London’s Tech City Picks First 25 Firms For Help To Grow

European cities are starting to revive.” Saskia Sassen, a professor of sociology at Columbia University, is a firm believer in the Index. She said: “I think it’s the best ranking around. It’s the most detailed. It’s the most seriously done. Now it’s moving into capturing intangibles, which is not easy.” As the Index is a Tokyo-based ranking, committee members — not surprisingly — spoke at length about the rating of the Japanese capital. Tokyo’s strength lies in its economy with its market size, economic vitality and human capital. Another strength is its focus on ecology. What it lacks is its cultural resources, accessibility to airports, a reasonable cost of living, and market attractiveness. Heizo Takenaka, chairman of the Institute for Urban Strategies at The Mori Memorial Foundation, said: “We’re going to conquer deflation based on Abenomics. We’re going to realise fiscal consolidation based on Abenomics. We will make the economy grow faster based on Abenomics. In this regard, for example, hosting the Olympics will improve the soft power of our economy.” Professor Takenaka, who was Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister in the Junichiro Koizumi administration, currently supports Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in promoting industrial competitiveness. He elaborated: “Taking the opportunity of the Olympic Games, we will be able to accelerate deregulation, domestic reform. I had a talk with Prime Minister (Abe) on this point.” The committee gave recommendations about how Tokyo can take advantage of hosting the 2020 Olympic Games by increasing the number of hotel rooms, in particular, high class hotel rooms, increasing international flights and passengers, as well as expanding job opportunities and increasing wages.

London calling for Bethel-Thompson again

CDT, October 16, 2013 LONDON (Reuters) – Tech City, a government-backed body promoting London’s technology hub, on Thursday picked a first 25 British-based online businesses, in sectors such as property, fashion and leisure, to receive help to grow into major companies. It chose firms including travel search engine Skyscanner, property business Zoopla and games company Mind Candy – with its Moshi Monsters brand – to get public and private support with the aim of becoming international companies that could eventually be listed or bought out by Internet giants. The programme involves the Tech City Investment Organisation, which was set up to attract investment to the “Silicon Roundabout” area on the edge of London’s City financial district. Its “Future Fifty” scheme was launched in April, by finance minister George Osborne and Tech City’s chief executive Joanna Shields, to mentor companies and provide business development assistance such as legal advice and accountancy. A second batch of 25 companies will be announced in December, Shields said. “The fact that we’ve got such a great cohort of companies moving through this programme … is testament to the fact that if you are going to start a business, this is a great place to do it,” said Shields, a former head of social media group Facebook’s operations in Europe. The year-long programme will provide press and promotional backing, educational content and specially designed events. London’s technology hub is attracting foreign companies, with Chinese mobile gaming company Rekoo the latest to announce it would open an office in the area. (Reporting by Li-mei Hoang and Paul Sandle; Editing by Anthony Barker) Copyright 2013, Reuters

— McLeod Bethel-Thompson is on the cusp of making history. It’s fitting it will happen in Wembley Stadium, where his family has golden history. Bethel-Thompson Bethel-Thompson was a backup quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings when they played Pittsburgh in London on Sept. 29. Barring a roster move in the coming days, he will head back to London to become the first player to be on a roster in England twice in the same season. The 49ers, who claimed the San Francisco native off waivers from Minnesota last week, play Jacksonville at Wembley on Oct. 27. Bethel-Thompson will be a story for the English media again. Last month, he was popular there because his maternal grandfather, Wilbur “Moose” Thompson won the gold medal in the 1948 Olympics in the shot put at Wembley Stadium. “I got some interviews for sure,” Bethel-Thompson said of his September visit to Wembley. “They love their Olympics over there.” His grandfather is 93 and living in Southern California. He will not attend the game, nor did he when Bethel-Thompson was wearing purple. He does have a cousin teaching in Austria and she went to the Vikings-Steelers game. “She’s hit me up for tickets again,” he said with a laugh. Bethel-Thompson realized he’ll be heading back to London shortly after he was claimed by the 49ers on Oct.

London cabs will promote Philadelphia

The campaign was launched this week by Mayor Michael Nutter and the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau. Email | Twitter | Google+ | LinkedIn London cabs are bearing advertising promoting Philadelphia. The campaign launched this week by the city, the airport and the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau is promoting Philadelphia as a destination for trade, conventions and leisure travel. Next month Mayor Michael Nutter will take a trade mission to London and Tel Aviv, Israel. In London, hell attend the World Travel Market trade show, where some 47,000 travel professionals are expected. Philadelphia will have a group at the London show, including Jack Ferguson , president and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau. The delegation will host an event for airline executives, urging them to add international flights to Philadelphia International Airport a move that could net business and leisure travelers. Through these relationships, we will attract new international travelers, students, investment and trade opportunities for Philadelphia businesses, and create new jobs for Philadelphians, Nutter said. Nutter and Ferguson will attend the World Travel Markets ministerial dinner on Nov. 5. It will include tourism ministers from around the world. The magnitude of this mission is powerful with so many partners from various business sectors coming together to promote our great city as a hub for trade, travel, education and innovation, while positioning Philadelphia a world-class destination, Ferguson said. As part of the promotional effort, 11 London taxis have been wrapped with Philadelpia messaging and images, which will also appear on interior headrests and taxi receipts. Other partners on the trade mission include the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Valley Forge Convention & Visitors Bureau. Page 1