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Who should attend Cambridge Graphene Days 2015? 5-6 November

Booking online | Info | Why attend? Please call Maya on +44 1223 303500 for help booking and service.

Top 12 Reasons

1 Anyone with an interest in traction of business involving Graphene and GRMs

2 Anyone wishing to understand barriers to adoption and use of Graphene & GRMs

3 Anyone on a science and technology watching brief for Graphene and GRMs

4 Anyone with a startup or entrepreneurial idea for Graphene or GRMs

5 Anyone with business problems to solve that might be influenced or helped by Graphene or GRMs

6 Those wishing to understand the full uptodate and prioritised range of applications and those nearer to and further from market

7 Anyone wanting to get an IPR landscape & investment level update for Graphene and GRMs

8 Anyone wanting to meet new industrial and business entrants into the Graphene and GRM areas

9 People wanting to build quality networks or ecosystems in this set of fields

10 Sector specific players seeking to access solution providers

11 Solutions providers seeking to understand customer pull in a range of sectors

12 Those in related areas of technology such as nanotech, IoT, cleantech who wish to see the potential and synergies with Graphene and GRMs

Booking online | Info | Why attend? Please call Maya on +44 1223 303500 for help booking and service.

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FlexEnable named Co-Lead Sponsor of Cambridge Graphene Days 2015

FLEXENABLE Ltd, a leader in development and industrialisation of flexible organic electronics, has announced its decision to co-sponsor the Cambridge Graphene Days 2015 (5-6 November).

The greatest graphene and GRM business event in the world in 2015.

“Perhaps the greatest graphene and GRM business event in the world in 2015.”

The Cambridge Graphene Days 2015 is a prime festival of events over two days for networking and learning more about the latest advances in commercialising Graphene and related materials  in sectors such as electronics, displays, energy storage, composites, packaging, aerospace & defence and automotive. The special set of events includes a program of events to be held mainly in Cambridge’s newly opened Graphene Building, with an exhibition of technology and tours of labs as well as a media event, conference and dinner at King’s College. Uniquely, leaders will discuss in a structured masterclass, the value network for graphene and GRMs and how barriers to adoption and use can be removed with services and networks.

Chuck Milligan, CEO, FlexEnable commented ”The relevance of graphene and graphene-like materials to flexible electronics for displays and sensors is clear, and we are proud to be co-sponsors of the Cambridge Graphene Days event – and the opening of the Graphene Building in Cambridge. We believe that our unique manufacturing processes for flexible electronics, together with the exponential growth expected in the flexible display and IoT sensor markets,  provide enormous opportunity for this exciting class of materials.”

Professor Andrea Ferrari added “We are very much looking forward to our Cambridge Graphene Technology Day on the 5th of November, when we will showcase industrial applications of graphene and related materials. We are also excited to be hosting high value manufacturing-oriented meetings on the site of the Cambridge Graphene Centre”.
For further information on development and industrialisation of flexible organic electronics please visit www.flexenable.com. To learn more about the Cambridge Graphene Days 2015 please visit http://www.hvm-uk.com/graphene2015

With over a decade of experience, IP development and technology awards, FlexEnable works together with customers to drive innovation across flexible sensors, smart systems and video-rate displays. FlexEnable‘s proven technology platform enables new mobile products, wearables, surface displays and imaging systems.

Cambridge Graphene Days event-set, available as a package via CIR here below, include:

a. MASTERCLASS - this includes media event and dinner at King’s College & is CPD Certified (day 1)

b. MEDIA EVENT & TOURS of LABS  – with Cambridge University “CEO” & Vice Chancellor, Professor Leszek Borysiewicz FRS FRCP (day 1)

c. EXHIBITIONS of real graphene and GRM technologies (both days)

d. 3rd CIR GRAPHENE BUSINESS CONFERENCE - (day 2) Chaired by Professor Andrea Ferrari, Head, Cambridge Graphene Centre, Chair, Graphene Flagship – Fantastic Panel & Speaker Lineup.

