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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JCI EDINBURGH TO HOST PRESENTATION MASTER CLASS

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

SMART LABELS COULD ERADICATE WASTE FROM FRESH FOOD GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN

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, 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

SCOTSOFT SCHOOLS DEBATE DESIGNED TO INSPIRE YOUNG PEOPLE TO FOLLOW CAREER IN TECH AS SCOTLAND’S IT SKILLS CRISIS WORSENS, THREATENING GROWTH

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

September 30th, 2014

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.

Treasure Hunt Challenge for City Film Fans, Evening Times, 21 October 2014

BFI Sci-Fi Days of Fear and Wonder, i-on Glasgow, 17 October 2014

Escape from New York, if you can navigate Glasgow first, STV Glasgow, 9 Oct 2014

Space oddities: Scotland’s influence on 50s US B-movies, BBC Highlands and Islands, 5 Oct 2014

What’s On: Sci-fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, The List, 6 oct 2014

Scotland Film Event Highlights October 2014, The Skinny, 1 Oct 2014

Queen Kitsch Peaches Christ brings Bearbarella to Manchester and Glasgow, The Skinny, 30 Sep 2014

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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Aridhia provides platform and support for ground breaking NHS data exploration event

September 8th, 2014

Data scientists from health informatics company Aridhia will be in London this week to provide expert advice and support at one of the largest collaborative NHS data exploration events ever held.

The Data Challenge Day, hosted by the Waltham Forest, East London and City integrated care pioneer site, aims to demonstrate the power of joined-up data and collaboration. Insights gained from the event will be shared with the contributing organisations leading to the delivery of better care pathways for patients in East London and more effective commissioning decisions.

Aridhia will also provide support through the deployment of AnalytiXagility, its cloud-based collaborative data science platform and safe haven. Scalable and secure, it is pre-loaded with the latest analytical tools and technologies to enable analysis of complex datasets in multi-disciplinary teams.

The challenge will link data from almost 200 NHS organisations, including GPs and hospitals, covering a third of London. The Aridhia data science team, consisting of eight highly experienced informatics experts, will work directly with analysts, clinicians, commissioners, and care providers, to undertake ‘hands on investigation’ of the data and identify previously unseen trends and stories.

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SEP Launches Infrastructure Fund

September 1st, 2014

£135 million raised to invest in UK energy projects
GLASGOW (UK), 1 September 2014 – Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) announces that it has raised £135 million for a new infrastructure fund to invest in UK-based clean energy projects.
The Environmental Capital Fund (ECF) has been backed by SSE plc, the FTSE 100 energy company, as well as a syndicate of financial investors led by Lexington Partners, the world’s largest independent manager of secondary private equity and co-investment funds.
The fund has been anchored with the acquisition of an existing SSE infrastructure business (SSE Pipelines), which provides low pressure gas connections for residential and commercial customers across the UK.
SEP will use the balance of the fund to invest in a diversified portfolio of new, UK-based, clean energy infrastructure projects – such as hydro power, energy efficiency, heat pumps and district heating schemes.
The UK clean energy infrastructure market is growing rapidly, with a substantial requirement for new capital. Demand for capital is driven by the need to replace ageing traditional power assets, to increase the cost competitiveness of renewable power, and the requirement for increased security of energy supply.
ECF marks the first move into the infrastructure market for SEP, but complements the Environmental Energies Fund (EEF) launched in 2011, which acquired a portfolio of venture capital and private equity cleantech investments from SSE.
SEP has recruited a new team to manage the fund, headed by existing SEP partner Gary Le Sueur.

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Appointedd Attracts First Round of Investment Spelling the End for Pen and Paper

August 31st, 2014

appointedd blog

Equity Gap announced today a £160K investment in online booking startup Appointedd, alongside Apollo Informal Investment and the Scottish Investment Bank, the investment arm of Scottish Enterprise.

The deal, led by Equity Gap, will allow Appointedd to hire new staff, doubling the size of its team and driving a rapid growth strategy targeting new markets and territories. Appointedd’s disruptive software delivers a comprehensive set of services including online booking, customer relationship management and marketing.

Until now, the market for business management software has centred around large enterprises. But recent technological advances, and the maturing ‘software as a service’ model, have made this technology available at a fraction of the cost and so, accessible to SMEs. Read the rest of this entry »

LEWIS in the news

August 27th, 2014

An award winning, independent agency, LEWIS blends technical expertise and innovation with creative and intelligent design. A trusted partner, LEWIS delivers outstanding work and makes its clients look great – every time. Its unique blend of creativity, design and cutting edge technical innovation brings brilliant ideas to life.

SME Focus: Triathlete who keeps his firm one step ahead of the field, The Herald, 29 September 2014

Finalists unveiled in The Herald Digital Business Awards, The Herald, 24 September 2014

LEWIS 40th Birthday party pictures, Slainte, July 2014

PR Masterclass for Award Winning Startup

August 21st, 2014

We were excited to welcome Dr James Prendergast into Hot Tin Roof this week for media training. Back in June, James won the first ever Edinburgh University post-doc Enterprise Award for his start-up, Dipodo.

Part of his prize was a one-to-one training with our Director – Sarah Lee – to help him learn the practical skills that will help him launch Dipodo and get to market.

A researcher in biomedicine and specifically, the study of genome and epigenome evolution and their relevance to disease, PR and marketing was uncharted territory for James.

