Scotland’s digital award entries up by half thanks to tech industry growth

March 16th, 2016

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• Record number of entries – 50% increase in entries on 2015
• 15 categories including 3 new awards for 2016
• Award ceremony – 20th April, Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow

ScotlandIS, the trade association championing the digital technologies industry, has released the shortlist for the hotly contested 2016 Digital Technology Awards.

The awards, now in their sixth year, celebrate the talent and ideas abundant in Scotland’s world-class digital technologies industry. This year the awards received a record number of entries, reflecting the health of the sector.
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David Purvis to power operations at RMD

March 3rd, 2016

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One of the UK’s leading data centre infrastructure specialists has appointed a new head of operations to support the company’s growth in 2016 and beyond.

Alloa-based RMD has strengthened its management team with the recruitment of David Purvis, who joins from infrared sensor specialist Pyreos where he was senior director of global sales.

With a background in engineering and over 20 years of sales and customer support experience, David Purvis will be responsible for planning and controlling change at RMD as well as working closely with external marketing, design and PR consultants.
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Discovering Digital World roadshow for all ages comes to Dundee

March 3rd, 2016

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From ethical hacking to virtual reality, Dundee is at the cutting edge of digital technology and this Thursday (3 March) people of all ages can learn how they could be part of this growing sector.

Leading industry professionals and Scottish technology businesses have teamed up with Skills Development Scotland and Young Scot to offer an insight into the wide variety of careers in this constantly evolving industry. The roadshow is coming to Dundee as part of the Discovering Digital World series, which will visit eight towns and cities across Scotland between February and May.
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Hot Tin Roof selects the top ten coffees in Edinburgh

March 3rd, 2016

Last week the cats of Hot Tin Roof became ambassadors for Brew Lab’s new coffee shop in the West End – a short hop from our office! With 10 free coffees, we are loving the chance to sample the goods on offer at the garage-turned-cafe.

Edinburgh’s independent coffee scene is booming, with Brew Lab being one of many lip-smackingly good options the city has to offer. We decided to put our caffeine addiction to good use and draw up our list of the ten best coffees we’ve found in and around the city.

Cairngorm 41A Frederick St, Edinburgh

This is one of our favourites! Cairngorm is tucked away from the bustling George St and has a very unassuming exterior. Inside it has limited seating but a relaxed atmosphere including some jazz classics and hip, filament lights. The coffee is tasty, and their toasted sandwiches are legendary.

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Girls into Digital World launches at Microsoft Scotland

March 1st, 2016

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An innovative role model programme dedicated to encouraging more girls to challenge convention and pursue digital careers launches today (1 March) at Microsoft’s Scottish HQ.

‘Girls into Digital World’ is a three-day programme of activities to inspire and engage girls in S3 take up digital careers, running in Edinburgh from 15-17 March 2016.

A group of 36 girls chosen from across Edinburgh will participate in the programme of visits, talks with role models, and “hands on” activities with employers. The new initiative will be run by Skills Development Scotland with partners Microsoft, Standard Life, Edinburgh College and Heriot Watt University.
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Anderson Strathern Asset Management Appoints Donald Barlow as Senior Investment Manager

February 29th, 2016

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Wealth management firm, Anderson Strathern Asset Management, has announced the appointment of Donald Barlow to its investment team. He takes up the position of Senior Investment Manager, and will be drawing on his institutional and private client investment background.

Barlow brings with him 18 years of experience in the financial services industry. He has previously held the positions of Senior Research Analyst and Investment Manager at Martin Currie. He was also Assistant Investment Analyst in Clydesdale Bank’s Private Client Solutions business, and worked in private client roles at Tilney Investment Management and Edinburgh Fund Managers. More recently, he was an Investment Writer at Standard Life Investments.
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CodeClan becomes UK’s first accredited digital skills academy

February 24th, 2016

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Scotland’s only digital skills academy has become the first in the UK to offer its students a Professional Development Award (PDA) from the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

CodeClan teaches students to code software in an intensive 16-week course and will be the first educational facility in the world to offer SQA’s internationally recognised (PDA) in Software Development.