Haydale plc are confirmed Lead Sponsors of #CGD15. All takes place in the BRAND NEW CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY GRAPHENE BUILDING with lab tours available throughout the two days of events.

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Who should attend Cambridge Graphene Days 2015? #CGD15 | 5-6 November

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Cambridge Graphene Days 2015 | #CGD15 | 5-6 November 2015
For the full brochure, please call or email CIR at 01223 303500 (UK) and jacqueline@cir-strategy.com
Who should attend?
  1. Anyone with an interest in traction of business involving Graphene and GRMs
  2. Anyone wishing to understand barriers to adoption and use of graphene & GRMs
  3. Anyone on a science and technology watching brief for G and GRMs
  4. Anyone with a startup or entrepreneurial idea for G or GRMs
  5. Anyone with business problems to solve that might be influenced or helped by G or GRMs
  6. Those wishing to understand the full uptodate and prioritised range of applications and those nearer to and further from market
  7. Anyone wanting to get an IPR landscape & investment level update for G and GRMs
  8. Anyone wanting to meet new industrial and business entrants into the G and GRM areas
  9. People wanting to build quality networks or ecosystems in this set of fields
  10. Sector specific players seeking to access solution providers
  11. Solutions providers seeking to understand customer pull in a range of sectors
  12. Those in related areas of technology such as nanotech, IoT, cleantech who wish to see the potential and synergies with G and GRMs

Booking is open at http://www.hvm-uk.com/graphene2015/register

or please call +44 (0)1223 303500 for Maya, Justin or Jacqueline for options to sponsor, exhibit-speak, exhibit, attend this exciting festival of events over 2 days at the opening of the new building for the Cambridge Graphene Centre.

The CIR Team & the CGC look forward to greeting you 5-6 November in Cambridge, UK for CGD15.

Justin, Maya, Jacqueline, Nicholas

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Haydale Named Lead Sponsor for Cambridge Graphene Days 2015

Haydale Ltd., a leader in the development of enhanced graphene and nanoparticulate materials, has announced its decision to sponsor the Cambridge Graphene Days (5-6 November 2015).

The Cambridge Graphene Days is a prime event for networking and learning more about the latest advances in commercialising Graphene and related materials in sectors such as electronics, displays, energy storage, composite, packaging, aerospace & defence and automotive. The festival of events includes a program of events to be held mainly in Cambridge’s new Graphene Building, with an exhibition of technology and tours of labs as well as a media event, conference and dinner at King’s College.

Ray Gibbs, CEO of Haydale commented ”The Cambridge hub is one of the pre-eminent places to go for the highest quality science and application skills. As a leading technological solution provider to this rapidly evolving market sector it made great sense to support this centre of excellence covering graphene and related nano materials, . We believe the conferences and workshops at the Cambridge Graphene Days will showcase the adoption and use of the graphene materials in real products. Haydale’s functionalised graphene technology already is providing ground breaking benefits to organisations involved with composite materials, conductive inks and next generation battery technology”.

Professor Andrea Ferrari added “We are very much looking forward to our Cambridge Graphene Day on the 5th of November, when we will showcase industrial applications of graphene and related materials. We are also excited to be hosting high value manufacturing-oriented meetings on the site of the Cambridge Graphene Centre”

For further information on leading edge functionalised graphene application solutions please visit www.haydale.com or contact Haydale Ltd. on +44-1269-842946 / info@haydale.com.

To book to join and learn more about participating in the Cambridge Graphene Days #CGD15 please visit http://www.hvm-uk.com/graphene2015

Haydale , based in South Wales, UK and housed in a purpose-built facility for processing and handling nanomaterials, is facilitating the application of graphenes and other nanomaterials in fields such as inks, sensors, energy storage, photovoltaics, composites, paints and coatings. Haydale has developed a patent-pending proprietary scalable plasma process to functionalise graphene and other nanomaterials.

