Data privacy – how I changed my mindset

I’ve been running a couple of different events on big data and cyber security recently, and it has got me thinking. Typically, as a Generation Y, I’ve grown up with technology and I’m hot on keeping my personal data secure. If anything, I’ve become a bit neurotic about it in recent years; I always check…

The pitfalls and perceptions that lead to poor recruitment decisions

A typical interview is “a conversation between 2 liars” says Claudio Fernandez Araoz, one of the most influential Executive Search Consultants in the world according to Business Week. His statement is not as far-fetched as you might think. How many interviews are played out by the interviewer welcoming the candidate to potential paradise whilst the…

In praise of our members….and networking

Cambridge Network held its quarterly ‘Making the Most of Membership’ meeting this month.   The lunchtime event is a chance for new members to see what we’re about before they decide to join as members. They also get to talk with a roomful of other people over lunch. Existing members come and meet us too, sometimes…

Enjoy the science on your doorstep

Despite personal enthusiasm, my science teachers – at high school in Canada –never managed to inject any colour into what I considered totally grey and dry subjects. Maths was a challenge I mastered with dogged perseverance, but for me, studying it and physics, chemistry and biology was always dutiful, never wholehearted. How different it might…

Cyber – The New Battleground?

Cyber warfare. The idea of the battle between businesses and thieves taking place on an intangible platform is one that’s not only hard to grasp in the first instance, but that’s moving so quickly we’re all struggling to keep up. We decided to take a look at this hot topic at a lunchtime meeting. We…

6 top tips on Employing Staff – writing the job ad and interviewing

There comes a time for most businesses when they need to recruit a new staff member. However, when job hunting or posting job vacancies via our Recruitment Gateway, we often see adverts that might not promote the job to their best ability or the right target market. Some people can have difficulty in making the…

Recruitment Gateway

This morning I attended one of our Breakfast Meetings which was focused on Employing staff, tips on writing job adverts and interviewing. All really relevant topics for me, given that my job role here at Cambridge Network is to look after our Recruitment Gateway. Richard from Whitehill Pelham spoke about advertising jobs initially, which was…

New developments in healthcare: industry meets emerging science

New technology to tackle a diverse range of issues in healthcare came to the fore at the latest Cambridge Network ‘Industry meets emerging science’ event. The second event in this series attracted more than 120 business people, who packed into the Hauser Forum West café to hear from 25 post-doctoral / PhD (and equivalent) researchers…

New Managers’ peer learning groups

I’ve just finished supporting the first of our New Managers’ peer learning groups, the first programme I’ve had the pleasure to be part of from the start. I loved it!   Facilitated by the talented and personable Colin Chrebelski from DGi, the group gave around 10 new managers the chance to meet up on a monthly…

IoT Healthcare – it’s already here and it’s not that ‘new’

Yesterday, I went to an extremely inspiring medical technology think tank; attended by academics, private and public sector innovators. The assembled great and good were convened by Peter Jarrit as a specific part of the NHS’s drive to deal with clinical needs in practical ways. Once I had waded though the almost impenetrable industry TLAs (three letter…

A day in the life of an events organiser

Ever wondered how we run our events? Last Tuesday, I started my day around 9am setting off to Norwich, picking up Belinda, Director of the Agri-Tech East initiative, and my boss! on the way. As soon as we arrive at the Norwich Research Park, we’re straight off to The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC). We’re meeting…