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Job vacancies up but skills crisis threatens growth of Scotland’s booming digital technologies

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013
ScotlandIS, Scotland’s trade body for the IT and digital sector, published highlights of its
eighth annual members’ survey today. Against a background of strong and sustained industry
growth, the demand for jobs in digital technologies remains a critical barrier as companies
report increasingly hard to fill vacancies and specific skills shortages.
These are the latest findings from the Scottish technology industry’s annual ‘barometer’ that
shows that almost 70% of respondents are planning to take on more staff
10% on 2012 figures.(1)
Employing over 100,000 people, the IT and digital industry in Scotland is now growing faster
than any other sector, with 45,000 new professionals needed in the next five years.(2) This
view is echoed by last month’s Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs, which shows that demand
for permanent jobs in IT and computing continues to lead all other sectors in Scotland.(3)
Polly Purvis, Executive Director of ScotlandIS, says: “Today’s survey results and industry
findings reinforce the message that comes back again and again from our members. They
are going for growth and there is significant pent up demand for skilled people in the digital
technologies industry.
“There’s an increasing buzz about the industry as business and government transform their
operations through the smart application of technology. We’re seeing growing confidence
across the industry, from startups to the growing number of Scottish digital technology
businesses carving out export markets around the world.”
Software and web development skills are in the greatest demand (66%), closely followed by
commercial and business skills (53%) and project management skills (49%).
Good news also for graduates who are now one of the categories of staff most in demand at
58% – neck and neck with operatives roles at 60%. However, the lack of local talent is forcing
employers further afield when looking for staff with half (52%) of all respondents reporting
they will need to recruit people from outside Scotland.
Steven Drost, CEO of Stipso comments: “Startups like ours are having a challenging
time finding qualified software developers. Startups need to focus on a lean development
environment so we can prototype cheaply and get to market fast. The skills needed in the
lean development environment such as Ruby coding are in particularly short supply.”
As headcount is set to rise in this sector, so too are sales. The survey showed that 80%
of respondents expect their sales to increase this year.
export markets, it’s good to see that over half (53.3%) of respondents report they are selling
overseas with another 13% looking to export.
Wendy McDougall of 9-20 recruitment said: “It’s good to see continued demand for both
skilled operatives and graduates – that’s very encouraging for those students qualifying this
summer. The challenge is keeping the talent coming through the pipeline from universities
and colleges to keep up with the demand for skilled workers in the digital technology
industries”.
Alastair O’Brien, Public Sector Director of Amor Group and Deputy Chair of ScotlandIS,
added: “The ScotlandIS annual survey confirms what Amor has said in the past, namely,
the software industry in Scotland is crying out for suitably qualified graduates, growth in our
industry is being restricted, and Scotland is losing out to other countries. It is unacceptable
in the midst of a world-wide digital revolution that Scotland doesn’t have enough talented
graduates to exploit fantastic global opportunities. In order to be successful, Scotland needs
more qualified graduates, we need to encourage and provide the opportunities for the next
generation of students to be part of such a successful industry”.
The IT and Telecoms industry contributes £4 billion (5%) of Scotland’s economy annually.
The technology sector creates thousands of new jobs each year and its growth boosts the
Scottish economy by more than £30m annually. Scotland could add £12bn to its economy,
create 20,000 additional high value jobs and create 1,000 new businesses over the next five
years by enabling digital technologies.

ScotlandIS in the news

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

ScotlandIS logo


The trade body for the information and communications technologies (ICT) industry, ScotlandIS represents around 200 software, telecomms, IT and creative technologies businesses throughout Scotland.

