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- The UK tops Forbes’ Best Countries for Business 2018 list (Forbes) Full list.
- London’s tech scene pulls in record £2.5bn in 2017 venture capital bonanza (City AM covers Pitchbook and London & Partners research)
- UK productivity grows at quickest pace in six years (FT)
- Government launches SME complaint handling service for late payments (Economia) Read more and register complaints here.
- DeepMind and Founders Forum leaders among New Year’s honours tech stars (The Memo)
- Pro-diversity group Diversity VC is planning to expand to the US(Business Insider)
- Boost in reputation of British business as CBI survey reveals increase in confidence among the young (Daily Mail covers CBI polling)
- Entrepreneurs must invest in themselves, not just their business(Jim Cregan, co-founder, Jimmy’s Iced Coffee)
- The other tech bubble (Erin Griffith, senior writer, Wired)
- What 2018 has in store for UK tech (Russ Shaw, founder, Tech London Advocates)
- Will the National Living Wage spur automation? We live in hope(Benedict Dellot, associate director, RSA)
- Why the tech giants are nothing to fear (Tim Worstall, senior fellow, Adam Smith Institute)
- Some good news, for once (Bill Gates)
- Independent: How Sweden became one of the most innovative countries on earth
- The Next Web: We built a 650 person tech hub in less than a year: Here’s what happened (Robert Gaal, managing director, TQ)
- Tech.eu: A deep dive into the Athens startup ecosystem
- Techcrunch: A look back at the year that the Sub-Saharan African startup scene found its stride