West Lothian Chamber of Commerce launches campaign to help young people #getajob

March 24th, 2015

West Lothian Chamber of Commerce today launched a new initiative to support 18-24 year olds in developing the skills necessary to succeed in interviews and secure employment.

Called #getajob, the joint initiative is being run by the West Lothian Chamber of Commerce, West Lothian College, the Department for Work and Pensions and JobCentre Plus.

The two-week programme has been introduced to improve interview and employability skills in West Lothian, and will work with groups of young people to improve their chances of success in job interviews. In a series of workshops over the first week, participants will tackle the main barriers to employment, assess their professional skills and develop their own personal brand. Following this, they will undergo an interview with a West Lothian employer and will then undertake work experience on site with the business.

Following the programme, participants will be assigned an employment mentor from the business community within our Chamber membership who will maintain regular contact to ensure ongoing aftercare.

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Aridhia sets its sights on US market with Craneware partnership

March 11th, 2015

Aridhia Informatics, the Edinburgh-based health informatics company, has announced a strategic partnership with fellow Scottish health tech pioneer Craneware as it targets the US market for the first time.

The partnership will enable Aridhia, which has healthcare clients throughout the UK, Australia and Kuwait, to offer its core services – collaborative analytics platform, data science services and app development capability – to Craneware’s extensive US client base. It represents a major opportunity for both parties to work together to help US healthcare organisations benefit from the acceleration and commercialisation of informatics solutions that focus on patient outcomes. A growing number of medical insurers are moving away from fee-for-service towards performance-based reimbursement and this is driving the requirement for informatics solutions.

David Sibbald, CEO of Aridhia, said: “US healthcare providers have traditionally focused on financial outcomes and cutting costs but they are increasingly adopting a patient centric approach which will, in turn, have a positive effect on their bottom line. Craneware works with some of the biggest healthcare providers in the US so we’re very pleased to be partnering with them and using our integrated healthcare informatics services to deliver better operational results for the Craneware customer, hospitals and therefore, better health outcomes for their patients.”

Craneware is a market leader in automated revenue integrity solutions that improve financial performance for healthcare organisations. During the last 15 years, one quarter of all registered US hospitals have chosen Craneware’s medical billing software solutions to assist them on their journey to improved financial performance and revenue integrity.

AIM listed, Craneware is headquartered in Edinburgh with offices across the US. The company employs over 200 people and its development activity is based in Scotland.

Clients using Craneware’s innovative SaaS (Software as a Service) solutions range from small community hospitals to large healthcare networks, and include leading organisations such as Intermountain Healthcare, The Cleveland Clinic, and The John Hopkins Hospital.

Keith Neilson, Craneware CEO, said: “We are pleased to bring Aridhia’s AnalytiXagility platform to our client base, offering Aridhia’s expertise in utilising our clients’ data to improve their patient outcomes.”

Aridhia’s collaborative analytics platform and safe haven, AnalytiXagility, underpins the world-leading Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre (SMS-IC). In addition, AnalytiXagility and its supporting data science and application development services are being deployed in healthcare use cases that include: analysing waveform data from traumatic brain injured patients, implementing risk stratification to reduce hospital readmissions, building population level diabetes risk models, predicting the disease pathway of multiple sclerosis patients based on imaging data, and underpinning Horizon 2020 research programmes that include smart ageing, cystic fibrosis and cancer biomarkers related data.

Cyberhawk Extends Global Footprint

March 11th, 2015

Following a £1.3 million investment from Scottish Equity Partners and the Scottish Investment Bank 18 months ago, Livingston-based Cyberhawk Innovations, is extending its global footprint with the appointment of two new Sales Managers in Asia and the Middle East. Chen Choon How, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, has been appointed to grow the customer base in the Oil and Gas and Utilities sectors in South East Asia, while Ajay Sethi, based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, has been recruited for the same role in the Middle East.

Cyberhawk is the world leader in industrial inspection and survey using Remotely Operated Aerial Vehicles (ROAVs) and has led the development of the industrial ROAV service industry, including achieving over 25 world firsts since 2008, including the first ever industrial ROAV inspection. Combining ROAVs, highly skilled pilots and engineering experts, the company provides close up inspections of hard to reach and live structures, in a manner that is faster, safer and more cost effective than ever before. Cyberhawk has completed projects for the “big six” Energy companies in the UK and all six Oil and Gas supermajors, conducting inspections and surveys on electricity networks, power stations, oil and gas sites and wind farms throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia & Africa.

Cyberhawk’s CEO, Craig Roberts, said: “Our offices in Kualu Lumpur and Abu Dhabi are key to effectively serving our rapidly growing customer base in the Middle East and South East Asia. While the use of ROAV technology is becoming well established in the UK and Europe, interest in the methodology is rapidly increasing in other parts of the world, particularly within the Oil and Gas and Utilities markets”.

Cyberhawk’s Sales Manager for Asia, Chen Choon How, who previously set up a Malaysian subsidiary of an Australian oil and gas services company, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to help grow Cyberhawk’s client base here in South East Asia and I’m looking forward to providing both existing and future clients in the region with the highest quality aerial inspection solutions in the market. I believe the market here is ready to embrace this new approach to inspection and I’m confident that customers in the region will rapidly see it as best practice.”

