CAMBRIDGE CATALYST Issue 05

CONTENTS

04 NEWS & EVENTS

News and events, including details on Cambridge Network’s Recruitment Day. 08 TECH TRENDS TO WATCH IN 2020 A trio of experts from Cambridge’s tech consultancies make their predictions.

The network of world-leading technology consultancies in the Cambridge Cluster has long proved a honeypot to companies across the globe looking for the very best in product design and development. Since as far back as the 1960s and the formation of Cambridge Consultants, these firms have been quietly going about their work as the intimidatingly large brains behind technological innovations for the biggest players in business – so who better to ask to predict the tech trends that will dominate the year ahead? Over on page 8, experts from the city’s leading consultancies forecast the technology that will be shaping our lives in the year to come, spanning everything from 5G to GM crops. Perhaps you’ve started the new year with a resolve to get ahead in your career? The most sure-fire way to do this is by honing your talents or acquiring a new set of skills – but with the world of work transforming at a dizzying speed, knowing exactly which skills you need to future-proof and progress in your career becomes trickier. Over on page 34, we take a look at the impressive breadth of training and development courses on offer in the city and get expert insight on what skills are worth sharpening to ensure you don’t get left behind professionally. Inside this issue, we also catch up with Simprints, an ambitious Cambridge start-up creating identification solutions to help deliver medical aid in developing countries. As well as an amazing concept with the potential to transform the way we fight global poverty, not to mention an impressive roll call of achievements under its belt already, the company also sounds like a pretty fun place to work, as we discover in our Doing Good & Doing Well feature on page 26. This issue also sees the final instalment of our Invest in the Cambridge Ecosystem series, seeing us delve into the world of bonds and cutting through the jargon to offer some easy-to-understand advice for making some cash from the Cambridge Cluster (page 22). I hope you enjoy the issue and keep an eye out for number 6, hitting stands in March.

17 THE SPACE TO INVENT

TTP looks at creating a working environment ripe for innovation.

19  INNOVATION & IP IN 2020

Parminder Lally from Appleyard Lees looks at what’s to come for the Cambridge Cluster.

21 PITCH PERFECT

Local start-ups give us their pitch. This issue, it’s Opsian.

22 INVEST IN THE ECOSYSTEM

Anna Lawlor shows you how to get a slice of the booming Cambridge economy.

26 DOING GOOD & DOING WELL

The Cambridge social ventures making an impact. Up this issue: Simprints.

30 TECH BYTES

The latest news from the fizzing Cambridge Cluster. 34 FUTURE-PROOF YOUR CAREER Experts advise on upskilling yourself to weather workplace evolutions. 40 SPACE EXPLORATION We explore business spaces in the area,

from co-working hubs to conference venues.

44 START-UP SUCCESS IN 2020

Legal firm Harper James shares tips for small businesses launching this year.

NICOLA FOLEY EDITOR IN CHIEF

46 ECO REVOLUTION

We find out the story behind planet-friendly Cambridge business Full Circle.

EDITORIAL EDITOR IN CHIEF Nicola Foley 01223 499459 nicolafoley@bright-publishing.com CHIEF SUB EDITOR Beth Fletcher SENIOR SUB EDITOR Siobhan Godwood SUB EDITOR Felicity Evans JUNIOR SUB EDITOR Elisha Young

CONTRIBUTORS Matthew Gooding, Charlotte Griffiths, Parminder Lally, Anna Lawlor, Charlotte Phillips, Sam Hyde

52 STEPPING UP TO THE PLATE

We speak to the people behind three of Cambridge’s hottest new restaurants.

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54 OUT OF OFFICE

ADVERTISING GROUP AD MANAGER Sam Scott-Smith 01223 499457 samscott-smith@bright-publishing.com AD SALES MANAGER Ed Grundy 01223 499463 edgrundy@bright-publishing.com

DESIGN & PRODUCTION DESIGN DIRECTOR Andy Jennings DESIGN MANAGER Alan Gray EDITORIAL DESIGN Emily Lancaster, Man-Wai Wong AD PRODUCTION Man-Wai Wong catalystads@bright-publishing.com

Where to spend that precious annual leave. This issue, we’re at The Swan, Lavenham.

58 OUT & ABOUT

MANAGING DIRECTORS Andy Brogden & Matt Pluck 01223 499450

Top events and cultural happenings around the city to look out for.

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