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Why we love words… and always have done

Monday, February 27th, 2017

While school children across the country dress up as their favourite characters and take part in competitions about famous book plots, all in celebration of World Book Day on 2 March, we cats at Hot Tin Roof offer a little insight to where our love of sharing a good story really began, with a summary of our favourite children’s books.

Lee’s choice: The Readers Digest book of Strange Stories Amazing Facts

I’m a 70s’ kid. Weird stuff seemed to be all the rage and this book fuelled my nine year old imagination and made me want to read on and read more. Spring Heeled Jack, Yetis and the Chupacabra – they are all in here. But beware of the story about the faces appearing on the Spanish kitchen floor, those pages still scare the bejesus out of me.

Vickie’s choice: The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters…

This is the tale of a postman who delivers mail to fairy-tale characters. From Cinderella to the Three Bears, he visits them all. As if that isn’t already amazing enough, several pages were envelopes containing letters and blank postcards. So not only could you read other people’s mail, you could write your own, too. If you still aren’t convinced, it’s well worth it when you rediscover the book later in life and read all the hilarious things you wrote in your postcards! (more…)

We are hiring – PR Account Manager

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

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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 cat@hottinroof.co.uk

To apply please send your CV and a covering letter for the attention of Sarah Lee to cat@hottinroof.co.uk.

Mapping tech role models and mentoring in Scotland to attract girls into digital careers

Monday, February 13th, 2017

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A new initiative promoting greater use of female role models and mentors in schools has been launched as part of Scotland’s strategy to tackle the gender imbalance in digital technology. (more…)

Pioneering manufacturers bring UK-first precision technology to Scotland

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

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Edinburgh manufacturer, Vert Rotors, has revealed installation of ultra-precision machinery for the manufacture of micro compressors used in satellites and medical devices.

As a result of this news Vert Rotors will create three highly skilled new jobs in Scotland. The project received a £46,000 Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) support grant from Scottish Enterprise, and helped Vert to realise a quarter million investment. (more…)

New source of tech talent as CodeClan’s Glasgow course takes off

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

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CodeClan, the UK’s first accredited digital skills academy, is offering employers access to a fresh source of digital talent in the west as its Glasgow courses get off to a flying start.

The academy has seen a great take-up for its first 16-week software development course and applications are flooding in from those keen to secure their place on cohorts two and three, which are due to begin later this year. (more…)

From drones to little lighthouses – 10 inspiring projects funded by Digital Xtra

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

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The Digital Xtra fund has awarded £150,000 to a series of sustainable digital initiatives aimed at engaging and inspiring Scotland’s next generation of digital makers.

Sums of up to £25,000 were awarded to support 10 extracurricular computing science projects, including one that uses the context of lighthouses to introduce young people to STEM concepts, and another that teaches young people to code using the BBC Micro:bit. (more…)

Broadband nightmares: Farrpoint believes investment from small suppliers can spark change

Monday, January 30th, 2017

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A lack of good broadband often hinders growth and companies’ ability to support new contracts and associated data exchanges. Real Business spoke to Farrpoint on how we could be on the brink of change. (more…)

BURNS BABY BURNS

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

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Working in PR we are big fans of the written word, and appreciate a clever turn of phrase. We know how important it is for anything we write to be accessible to a wide audience, be it a blog, press release or even a 140 character Tweet.

As such we have a great appreciation for one of Scotland’s most beloved sons, Robert Burns. By writing not only in his native Scots, but also in English and a lighter Scots dialect, he ensured his poems, sonnets and even political commentaries reached the whole of the United Kingdom and beyond.
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How to make a PR plan

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

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All across the country, right now, PR teams are brainstorming ideas for 2017.

Why? So they can keep their brand in the news.

Every plan will be different. But all will use milestones as hooks for planning activity and creating the news that will keep them in the headlines.
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App to manage student finances is a hit with judges in teen pitching challenge

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

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An app created to assist students with their personal finances has scooped first place at an innovative pitching competition designed to challenge Glasgow teenagers to come up with their own creative digital start-up idea.

PA was created by Daniel Marshall and John Yogathas, two 17 year olds from Glasgow, who were students of the RookieOven Academy, a six-week start-up school that gives 16-18 year olds the chance to develop digital, marketing and entrepreneurial skills. Students devise their own digital product idea and at the end of the course they pitch their concept to industry experts.
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Business savvy developers to be in high demand in 2017

Monday, December 19th, 2016

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Talented web and mobile software developers will be highly sought after in 2017 as the Scottish tech industry continues its growth spurt.