“With a local office here in Abu Dhabi, Cyberhawk is well placed to provide its world-leading services to the Middle Eastern market,” added Ajay Sethi, Cyberhawk’ s Sales Manager for the Middle East. Ajay, who previously set up an office in Abu Dhabi for an Aberdeen-based survey company, continued: “I look forward to working with clients in the region to deliver these ground-breaking technologies. Inspection of flares, pylons and other difficult to reach assets has been revolutionised since Cyberhawk pioneered the ROAV approach; the technology is so evidently useful that I expect there to be rapid uptake in the market here.”

The opening of regional offices in Asia and the Middle East follows a year of significant growth for Cyberhawk, during which the company also launched its first software product, iHawk, giving customers access to powerful asset management information in the cloud. Cyberhawk also saw a 40% increase in staff headcount during 2014, and secured further framework agreements in the Oil and Gas and Utility sectors in the UK, Europe and Middle East.

Angel investment will create new jobs and international trade for Spoonfed

February 22nd, 2015

Equity Gap announced today a £250K investment in catering software company Spoonfed. Based in Livingston, the startup will use the investment, which is co-funded by the Scottish Investment Bank, the investment arm of Scottish Enterprise, to create new jobs and accelerate the internationalisation of their automated catering software.

Spoonfed launched in 2013 and already boasts a customer base that stretches across the UK, from Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow to Birmingham, Manchester, and London, including high street bakery chains, independent sandwich retailers, outside catering businesses as well as institutional caterers such as universities and colleges.

The business has also seen interest from the US, Australia and Asia, and with a more mature international market in this sector, the investment will be used to speed up Spoonfed’s entry into the international marketplace.

Spoonfed was born out of the recession. Its co-founders, Willie Biggart and Murray McNicol, were running a drop off catering business supplying food for business meetings, and to protect the business against the impact of the recession they created software to automate the catering business process, saving them time, reducing mistakes and increasing margins.

Having pulled the catering business through the recession, it became clear that there was value in this automated system, and with nothing else like it on the market, the business owners sold the catering company to work full time on developing the software.

Willie Biggart has previously provided equity funding to startups and knew he wanted to approach funding Spoonfed in a different way. Working closely with their customers, the company worked relentlessly for two years, testing and debugging the software before launch.

“Our strategy was to make sure our business had traction before we took it to angel groups like Equity Gap. Having bootstrapped the company with personal investment of nearly £500k from founders and sweat equity from suppliers, we were able to present a well-oiled and properly financed enterprise to investors, free from problems, and with a customer pipeline firmly in place,” said Willie.

Jock Millican of Equity Gap agrees: “It was refreshing to see a different approach being taken by a company seeking investment. It was clear the founders of Spoonfed were presenting a business that had already ironed out a lot of teething problems, that was confident, and in good shape financially.”

Spoonfed is a cloud-based system for catering management which companies use for on-line ordering, production planning, route planning, invoicing and bringing together these functions in one integrated solution.

Equity Gap is a business angel syndicate, actively investing and co-investing in early stage Scottish based companies.

SEP Announces Promotions

February 9th, 2015

Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) has announced three promotions in its investment team.

Gordon Beveridge and Tony Robison will both take up the role of Director. Angus Conroy has been promoted to Senior Analyst.
Gordon Beveridge, based in SEP’s London office, is one of SEP’s most experienced investment executives, and has a particular focus on IT software and services businesses.

Tony Robison plays a key role in SEP’s energy investments. He has over 20 years commercial and financial experience, having held senior management and board positions in a number of high growth, technology companies.
Angus Conroy has been with SEP for the last 3 years and his promotion reflects his increasing responsibilities within deal execution and support.

Calum Paterson, Managing Partner of SEP, said: “Our people, culture and values are integral to the excellent partnerships that we form with the entrepreneurs and management teams in the companies we invest in. I am delighted to announce these promotions, which underline the strength and depth of our investment team.”

Aridhia secures place on G-Cloud 6 framework

February 3rd, 2015

World-leading health informatics company Aridhia has successfully been awarded a place on the UK Government’s G-Cloud procurement portal for a second term, making its analytics platform, data science services, and app development capability widely accessible to healthcare providers and research collaborations.

The G-Cloud framework enables healthcare organisations such as NHS Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to procure cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) systems and applications on a monthly subscription basis. This enables users to access Aridhia’s platform – AnalytiXagility – without the need for costly infrastructure investment and lengthy installation time.

Aridhia is the Edinburgh-based health informatics company that works collaboratively with health organisations, governments and research groups to further integrate healthcare, precision medicine and collaborative biomedical research. AnalytiXagility is Aridhia’s collaborative data science platform that has been deployed in the Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre (SMS-IC) and was recently used to underpin the successful Phase 1 bid for a Genomics England competition.

Four key services from AnalytiXagility are being made available to healthcare providers through the procurement portal. The De-identification Service anonymises healthcare datasets, thereby making it possible to safely link data for research purposes while mitigating the risk of identifying individuals. By accessing the platform’s Data Safe Haven and collaborative workspaces, users can bring together multiple data types in an environment supporting strict information governance protocols.