ScotlandIS: some good news for the UK technologies sector in the Autumn Statement, Tech City News, 24 November 2016

Comments: Autumn Statement, Compute Scotland, 24 November 2016

Autumn Statement dissected – your take on the fiscal plan, Scotland B2B, 23 November 2016

Autumn Statement 2016: £400m of venture capital funds pumped into British Business Bank, Real Business, 23 November 2016

Autumn statement; some good news for the technologies sector, FutureScot 23 November 2016

Scots urged to match digital investment, Holyrood, 23 November 2016

Tech 100: ‘Scotland must raise its sights to become a digital world leader’, Holyrood, 24 November 2016

Radio interview with Polly Purvis ahead of Cyber Threats event, BBC Good Morning Scotland, 19 November 2016

Tech events round up, FutureScot, 14 November 2016


Measures are required to protect companies from cyber criminals
, The National, 7 November 2016

Measures are required to protect companies from cyber criminals, The National, 7 November 2016

FS Fives – Daily Tech Round Up, FutureScot, 1 November 2016

Experts to tackle digital cyber threat, Daily Business, 1 November 2016

ScotlandIS to host digital technology cyber threat event, SBNN, 1 November 2016

Top cyber experts to give talks on security breaches, The National, 1 November 2016

Top cyber experts to give talks on security breaches, The National, 1 November 2016

ScotlandIS: hosts digital cyber threat, Compute Scotland, 31 October 2016

ScotlandIS to host digital technology cyber threat event, Tech City News, 31 October 2016

Employers facing loss of crucial EU talent amid Brexit camp jingoism, The Herald, 14 October 2016

Ian McConnell: Employers facing loss of crucial EU talent amid Brexit camp jingoism, The Herald, 14 October 2016

North of Scotland students lift coveted IT awards, SBNN, 9 October 2016


Young Software Engineers
, Tech City News, 7 October 2016

Aberdeen Student named top young software engineer, The Scotsman, 7 October 2016

Crooks and kids (not scary spies paid by govt overlords) are behind most breaches, The Register, 7 October 2016

Troy Hunt Interview, Radio Forth, 6 October 2016

7 Elements Interview, Radio Forth, 6 October 2016


Digital sector urged to ‘think big and move fast’
, The Scotsman, 6 October 2016

Scotland set to tap into virtual reality revolution, The Scotsman, 6 October 2016

We need to talk about tech, BQ Live, 6 October 2016

Talks explore digital growth, The National, 6 October 2016

Russell urges cross-party talks on Brexit options, Daily Business, 12 October 2016

Cyber risks on agenda at captial conference, Daily Business, 6 October 2016

o-design-will-heart-scottish-government-digital-strategy, Future Scot, 6 October 2016


‘We are on the crest of another wave of technology’
, Future Scot, 6 October 2016

We need to to talk about tech, BQ Live, 5 October 2016

Cybersecurity on the agenda for ScotSoft as international expert comes to Edinburgh, Tech City News, 26 September 2016

Scotsoft cyber security expert keynote, Compute Scotland, 26 September 2016

Cyber security on the agenda for ScotSoft as international expert comes to Edinburgh, SBNN, 26 September 2016

Web security expert flies in for summit, The Courier, 26 September 2016

Cyber risks on agenda at captial conference, The National, 26 September 2016

Cyber risks on agenda at captial conference, The National, 26 September 2016

Scottish digital industry body urges action on negative impact of Brexit, Public Technology, 2 September 2016

Tech trade body calls for “decisive” Brexit action, FutureScot, 1 September 2016

Scottish business groups call for action after Brexit, BBC Online, 1 September 2016

Scotland’s digital sector calls for action to tackle negative impact of Brexit, Holyrood, 1 September 2016

Fifth of digital firms ‘would quit UK’ over EU vote, Daily Business, 1 September 2016

Positive action required to tackle Brexit inertia says digital tech sector, SBNN, 1 September 2016

Polly interviewed on Good Morning Scotland, BBC Radio Scotland, 1 September 2016

Technology sector calls for government action to limit impact of Brexit, The National, 1 September

Brexit ‘threatens’ digital technology, The National, 1 September 2016

Information tecnnology companies worried about access to skilled staff after Brexit vote, The Herald, 1 September 2016