Gordon Kaye and Sam Wason, joint managing directors of specialist recruiter Cathcart Associates, have a unique insight into the hiring plans of many of the country’s top tech firms and they are predicting another busy year ahead.
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Christmas parties that “strike” the right note

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

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Christmas parties are one of the most talked about subjects at this time of year, and usually not for the right reasons! People have been taking to twitter to share their worst office party stories using #officepartyfails and it’s not pretty!

It’s not surprising, then, that according to event management platform Eventbrite, non-traditional Christmas parties are on the rise. Always keen to stay ahead of the trend, the cats at Hot Tin Roof will be donning the requisite footwear and heading to the bowling alley next week, fuelled by some festive fizz, a mince pie or two, and a strong competitive streak.
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Aridhia cements success with new office in Scotland’s precision medicine hub

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

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Today clinical and translational informatics company, Aridhia, celebrate the opening of its new office in the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, the largest acute hospital in Western Europe.

Located in the University of Glasgow’s Clinical Innovation Zone in the hospital’s Teaching and Learning Centre alongside Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre (SMS-IC), Aridhia’s new office is home to an expanding team with a focus on data and analytics innovation in biomedical research and precision medicine. (more…)

Aridhia broadens European appeal with new RSRCH-Health service in Netherlands

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

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Scottish clinical and translational informatics company Aridhia, Netherlands-based ICT service provider Vancis, and clinical datasets experts MGRID are today announcing the expansion of their existing partnership with the launch of a new research platform service, RSRCH-Health, into the Netherlands.

The initiative will be introduced at the Health-RI conference on December 1st in Amersfoort, Netherlands to an audience of researchers, academics and clinicians who are being encouraged to work together to enable ground-breaking biomedical research. (more…)

Action plan in development to attract more women into technology

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

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Supporting and encouraging greater female participation in digital technology could open up a rich seam of talent to support Scotland’s digital future, according to research behind an action plan to address the gender imbalance.

Over the years the number of women working in digital technology roles has declined, but more recently there have been improvements. Research completed on behalf of Scotland’s Digital Technology Skills Group found that women remain underrepresented, accounting for 18 per cent of the workforce. (more…)

CodeClan celebrates first anniversary with Glasgow expansion in 2017

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

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CodeClan, Scotland’s first accredited digital skills academy, celebrates its first birthday this week with welcome news that its first 16-week software development course in Glasgow will start in January 2017.

The ground breaking 16-week course will be delivered by CodeClan in The Tontine, Glasgow’s new high-tech acceleration and growth space for young aspiring businesses.
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Alfie the Hot Tin Roof office dog

Friday, November 11th, 2016

Lee Birchall spills the beans on our favourite furry friend

Meet Alfie. He is a five-year-old Border terrier. He was born in Stow, he likes sniffing things at great length, chasing squirrels and playing ‘two ball’ – an elaborate throwing and catching game. He is also the seventh member of the Hot Tin Roof team.

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Alfie makes the daily commute on foot and happily pads round the office, mixing things up with a nap in one of his favourite spots. He contributes to office life in his own little way but can occasionally be a nuisance. If you are thinking of getting a pet at work here’s our guide to the pros and cons of having a pedigree chum in your office

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SEP announces close of new technology-focused fund

Monday, November 7th, 2016

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Scottish Equity Partners (SEP), the venture capital firm behind some of the UK’s most exciting high growth technology companies, today announces that it has raised £260 million for its latest limited partnership fund, SEP V.

The new fund, which was above target and over-subscribed, will be invested in high growth companies based mainly in the UK, although investments in companies in other European countries will also be targeted.
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What goes ‘bump in the night’ in Edinburgh?

Monday, October 31st, 2016

We may not have won a night sleeping in a coffin in Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania (cool, right?) but Edinburgh is jam packed with ghostly apparitions and tortured spirits wandering the streets of the Old Town.

So if you fancy ditching the spooky costumes, sweet treats and scary movies in favour of a real-life ‘fright night’ this Halloween then here’s our top five places in Edinburgh sure to send a shiver down your spine …

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Scottish IT recruiter celebrates a year of international success

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

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Cathcart Associates is celebrating one year in Bangkok after becoming the first UK based IT recruitment firm to open a branch in the Thai capital.

The Edinburgh based company opened its first international office in Bangkok in October 2015 and is currently one of only a handful of dedicated IT recruiters in the country.

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Curiosity is crucial for the PR cat – and other lessons from my first year at Hot Tin Roof

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

 

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I joined Hot Tin Roof just over a year ago, and what a year it has been. I joined the agency as a relative newbie to PR, armed with a cheery attitude, an ambition to learn, and a distinct lack of Mac computer operating skills that had to be addressed immediately!
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North of Scotland students lift coveted awards

Friday, October 7th, 2016

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An exceptional student from Robert Gordon’s University has been named Young Software Engineer of the Year 2016. Stuart Whitehead won first prize for an innovative project developing a software platform for internet of things (IoT) applications. The judge considered the project to be outstanding.
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Digital tech industry to think big, move fast at ScotSoft

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

 

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Key players in Scotland’s digital technologies industry will gather in Edinburgh tomorrow (Thursday 6 October) to ask what it takes to build a global business and stay agile while scaling for growth.