The Diabetes Dataprofiler informs understanding of the diabetes patient population and its clinical outcomes, aligned to best practice guidelines and clinical targets. Aridhia’s Data Lab Services can be used to extend organisations’ data science and app development capability, to develop analytics solutions or kick-start an informatics project by engaging with the team’s expertise in information governance, data strategy, and the capture, management, linkage and analysiss of vast data sets.

The availability of these services reflects a key recommendation in the report published in November last year by the Department of Health and the National Information Board – Personalised Health and Care 2020 – by taking advantage of cloud-based technology that offers flexible procurement routes, making use of open technologies at the forefront of innovation in delivering health-as-a-platform, and ultimately delivering better value and better patient outcomes.

David Sibbald, CEO of Aridhia, said: “Developing the technology to bring together individual data sets and draw meaningful clinical features from analysis of the data is only half the battle; ensuring the technology is available to the healthcare providers that need it, readily available in a way that they can procure it, is the other half. By making these key services available to NHS trusts, CCGs and health boards, G-Cloud 6 has enabled Aridhia to offer our services on a monthly subscription basis, opening up the benefits of unlocking insights from healthcare data to all.”

Aridhia has partnered with hosting company Skyscape Cloud Services to deliver the informatics services.

“The G-Cloud programme has made significant progress to date in creating a fairer marketplace for all, boosting opportunities for innovative SMEs and challenging the dominance of inflexible incumbents, while supporting the UK public sector with agile and cost-effective IT solutions,” said Simon Hansford, CEO of Skyscape Cloud Services.

“We welcome the latest iteration and look forward to continuing our partnership with Aridhia on G-Cloud 6 as the framework continues to deliver transformational benefits to the UK public sector.”

Commencement of the framework takes place on 2 February 2015.

Hot PRedictions: The trends that will shape PR in 2015

January 5th, 2015


The first day back at work in January is the time for doing some forward planning. As well as updating our content calendars and project plans we’ve also been thinking about what might happen in our ever-changing industry over the coming year.

Having narrowed it down to four important areas, here are our top predictions:

1. Get social

In the early days of Twitter, posting regularly and doing a weekly #FollowFriday was enough to help your brand stand out from the crowd. Nowadays, the sheer volume of posts on social media means it’s easy to get lost in the ‘noise’. With the babble only set to increase, businesses that are serious about reaching customers ‘socially’ need to approach their digital communications much more strategically.

In 2015 we will see more and more companies creating unique content and sharing it across platforms instead of regurgitating old news and links.

With social media now an established part of the marketing mix and journalists using it as a source of news, comment and scandal, PR people will continue to play a valuable role in ensuring that content is ‘on message’ as well as being engaging and immediate.

It is not feasible for the chief executive to sign off on every tweet or LinkedIn post so instead responsibility should lie with people who understand the company’s communication goals and messages as well as the risks of speaking out on controversial issues.

Additionally, sectors that have traditionally shied away from social media will gravitate towards it, realising that pertinent conversations are happening there, particularly on LinkedIn. In the last year we have helped a range of businesses, from timber frame manufacturers to arts organisations, with their first digital forays and we hope to see them all tweeting furiously in 2015. You know who you are!

2. Picture stories

This year, visual content will become more important as companies look for new ways to engage customers and ‘humanise’ their brand. Over the last couple of years, PR people have experimented with visual – who can forget that six month period when every client wanted an infographic about something – but 2015 will finally see the industry embrace video and visual social media as valuable tools that can enhance the power of traditional copywriting and media relations.

Perfect for engaging consumer communities, visual storytelling will become the norm when communicating brand aesthetics and philosophy.

Having said that, if video is really to take off, the industry will need access to affordable and easy to use production tools. Let’s hope that 2015 brings some welcome surprises that make is easier to create engaging and professional-looking video in-house.

3. Data diving

PRs love a good statistic, eight out of ten PR agencies use numbers to make their story stand up, while 13% of in-house teams find figures help prove trends and let’s not forget the inevitable return of the annual results!

Ironically, PR has been slow to embrace big data. For the first time, data can be used at a strategic level to drive and inform campaigns, making them more effective in the long run. There’s no need to be a maths genius; tools like Google Analytics and SocialBro offer key insights and statistics. The challenge is in becoming adept at interpreting data and translating those insights into better PR campaigns.

Data has a range of potential applications, from analysing consumer trends to determine when a product should be launched, to using survey results as press release fodder. Understanding data presents a big opportunity for communications strategists and 2015 could be the year that we really do PR by numbers.

4. Print and be damned

Google was just four years old when Sarah launched Hot Tin Roof in 2002. Since then, the media has changed beyond all recognition. As has Sarah.

During that time, sales of newspapers and trade magazines have declined, but our voracious appetite for news seems to have intensified. And the way we find news has changed, rather than reading a daily paper we will pick up snippets – taken from a traditional media source –and shared across our networks on Twitter and LinkedIn.

This way of finding news needs good quality journalism, online and offline, at its heart. And for that we need to pay – by buying a newspaper or subscribing to a digital edition. The online versions of newspapers and magazines have become more and more sophisticated and are now worth paying for as they contain so much more information and offer greater breadth and depth than print ever can.