Cambridge Graphene Days #CGD15 please visit http://www.hvm-uk.com/graphene2015

What can services business learn from private schools pricing strategies?

What an incredible statistic: independent school tuition fees have been rising at over 3% faster rates than inflation and even over 1.25% above property price growth over the long run, i.e. for at least 20 years.

Let’s look at the cost of private school in the last 20 years since 1995.

Let us take 1995 as a benchmark and say that this year is our benchmark for the value of money, for cost of school fees and property prices. I.e. We set them all to 100.

In 2015, CPI inflation has grown that notional 100 to 217 (at an annual average growth rate (“CAGR”) of 3.9%). This is a little above what I had assumed, but we must run with the data from the ONS.

Property prices (Cambridgeshire as a proxy, approximately at or slightly above national average) have risen to 310 (CAGR of 5.85%). Quite a clip.

Staff wages have risen above inflation, but more slowly over the same period of time. Food prices have risen at slightly below inflation levels with competitive pressure high.

But school fees have beaten not just inflation, but even property prices and stand in 2015 at 400 (CAGR 7.15%), a factor of 4 times our 1995 level, and nearly double the result of CPI inflation.

Your 2 children’s schooling now cost you that of almost 4 children from 1995! That’s grim!

Said another way still, each and every year for the last 20 years, school fees have risen at a rate 3.2% higher than inflation.

Yet the statement from school governors when they increase them again in 2015 by say 3.8%, with inflation at just 0.3% or lower, is that they cannot increase them by anything less because of increasing costs. How can that be the case for such a long time? And why are local schools all increasing at exactly the same rate to exactly the same prices?

UK Independent Schools offer a highly valuable service to parents. Was it Aristotle who said that “the educated differ from the uneducated as the living from the dead”.  An exaggeration by the philosopher, no doubt, but we get the point.

Of course there should be a good fall-back, the best possible state system should exist. So should many different types of independent school and also homeschooling. These schools or “homes” should offer all forms of education ideally at a wide range of prices to suit all budgets and children’s needs and interests.

But the current situation appears to be that the schools do not “compete”. Anecdotal research showed that the cost of three local independent prep schools was to all intents and purposes identical. Literally a few pounds difference in totals of over £4,500 a term. They will argue that they all have the same requirements. But businesses often cannot do this. (They must genuinely compete with each other. The smartest way, though, is not by competing on price, and in the long run, killing margins.) Given the massive 3.2% average long run increase in fees, why is there still little variation in fees across schools in a given locale?

Surely it would be a better hypothesis that schools are knowingly raising their fees annually on the long run at the same rate as their customer’s (the richest 5-10% of households) wealth is increasing. They are spending some of the extra money in an “assets arms race”, such as new halls, swimming pools, etc, and further monies may be passed to increase the annual return to their overarching Foundations (e.g. another educational institution). That top few percent, if they have a balance of wealth between property, shares and increasing work income, might well track the “inflation plus 3.2%” rate that the schools have stuck to. If schools didn’t track this wealth, then they might find over time that there would be more applicants and they would have to be more selective. Perhaps they do have a degree of such selection even at this long run rate of fee increase.

The private schools look at the value delivered, its cost, and the ability & willingness of parents to pay. That is the real 3-dimensional equation. The schools have understood this. Services businesses which haven’t understood this may be able to improve outcomes by adapting their pricing strategy in this way.

Such schools are powerful and some stakeholders may not want to put their heads over the parapet. Parents, for example, could at best try to argue for all stakeholder needs to be considered and basically those struggling to keep up with the blistering pace of increase might plead for clemency (with data) at PTA meetings going into the future. The schools are excellent, however, and it is unlikely that for the next 20 years we will observe fees rising at below inflation to compensate for the previous 20-year trend.

But it is nevertheless a tad inaccurate for governors to write letters saying one thing when the other is apparently the truth. This is no place for euphemism: anxiety levels among parents are at an all-time high.