CodeClan has been instrumental in working alongside SQA to establish this new award, which will be available at three levels on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF levels 7, 8 and 9). The new PDA will also be available to all SQA approved educational and training facilities.

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A day in the life of Shay

February 23rd, 2016

Shay is the newest cat and originally hails from the antipodes. She has decided to brave the slightly cooler climes of the Hot Tin Roof office. We asked her why and other questions.

Here’s what she said:

How did you end up working at Hot Tin Roof and how long have you been here?

There is actually some background to this. I worked in a PR agency in Brisbane for a number of years but decided to take time off to satisfy my travel bug and backpack through Europe. I enjoyed an incredible four months of travel and ended up meeting my Edinburgh-local partner who followed me back to Australia. When his Visa expired, we travelled through the US before arriving in Edinburgh just before Christmas in 2015. I’m a newbie at Hot Tin Roof, but I am loving it here and loving the Edinburgh lifestyle.

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Tell us what it’s like to work at Hot Tin Roof in Tweet format.

The original stone walls may be cold, but the constant flow of tea is hot, fuelling the unremitting typing of the cats.

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Tech body calls for focus on growth in Scottish Parliament Election 2016 manifesto

February 19th, 2016

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ScotlandIS is calling on all political parties to focus on fostering growth in the digital technologies sector as it launches its manifesto ahead of the Scottish Parliament election.

Describing the sector as ‘the invisible industry that is changing the world’, the trade body says that better connectivity for every citizen, a workforce equipped for the future and greater digital inclusion will help Scotland to achieve its potential as a digital nation. It also highlights three significant opportunities for growth: exports, data science, and cybersecurity.
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Scottish school students celebrate launch of political app in London

February 3rd, 2016

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A group of Scottish school students have turned their creative technology idea into reality after winning a dragon’s den style competition to design apps that solve real world problems.
The students from Wick High School are travelling to London for the official launch of their award-winning app at The Barbican on 4 February alongside six other Apps for Good teams from across the UK.
Wick High School’s One Click Politics app, which is designed to get young people tuned in to the political world, won the ‘Information’ category at the national Apps for Good Awards in June 2015.

Since then, the team has been working with agency partners to develop their concept professionally and the app will be available to download from Google’s Play Store this week.
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TenTel appoints Finance Director and Customer Director

February 1st, 2016

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Challenger telecoms company TenTel has announced two senior appointments as the business gears up for rapid expansion in 2016.

Daniel Halliday, who has been with TenTel since 2014, has been promoted to Finance Director and Scott Mackay has joined as Customer Director. These appointments complete the company’s senior management team and follow its growth from just three staff to over 50 employees in under two years.

A disruptive player in the industry, TenTel specialises in no contract and short-term contract telephone and broadband, a concept that has proved popular with the lettings market. The company recently moved to new premises in the Edinburgh area, creating 40 jobs as it continues to increase its customer base with over 1,000 customers joining every month.
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It’s 2016 and we are hiring – PR Account Manager

January 8th, 2016

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Edinburgh’s vibrant digital technology sector is fizzing with startup fever and everyone is on the look out for companies that will disrupt the status quo. Hot Tin Roof works with entrepreneurial, ambitious and innovative companies. Our aim is to be part of the next big thing.

As one of a small team of PR professionals, you will be responsible for planning and implementing PR strategies for a diverse portfolio of clients, as well as supporting other PR consultants within the team.

We are looking someone with:

• a proven track record of managing and leading accounts and team members
• strong writing media and social media skills
• an entrepreneurial mind-set and a positive, give it a go attitude
• proven experience in consumer and B2B PR agencies

We believe that Account Managers are the core of the business and empower them so they can effectively deliver on client objectives and contribute to the businesses’ long term objectives.

The successful candidate will be highly motivated, a self-starter with a proven track record in B2B and B2C Agency, as well as account management, staff management, media relations, writing, press contacts and client liaison skills.

For further information please contact [email protected]

To apply please send your CV and a covering letter for the attention of Sarah Lee to [email protected] by Friday 29 January.

Interviews will take place during the second week of February.

Hot Tin Roof picks 10 Favourite PR Stunts of 2015

January 8th, 2016

With 2016 well underway, we decided to look back over some of the weirdest, wackiest and most wonderful PR stunts that were pulled off across the globe in 2015.

