• How We Got To Now

    This compelling BBC Two series sees popular science author Steven Johnson revealing the unsung heroes behind the innovations that shape our world today.
    On Saturday 7 March Johnson learns how a French scientist accidentally discovered neon light – and changed advertising forever.
    The following week, he reveals that Alexander Graham Bell thought the best use for his […]

  • Film: Unfinished Business

    The first rule is, show the client a good time.” This nugget of questionable wisdom lands US fledgling business owner Daniel Trunkman (Vince Vaughn) and his two colleagues (Dave Franco and Tom Wilkinson) in one pickle after another during a debauched business trip to Germany, as they attempt to close an important deal ahead of […]

  • Doing business in Guangzhou, China

    With desire for British goods and services in China strong, and Guangzhou voted the economic powerhouse’s “best city for business”, Director went to find out why this thriving economic hub is becoming such a big draw for UK companies
    China’s population numbers a staggering 1.4 billion. The country’s gross domestic product increased by 7.4 per cent […]

  • The businessperson’s Guangzhou guide

    With its luxurious hotels, vertiginous towers and gastronomic marvels, this prosperous metropolis is as seductive as ever

  • Cathay Pacific: Man to HKG

    Business-class flight review of Cathay Pacific from Manchester (MAN) to Hong Kong International (HKG)

  • The Hawksmoor, Manchester

    Foodies in Manchester were salivating with excitement when news broke that Hawksmoor – the top London steakhouse – would be opening a venue in the city on 5 March at The Courthouse building on Deansgate.
    The menu matches the rich, hearty decadence of the London branch: think starters such as Yorkshire puddings dipped in beef-dripping gravy, […]

  • Artificial intelligence

    Artificial intelligence fever is upon us again, with our increasingly wily ways of smartening up silicon prompting Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Elon Musk to issue warnings about super-intelligent robots. What happens when you weigh up the potential against the peril? Director asked the experts. 
    It was one giant step for computer-kind. In May 1997, a […]

  • Wearable technology

    With the Apple Watch set to go head to head with its smartwatch Android rival – the LG Watch Urbane – and the Wearable Technology Show at ExCel taking place in London on 10-11 March, this promises to be a red-letter month for wearable tech
    Ever since the Apple Watch was announced last year, there’s been […]

  • Maserati lists top 100 entrepreneur backers

    Luxury car manufacturer Maserati has teamed up with the Centre for Entrepreneurs (CFE) to celebrate the champions of British business.
    The rich diversity of British entrepreneurialism is the stand-out winner, with the announcement, by Maserati and the Centre for Entrepreneurs (CFE), of the Maserati 100 – a list of Britain’s business leaders doing the most to […]

  • Break out of Beijing

    The newly opened Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, an hour’s drive from Beijing, will give satisfying shape to a break from China’s frenetic capital. Those approaching the shores of Yanqi Lake at dusk, the best time to do so, are treated to an imposing silhouette nestling on the water’s edge. Located at the foot of Yanshan mountains, nearly […]

  • Crowdfunding grows up

    VentureFounders is out to “improve and professionalise” the crowdfunding industry in the UK. Co-founders James Codling and Paul Moravek tell Director how
    Crowdfunding – the raising of finance from a large group of people, often via the web – has proved to have numerous benefits for both entrepreneurs and investors.
    For the former, it provides access to […]

  • Bringing manufacturing home

    After years of offshoring, British businesses are now, according to a flurry of reports and one government initiative, bringing it back home en masse. Could reshoring be a shot in the arm for your company, not to mention the wider UK economy?
    According to former Financial Times columnist Marcus Gibson, “it was the greatest movement of […]