The media has been in an extraordinary state of flux since the first firewall went up and we predict in 2015, more subscriptions. But that has to be a good thing. We should pay.

We are all in favour of citizen journalism and freedom of speech but we also need well-informed and balanced argument before we start basing our own opinion on unattributed and unsubstantiated conjecture.

Our wish for 2015 is that print and online can co-exist and that our attitude to paying for news content changes. So, make sure you subscribe to at least one newspaper in 2015 and keep journalism in business. Or all you will be left with is PR puff!

If you would like to know more about how Hot Tin Roof can help your business to reach new heights in 2015, email [email protected] or call 0131 225 7880 to speak to one of the team.

RMD Powers Up With Two Senior Appointments

December 12th, 2014

Data centre specialist RMD Power and Cooling has bolstered its management team with two senior promotions.

Barry Ferguson is the firm’s new Sales and Marketing Manager and Ross Barclay takes on the role of Service Manager. They are the first senior appointments at the Alloa-based company since Gavin Maxwell took over as managing director in 2012.

Having been with RMD for 13 years, Barry Ferguson brings considerable experience and industry contacts. He has worked his way up through the ranks and most recently held responsibility for technical sales. In his new position, Ferguson will manage the sales team and drive its strategy as well as working closely with external marketing, design and PR consultants to promote RMD’s products and services.

Until now, Ross Barclay has worked on the front line, dealing directly with clients as an engineer in the field. Following his promotion, Barclay will be responsible for managing and coordinating all engineering and maintenance jobs, ensuring clients are responded to promptly and efficiently.
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Be prepared: Cloakroom app to help users navigate their wardrobe come rain or shine

November 17th, 2014

Cloakroom, a new mobile app from Edinburgh based developer James Cleary, could see an end to the days of being caught in the rain without an umbrella. Tapping into the innately British obsession with the weather, it uses geo-location and local weather forecasts to suggest the items you’ll need, from raincoats to flip-flops, to get through the day unscathed.

Edinburgh is well known for its erratic weather, and it’s not unusual to need everything from sandals and shorts to a hat and gloves within the space of an hour. It’s therefore no surprise that the city was the inspiration behind the development of Cloakroom.

Seeing the potential in the app, Sony recently selected Cloakroom as its November Android App of the Month.

The app’s developer, James Cleary of LEWIS, said: “Originally the idea came from the realisation that most weather apps suffer from information overload. Rather than building a replacement, I thought it might be nice to have something visual, clear and simple to go alongside them – just showing the extra items you’ll need for the day ahead.”

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Expansion for LEWIS as Agency Celebrates 40 Years in Business

November 17th, 2014

Design and digital agency LEWIS has bolstered its creative team with the appointment of two new designers. A new account manager and two front-end developers have also joined the agency, which recently celebrated its 40th year in business.

Steven Scott, most recently of Hookson, takes up the role of Senior Designer working alongside Design Director Scott Walker. He brings with him over 16 years of experience from agencies including Mortonward and Whitelightmedia. Designer Kari Yoshime, who has six years experience most recently as a designer with Tayburn, has also joined the team.

“This is a hugely exciting time to join LEWIS,” said Steven Scott. “The company has just celebrated its most successful year in business and we are lucky to have an interesting mix of great clients working across multiple communication channels. I’m particularly enjoying working in partnership with the technical team – who bring amazing creative technical ideas to our projects. This is something that helps us ensure our work does more than just look good.”

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WAYN.com joins forces with Booking.com

November 12th, 2014

Global Social Networking Site adds first Hotel Booking Service     

WAYN.com (Where Are You Now), the world’s largest online social networking and travel community announced today a strategic partnership with Booking.com, the world’s leader in booking accommodations online.

The deal will enable WAYN.com to offer the most comprehensive accommodation search service for WAYN’s 22.7 million plus members and will be accessible under http://hotels.wayn.com/

According to Jerome Touze, WAYN co-Founder: “Providing a hotel search option to WAYN members is a logical step for us. We focus on the top of the travel funnel by providing ideas on where to go next. It makes sense to now complete the user journey with a booking service.”

He added: “The move also supports WAYN’s aim to improve the customer experience with other innovative trip-planning services currently under development and which will provide unique incentives for our users to book a hotel via our platform directly.”

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SEP expands investment team

November 11th, 2014

Following the recent launch of its new £135 million infrastructure fund, Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) is pleased to announce that Peter Bachmann and Andy Low are to join the firm as Director and Principal respectively. Both will work exclusively on the Environmental Capital Fund (ECF) with a key focus on originating and executing new investments along with fund management.

Peter was previously co-founder and director of the Environmental Infrastructure Development Company (EIDC) and brings significant specialist infrastructure investment and fund management experience from previous roles including at Secondary Market Infrastructure Fund (SMIF) and Land Securities Trillium. Andy was a partner with Melville Financial Partners LLP where he specialised in the provision of project finance advice for the renewable energy sector. A qualified chartered accountant, Andy was with PwC before moving into structured finance roles with Morgan Stanley.