As PR professionals, it was a tough choice but we managed to narrow it down to our favourite 10…

Kiwi Birthday!

As a team of travel lovers, we were totally won over by Air New Zealand’s 75th birthday celebrations. The airline marked the occasion by teaming up with STA Travel to offer 100 return flights for £75. People went crazy for the offer with some even camping outside STA’s London Victoria branch for two days to snag cheap tickets. With 50 on sale in store and the rest available over the phone and on social media, those keen to bag a bargain needed to act fast!

 

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Scotland’s Digital Technology Oscars Open for Entries

January 5th, 2016

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The ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards 2016 are now open for entries with a hat trick of new categories up for grabs.

A new ‘CEO of the year’ award has been introduced for 2016 to recognise the exceptional role played by CEO’s in delivering the vision, growth and profitability for their companies and their contribution to the Scottish economy.

Meanwhile, a new ‘Education provider/training programme’ gong will highlight and celebrate the work being done throughout Scotland to incubate the digital technology skills that the industry needs to continue growing. Read the rest of this entry »

Young Scot and Skills Development Scotland join forces for Digital World tour

December 11th, 2015

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A series of interactive roadshows has been launched to showcase the exciting possibilities on offer to young people in Scotland if they pursue a career in digital technology.

Discovering Digital World is a partnership between national youth charity Young Scot and My World of Work, Skills Development Scotland’s online careers information and advice service.

Aimed primarily at secondary school pupils in year groups s1-s3, the innovative series of events will provide attendees with hands-on workshops, masterclasses and engaging demonstrations testing out products and dabbling in coding, design and developing.
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The Ho-Ho-Hot Tin Roof Christmas wish list.

December 10th, 2015

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We’ve been good all year, honest. In light of this we’ve decided to let Santa know what the cats would like to see nestling under that tree when the big day arrives:

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Please, please may I have a 1965 Jaguar E-Type Coupe in primrose yellow? I would pop Alfie in the back, pick Lee up and take off for the most marvelous adventures!

First we tour Scotland, calling in to meet friends and visit special places, before dropping down through England, seeing family on the way and then over onto mainland Europe.

Travelling light, we’ll buy what we need as we go. Stopping for breath in bustling cities and dawdling through drowsy backwaters. We will not be in a hurry to leave or arrive.
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First Lego League Inspires 1,000 Scottish Children to Revel in Robotics

December 7th, 2015

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Lambda Jam and the RSE Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) have been building on the success of last year’s FIRST LEGO League (FLL) to bring the enjoyment of robotics to 1,000 Scottish schoolchildren.

The young master builders and inventors have been gearing up to put their robots and ideas to the test at tournaments across the country.

Working in teams, children aged 9 – 16 have spent three months designing, building and programming Lego robots, which are capable of tackling a variety of set missions.

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It’s winter but this is not the time to think about hibernating

December 5th, 2015

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Alec Stewart, Anderson Strathern Asset Management

I spotted a bear in Princes Street Gardens last week. Not something I was expecting to see. But a bear none-the-less.

As the wind bites and the vagaries of Scottish weather continue to perplex I feel a bout of conviction coming on and would strongly advise all bears to go into hibernation and let the bulls run.

I’m sure that I’m not the only fund manager to say it has been a trying year for the markets. By being vanilla but acting with a degree of conviction, when we felt it was the right thing to do, we still managed to outperform the market.
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CodeClan appoints Polly Purvis as first Chair

December 1st, 2015

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One of the leading figures in the Scottish digital technologies industry has been appointed Chair of CodeClan, Scotland’s first digital skills academy.

Polly Purvis, chief executive of trade body ScotlandIS, which works on behalf of its members in the digital technologies sector, will bring more than 15 years of industry experience to the board as CodeClan’s first Chair.

Purvis was one of the project team behind the creation of CodeClan, working to meet aggressive time targets to attract its first students, and she will continue to play an active role in determining its future direction.

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Scottish teenagers get the lowdown on Cyber Crime this Christmas

December 1st, 2015

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The next generation of Scottish tech stars will have the chance to learn about cyber security and hacking prevention this Christmas through a series of fun and informative lectures.

