June and running for three weeks, it will bring together thousands of global businesses, providing a platform for companies to connect and conduct international commerce.

The new Ambassadors join a first cohort announced in November 2015, representing the energy and environment, and manufacturing industries and featuring some of the UK’s best-known entrepreneurs and investors:

  • Lord Bilimoria CBE, DL, Founder, Cobra Beer
  • Professor Sir Keith Burnett FRS, Vice Chancellor, University of Sheffield
  • Will Butler-Adams, Chief Executive Officer, Brompton Bicycle
  • Wayne Hemingway MBE,Co-Founder, Red or Dead and HemingwayDesign
  • Kelly Hoppen MBE, Interior Designer
  • Manish Madhvani, Co-Founder and Managing Partner,GP Bullhound
  • Juergen Maier, Chief Executive, Siemens UK
  • Ian Stuart, Co-Head of Europe, Commercial Banking, HSBC

The Ambassadors group represent the core three sectors that will be focused on at IFB2106; creative & digital, energy & environment, and manufacturing. The strength of these sectors has been reinforced this month through official recent figures.

Max Steinberg CBE, Chair of IFB2016, said: “The calibre of business leaders supporting the International Festival for Business 2016 is testament to the widely anticipated impact of what will undoubtedly be the greatest global business showcase of the year.

“Our Ambassadors have unrivaled business success records and will play a crucial role in championing the benefits of international commerce as well as ensuring the legacy and impact of the IFB2016.”

On being among the latest business figures to voice their support for IFB2016, Eileen Burbidge, Partner of Passion Capital, Chair of TechCity UK, HM Treasury’s special envoy on FinTech and Ambassador for IFB2016, said: “The UK’s digital industry is continuing to mature as investors are attracted to its diversity and standout sectors such as fintech. Now we need to broaden this success to feed the ecosystem and enable more cross-sector collaboration.”

Frank Meehan, Co-Founder of SmartUp and Ambassador for IFB2016, said: “The UK is an increasingly competitive destination for young talent and entrepreneurs. We need to capitalize on this reputation, and support these businesses to innovate and maintain the momentum. As we are already seeing in finance and education, the digital industry is going to truly transform our traditional sectors.”

HSBC and BT are the lead sponsors of IFB2016 – and the Festival’s commercial partners include ARUP, DLA Piper, DONG Energy, Heathrow, PwC, Siemens and Virgin Trains.


What Kitchen Suits Your Style? Modern, Classic or Shaker?




shaker kitchen designs

A kitchen is the centre of the home. Your kitchen ranges between where friends and family gather, talk about their day, cook meals, have drinks, to somewhere you can just enjoy each other’s company. The kitchen is the heart of the home. But, everyone’s lifestyle is different. Everyone’s taste is different. So, you need a kitchen that not only mirrors your lifestyle but matches your taste too. Whilst some prefer a more traditional design, others want a modern feel or flair – and it’s all down to personal taste.

When it comes to redesigning your kitchen, what style would you go for? It’s a difficult one isn’t it. With so many different styles to go for, how can you know exactly what you want until you’ve seen it in action? Leading kitchen designer, Roman Kitchens, based in Essex, have provided three examples of bespoke kitchens and styles they specialise in, accompanied with beautiful images. This design guide will get you one step closer to picking your dream kitchen for your home.

1. Modern

New home in the city centre? Or even a sleek new modern build? You want a trendy and modern kitchen to reflect your city lifestyle. In modern kitchen design, colours are bolder and fresher, with sleek design and utilities that are distinctive and vibrant.

modern kitchen designs

This modern kitchen is sleek and smooth with flawless design and beauty. Minimalism doesn’t stop this kitchen standing out. Featured walls of wood and vibrant mint green draw the eye, whilst the white surfaces reflect the light, illuminating every nook and cranny of this kitchen. This kitchen features products from Rotpunkt, innovators of modern kitchen design. Made with German engineering, a Rotpunkt Kitchen is the ultimate modern addition to your home. Rotpunkt Kitchens have timeless design and amazing functionality, they work for every purpose and are eco-friendly. Sourced from natural materials, a Rotpunkt kitchen uses 37% less timber, conserving natural forests and being more environmentally conscious.

