• Top of the Class, Elite Capital & Co

    After being awarded Infrastructure Project Finance Provider 2018, Henry Martin sits down with George Matharu President and CEO of Elite Capital & Co. Elite Capital & Co’s services are suitable for all types of Infrastructure Projects in either Greenfield (Pre Operations Stage) or Brownfield (Operations Stage) including but not limited
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  • The Rise of Tax Technology

    As new tax rules proliferate and governments call on companies to demonstrate greater tax transparency, corporate tax functions need to strengthen their tax determination, tax data management and tax reporting capabilities. This need drives more chief tax officers to weigh investments in cloud-based tax technology solutions. Getting the highest returns
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  • Economic Factor

    As an international and cosmopolitan city, Berlin attracts founders, entrepreneurs, investors and talented individuals from all over the world. James Brown interviews the CEO of Berlin's economic development organisation, Berlin Partner for Business and Technology, Dr. Stefan Franzke, regarding Brexit, the election of Trump and a city where the spirit
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  • Lisbon Hits the Top Spot

    1st Lisbon Forget London or Stockholm - everyone is upping sticks to the new capital of cool. Lisbon, once regarded as a second class city, promotes an enviable can-do entrepreneurial spirit and lays claim to the most exciting creative scene in mainland Europe right now. Undervalue Western Europe's oldest city at
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  • Direct Access

    Henry Martin interviews Michael Sturm, Managing Director at Invest in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern GmbH (Invest in MV) Henry Martin: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has a very established and reputable knowledge and skills base with both a solid research base and established clusters in advanced industry sectors. How do you consider these factors to influence potential
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  • Hamburg: Gateway to Europe

    Henry Martin spoke to Rolf Strittmatter, managing director of the HWF Hamburg Business Development Corporation. The UK’s decision to leave the European Union has led to insecurity and relocation considerations in the corporate world. It is widely anticipated that companies that generate their revenue mainly within the European Union will
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  • Leader of the Pack

    We speak with Mikael Spuhl, CEO at 3D Interactive Sthlm AB James Brown: Could you give us a brief introduction to AR and its benefits? The usual technical description of augmented reality (AR) is “a technology that layers computer generated enhancements on top of an existing reality”. I would introduce
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A Drop in the Ocean – Norway’s Gift That Keeps on Giving

ImageSituated at the southern tip of Western Norway, Stavanger isn’t exactly a huge place – as you’d probably hope for a town that acts as the de facto gateway to the impossibly beautiful Fjords.  The population of 121,000 could never be confused with, say, Sao Paolo or Tokyo; metropolis just doesn’t enter into the equation. 

 

In fact, you only begin to square with Stavanger’s profile once you understand the city’s nick name: the Petroleum Capital of Norway.  Except there are no nodding-donkey pump jacks here – and even fewer JR Ewing wannabes.  Nope, the black gold, Texas Tea, or whichever name you favour for oil is around 320 km southwest of Stavanger in the Ekofisk oil field.

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Greater Stavanger An energy adventure

ImageGreater Stavanger has excelled on the international scene. Known for its major contribution to the Norwegian success in the competitive global energy marketplace. Norway’s energy capital, Stavanger, is world leading within offshore petroleum industry activities, including contractor as well as service companies.

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Running of the Bulls – Spain’s renowned spectacle is in retreat

Bullfighter and bullSometime back in the early 1970s my family and I were holed up in a grand old hotel in Alicante having missed the flight home from a two week package holiday. 

 

We weren’t stranded for long – it was Sunday and funds couldn’t be wired until the following morning.  I know this because bullfighting was the only thing available on TV – the experience was indelibly etched upon my mind.
 

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The rise of pedal power

Man holding a bicycleAnyone who's spent time in one of the major cities in northern Europe will be familiar with the variety of municipal bike schemes on offer.  For years, community groups have promoted bicycle sharing as an easily accessible alternative to motorised travel, a way to reduce the environmental impact of commuting as well as enable residents to become healthier through exercise.  Recently, governments and public bodies have taken up the mantle, promoting bike sharing systems as part of 'intermodal transportation', allowing people to shift easily from other forms of transport to bicycle and back again. 

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Sochi 2014 – everything’s going to be all white

Black Sea, Sochi RussiaThe Olympic Games have long been used as a catalyst for urban planning and regeneration.  You need look no further than London’s 2012 games for evidence of that.  This particular event has given planners an unparalleled opportunity to revitalise Stratford in the city’s East End – effectively waving a magic wand over great swathes of parts of London that have underachieved for the last century.

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