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Watson steps up to succeed at Ignite

It’s change at the top at the Ignite tech accelerator, with Paul Smith stepping down as chief executive at the now-nationwide programme. Smith’s successor, Tristan Watson, tells us his plans – including a new follow-on fund coming on stream this summer.

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Almanac finds 200 in class of 2015

In case you missed it, we’ve just published TechCityinsider’s annual printed Almanac. It features interviews with 200 tech business leaders from across the UK. Who’s on this year’s list, and where are they?

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Making the London-Lebanon link

Fifteen Lebanese tech entrepreneurs arrived in the UK in November to take part in a six-month initaitive to help them break into international markets. Nicolas Sehnaoui, chairman of the new UK Lebanon Tech Hub, explains why.

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Black Friday leaves firms at risk

Brits spent over £12,000 a second online during the Black Friday weekend. Yet, as the weekend shopping blitz subsides, it was clear that some of big high street names eschewed the flash sale in favour of discounting long before. David Richards takes a view.

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$33m validates Brandwatch and Brighton

TECH FUNDAMENTALS: This week’s news that social media intelligence business Brandwatch had raised $33m in financing is an enormous validation for the social media intelligence sector, for SaaS – and for the company’s home city of Brighton, says CEO Giles Palmer.

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Silicon Gorge comes of age

TECH NATION: Bristol & Bath is busily staking its claim as one of the UK’s fastest-growing tech clusters. Nick Sturge of the SETsquared business acceleration centre reports.

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London’s tech-led creative renaissance

This summer’s decision by Tech London Advocates to launch a new creative tech working group reflects the rise of technology-led creative businesses in and beyond the capital. Kay Hutchison, leading the new group, explains.

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Cuba embarks on digital revolution

Cuba is coming in to the modern world after decades of US embargo against Castro’s communist rule – and the Caribbean island is now staking its claim as the region’s new tech startup hub. Timothy Ashby and Rosemary Forsyth reflect on a recent UKTI trip and the big tech challenges facing the country.

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Big Brother Watch is watching you

DATA DRIVEN: Big data may offer near-endless commercial opportunities. But if the technology industry is to remain credible, individual privacy must always come before profit, says Big Brother Watch director Emma Carr.

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Oxford’s silicon spire dreams grow

TECH NATION: TechCityinsider has been reporting this month on some of the most promising tech startups to emerge from the university city of Oxford. Roy Azoulay of the Isis Software Incubator offers an update the city’s startup successes in 2015.

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