News in brief: connected cities, Malaysia, Singapore, 'bleisure' travel

News in brief
News in brief

UK businesses to pitch to Malaysia and Singapore

Ten British businesses with an expertise in connected cities are to visit Malaysia and Singapore to pitch their ideas to government, fellow businesses and investors as part of a mission organised by Innovate UK and UK Trade and Investment (UKTI).

Their expertise ranges from smart street lighting to seamless ticketing, intelligent building management, mapping and security systems. The ten companies taking part are:

  • Aralia Systems Ltd
  • Block Dox Ltd
  • Bronze Software Labs Ltd
  • The Carbon Trust
  • Demand Logic
  • Design for Social Change Ltd
  • Multipass UK Ltd
  • Ordnance Survey International
  • Preliminal Limited
  • Telensa Ltd

South East Asia is at the forefront of the connected cities sector, and the businesses will visit incubators, private businesses and government and have the opportunity to pitch to investors.

Lead technologist for urban living at Innovate UK Niraj Saraf said: “These companies’ innovations are key to addressing the challenges that large cities face. These challenges include growing populations, increased demand for energy and the integration of technology into citizens’ everyday lives.

“We believe these companies have huge growth potential and may become a vital part of the global connected cities industry in the near future.”

Businesses leaving employees unprotected on overseas trips

Almost three quarters (72%) of business travellers bolt-on additional leisure days to their trips, but many may be doing so without the protection of their firm.

According to a study commissioned by Collinson Group highlights that despite 89% of companies allowing this so called ‘bleisure’ travel, almost a third (31%) do not extend the protection offered by their corporate travel risk policy, to cover these additional days.

With the average corporate traveller saying they extend their business trips by five days overall a year, the findings raise concerns that employers may not be fulfilling their Duty of Care obligations to employees. It also means staffers could be spending added time abroad under the misguided belief that they are protected.

Collinson Group is urging employers to ensure the matter of leisure stays is addressed within the organisation’s corporate travel policy and to understand from their insurer or broker what exactly is, or is not backed by the terms and conditions of their company insurance policy.