Over 2000 secondary school pupils from across Scotland are lined up to attend the annual Cyber Security Christmas Lectures hosted by five top universities. The organisers aim to inspire more young people to consider a career in cyber security and Scotland’s wider digital technologies sector.

Cyber security has never been more important and cyber-crime is costing UK firms an average of £4.1 million per incident, up from £3.07 million in 20131. And according to a recent PwC report2, 38% more security incidents were detected in 2015 than in the previous year, and theft of “hard” intellectual property increased 56%. Read the rest of this entry »

ScotlandIS appoints North East Scotland representative Allan Sutherland

November 30th, 2015

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ScotlandIS, the trade body for the digital technologies industry, has announced the appointment of Allan Sutherland, as its Grampian Co-ordinator.

Sutherland will play a key role in promoting and lobbying on behalf of the digital technology sector in the North East and Aberdeen. Home to tech success stories including Internet for Business, Codify and Inoapps, amongst many others, the industry is continuing to raise its profile and importance to the Scottish economy, in the North East

In 2014 Aberdeen and the North East is estimated to have contributed 12% to Scotland’s GDP, a figure which is predicted to increase in 2015. The region is one of the top 20 in Europe for value of economic output per head of population. The ScotlandIS Grampian Co-ordinator role was created in response to the growing importance of the area’s digital technologies sector and to provide a northern representative for its members.
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Record year for LEWIS as agency says hello to new home

November 26th, 2015

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LEWIS, the award-winning digital and design agency, has revealed record annual results, with an increase in turnover to £1.6m

The figures, for the period 2014 – 2015, come as the fast-growing firm enters a new chapter in its four-decade history. Having grown steadily over recent years, LEWIS has outgrown its base in Leith, prompting a move to larger offices overlooking the waterfront and creating three new jobs. The agency has also unveiled a fresh new brand complete with new website.

Over the last year, LEWIS has expanded its portfolio with new clients including Dynamic Earth and National Museums Scotland. It has continued its ongoing relationship with top brands including ScottishPower, Santander and Royal London. Read the rest of this entry »

Sportpursuit.com receives further funding from Scottish Equity Partners to accelerate international expansion

November 23rd, 2015

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SportPursuit.com, the flash sales website for premium outdoor and sports gear, today announces a Series C investment round of £9.5m from Scottish Equity Partners (SEP), Grafton Capital and Draper Esprit.

Established in 2011, London based SportPursuit runs week long deals from over 1,000 of the world’s leading outdoor and sports brands including Berghaus, Marmot, Arc’teryx, Under Armour, Garmin, and GoPro, offering discounts of 40-70% off RRP. The deals are exclusive to SportPursuit and prices are guaranteed to be the best in the market.

SportPursuit operates in the market for the clearance of high-end sports apparel which is estimated at over £10 billion per annum across Europe. By delivering a broad range of quality brands online, with high customer satisfaction and strong repeat business, SportPursuit is well placed to take a substantial share of this significant opportunity.
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University of Glasgow researchers make an impact in 60 seconds to win science storytelling award

November 20th, 2015

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Edinburgh based informatics company, Aridhia, today announced the winners of its first Impact in Sixty Seconds competition, in partnership with The University of Glasgow College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences (MVLS) and Glasgow City of Science.

Early-career researchers from MVLS were invited to submit an engaging, dynamic and compelling 60 second video illuminating an aspect of their research. This was an opportunity for students to present their work in simple terms that anyone could understand, even the general public.

The award recognises the importance of engagement and communication between innovative collaborations in the field of medical science. It promotes the pivotal role of open innovation in preparing UK researchers to face future challenges when undertaking collaborative research.
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Mobile is changing data and data is changing mobile.

November 10th, 2015

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When was the last time you went a day without checking your smartphone? Or even an hour? According to Ofcom, over 60% of Scots own a smartphone and more than half of us say mobile is our preferred means of getting online. Such devices are now so firmly entrenched in our society that it’s hard to remember a time before we had them.