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Scottish Company Creating Global Crowd Sourced Database Through Disruptive Business Model

November 5th, 2014

Indoor positioning company sensewhereTM is finally breaking down the barriers to global adoption of indoor advertising for mobile phone and wearables manufacturers with the launch today of its free software development kit. Needing no new infrastructure, no power drain and user location accuracy to 10 metres or less, the revolutionary technology uses existing wireless hotspots to build a crowd-sourced global location database.

sensewhere’s disruptive business model revolutionises the established commercial structure of indoor advertising by offering the software development kit free to mobile platform providers and handset manufacturers in addition to the ability to earn revenue from its crowd-sourced location databases. The technology has already been successfully piloted in Seoul, San Francisco and Rio from which the database will spread exponentially around the globe.

With more and more people using smartphones and wearable tech devices, the potential for location based mobile advertising is enormous, particularly with retailers keen to target customers with vouchers and offers while they are in-store or nearby . But widespread take-up of this kind of marketing requires technology that is both extremely accurate, is cost effective and does not drain the battery power of the end user’s device.

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New Face of Pool Unveiled With Launch of Marco’s Pool Hall

November 4th, 2014

Marco’s Pool Hall and Pizza Bar, 79 Grove Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8AB

Tuesday 4 November ~ Edinburgh’s most anticipated new venue, Marco’s Pool Hall and Pizza Bar, will open its doors tomorrow in the heart of the west end. Giving pool a makeover fit for the 21st century, the Grove Street bar is the latest project from Paul Demarco, Managing Director of Marcos Leisure.

Set on the site of the original Marco’s Leisure Centre, which first opened its doors in the 70s, the resurrection of this legendary space will see pool return to its spiritual home on Grove Street. Originally opened by Paul Demarco’s father, Bert and uncle, Ramon, Marco’s Leisure housed 65 snooker tables and was, at its height, hailed as the largest snooker club in the world.

Hot on the heels of bowling and ping pong, both of which have been transformed in recent years, the pool hall will reveal a side to the game never seen before. Eschewing the usual dark and dingy atmosphere of traditional pool halls, Marco’s favours slick décor and a smooth vibe.

Featuring exposed copper and decorative lighting; the well stocked bar upstairs serves drinks alongside stone baked pizzas with a VIP mezzanine available for private and corporate events. Rare photographs and vintage memorabilia from the Marco’s archive line the walls in a nostalgic nod to the past.

Downstairs, far from the dingy surroundings people have come to expect, pillars of multicoloured LED light up 18 state of the art American Pool tables in the dedicated space.

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Aridhia Joins the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health

October 30th, 2014

Growing and Diverse Alliance Advances Human Health by Enabling Responsible Genomic Data Sharing

Health informatics company Aridhia announced today that it has joined as an Organisational Member of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH), an international coalition dedicated to improving human health by maximising the potential of genomic medicine through effective and responsible data sharing. Aridhia is the latest to join the diverse group of over 140 of the world’s leading research institutions, healthcare providers, information technology and life science companies, and disease and patient advocacy organisations.

Aridhia develops technology and capability that supports the management of chronic diseases through the use of biomedical informatics and analytics, and its data sharing platform and data safe haven AnalytiXagility enables users to link and analyse complex data sets. The platform underpins numerous collaborations with governments, health organisations, and research and academic institutions, including the Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre, a world-class centre that brings together experts from academia, industry and the NHS in Scotland to implement a biomedical informatics service to aid clinical and translational research and enable stratified medicine.

As a member of GA4GH, Aridhia will offer important expertise to identify and disseminate best practices, and establish a common framework of approaches to enable responsible data sharing. Aridhia will also be working within the Clinical Working Group to enable compatible, readily accessible, and scalable approaches for sharing clinical data and linking genomic data.

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October 17th, 2014

Saturday 25 October 2014, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
DWF Office, No. 2 Lochrin Square, 96 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, EH3 9QA

JCI Edinburgh will on 25 October host ‘Presenter’, a full day workshop designed to help young professionals boost their presentation skills. The event will focus on equipping attendants with the skills they need to present with confidence, culminating in each participant delivering a three-minute presentation at the end of the day.

Open to anyone looking to develop his or her presentation technique, the full day workshop will adopt a practical approach. One third of the day will be allocated to an informative seminar on the concepts of delivering an effective presentation, with the rest devoted to tasks that will allow participants to develop and hone their skills.

Free for members of JCI Edinburgh and £25 for non-members, the event will enhance participants’ communication and negotiation skills. Participants will also be schooled in the art of audience engagement, from utilising visual aids that create strong delivery methods, to tailoring their presentations to suit specific audiences.

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Insignia Technologies In the News

October 17th, 2014

Insignia Technologies was formed in August 2012 as the result of a merger between Dundee based Insignia Pack Ltd (who developed a range of intelligent inks), and Novas Technologies Ltd (a University of Strathclyde spin-out company from the Intelligent Plastics Proof of Concept project funded by Scottish Enterprise).

Smart Labels to reduce waste in supply chain, Hortibiz, 21 October 2014

Insignia releases smart labels to help curb food waste, Printers Lounge, 17 October 2014

Smart Labels could eradicate waste from fresh food global supply chain, Materials Handling World Magazine, 17 October 2014

Insignia releases smart labels to help curb food waste, Packaging Business Review, 17 October 2014

Smart Labels Cut Down on Waste, PackSourcing, 15 October 2014

Smart Labels Launched to Help Businesses Reduce Food Waste in Supply Chain, Resource Efficient Business, 15 October 2014

Smart Labels Cut Down on Waste, Packaging Europe, 15 October 2014


October 16th, 2014

Insignia Technologies, Scotland’s leading intelligent packaging company, announced today the launch of the Stock Rotation smart label, designed to cut down on food waste and improve food safety at every stage of the food supply chain.