Brexit will harm access to IT staff finds industry survey, The Herald, 1 September 2016


Digital sector calls for action as fears mount over Brexit
, The Scotsman, 1 September 2016

Digital sector calls for action as fears mount over Brexit, The Scotsman, 1 September 2016

Tackling Brexit fears head on with positive action, Business Quarter, 31 August 2016

Friday Fives, Future Scot, 25 August 2016

Friday Fives, Future Scot, 12 August 2016


ScotlandIS digital tech boom for the Scots
, Tech & Learning UK, 11 July 2016

FS Fives: Friday, June 24 *BREXIT SPECIAL*, Future Scot, 28 June 2016

Scottish digital technologies trade body achieves national first, SBNN, 23 June 2016

European award for ScotlandIS, The Scotsman, 23 June 2016

ScotlandIS scores first with Eurppean Commision accreditation, The Herald, 23 June 2016

Scotland’s digital tech trade body wins European accreditation, The Herald, 23 June 2016

ScotlandIS awarded national first, Compute Scotland, 22 June 2016

ScotlandIS wins European accreditation, Daily Business, 22 June 2016

European accolade for digital trade body ScotlandIS, The Scotsman, 22 June 2016

FS Fives: Monday, June 13, FutureScot, 13 June 2016

ScotSoft extends Developers Conference after successful first year, SBNN, 9 June 2016


Developers to get full day at Scotsoft event
, Daily Business, 9 June 2016


Sir Chris Hoy saddles up for ScotlandIS conference
, The Scotsman, 9 June 2016

Scotsoft 2016, October 6th, Compute Scotland, 9 June 2016

Facebook buyout boost, The Herald 30 May 2016

Scotlands tech sector needs young people, The Scotsman, 27 May 2016

Tech sector boss highlights ‘missed opportunity’ of cabinet reshuffle, FutureScot, 19 May 2016

Success for digital firm Calnex, Linlithgow Gazette, 29 April 2016

Why smart meters could be the future of digital innovation in Scotland, ScotlandB2B, 26 April 2016

Smart meters offer a platform for digital innovation, Building Construction, 26 April 2016

Smart meters offer platform for digital innovation, conference told, Scottish Housing News, 26 April 2016

Scotland’s digital technologies industry reports ‘strong growth’, E-spaces, 25 April 2016

Skyscanner wins business award, The National, 23 April 2016

Edinburgh firms win big at digital industry awards, ScotlandB2B, 22 April 2016

Skyscanner named Scotland’s best large tech business, The Scotsman,22 April 2016

Scotland’s digital stars honoured at ScotlandIS annual awards, Scottish Business News, 21 April 2016

Technology toasts success at sell-out ceremony, Daily Business, 21 April 2016

Sixth ScotlandIS honour digital stars, Compute Scotland, 21 April 2016

Technology industry survey, Contractor Umbrella, 11 April 2016

How to turn Scotland into a world-leading digital nation, The Scotsman, 7 April 2016

Scottish Technology Industry Survey featured on Reporting Scotland, BBC Scotland, 1 April 2016

Polly Purvis interview Scottish Technology Industry Survey, BBC Radio Scotland, 1 April 2016

Digital technologies industry reports ‘strong growth’, BBC News Online, 1 April 2016

Minding Scotland’s research gap, BBC News Online, 1 April 2016

Technology industry survey, The Times, 1 April 2016

Scotland’s tech industry optimistic for 2016 after ‘exceptional’ year, The Herald, 1 April 2016

Tech sectors boom set to continue says new report, The National, 1 April 2016

Two in three Scottish digi-tech firms increased sales in 2015, Press & Journal, 1 April 2016

Scotland’s tech sector ‘optimistic’ following strong 2015 year, Daily Record, 1 April 2016

Demand for digital technology talent outstripping supply, The Courier, 1 April 2016

Exceptional year for Scottish tech, BQ Live, 1 April 2016

Thriving digital sector striving to tackle skills shortage, Daily Business, 1 April 2016

