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The War Against Single-Use Plastics

29th June 2018

 

The war against plastic waste has taken another small but important step forward this week when the UK’s fourth largest supermarket chain Morrisons have announced they are replacing all plastic bags in the loose fruit and vegetable section with “traditional” paper bags...

 

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Talent attraction for the digital economy: Vermont Style

8th June 2018

 

Talent Attraction to any city, region or place is an essential requirement for today’s innovation and knowledge-based economies. It can also help form the life blood for developing and sustaining local economies. Every region and city has...

 

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The Rise of Solar Power in 2017

11th April 2018

 

A new report shows that 2017 was a landmark year for the development of solar power generation, as 98 gigawatts of new solar power projects were commissioned around the world, which is in excess of the net additions of coal, gas and nuclear power plants combined...

 

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The Cape Town Water Crisis

31st January 2018

 

The current water crisis gripping Cape Town should be seen as a wake-up call to all of us, on the importance of water conservation and how changing weather patterns and population shift can quickly create problems in this essential supply....

 

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The Left Handed Fiddler

10th November 2017

 

As part of our work in the field of Cultural and Historic Place Development, the fourLINK team are pleased to present Angus Grant, the famous Gaelic left-handed fiddler talking about....

 

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The Production of Trends

9th January 2018

 

Back in the not-to-distant past known as 2016, a local trend hit the mainstream: the Danish term "Hygge" perfectly embodies the emotion that additionally associates us with Scandinavia. The term “hygge” doesn’t literally translate...

 

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Immigrant Incubators

28th September 2017

 

The fourLINK team have today returned from an inaugural workshop to discuss the creation of immigrant incubators, in order to support the recent arrivals into Europe. Based on our work with SME’s, incubators and refugee accommodation...

 

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Follow Up and Keep in Touch – the Magic of Networking

25th August 2017

 

The truth is, to go out and meet new people, to make new connections - in other words - networking, is not always prioritised in many business models or....

 

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Visitor Centres – Designed for the Future

20th April 2017

 

By now every country has at least one facility commonly known as a visitor centre. As the name itself suggests, it is a place focused on the visitor to that place or attraction. But not just any centre; it is a place which reflects the sense of a local asset....

 

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Climate change influence on the Historic Environment

11th Janaury 2017

 

We think that most of you will agree that climate is not the same as it was in the last century. Our grandparents - even parents - are saying that they had different climate conditions; winters with...

 

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Some Swedish town halls are in for a big surprise…

14th December 2016

 

Some Swedish town halls are in for a big surprise - and not of the good kind. Almost all Swedes know that their country is currently experiencing the worst housing shortage ever...

 

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The Rise of the Mini Grid in Kenya

15th November 2016

 

The Kenyan Government are addressing the increasing demand for reliable and affordable electricity supplies to rural areas through the encouragement of decentralised mini grids...

 

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Passive House Explained in 90 seconds

10th November 2016

 

The Passive House standard was first agreed in May 1988 through a series of test projects. The first built examples were constructed in Darmsted, Germany in 1990, as a row of four terraced houses...

 

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3 out of 6 European Cities Top the 2016 Housing Bubble List

29th September 2016

 

The UBS Global Real Estate Bubble Index has just been published and reports that a number of housing markets around the world are seriously overheating, with six at significant risk of being property bubbles...

 

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Volunteer Management

20th September 2016

 

Everyone knows the term “volunteering.” It is considered something highly valuable if it's on your CV. Simply as a reference to promote yourself as a professional who has - besides your regular job...

 

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Execute, Execute, Execute!

6th September 2016

 

We are often approached by potential clients looking for support to get their projects off the ground. Generating ideas, weather for tech-startups, property developments, strategic project development...

 

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Thinking Innovation

29th August 2016

 

July 10th is the 160th birthday of Nikola Tesla, the inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist...

 

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Chasing Ghosts and Selling Fog

15th April 2016

 

One of the joys of working in the consultancy industry is that we meet and interact with a large number of people all of the world every day. We are often introduced to and meet new connections...

 

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European Union Funds for Rural Development

10th May 2016

 

Western and Northern European countries like Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Spain, and the Scandinavian countries are not only the most developed countries of Europe...

 

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Secured by Design for Housing

11th April 2016

 

 

Secured by Design is an official Police security initiative within the United Kingdom which has been developed over a number of years to guide new build developments with proven design practices which help create safer and more secure environments....

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The Challenge of Gaining the Title: European Capital of Culture

30th March 2016

 

The European Capital of Culture (ECoC) initiative was conceived in 1983 with the aim of highlighting Europes' common history and culture, and the richness...

 

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From Food Waste to Green Buses

18th March 2016

 

A quiet revolution has been taking place in Sweden where fossil fuel has almost entirely been phased out of public transport and city owned vehicles in the country’s third largest city...

 

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Urban Future Conference: March 2016 in Graz, Austria

10th March 2016

 

We have recently returned from the Urban Future Conference which was a two-day event held in Graz, Austria...

 

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Management of Cultural Infrastructure – Historic Cities

1st March 2016

 

When thinking about the meaning and concept of a city, we often have in our minds tall buildings, lights, crowds and a lot of buzz. If we go back in history...

 

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European Union Structural and Investment Funds

28th February 2016

 

The role of the European Union is under a lot of scrutiny at the moment, and so in this blog we explore a positive aspect and explain what is required for an application for European Union Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)...

 

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The Uninterested Stakeholder

17th February 2016

 

One of the key skills on all of the projects we work on at fourLINK is stakeholder management. We simply cannot develop and deliver projects in isolation without engaging stakeholders in the process...

 

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The Microhouse in Sweden: Attefallshus

15th February 2016

 

Like most northern European countries, Sweden has a large demand for affordable residential accommodation which the market is struggling to provide. In late 2013 investigations...

 

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Destination Management Organisations

26th February 2016

 

When thinking about the meaning and concept of a city, we often have in our minds tall buildings, lights, crowds and a lot of buzz. If we go back in history...

 

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Refugee Accommodation in Sweden

20th February 2016

 

fourLINK have recently been working with with accommodation solutions for refugees arriving in Sweden. The plight of millions of displaced Syrian citizens around the world has continued to...

 

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Cultural Policy in Government

17th February 2016

 

When thinking about the meaning and concept of a city, we often have in our minds tall buildings, lights, crowds and a lot of buzz. If we go back in history...

 

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Smart Cities in Croatia

5th February 2016

 

As we work extensively with helping smart cities develop in sustainable ways we wanted to share some experience from this field. The aim of this article is to explain and demonstrate some...

 

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Public Procurement: the good and the bad

11th January 2016

 

We were recently discussing the challenges and opportunities which Public Procurement can bring. As a consultant we’ve worked for many years around the world on the client “buyer” side where we’ve issued...

 

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