From the moment the smart label is stuck to a box or pallet of fresh produce, it starts to change colour over a pre-calibrated period of time. This means that at any point in the supply chain you can ‘see’ how fresh the fruit, vegetables, meat, or dairy goods are inside the box.

The label changes colour over time, from yellow to purple. It is both time and temperature sensitive so has the potential to highlight any problems of temperature abuse the produce may have experienced.

This simple, visual solution promises to tackle the perennial problem of stock rotation and poor practices in the transportation of fresh food, in both developed and developing markets.

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Marco’s Pool Hall and Pizza Bar in the news

October 11th, 2014

Edinburgh’s most anticipated new venue, Marco’s Pool Hall and Pizza Bar, has opened its doors in the heart of the west end. Giving pool a makeover fit for the 21st century, the Grove Street bar is the latest project from Paul Demarco, Managing Director of Marcos Leisure.

Marco’s Pool Hall and Pizza Bar, The Finest Cut, 10 Dec 2014

Marco’s Pool Hall and Pizza Bar, Informed Edinburgh, 3 Dec 2014

Ladies’ Day, STV Edinburgh, 2 Dec 2014

Marcos Cues up New Pool Hall in the Capital, SLTN, 29 Nov 2014

Review: Marco’s Pool Hall and Pizza Bar, 20 Nov 2014

Marco’s: The Verdict, STV Edinburgh, 18 Nov 2014

Beer, Pizza and Pool: Marco’s Pool Hall, Edinburgh Editor, 17 Nov 2014

Marco’s Pool Hall, Grove Street, Edinburgh, Brewmook, 12 Nov 2014

Marco’s Pool Hall: an Edinburgh favourite returns, The Barfly, 11 Nov 2014

Best Student Deals November 10th-16th, Scotcampus, 10 Nov 2014

New Edinburgh Pool Hall and Pizza Bar, 5pm, 6 Nov 2014

Marcos Pool Hall and Pizza Bar Unveiled, Informed Edinburgh, 6 Nov 2014

Marco’s Pool Hall opens tomorrow, Edinburgh Spotlight, 4 Nov 2014

Marco’s returns, The Simple Life of an Edinburgh Girl, 4 Nov 2014

Marco’s returns to make pool cool for another generation, STV Edinburgh, 3 Nov 2014

Return of the Pool Hall Kings, STV, 3 Nov 2014

Pizza and pool fuelling Marco’s revival in Haymarket, STV, 13 Oct 2014

Marco’s pool hall cues up for return, Edinburgh Evening News, 11 Oct 2014

Five years later: Marco’s pool hall is coming back to the ‘Burgh, STV, 11 Oct 2014

Out of this world: BFI’s sci-fi season lands in Scotland

October 8th, 2014

From Orkney right down to the Isle of Whithorn, Scotland has embraced the BFI’s (British Film Institute) new film and television season, Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, presented together with O2. This three-month celebration of all things weird and wonderful will run from October to December 2014 with screenings taking place across the country.

Working with Film Hub Scotland, an organisation funded by the BFI to develop film audiences, 16 venues are taking part in the season. Over 40 screenings have already been announced, with events featuring special guests, much-loved sci-fi classics and a handpicked selection of rare gems. From favourites like Alien and Ghostbusters to African sci-fi and a strand dedicated to women in the genre, there is something for all tastes in this hugely diverse programme.

Kicking off the season in Glasgow is an out-of-this-world event celebrating the 1968 sci-fi classic Barbarella. San Francisco drag superstar and cult figure Peaches Christ will beam down to Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT) on 10 October to present her larger than life stage-show parody Bear-barella. A screening of the ultra-kitsch original film will follow.

GFT will also welcome Stanley Kubrick’s brother-in-law, confidant and regular executive producer, Jan Harlan, following a special screening of A.I Artificial Intelligence. He will give the audience the insider’s story of what it was like to work with Steven Spielberg to bring Kubrick’s original, unrealised vision for the film to screen.

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Intelligent Reach raises multi-million investment to accelerate international growth and boost product development

October 7th, 2014

Intelligent Reach, a leading e-commerce sales and marketing platform, today announces completion of a multi-million pound venture capital investment led by Scottish Equity Partners (SEP).

This is the first external investment in the UK company and will allow it to further augment its position in the UK, Europe and wider international markets.

Intelligent Reach’s proprietary platform is already used by over 150 global retail brands including Currys, Carphone Warehouse, Asda and Debenhams. It operates across 22 countries and is on target to optimise over £5.13 billion in retail revenue across over 49 million individual transactions this year alone.

The undisclosed figure will be invested predominantly in further developing and enhancing the Intelligent Reach proprietary platform, in addition to expanding the team, across all departments and territories. The London based company also has offices in Australia and Germany.