Digital technologies industry reports ‘strong growth’, Santander Corporate, 1 April 2016

Strong Growth For Digital Technologies Industry, Scottish Financial Review, 1 April 2016

Scotland could create 70,000 tech jobs by 2020, Fresh Business Thinking, 1 April 2016

Fund to support digital activities for young people,The Scotsman, 1 April 2016

Fund to support digital activities for young people, Skills Development Scotland, 1 April 2016

Scotland’s tech industry optimistic for 2016 after exceptional year, SBNN, 1 April 2016

Scotland’s digital technology sector ‘thriving’ as entries flood in for awards, Holyrood, 17 March 2016

50% increase in Scotland’s digital award entries thanks to tech industry growth, SBNN, 16 March 2016

Scotland’s digital award entries up by half, Daily Business, 16 March 2016

Scotland’s digital award entries up by half thanks to tech industry growth, Edinburgh Science Triangle, 16 March 2016

ScotlandIS Awards: April, Compute Scotland, 16 March 2016

Digital firms queue up for awards as sector booms, The National, 16 March 2016

Shortlist unveiled for Scottish digital tech awards, The Scotsman, 16 March 2016

ScotlandIS chief on gender ratio in Scots technology, The Scotsman, 10 March 2016

Silicon Glen: It’s decline and why Scotland no longer needs it, The Scotsman, 10 March 2016

Future skills special, Scottish Business Insider, March 2016 edition

Science and Technology special, Scottish Business Insider, March 2016 edition

Meet the MD: Polly Purvis of ScotlandIS, Business Quarter, 8 March 2016

The Digital List – Polly Purvis and Tommy Laughlin, 24 February 2016

Interview with Polly Purvis, The Times (Future Scot), 24 February 2016

Focus: digital growth, Compute Scotland, 23 February 2016

Trade body calls for digital collaboration, ScotlandB2B, 22 February 2016

Tech body calls for digital economy focus in Scottish Parliament Election 2016 manifesto, CBR, 19 February 2016

Tech body predicts 70,000 new digital technology jobs by 202, SBNN, 19 February 2016

ScotlandIS predicts 70,000 new jobs by 2021, Business Quarter 19 February 2016

Plea to help develop invisible industry, Daily Business, 19 February 2016

Friday Business roundup, The Scotsman, 19 February 2016

Morning news bulletin, Forth One, 19 February 2016

Scottish tech body calls for focus on growth, The Herald, 19 February 2016

Government support could see 70,000 jobs created, The Scotsman, 19 February 2016

Digital sector support needed, The Courier, 19 February 2016

Digital and Tech Predictions for 2016, CodeClan, 26 January 2016

Computing sees gender imbalance in reverse, Scottish Business Insider, January 2016 edition

Major steps on road to world class digital vision, Scottish Business Insider, January 2016 edition

Awards beckon for Scotland’s digital tech firms, ScotlandB2B, 12 Janaury 2016

The ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards 2016 are now open for entries with some new categories emerging., Compute Scotland, 8 Janaury 2016


Trio of categories added to Scottish digital tech awards
, The Scotsman, 7 January 2016

Digital technology Oscars open for entries, Innovators Mag, 7 January 2016

Scotland’s Digital Technology Oscars Open for Entries, Scottish Business News Network, 7 January 2016

Polly Purvis appointed chair of digital skills academy, Paystream, 22 December 2015

Purvis To Chair Digital Skills Academy, Scottish Financial Review, 21 December 2015

Purivs to chair skills academy CodeClan, Daily Business, 21 December 2015


ScotlandIS chief to chair CodeClan
, The Herald, 21 December 2015

Polly Purvis takes chair at digital skills academy, The Scotsman, 21 December 2015

Polly Purvis named CodeClan chair, BQ Live, 21 December 2015

Skyscanner and Fanduel sucess inspires next Scot tech superstars, The Scotsman, 10 December 2015