The issues will be debated as part of the Global Forum at this year’s ScotSoft conference. Two panels of experts will answer questions and share advice, encouragement and their personal war stories with the audience of CEOs and decision makers at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.
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Digital Xtra opens new round of funding for extracurricular computing projects

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

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Scotland’s Digital Xtra Fund launched in May 2016 and awarded £250,000 to 12 projects, which expect to reach a combined total of 10,500 young people across the country by March 2017. An additional £150,000 has now been made available in response to the high number of applications received for the first round of funding.

Applications open today (3 October) via Public Contracts Scotland and eligible organisations can bid for grants from £1500 to a maximum £25000 per project to support computing science and digital skills focused extracurricular activities for 2016/17.

Funding is intended to support enterprising organisations that give young people aged 16 and under opportunities to learn computer science related digital skills and contribute to widening the provision of extracurricular computing science related activities across Scotland.
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Cyber security on the agenda for ScotSoft as international expert comes to Edinburgh

Monday, September 26th, 2016

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Internationally renowned cyber-security expert, Troy Hunt, has been unveiled by ScotlandIS as a keynote speaker at this year’s ScotSoft developers conference.

In his keynote speech the Australian based web security expert, Microsoft regional director and MVP will be drawing on his years of experience running the ethical data breach service ‘have I been pwned’,.

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Hunt will look at what motivates attackers to dump data publicly, how it is sold, traded and redistributed and why. He will also share his experiences of interacting with the people attacking the systems, those who have been impacted and law enforcement agencies.
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Equity Gap is Scotland’s most active angel syndicate

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

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Equity Gap, a leading Scottish business angel syndicate, focused on funding emerging Scottish businesses with growth potential, has reported strong investment activity and vigorous deal flow.

Investments completed during the last year include Insignia Technologies, Synaptec, Appointedd, Shotscope and VERT Rotors, making it Scotland’s busiest syndicate in the first half of 2016.

The syndicate has rapidly grown from 15 original founders to 100 members, completing over 50 rounds of funding, since 2010. Through the co-investment model it has leveraged £19.9m investment into the Scottish economy in partnership with Scottish Investment Bank and other syndicates.

Scotland has fostered a vibrant business angel community since the early 90’s and the global angel community looks to the Scottish model – including the pioneering public private co-investment fund – to inspire and instruct.
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New funding opportunity with Digital Xtra coming soon

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

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Scotland’s Digital Xtra Fund is to make an additional £150,000 available to support computing science and digital skills focused extracurricular activities for 2016/17.

Applications will open in early October and eligible organisations will be able to bid for grants from £1500 to a maximum £25000 per project.

The Digital Xtra Fund launched in May 2016 and is part of a wider programme of activity dedicated to developing digital skills and making extracurricular computing science activities available to all young people aged 16 and under, whatever their background and wherever they live in Scotland.
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RMD targets growth with renewed focus on power protection

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

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RMD Ltd has announced that it is energetically aiming to double its turnover within three years by capitalising on its profitable power protection specialism.

Formerly known as RMD Power and Cooling, the business has also rebranded and launched a re-designed corporate identity and website to reflect its new strategic direction.

The Alloa-based company plans to drive growth through its core business – the supply, installation and maintenance of power protection systems. While it will continue to offer IT facility solutions it will no longer prioritise the large scale datacentre design and build projects which have been a key focus in recent years.
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New look Aquila Inisight expands into new offices

Monday, September 12th, 2016

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Fast growing data analytics company Aquila Insight has moved into the former offices of FanDuel in Edinburgh’s CodeBase incubator to supports its rapid expansion.

The firm, which is headquartered in Edinburgh and has offices in London and Derby, has also rebranded to mark a new chapter as it approaches its fourth birthday.
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Vert Rotors unveils breakthrough low-vibration nano compressor at IMTS 2016

Friday, September 9th, 2016

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Compressor manufacturer Vert Rotors today unveiled the world’s smallest low-vibration, clean air compressor at the International Manufacturing Trade Show in Chicago, following recent successful testing to prove readiness for production.

The VERT.04.W ‘nano’ compressor represents a breakthrough in engineering, producing clean, oil-free air compressed to 115 psi compared to current small industry-standard rotors that struggle to produce more than 32 psi.

Developed in response to global consumer demand, Vert’s micro compressors operate with minimal vibration and noise and use water-injection rather than machine oil, eliminating environmental threats or possibility of oil contamination.
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