Anyone working in biomedical research has to keep on top of new research published every month in a myriad of articles. James knows first hand the difficulty of trawling through life-science journals, trying to find relevant articles in a sea of irrelevance.

He told us that, currently, there are a whopping one million plus articles across 25,000 journals – so finding useful information is tremendously tricky, not to mention tedious!

Spying a gap in the market, James has developed Dipodo, a free online tool that allows users to create their own personalised research journal with tailored searches to suit their unique areas of interest.

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JCI Edinburgh to Host Referendum Debate for Young Professionals

August 19th, 2014

Wednesday 20 August 2014, 6.00pm – 9.00 pm

English Speaking Union Scotland, 23 Atholl Crescent, Edinburgh, EH3 8HQ           
With less than five weeks to go until the referendum, JCI Edinburgh’s Charlotte Square Club is hosting a debate on Scottish Independence that specifically seeks to address the concerns of young people in business.

Featuring speakers from both sides of the campaign, the event aims to equip young professionals with the facts they need in order to make an informed decision on the 18th of September. The panel will feature a variety of young business professionals and will give attendees the chance to gain answers to their burning questions.

The event, which is completely free and is open to non-members, will provide a unique opportunity for attendees to gain clarity on the issues that particularly affect them.

The evening will be split in two, starting with a debate featuring members of JCI Edinburgh. The second part will centre around a panel discussion with the opportunity for questions from the floor, featuring journalist Ian Fraser, Iain McGill of Harmony Employment and Scottish debating champion Paul Stretton.

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Dummy Jim in the News

July 24th, 2014

Dummy Jim 2

 

Dummy Jim weaves fiction, documentary, animation and archive to explore the eccentric adventures of profoundly deaf Scots long-distance cyclist James Duthie who hailed from the close- knit Aberdeenshire fishing community of Cairnbulg and Inverallochy. In 1951, he set out on a lone cycling tour to Morocco but after three months he found himself at the Arctic Circle. In July 2014, the film set off on its first tour round Scottish cinemas.

Dummy Jim hits the road again, The Press and Journal, 28 June 2014 

Cyclist’s epic journey hits big screenSTV Aberdeen online, 1 July 2014

Dummy Jim sets out on Scots tour, The Herald, 3 July 2014 

Dummy Jim comes home, ReelScotland, 3 July 2014 

Dummy Jim: A Wee Tour, The List, 10 July 2014  

Interview with Matt Hulse, STV News at 6, 11 July 2014     

To See Oursels in the news

July 20th, 2014

To See Oursels is a touring season of films featuring a director’s cut of Scottish history, culture and identity. Combining a range of classic Scottish films and rarely screened TV dramas, expert introductions and panel discussions, the season shines a spotlight on Scottish identity – from the heroic to the gritty – and on how Scotland has understood itself on screen over the last four decades.

Janice Forsyth interviews John Byrne and Jonny Murray, BBC Radio Scotland, 28 Aug 2014

Moving documentary charting Scots through the ages gets Aberdeen debut, The Press and Journal, 27 Aug 2014

Scotland Film Event Highlights – August 2014, The Skinny, August 2014

Tuesday in Edinburgh – what’s on today, The Edinburgh Reporter, 19 August 2014

Teenage Kicks, To See Oursels: this week’s new film events, The Guardian, 02 Aug 2014

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Film season offers Scots the chance To See Oursels on screen

July 17th, 2014

Audiences across Scotland are invited to watch the director’s cut of Scottish history, culture and identity this summer as touring film season ‘To See Oursels’ hits the road.

Combining a range of classic Scottish films and rarely screened TV dramas, expert introductions and panel discussions, the season shines a spotlight on Scottish identity – from the heroic to the gritty – and on how Scotland has understood itself on screen over the last four decades.

To See Oursels will visit six venues across Scotland, spanning Inverness to Dumfries. Screenings kick off at Glasgow Film Theatre on Sunday 3 August with Bill Forsyth’s Local Hero, which will be introduced by the season’s curator, Dr Jonny Murray of Edinburgh College of Art.

Fans of the much beloved film will also be treated to Q&A sessions with the director. Taking place after the screenings in Dundee, Inverness and Edinburgh, Bill Forsyth will join the audience to explore the film’s comic subversion of a wide range of Scottish stereotypes.
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Free for Startups: SocialBro Helps David Beat Goliath On Twitter

July 1st, 2014

SocialBro, the Twitter analytics, marketing and management platform for business, is giving startups and small businesses a helping hand with the launch of a free forever package. From today, users with a Twitter community of 5000 or less will be able to access SocialBro’s powerful tools through the new Free Cloud plan and analyze and act on Twitter data to grow, engage and monetize their audience.

SocialBro is one of only two members of the prestigious Twitter Certified Program (alongside complementary Twitter client Hootsuite) to offer free access to a product providing analytics and action capability. It combines real time actionable data with the power to deliver and manage campaigns, harnessing the amazing potential of Twitter as a marketing channel to deliver high impact results across a range of metrics.

Javier Burón, SocialBro’s co-founder and CEO, says: “With more and more consumers demanding a truly personalized experience, Twitter has created a level playing field where small businesses can take on global brands. Many small companies are incredibly creative in using Twitter to attract new customers and SocialBro’s new free option is the final piece of the puzzle, enabling them to leverage their online community and use SocialBro with Twitter to drive their growth.”
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