The UK attracted more than 2,200 new inward investment projects in 2016 to 2017 with more than 107,000 jobs across the country safeguarded or created, according to new figures.

Figures published by the Department for International Trade revealed that the UK attracted more foreign direct investment projects than ever before for the year.

With more than 2,200 projects recorded, the post-referendum figures show an increase of 2% on the previous year. The data also shows that 75,226 new jobs were created, and 32,672 safeguarded, amounting to over 2,000 jobs per week across the country.

Overall, the UK is the number one destination for inward investment in Europe, with the technology, renewable energy, life sciences and creative industries all seeing an increase in the number of projects.

International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, said: “Almost one year on since the EU referendum, the UK continues to attract record levels of inward investment and remains extremely attractive to foreign investors.”

We agree. Digital technology is playing its part every day and our clients are benefitting from the use of IT to develop new projects and improve the efficiency of existing ones.

Bowe Digital offers a range of IT solutions that can help businesses take advantage.

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Three quarters of businesses expect to increase the number of high-skilled roles over the coming years, according to the 2017 CBI/Pearson Education and Skills Survey.

The survey of 344 companies highlighted that 62% are seeing strong competition for candidates with appropriate qualifications.

Asked about the impact of the introduction of the £2 billion apprenticeship levy, 58% of firms plan to increase apprentice programmes.

Josh Hardie, CBI Deputy Director-General, said“Skills have to be the beating heart of the UK’s Industrial Strategy – it’s the best growth strategy a country can have. More high-skilled opportunities are good news for our future – and a sign we can make progress on productivity – but this is tempered by the growing urgency around skills shortages.”

We agree that skills development is crucial, including in the digital sector where we see plenty of opportunities for young talent. For our part, we will do all we can to develop talented people.

Bowe Digital offers a range of IT solutions that can help businesses take advantage.

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Growth in the UK’s private sector slowed in the three months to June, according to the latest CBI Growth Indicator.

The survey of 762 respondents across the distribution, manufacturing and service sectors showed the balance of firms reporting a rise in output at +6%, compared with +13% in the three months to May 2017.

However, private sector firms expect growth to pick up over the next three months and we support that viewpoint. This is a time for calm heads.

The many companies we work with are expressing confidence that trading conditions, while challenging, do remain positive.

We are playing our part, offering a range of IT solutions that can help businesses take advantage of the digital revolution.

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Twenty-four innovative agri-tech projects have been awarded a share of £16 million through the latest round of the Government’s Agri-Tech Catalyst programme.

The money will help the companies solve the world’s greatest food challenges, including the need to provide ultra-sensitive storage.

The UK is a world leader in the fast growing agri-tech sector and, as a company that supports businesses in the food industry, we applaud this investment in technology to make companies as efficient as possible.

We see digital technology playing its part every day and our clients are benefitting from the use of IT to develop new projects and improve the efficiency of existing ones.

Bowe Digital offers a range of IT solutions that can help businesses take advantage.

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The Federation of Small Businesses is calling on the Government to ensure that all SMEs receive at least a basic level of broadband by the end of the Parliament.

Nearly half a million (480,000) small businesses cannot access superfast broadband, with 192,000 not even being able to access 10 Mbps and theFSB wants the Government to commit to a Universal Service Obligation (USO), guaranteeing a good service.

Mike Cherry, FSB National Chairman, said:Too many small businesses are held back by poor broadband coverage and slow speeds.”

We agree – good broadband is crucial if companies are to take advantage of the digital revolution and the services that we offer.

Our IT support services use advanced remote monitoring and preventative maintenance technologies to keep infrastructure optimised. Issues can be identified, reported, and resolved in real time.

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According to a survey commissioned by electronics giant Samsung, the biggest frustration for office workers is problems with poorly-performing technology.

Out of 1,000 office workers surveyed about their biggest workplace irritations, a staggering 92% said that crashing computers and slow internet annoyed them and resulted in them losing almost half an hour of working time a day on average.

Consultancy Censuswide questioned 1,000 workers from UK firms with under 250 employees.  Ten per cent of those surveyed said they had left a job because of technology frustrations.

We say it need not come to that. Our IT support services use advanced remote monitoring and preventative maintenance technologies to keep infrastructure optimised. Issues can be identified, reported, and resolved in real time.

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Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced that £1 billion will be invested in full-fibre broadband and trialling 5G networks from April 2017.

Bowe Digital welcomes the announcement, which is designed to make it easier for more companies to join the technological revolution.

The most successful businesses are the ones that harness the latest in technology to become more efficient and provide the best service to their customers.