Mapix Technologies: Around the World in 80 Trades, BQ Live, 9 December 2015

Movers & Shakers – December 2015, BQ Live, 2 December 2015

Sutherland to head up ScotlandIS in North East, Daily Business, 30 November 2015

Boost for North East’s digital sector, Innovators Mag, 30 November 2015

Grampian digitech lobbyist, Compute Scotland, 30 November 2015

ScotlandIS appoints Allan Sutherland North East representative, SBNN, 30 November 2015

New bosses appointed at Aberdeen firms, Press & Journal, 30 November 2015

ScotlandIS appoints digital veteran to north-east role, The Scotsman, 30 November 2015

ScotlandIS awards first CodeClan scholarship, The Scotsman, 2 November 2015

First scholarship awarded at CodeClan, Edinburgh Reporter, 2 November 2015

How Scotland’s FIrst Coding School Plans to Help Plug the Skils Gap, Tech World, 1 October 2015

Think games not gamification,Research, 24 September 2015

ScotlandIS chief Polly Purvis on what lies in store for the tech industry, Holyrood Magazine, 24 September 2015

Dundee student is Scotland’s young engineer of the year, STV Dundee, 21 September 2015

Abertay student lifts Young Software Engineer of the Year Award 2015, Scottish Business News Network, 20 September 2015

2015 Software names to watch, Compute Scotland, 19 September 2015

Top Prize for Peeter, The Courier, 19 September 2015

Young Software Engineer of the Year Award won by Abertay student, Abertay University, 18 September 2015

Edinburgh set to host first Developers’ Conference, Scotland B2B, 17 September 2015

ScotlandIS urges ‘think big’, Compute Scotland, 17 September 2015

ScotlandIS calls on digital tech industry to ‘think big’, Invest Edinburgh, 17 September 2015

ScotlandIS calls on digital tech industry to ‘think big’, BQ Live, 17 September 2015

Polly Purvis on ScotSoft 2015, Forth One News, 17 September 2015

Polly Purvis on ScotSoft 2015, BBC Radio Scotland – Good Morning, 17 September 2015

Tech boss says confidence is high in Scottish industry, The herald 17 September 2015

Firms aim to be third Scots giant in Unicorn hunt, The Scotsman, 17 September 2015

ScotSoft 2015, The Scotsman, 16 September 2015

ScotlandIS Introduces Developers Conference to ScotSoft 2015, Scottish Business News, 21 August 2008

ScotlandIS plans developer event, The Scotsman, 20 August 2015

ScotlandIS Introduces Developers Conference to ScotSoft 2015, Edinburgh Science Triangle, 19 August 2015

Edinburgh set to host first Developers’ Conference, Scotland B2B, 19 August 2015

Developers ‘to explore’ at ScotlandIS conference, Daily Business, 19 August 2015

Insider special report: Women on boards, Scottish Business Insider, 11 August 2015

FanDuel Big Winner at Digi Tech Awards, FreeNewsPos, 23 June 2015

FanDuel Wins big at didgitech awards, Wow247, 22 June 2015

FanDuel are big winners in digital awards, Invest Edinburgh, 22 June 2015

FanDuel the big winner at DigiTech Awards, The Scotsman, 22 June 2015

FanDuel is four-time winner on DigiTech night, Daily Business Group, 22 June 2015

FanDuel scoops four awards as ScotlandIS honours Scotland’s digital stars, Scottish Business News Network, 20 June 2015

FanDuel four time winners as ScotlandIS honours Scotland’s digital stars, Edinburgh Science Triangle, 19 June 2015

ScotlandIS honours Scottish digital stars, Business Quarter, 19 June 2015

Digital technologies celebrate, Compute Scotland, 19 June 2015

Monday Interview: Polly Purvis, ScotlandIS, The Scotsman, 15 June 2015

ScotlandIS chief Polly Purvis confident of growth, The Scotsman, 4 June 2015

Scottish Digital Technologies Ramping Up Staff, UK Fast, 13 May 2015

Contractors with niche skills enjoy increased demand and high rates, but skills gap widens, Contractor Calculator, 15 May 2015