School governors increase their fees so to track the wealth of their customers not just to cover their basic costs.

Of course the actual fee paid is mitigated somewhat by a certain number of reduced-cost possibilities, which the ISC states covers around a third of all places in 2014, under the general banner of “bursaries”.

Parents placing their children in independent school must make an allowance for this rapid growth in costs. If the children attend from age 5 through to 18, then assuming the previous trends carry on in this way, they must factor in that the costs will be a massive 55% higher in real terms when their children reach 18 compared to 5.

Top 4 Frogs Being Boiled in Gradually-Heated Water

1. Growth of government taxation

You know the old stories. Napoleon levied an income tax to support his wars 200 years ago. This was supposed at the time to be temporary. But it stuck.

When the patriots decided to fight the British, it was over tax on goods at just 2%! 125 years later income tax in the USA was 7% rising to 39% for people earning today’s equivalent of $11 million. That 39% was their “supertax”. It was unthinkable to charge normal people more than 7% tax. Today, that same supertax kicks in in the UK at just £30,000 or so, and millions pay it.

Corporation tax was brought in much later, again during a war, and again, it was meant to be temporary. Message: new interventions are not temporary, and they tend to start on the fringes and by stealth they hit more and more people.

 

2. Growth of government spending

It is clear that government spending is on a very long run upward trend. Let us restrict ourselves to the last 100 years or so to the beginning of the first world war, when spending was less than 15% of GDP. Public pensions were tiny, in their infancy. There was no national health project. People knew their doctors. Doctors were pillars of society who made their wealthier clients pay at the full rate, and helped, sometimes with the assistance of those wealthier clients, the poorer ones. Generally people were concerned with the balance of trade. They believed in cutting the cloth, living within your means and so on.

But more than that: poorer people did not expect to be helped by the richer. There was dignity: they wanted to be self-reliant. They did not feel that they had a claim on the money of the richer people. Many of them would feel uncomfortable in accepting any offered help. Giving was a choice for the richer. And in turn, it was harder to give to people to help them in need. There was dignity among both “categories” wealthy and needy. Perhaps there was less envy. There was certainly less coercion and control from governments, while people and communities supported each other and adapted according to their situations. That is the rose-tinted picture of the UK before the first world war. How untrue is it?

3. Growth of the number of government areas of intervention

We have also invented a maze of other taxes, special reliefs and the effect has been to swell the bureaucracy and support an entire industry of accountants in the public and private sector. This is reflected in many tens and hundreds of thousands of pages of “tax code and law”.

To my mind, if we all had the physicist’s mindset, one of approximation and simplification, we would never have gone in the direction we have. Instead, the bean-counter mindset has prevailed, and complications have mushroomed.

Just as an exercise, I call for a competition to write down, from scratch, a “One Page Tax Code”, let’s call it the One Page Tax Code Project, in which there is a prize for the best and simplest such document, which could plausibly give a greatly simplified alternative to the hopeless and unintuitive spaghetti of taxation that we currently entertain, to our great cost and lack of competitiveness. Ideally, such a one-pager should enable, for example, individuals to calculate their income tax (if any is included) in their heads, and likewise (if any included) corporation tax. The one-pager should indicate what level of funding might be expected or is supposed to be obtained from the new system (and again for some, the exact amount might be tweaked by changing just one, or two, variables in the very simple system).

I believe one could slash the code right down, without upsetting many people. We’d be unimaginably more efficient and effective. We’d be releasing so many bureaucrats to pull with not against us economically. We’d also be making life easier and less tedious for so many people in businesses and jobs around the country.

This is fun! Let’s do it…

4. Growth of government

This follows directly from the above trends. It’s been growing for centuries in the UK. Is this inexorable? When does it become “too much”? Did we reach that many years ago, and should we now push back?