2. Classic

Prefer a homely and traditional feel? Classic kitchens are warm, welcoming and filled with wood. Wood flooring, wood fixtures, wood furniture – you name it! You can bring a rustic feel to your urban home with a classic kitchen. Subtle colours and beautiful finishes, Classic kitchens are for taking it back to the basics with a definitive look and feel.

classic kitchen designs

With stated handles for cupboards, Classic kitchens are effortlessly timeless. They convey an elegant but relaxing nature. Giving off countryside vibes, natural elements convey a British countryside feel. The wood featured in a classic kitchen can range between oaks and walnut, creating a warmth and original feel to your home. Soft English heritage colours add a certain mood to your home, softening the light making it cosier.

3. Shaker

Any kitchen planner will tell you that the meeting point between traditional and modern design, is a Shaker kitchen. They have a distinctive style and innovative feel. Shakers are fresh, mixing different colour tones with stylish wood and vinyl. The most important feature of a Shaker kitchen is functionality – every feature needs to serve a purpose in the kitchen. Paired with stylish and unique furniture, a Shaker kitchen is an ideal addition to any home.

shaker kitchen designs

The ultimate marriage between Classic and Modern kitchens, this Shaker kitchen has deep colour tones with copper emphasis features. All the fittings and fixtures blur the line of modern and tradition, with a Classic look but modern colour vibe. Unique furniture and design make Shaker Kitchens perfect for the middle ground in kitchen design. Minimal but beautifully dressed. Traditional but bold and modern at the same time. Storage solutions are part of the functionality of Shaker kitchens, but don’t detour from conveying yours as a luxury kitchen.

Whatever you choose for your new kitchen, be it Modern, Classic or Shaker – pick whatever suits you. Taste is, and always will be, subjective – it’s down to you.

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Ways Green Preppers Are Trying to Protect their Privacy



Environmental activists are not given the admiration that they deserve. A recent poll by Gallup found that a whopping 32% of Americans still doubt the existence of global warming. The government’s attitude is even worse.

Many global warming activists and green preppers have raised the alarm bell on climate change over the past few years. Government officials have taken notice and begun tracking their activity online. Even former National Guard officers have admitted that green preppers and climate activists are being targeted for terrorist watchlists.

Of course, the extent of their surveillance depends on the context of activism. People that make benign claims about climate change are unlikely to end up on a watchlist, although it is possible if they make allusions to their disdain of the government. However, even the most pacifistic and well intentioned environmental activists may unwittingly trigger some algorithm and be on the wrong side of a criminal investigation.

How could something like this happen? Here are some possibilities:

  • They could share a post on social media from a climate extremist group or another individual on the climate watchlist.
  • They could overly politicize their social media content, such as being highly critical of the president.
  • They could use figures of speech that may be misinterpreted as threats.
  • They might praise the goals of a climate change extremist organization that as previously resorted to violence, even if they don’t condone the actual means.

Preppers and environmental activists must do everything in their power to protect their privacy. Failing to do so could cost them their reputation, future career opportunities or even their freedom. Here are some ways that they are contacting themselves.

Living Off the Grid and Only Venturing to Civilization for Online Use

The more digital footprints you leave behind, the greater attention you draw. People that hold controversial views on environmentalism or doomsday prepping must minimize their digital paper trail.

Living off the grid is probably the best way to protect your privacy. You can make occasional trips to town to use the Wi-Fi and stock up on supplies.

Know the Surveillance Policies of Public Wi-Fi Providers

Using Wi-Fi away from your home can be a good way to protect your privacy.However, choosing the right public Wi-Fi providers is going to be very important.

Keep in mind that some corporate coffee shops such a Starbucks can store tapes for up to 60 days. Mom and pop businesses don’t have the technology nor the interest to store them that long. They generally store tips for only 24 hours and delete them afterwards. This gives you a good window of opportunity to post your thoughts on climate change without being detected.

Always use a VPN with a No Logging Policy

Using a VPN is one of the best ways to protect your online privacy. However, some of these providers do a much better job than others. What is a VPN and what should you look for when choosing one? Here are some things to look for when making a selection:

  • Make sure they are based in a country that has strict laws on protecting user privacy. VPNs that are based out of Switzerland, Panama for the British Virgin Islands are always good bets.
  • Look for VPN that has a strict no logging policy. Some VPNs will actually track the websites that you visit, which almost entirely defeats the purpose. Most obviously much better than this, but many also track Your connections and logging data. You want to use a VPN that doesn’t keep any logs at all.
  • Try to choose a VPN that has an Internet kill switch. This means that all content will stop serving if your VPN connection drops, which prevents your personal data from leaking out of the VPN tunnel.

You will be much safer if you use a high-quality VPN consistently, especially if you have controversial views on climate related issues or doomsday prepping.

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