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Sir Richard Branson Debates Future of UK Business with Leading Brands and Start-Ups

Sir Richard Branson Debates Future of UK Business with Leading Brands and Start-Ups

STARTUPS – Social media-integrated shop mirrors, changes to our food chains, and 3D printed clothes are just some of the “visions” of the future of UK business, according to a discussion by entrepreneurs and start-ups at the Vision 30/30 event led by Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Media Business today.

Hosted at Southbank’s County Hall, the event aimed to consider the challenges, breakthroughs and trends of the next 30 years of enterprise and concentrated on six key sectors; healthcare, retail, food, media and entertainment, fashion and beauty, and social enterprise.

30 start-ups, including food delivery service Packed Munches and menswear service The Chapar, joined with business leaders from brands and organisations such as All Saints, Buzzfeed and The World Retail Congress, to debate what their industry will look like by 2044.

Following a brainstorm session on the EDF Energy London Eye, each industry group shared their “visions” of the future with several insights for the retail and fashion sectors including nanotechnology; sensory tech embedded into the fabric of our clothes which can tell us if we’re lacking vitamins or putting on too much weight.

Additional predictions for the retail sector included the smart-shop mirror, dubbed “mirror mirror on the wall” by Sir Branson, which would be integrated with social media networks to allow your friends to log on and share their opinion on the outfit you’re trying on, as well as 3D-printed clothes and shoes, and co-created garments.

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