With the increased use of mobile comes an avalanche of data generated, captured and analysed. What does this mean for the way brands interact with us, as the marketers track every click and swipe?

Ian Hammond, head of analytics at big data analytics company Aquila Insight takes a look at how data will change mobile and vice versa:

1. Get busy living

Many of us already rely on our phones to run our lives. We use our mobiles to complete everything from our weekly shop, telling Tivo to record Strictly while we’re in the pub and our phones are collecting data 24/7. This means that mobile servicer providers, such as O2 and EE, are a major source of marketing information and they could eventually become the biggest. Traditional recipients of our data such as retail banks will become disenfranchised if they fail to adapt.
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First Hamsin wind turbines go Live on Orkney as developers seek new sites

November 4th, 2015

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The first phase of Orkney’s new fully funded community wind turbine scheme will go live on the islands this month, with farmers and landowners at 20 properties set to benefit from deeply discounted electricity for at least two decades.

Hamsin Wind (Hamsin) is aiming to install over 60 single onshore wind turbines at residential and commercial sites across Orkney by the end of 2015 and is actively seeking applications from interested parties. Hosts do not have to pay any money towards the turbine, its installation or future maintenance. Planning and capital costs are entirely covered by Hamsin.
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Aridhia Announces Northern Ireland Based Alzheimer’s Research Collaboration to Benefit from AnalytiXagility Workspace

November 3rd, 2015

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Aridhia, the Edinburgh based clinical informatics company, announced today that their AnalytiXagility data platform has been chosen to underpin a three year research programme that was awarded Innovate UK funding via the Neurodegenerative Diseases: Business Models and Big Data competition, following a joint bid by three of Northern Ireland’s leading organisations.

The resulting Moneta Research project – led by Asystec Data Solutions, the University of Ulster and the Clinical Translational Research and Innovation Centre (C-TRIC) – will use the funding to support their research into identifying people most likely to develop Alzheimer’s.
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ScotlandIS awards CodeClan Scholarship

October 30th, 2015

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ScotlandIS today announced the award of its CodeClan scholarship to Michael MacLeod, a freelance journalist and former TV producer.

CodeClan is Scotland’s first digital skills academy and the ScotlandIS Scholarship was set up to fund one outstanding applicant through the academy’s ground-breaking coding course.

There was fierce competition for the award, which aims to increase access to the CodeClan CX3 course. It was open to applicants who had not been to university and had not worked in an IT or software career to date.

Before winning the scholarship, Michael had an interest in coding and taught himself the basics whilst working as a journalist. He made the decision to leave his full time job to pursue this further.

Commenting on the news, Michael said: “I am delighted to have won this scholarship and to have a place at CodeClan. I’m really looking forward to the intensive learning ahead. I see coding as a force for good and a means of vastly expanding my horizons after I graduate from the course.”
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Hot Tin Roof selects the spookiest Halloween PR stunts

October 23rd, 2015

Love it or fear it, Halloween is more popular in the UK than ever before and it is one of the best excuses to get creative with your PR.

With things that go bump in the night and eerie goings on, this spooky time of year provides an ideal opportunity to pull off the perfect PR stunt. Get it right and you will increase brand awareness at the same time as having fun. Just pity the poor unsuspecting victims who get a scare along the way!

To celebrate the arrival of Halloween once again, here’s a round up of our favourite spooktacular PR stunts from recent years

Vending machine nightmare!

Kellogg’s added a spooky theme to their Rice Krispy Squares, releasing special Halloween flavours, ‘malloween’ and ‘totally shocklatey’. But offering these free in various vending machines across Dublin seems a little too good to be true, doesn’t it? Those who dived in to claim their free sweet treat were given a fright when a scary hand came out from the vending machine door to grab for them. Halloween or not, we will certainly be avoiding all free vending machines in future!

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A day in the life of Darcey.

October 5th, 2015

The cats at Hot Tin Roof had the pleasure of Darcey’s company for a week of work experience. In between making herself useful and learning what a PR Agency does, Darcey found time to answer a quick Q&A for us. Here’s what she had to say:

If money was no object, what would you spend your day doing?

I would spend my day walking around New York City at Christmas time, browsing in every shop wasting no time looking at price tags.
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