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Issue 1: EUROPE

Business innovation occasionally arises out of sheer inspiration but all creatives need the time and resources to explore ideas

In on the ground

Cities thrive only if they allow creative people to regenerate decaying areas

Sir James Dyson, pictured driving a Mini
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Creative drive

A surge in innovation is possible but it demands more than tax breaks and education schemes

Ivanka Milenkovic
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Opportunity mushrooms

Since the downturn, funding to central and eastern Europe has been in short supply. But start-ups are finding help from new initiatives

Go figure

Countries that excel at problem-solving encourage critical thinking as well as factual learning

Blowing in the wind

How can the EU cash-in on its innovations? The answer is obvious, it must spend more on R&D

LET L410 aircraft
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Soaraway successes

There are many reasons why clusters of innovation and excellence are developing across Europe

Norbert Wangen’s kitchen cube design

Counter intelligence

Europe is declining as a manufacturing power but niche companies that expand and invest wisely can buck the trend

Streaming saved the radio star

Spotify is helping to revive the fortunes of the global music industry

Model behaviour

Its heritage is renowned but the design industry must adapt to thrive

Come together

Business can take up the slack in arts funding, and reap its own reward

Arts counsel

Schools, business and politicians must encourage creative pursuits

Nota Bene

Business innovation occasionally arises out of sheer inspiration but all creatives need the time and resources to explore ideas

extended reading

London reasserts its film post-production reputation

UK capital combines technological advances with artistic innovation

Gadget helps drivers get a grip on bike awareness

An electronic system notifies drivers when cyclists are nearby

Fonetic picks up fraud from voice analytics

Software monitors telephone conversations for market abuse and unwanted behaviour

EyeTechCare advances glaucoma treatment

Company’s ultrasound technology increases precision in targeting disease

Dyson and Siemens join graphene push

Efforts to bring graphene-based products out of the laboratory and into the marketplace are gathering pace

Danish group’s small robots are a big hit

Technological advances by Universal Robots boost field of robotics

Swedish entrepreneur’s shopfront site takes off

Group’s site adds 40,000 stores in 100 countries

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