In the 20th century, apart from falls from extremely high levels of GDP spend just after both world wars, only Margaret Thatcher succeeded in reducing government and spending as a fraction of total GDP. She, seemingly very modestly, reduced it by about 5 percentage points from 43.5% to 39% between the 11 years of 1979 and 1990, i.e. an average rate of decrease of less than half a point a year. But within 6 months of her overthrow and other conservatives taking on power, it had all been erased and we back at the highest level again! That modest reduction over such a long period of time caused such ructions (or were those ructions just inherent to that era, that situation?) It is hard to see how any current politicians would be able to achieve such a thing. Most of them don’t want to. Incredibly, they want to continue to intervene more, not less! Extraordinary!

The alternative is further growth over time of government…brings me back to the title of this blog. That is what we face.

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Like the frogs, we don’t jump out soon enough. We simply get cooked.

Political Discussion Focus in UK 2015 and beyond…

1. Choice, absence of coercion
a. Fair tax* = flat tax + donational, gamified “tax-me accounts”;
b. Less tax means less poverty and more for workers and business investment
c. …Reduces the loss of dignity for (benefit) recipients (what do they really need?) and the burden on forced givers

2. Absence of jealousy (at least in driving policy)
a. “I’ve no claim on you”
b. Focus on independently-defined real (sometimes called “absolute”) poverty

3. Government:
a. Focusses & is efficient, knows how to reduce itself through service design and digital technology;
b. Allows for self-reliance, family, all forms of community, philanthropy and that way is about real compassion & goodness (“nice?”); not the forced kind of giving via unwieldy state government (“nasty?”).

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*Simplify the tax code greatly and release hundreds of thousands or more of civil servants back into the private sector wilds, paying taxes and pulling with other taxpayers, making it easier for everyone. Collect the tax by a uniform, simple  flat rate and supplement with monies paid by those who feel that government is good way to redistribute funds. (Many of course will not, because it generally may not be the best way…but significant amounts could be raised digitally and by making this public and competitive (but by choice) among those who can.)

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The Value of Value Networks…

Value Network Analysis resembles but is more valuable than balanced scorecard.

In Value Networks we begin by writing down the list of stakeholders: companies, customers, suppliers, influencers. This may be as many as 50 different players, actors. These are represented as nodes or elements in the system.

We then add connections or links between the stakeholders which have interactions or “flows”, which are directional, between the two nodes or elements. The flow can be money, goods, services, information, or some other intangible. There may be as many as 200 links, and if we focus only on tangibles, this may reduce to 100.

One can work out a current value network – that which is going on now. And one can then take a given change or disruption in the marketplace that is expected or beginning to happen, and consider what the value network might be expected to look like in the future.

How for example are the money flows changed? What new players are there?

The flows can be rated numerically, or by levels, such as “Very High” “Medium” and “Low”. Doing this enables analysis measures of various kinds based on the quantities, such as number of connections (in, out or aggregated) and size of flow in the connections. These are “influence” metrics that can enable us to validate which are the hubs (most important (future) nodes or players), which are the players who have highest visibility into what is happening across the network and at a subtler level, measures such as “Eigenvector Centrality” which looks at how well connected a hub is to other hubs rather than all other nodes. Such hubs are leaders in the network, but not necessarily the most localised influence.

Having analysed the value flows in the future in this way, we are now able to look into a suitable sub-network, centred around a key player such as a typical, key customer type of the player working on the network, and the appropriate subset of the network related to this player.

This step resembles but is more rigorous than the reduction to a case made in Balanced Scorecard. A key point is that the appropriate sub-network comes out of the analysis of the value flow in the wider network, rather than being intuitive, or at least this modifies and informs the decision. The extent of focus on tangibles versus tangibles plus intangibles depends on the appetite of those doing the analysis; whilst insights are gained from the purely tangible, cleaner system, further insights can be gained from the combined, more complex system.