Shortlist Revealed for DigiTech Awards, News for Scotland, 13 May 2015

Buoyant DigiTech 2015, Compute Scotland, 13 May 2015

Old faces and rising stars in DigiTech Awards 2015 shortlist, Business Quarter, 13 May 2015

Shortlist revealed for DigiTech Awards, The Scotsman, 13 May 2015

Scottish digital technologies ramping up staff intake for 2015, Computer Weekly, 12 May 2015

Survey: Scotland’s digital sector confident on growth in 2015, Daily Record, 12 May 2015

Increased confidence among Scotland’s IT sector, survey finds, Hollyrood, 12 May 2015

Grads in demand with Scottish digital tech industry set for further growth this year, HR Review, 11 May 2015

Graduates in demand with IT industry set for further growth, The National, 11 May 2015

Graduates in demand for Scots IT Firms, ScotBuzz 11 May 2015

Digital tech sector ‘to see strong growth in Scotland, Smart Work, 11 May 2015

Positive trends in Scottish digital industry, Business Quarter, 11 May 2015

Graduates in demand with Scottish digital technologies industry set for further growth in 2015, Onrec, 11 May 2015

Graduates in demand with Scottish digital technologies industry set for further growth in 2015, Recruitment International UK, 11 May 2015

Scotland to see 2015 digital tech boom, Computer Business Review, 11 May 2015

Scottish digital technologies industry set for further growth in 2015, Dotrising, 11 May 2015

Scotland’s digital companies upbeat about their future, Tech World, 11 May 2015

Boom year predicted for software and IT sector, The Scotsman, 10 May 2015

Reining in Google’s rising dominance, The Herald, 19 April 2015

Who will be next stars of Digital Tech Awards?, Open Scotland Mag, 8 April 2015

Stars of Scotland’s buoyant tech sector invited to enter 2015 Digital Technology Awards, Edinburgh Science Triangle, 8 April 2015

Come all technies: with-out or in, Compute Scotland, 8 April 2015

Scotland’s IT employability programme hits 1000 placements milestone, Edinburgh Science Triangle, 30 March 2015

Scotland’s IT employability programme hits 1000 placements milestone, Recruitment International UK, 30 March 2015

Scotland’s IT employability programme hits 1000 placements milestone, Onrec, 31 March 2015

IT jobs scheme marks milestone , The Herald, 30 March 2015

Tech sector leader says Scotland can think big, The Herald, 10 January 2015

Bo’ness pupils pop the question to IT giants, Linlithgow Gazette, 13 October 2014

Meet the software geniuses who look just like you, TESS, 10 October 2014

The Bottom Line: The Herald Business Diary, The herald, 9 October 2014

Glasgow Uni student scoops top undergraduate prize, STV Glasgow, 6 October 2014

Dundee Uni student hailed at Young Software Engineer of the Year awards, STV Dundee, 6 October 2014

Scotland’s skills shortage is now heading towards a crisis, BQ Live, 3 October 2014

Event to motivate teenagers into digital careers, The Herald, 3 October 2014

Too few hear about high paid digital careers, The Scotsman, 2 October 2014

Robots to replace accountants? That’s something for the future, BQ Live, 26 September 2014

Robots to replace accountants, Compute Scotland, 26 September 2014

Scottish IT sector growth threatened by skills shortage, The Drum, 04 September 2014

IT and Technology Skills Shortage, The Herald, 04 September 2014

ScotSoft 2013 – Funding Growth, RookieOven, 02 September 2013

Do we need a ‘Cyber Fire Department’?, IAmSteve, 30 August 2013

Tech pioneer Vint Cerf on the age of context and why you can’t be a citizen of the Internet, The Next Web, 30 August 2013