In an age when every penny must count, forward-thinking companies realise that computer technologies allow them to ensure that their staff are directed to the best effect and that tasks that once took many hours can now be done quickly.

We offer a range of innovative IT solutions that can help companies improve their agility and efficiency.

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Not so long ago, hardware-centric solutions seemed to be the only answer to storage-related issues. If additional storage was needed or performance had to be improved, there was only one option – throw more hardware at the problem and hope it helped. In most cases, it worked, but in general it created vendor lock and silos of storage that needed special skills to manage. Is solving today’s storage problems by hoarding hardware solutions still the best approach in the modern world?

Previously, the server market was purely hardware driven with applications sitting on expensive, discrete physical servers in a scale-up architecture. But the emergence of server virtualisation and scale-out technologies has given traditional storage vendors a real problem. Storage vendors may acknowledge new technologies and even market them, but their revenue streams are mostly built on legacy traditional storage arrays.

As we are seeing in today’s declining hardware-centric environment, the industry’s move away from legacy hardware arrays and the support and services that go with them are pushing their revenues to a consistent decline. Ultimately it is not in their interests to allow existing customers to move away from traditional branded storage.

Protecting the bottom line

The truth is that the pressure of delivering shareholders’ profits and meeting revenue commitments is dictating the product strategy of traditional storage vendors. New storage technologies like software-defined storage (SDS) offer flexibility and scalability at lower pricing on commodity components. However, advocating a completely hardware-agnostic SDS option to their existing customers would result in lower revenue and profits for traditional storage vendors. They have financial incentives to keep customers locked in to traditional storage for as long as possible or provide a SDS solutions with a new licensing models that favor their own underlying hardware.

Time to break free?

The challenge with blindly throwing more hardware at a variety of IT problems limits organisations flexibility and leaves the customer with the only option of buying even more of the same solution. In terms of storage, IT teams are led to believe that if they want their data to move freely around on internal servers, it will need to be on the same branded hardware that they already have. However, the right software can offer other alternative solutions to this problem. An horizontal SDS layer hands power back to the organisations by sitting above various hardware resources and managing it all, no matter what brand it is.

 A storage software solution can easily abstract the storage hardware in a brown field implementation, enabling coexistence of legacy and new architectures and support use cases such as migration and seamless upgrades. A properly thought out software defined storage solution not only provides customers total freedom to choose the underlying hardware components at a fraction of the cost, but also can scale up as well as scale out depending on the targeted use cases.

Companies that have implemented massive scale-out data centres built on white box hardware solutions have quickly embraced the SDS model as it gives them scalability at a low cost, along with other benefits such as lower management and maintenance overheads. It is common to see this approach in large organisations where the amount of data being stored is high and likely to involve numerous disparate storage platforms.

Change of focus

As SDS platforms mature and provide more robust data services, it is getting harder to justify just buying more of the same from a hardware vendor. Organisations that take the plunge and opt for a software-first approach will benefit from greater choices when making their next purchasing decision as well as the freedom to pick the most suitable product, rather than be restricted to what is compatible.

As well as improving the bottom line of an organisation, software can be an intelligent layer that brings other benefits, such as data recovery, migration and optimisation of the data being stored. When organisations see the benefits and low costs of SDS, it will be hard for traditional vendors to justify their legacy hardware. A fully automated, remotely managed data centre that drives appropriate total cost of ownership (TCO) targets for profitability, can only be achieved through software management and hardware abstraction at every layer of the infrastructure from servers, to network to storage. Converting to a software abstracted storage ecosystem is the only way to truly drive TCO, lowering costs and providing visibility into performance and usage statistics of the storage transactions throughout the data centre.

Author – Farid Yavari

Website – http://www.itproportal.com/2016/07/26/sds-to-spell-an-end-to-a-hardware-focused-industry/

Excel is a powerful digital tool but many people find it challenging to use. However, according to Newcastle upon Tyne-based IT company Bowe Digital, using a few handy hints can make all the difference.

Bowe Digital Ltd are a fully accredited Sage Business Partner and Sage Developer in Kingston Park, Newcastle, just off the A1.

As a North East Sage Business Partner, specialising in the provision and installation of Accounting, Manufacturing and CRM software, Bowe Digital Ltd provides IT solutions tailored to clients’ precise needs.

Bowe Digital can supply, support and install Hardware, Software and Peripheral Equipment that a business might require, from a simple PC workstation to complex Wide Area Networks. They also provide tailored training, consultancy and continued support from experienced IT professionals.

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