Steve Rivers, co-founder and CEO of Intelligent Reach explains what the investment means for the company: “This investment will allow us to maximise the potential of our platform to be an indispensable technology for all online retailers across the globe. The Intelligent Reach Platform is a source of competitive advantage for any retailer today, using it to successfully trade online in tomorrow’s increasingly complex and challenging global digital commerce landscape.

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School Pupils To Grill Top Entrepreneur About Life In Tech

October 2nd, 2014


Over 350 secondary school pupils and teachers from around Scotland will gather in Edinburgh today to debate the biggest issues in technology with top entrepreneur, Sherry Coutu.

Coutu, a highly respected Angel Investor who sits on the board of the London Stock Exchange and is one of WIRED Magazine’s “25 Most Influential People in the World”, is keynote speaker at this year’s ScotSoft Schools Debate.

The event, which is part of the annual ScotSoft conference organised by digital technologies trade body ScotlandIS, brings together young people who are interested in the digital technologies and gives them a rare opportunity to quiz top industry figures about what it’s really like to set up and run a technology company.

By giving young people an insight into the industry and the many opportunities it offers, the event aims to inspire them, at a pivotal point in their education, to follow a career in the digital technologies. It also provides valuable material for teachers to use in their classes throughout the year and improves their understanding of the industry, making them better placed to advise their pupils.

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Anderson Strathern Asset Management

September 30th, 2014

Anderson Strathern Asset Management offers tailored wealth management to clients across the UK. Its holistic approach, combining financial planning with investment management and pension planning for the corporate and private sector, ensures that it protects the wealth of its clients over the long term. It offers independent advice and is not tied to any in house funds, giving it the freedom to choose the most suitable funds from across the market.

Wholly owned by Anderson Strathern LLP and based in Edinburgh, the firm has a long history, a diverse client base and a culture of customised precision and excellent client service.

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Anderson Strathern hires ex-Ignis CFO, Global Bankers, 29 September 2014

Anderson Strathern AM appoints Eamonn Mirner, Scottish Legal News, 29 September 2014

Adviser noticeboard, Professional Adviser, 29 September 2014

Edinburgh based wealth manager appoints finance director from Ignis, The Wealth Net, 29 September 2014

Anderson Strathern hires ex-Ignis CFO Mirner, Fundweb, 29 September 2014

Anderson Strathern hires ex-Ignis CFO Mirner, Portfolio Adviser, 29 September 2014

Mirner joins Anderson Strathern’s growing asset managers, BQ LIVE, 29 September 2014

Stalwart brings a wealth of experience, The Herald, 29 September 2014

Mirner joins Anderson Strathern AM, Investment Europe, 29 September 2014

Anderson Strathern AM hires former Ignis CFO as finance director, Citywire, 29 September 2014

Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder in the news

September 30th, 2014

Sci-fi: Days of Fear and Wonder

From Orkney right down to the Isle of Whithorn, Scotland has embraced the BFI’s new film and television season, Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, presented together with O2. This three-month celebration of all things weird and wonderful will run from October to December 2014 with screenings taking place across the country.

Working with Film Hub Scotland, an organisation funded by the BFI to develop film audiences, 16 venues are taking part in the season. Over 40 screenings have already been announced, with events featuring special guests, much-loved sci-fi classics and a handpicked selection of rare gems. From favourites like Alien and Ghostbusters to African sci-fi and a strand dedicated to women in the genre, there is something for all tastes in this hugely diverse programme.

Sci-fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, Glasgow West End, 23 Nov 2014

Tomorrow’s Generator Project is A Trip to the Moon STV Dundee, 24 November 2014

Teknowomen Festival: Superwomen Assemble!, Scotcampus, 21 November 2014

Woman in the Moon, Daily Record, 17 November 2014

29 Things to do in Glasgow this week, Time Out Glasgow, 17 November 2014

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Anderson Strathern Asset Management Appoints Eamonn Mirner as Finance Director

September 29th, 2014

Wealth management firm, Anderson Strathern Asset Management, has announced the appointment of Eamonn Mirner to its financial services team. He takes up the position of finance director, and will play a pivotal role in setting the company’s operational and financial strategy.

Mirner brings with him 27 years of experience in the financial services industry. He previously held the position of chief financial officer at Ignis Asset management, with responsibility for both its Glasgow and London offices. More recently, he has worked with Standard Life Wealth and is head of fund administration at HSBC.

The appointment is the second in a series of high profile appointments made by the rapidly growing firm, cementing its place as Scotland’s leading boutique wealth management firm. In August 2014, Harry Morgan, joined as chief investment officer, leaving his post as head of private investment at Thomas Miller Investment Management.

In his new position, Mirner will take a leading role in targeting new markets including energy, technology entrepreneurs, law firms, and accountancy practices.

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Accountants will be replaced by robots by 2024 says ScotSoft speaker

September 29th, 2014

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are the tech trends that will have the biggest impact on our lives over the next ten years according to two of the panelists at ScotSoft 2014.

Speaking ahead of the event, which will include a forum on emerging trends, Gareth Williams, CEO of Skyscanner, and Greg Williams, executive editor of WIRED Magazine, highlighted artificial intelligence as the development most likely to radically change the way we live and do business.

