Author Archives: Silicon Roundabout

Two recent projects have placed Architects Fletcher Priest at the heart of two of the UK’s leading centres of both academia and entrepreneurism. Founder Keith Priest talks about the challenges of embracing culture, design and architecture in Oxford and Manchester!


Science and technology-driven entrepreneurs are at the heart of the UK’s plans for future economic growth. Two of the projects that Fletcher Priest is involved with will be high density places where creative collisions between investors, researchers and engineers happen …

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‘Critical prognosis looms over Chinese health apps’(FT 10.03. 17). As investment in ‘China’s digital health industry fell 10 per cent year on year in the last quarter of 2016 to $520m, after a 41 per cent decline in the previous three months’, we catch up with Lloyd Price, co-founder of London’s disruptive Health tech startup Zesty!


Zesty was founded in July 2012, since then we have been passionate about improving access to healthcare, automating tasks, saving patients time and hospitals money. James Balmain my co-founder, CEO and I have 40+ years combined experience of digital transformation …

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Firefly are a business making waves in Edtech


Founding partner Simon Hay talks transparency in learning, parental engagement, funding and international expansion! Today, Firefly supports over 500 schools in 33 countries – that’s some 500,000 students, as well as teachers and parents using our online tool every day. …

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Ranked #2 in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 loveholidays is the fastest growing online travel agent in the UK. Co Founder Alex Francis talks about the future of the travel industry in an age of tech disruption!


The truth is, what will affect travel the most in future is what will affect virtually every other industry: the rapid development of the digital world and the vast increase in mobility. Simply put, travellers are now more connected than …

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Is it possible to regenerate a city whilst being sympathetic to existing architecture? We caught up with Dan Mullen of Bedrock, whose work in Detroit is doing just that!


It is absolutely possible to regenerate a city while paying homage to its past. Adaptive reuse is a significant part of our strategy here at Bedrock. The majority of our 95+ building portfolio consists of historic structures and we strive …

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‘Christmas sales figures could be just the start of the bad news. A toxic cocktail of rising costs and inflation is set to hit stores and online retailers’ (Sunday Times 1 Jan 2017). Andy Berg,Co Founder of global digital agency Born, on the future of retail and his entrepreneurial journey!


I’ve always had a fascination with technology and thanks to growing up in an entrepreneurial media family, was privy to the latest innovation & technology from an early age. Take that and my curiosity to understand how everything works, it’s …

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What happens when a long established brand looks to reposition itself to a millennial audience? Joanna Davies,CEO and founder of Clerkenwell based ZAK explains!


It’s official; the under 30s are the influencers, tastemakers, official critics and reviewers in society today. This consumer audience makes up a quarter of the UK population and according to a Viacom study the under 30s are set to make …

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Listed in Forbes ‘Cloud 100’, Santa Monica based ZipRecruiter CEO Ian Siegel discusses his entrepreneurial journey!


When Ian Siegel & his co-founders started building ZipRecruiter in 2010, they were solving a problem they faced daily in their own professional lives – hiring great employees fast, so they could get back to work. “We started out with …

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Following the launch of the London Evening Standard’s campaign into food poverty and waste, we caught up with Kevin Duffy, Co Founder of Winnow. One of Europe’s 100 Hottest Startups(Wired) Kevin talks waste,smart meters,funding and his entrepreneurial journey!


I co-founded Winnow in 2013 to help the hospitality industry prevent food waste by making the kitchen ‘smarter.’ With my co-founder, Marc Zornes we identified a massive opportunity to help solve the issue of commercial kitchen food waste in a …

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‘Is the recent Uber ruling on workers basic rights a game changer for the ‘gig economy’?’ James Storke, Partner in Lewis Silkin’s employment law department, responds!


An employment tribunal has ruled that drivers engaged by Uber are ‘workers’, not self-employed contractors, meaning they will be entitled to national minimum wage, paid annual leave and whistleblower protection.

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