Examples of insights from both money and money + intangible analyses are potential impact on cash flow at focus players, assessing barriers to change and services needed, assessing changes to processes and tasks, the impact on the business model of given stakeholders considered.

Cambridge Investment Research team contains experts who can lead blue chip and innovator business teams in this method for seeing where the value is and how then to propose it to key customers.

 

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Top 10 Reasons to Attend Cambridge Graphene Days 2015 | MasterClass, Press Event & Business Conference | Tours of New Labs | Expo of Tech – 5-6 November

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For pricing see further down the page. Please email Maya mstancheva@cir-strategy.com for a detailed brochure or booking or call +44 1223 303500.

1. There is a top level master class on 5 November for corporate executives led by a world-class coach & assisted by subject-matter industry experts.

2. Followed by a media event with the Vice Chancellor of Cambridge University and then an exclusive private roundtable dinner at

3. the beautiful, ancient King’s College, Cambridge University. 

4. Topics for the entire masterclass and business conference are market-led,

5. which means that past delegates have requested them and

6. CIR is asking all speakers to choose one of the topics rather than taking the shotgun “call for papers” approach with them,

7. So that uniquely to date, buyers (corporates & brand owners) will be there with tech suppliers

8. At the showcase throughout day, the business conference on 6 November all day at the New Cambridge Graphene Centre Building

9. 12-16 talks throughout the day updating you on topics you wanted

10. CIR has run high quality events since 2002, always listening and learning, increasingly market-demand led.

There will be a focus on strategic use-case value-proposition development, innovation & strategic products such as sensors & devices, electronics, consumer goods, industrial products.

Pricing

(5 Nov) Exclusive invite-only master class day with fine private dinner at King’s: £895 pv (Max attendees 24) (Corporate or C-level Execs are invited)

(First Conference ever at New Cambridge Graphene Building) Business conference day with showcase:  £245 pv (concessions). £295 pv (standard value price). Concessions: (under 4 staff tech suppliers, f-t academics, f-t investors,  not consultants or public sector).  (Max attendees 200)

Price for both days is the the sum of the above prices, £1,140 for pass to all events including King’s dinner.

We (CIR Team Justin, Jacqueline, Maya & Nick and supporters Cambridge Graphene Centre and Media Partners Nanopro, Graphene Tracker, Graphene Info, Pan European Networks, Horizon2020, IOM3.org, BREC, AzoNano, KTN and Graphene SIG very much look forward to greeting you at this unique market developing & accelerating event.

http://www.hvm-uk.com/graphene2015

Please email Maya mstancheva@cir-strategy.com for a detailed brochure or booking or call +44 1223 303500.

 

The Value of the Smart Systems Summit 2014 1-2 October London IoD

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This is a special summit culminating 7 years of smart systems conferences within various segments

We form media partnerships with those who can extend our reach further

We are a strategy consultancy rather than an event organiser following instructions

We specialise in market research, using contact referrals and social media to obtain top speakers year after year

The value is in the bringing together of industry leaders beyond your own lists, with government and other academic groups

Our databases are large, from 12 years of conferences with 3,200 delegates

Network with industry innovators to create and develop critical new business collaborations and to exchange knowledge

Minimize risk by keeping up with technology developments – where is the industry going

Bring in cross-over engineering situations that might lend valuable ideas to work already being done

The spice of high level events in the capital, a greater chance of serendipity in networking

We’re bringing together top people from no fewer than 21 conferences in Cambridge and Oxford on these topics – so it’ll be a unique group, not the same people

If communications are important to you, this will be a well-covered conference in social media and in print

It will quickly generate a legacy website and slides for the site Slideshare, which are looked at by delegates and referred to others over time, something which builds over a long period

Gain industry recognition for yourself and your company through speaking, roundtable participation

For buyers – what new systems, products and services are there to buy?

It’s a prestigious venue – one of the best in the UK

It’s in a central location easy to reach from all directions –  In the capital, in exciting West London, near parliament.

Book now via this link