“Artificial intelligence is going to have an enormous effect on our economy in the next decade,” says WIRED’s Greg Williams. “We’ve seen the effects of it in the manufacturing industry, and it’s going to start crossing over into some areas of white collar jobs like law and accountancy. We’re going to need to think carefully about how these changes will impact society.”

Artificial intelligence is just one of the emerging trends which will be covered by the high profile speakers at ScotSoft on Thursday 2 October. Organised by ScotlandIS, the trade body for the IT and digital technologies industry, ScotSoft is the premier event in the Scottish digital technology industries calendar. Due to increased demand for tickets, this year’s event will be held in the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

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Accountants will be replaced by robots by 2024 says ScotSoft speaker

September 26th, 2014

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are the tech trends that will have the biggest impact on our lives over the next ten years according to two of the panelists at ScotSoft 2014.

Speaking ahead of the event, which will include a forum on emerging trends, Gareth Williams, CEO of Skyscanner, and Greg Williams, executive editor of WIRED Magazine, highlighted artificial intelligence as the development most likely to radically change the way we live and do business.

“Artificial intelligence is going to have an enormous effect on our economy in the next decade,” says WIRED’s Greg Williams. “We’ve seen the effects of it in the manufacturing industry, and it’s going to start crossing over into some areas of white collar jobs like law and accountancy. We’re going to need to think carefully about how these changes will impact society.”

Artificial intelligence is just one of the emerging trends which will be covered by the high profile speakers at ScotSoft on Thursday 2 October. Organised by ScotlandIS, the trade body for the IT and digital technologies industry, ScotSoft is the premier event in the Scottish digital technology industries calendar. Due to increased demand for tickets, this year’s event will be held in the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

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Alba Incubation to Showcase Fresh Batch of Startups at YCF 2014

September 12th, 2014

The Alba Incubation Service, a Scottish Enterprise funded project, is set to highlight the talent and innovation its clients have to offer at the annual Young Company Finance conference.

Now entering its 14th year, Young Company Finance seeks to bring together entrepreneurs and investors through a series of talks from industry professionals – investors, analysts and advisers. As part of the conference, around 20 early stage companies are to exhibit through the Young Company Showcase.

Five of Alba’s clients will present their exceptional business ideas to potential investors for the first time at this year’s event on Wednesday 17 September. Codbod, Bizvento, Ibisvision, iWise2 and PingGo will all look to demonstrate their business potential and ambition to a variety of investors in the hope of creating new partnerships and attracting investment support.

Ibisvision was set up in 2014 to complete the development of a unique software programme. The resulting application; RingOfSight, is used by optometrists, eye surgeons and hospital clinics to aid in the diagnosis and follow-up care of patients with glaucoma.

Responding to the increased desire for digitisation of business conferences, Bizvento have built an integrated event management platform. The programme provides organisers with tools for mobile content delivery, audience engagement and attendee networking both before and after the event.

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How to Tell a Lie: JCI Edinburgh to host “A Night of Tall Tales”

September 11th, 2014

Wednesday 17 September 2014, 6.00pm – 8.30 pm

Roxburghe Hotel, 38 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4HQ           

JCI Edinburgh will next Wednesday host an open event providing young professionals with an opportunity to network and test their communication skills in a fun competitive environment.

The event, which is completely free and open to non-members, will provide attendees with the opportunity to develop their public speaking skills whilst finding out more about the work of JCI.

The evening will be split in two, with the first hour providing an informal welcome for non-members who would like to find out more about JCI and the benefits a membership provides. At 7pm the tension will heat up with a competition: A Night of Tall Tales. Participants will be given 3-5 minutes to tell the audience a story that will either be true or fabricated, with the audience then judging whether the story is true or false. The winner will be the competitor receiving the most votes contrary to the factual stance of their story. Both members and non-members will be able to sign up in advance to participate and it will provide a lighthearted environment for competitors to develop their public speaking confidence.

The organiser of the event, JCI Edinburgh’s current President Leeanne Bradley hopes the competitive element of the event will encourage non-members to come along and find out more about what JCI can offer.

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Need to cut patient readmissions? There’s an app for that

September 11th, 2014

Aridhia transforms Nuffield’s re-admission risk model, into an online app designed to reduce number of patients readmitted to hospital within 30 days

A new app for doctors could help them improve patient outcomes and ease the budgets of NHS England hospitals by predicting the risk of readmissions.

Since 2011, over £390 million has been withheld from English hospital budgets under a policy that penalises the hospital if a person is readmitted within 30 days.

But with the new app it will take doctors less than two minutes to predict a risk of readmission that may be avoided if an intervention is deployed accordingly, potentially saving their hospital thousands of pounds as well as improving patient outcomes.

The app – PARR30 Community Edition – which is being made available through Aridhia’s Community Programme, calculates risk through a predictive mathematical model developed by the Nuffield Trust using an anonymised 10% sample of all NHS England hospital admissions between April 2008 and 2009.

Easy to use in real-time and by the bedside, the app processes 17 pieces of information that can be obtained from hospital information systems or from the patient’s notes. These include their date of birth (to calculate age), detail on recent admissions, and diagnosis of any major health conditions (these include eleven major health conditions drawn from the Charlson co-morbidity index).

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