Internet pioneer’s hopes for Scottish IT sector, Herald Scotland, 30 August 2013

Vint Cerf, Larry Cable and Heidi Roizen speak at ScotlandIS global forum, Edinburgh Science Triangle, 28 August 2013

Google internet pioneer at Edinburgh event, Herald Scotland, 28 August 2013

ScotSoft: Scale and fund?, Compute Scotland, 27 August 2013

Scotland’s entrepreneurs urged to ‘think global’, Scotsman, 25 August 2013

Vint Cerf: The internet and 40 years of openness, Computer Weekly, 22 August 2013
Iomart Group Plc : Wins for Outstanding Business Growth at Digital Technology Awards, 4-Traders, 21 June 2013

Amor wins top title at Digital Awards, Business Insider, 21 June 2013

US tech outfit expands Scots base as the IT sector carries on growing, Scotsman, 21 June 2013

Investment strategy aims to tackle IT skills shortage, Scotsman, 16 June 2013

Growth in IT sector held back by skills shortages, Herald Scotland, 3 April 2013

Scotts IT firms recruit abroad in ‘skills crisis’, Scotsman, 3 April 2013

Warning over skills gap in computing, BBC News, 3 April 2013

Scottish IT and digital businesses look elsewhere due to skills shortage, Computer Weekly.com, 3 April 2013

Scotland short of IT skills, Techradar.com, 3April 2013

Summer jobs – surprisingly worth it, Engineering and Technology, 18 May 2012

IT companies urged to take on paid interns, The Scotsman, 13 May 2012

New initiative launched for IT interns,The Journal, 26 April 2012

Scotland debuts ‘Lets Get Paid’ IT scheme for students, Net Imperative, 11 April 2012

Employers urged to pay IT work experience students, HR Review, 11 April 2012

Student IT paid work placements, Compute Scotland, 08 April 2012

Scottish IT firms encouraged to get behind paid intern scheme, Micro Scope, 04 April 2012

Science Fiction Holograms Become a Reality With New 3D Holographic Technology

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Holoxica to unveil sci-fi style interactive holograph technology on TV’s The Gadget Show

Interactive 3D holographic displays, as featured in sci-fi films such as Star Wars, Minority Report and the upcoming Iron Man 3, have finally become a reality.

A new prototype technology created by Edinburgh-based firm Holoxica is to be unveiled on the Gadget Show, produced by North One Television for Channel 5 tonight. The show’s host, Jason Bradbury, describes Holoxica’s new display technology as “extraordinary” and says: “It’s not a movie; it’s not a comic book; the image is actually in thin air right in front of my face.”

Javid Khan Founder and Managing Director of Holoxica, says: “Our second-generation display prototype produces 3D images floating in mid-air that can be altered in real time and viewed without glasses. We added some interactivity via a Kinect motion interface, which allows people to ‘touch’ icons in space and to do things like draw in mid-air. We have written about ten simple apps for it so far, including a sketch pad, a pong game, a clock, a keypad and so on. The commercial potential of the technology is enormous.”

Holoxica is currently seeking further investment to improve the display by making a larger holographic screen to increase the image size, viewing angle and brightness. They want to make the holographic display available to developers who can write their own apps for it.

While the holographic technology has countless potential applications for Heads-Up Displays (HUDs) in the automotive, aerospace, construction, tourism, hospitality, arts and medical sectors, the technology’s creators realise that their breakthrough is likely to create a loud buzz among the world’s gaming community.

Khan continues : “Ever since Chewbacca played R2-D2 at holographic chess in the original Star Wars, gamers have longed for holographic 3D games to become a reality. Holoxica’s new display technology could well be the answer to their prayers.”

Holoxica will be showcasing the technology to the public at The Gadget Show Live! Event between 2-7th April 2013 at the NEC in Birmingham.

Holoxica In The News

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Holoxica was formed in 2008. We are a high-tech startup with two lines of business: 3D holograms and holographic displays.

Our core business is a pioneering 3D holographic display system that suspends dynamic images (alphanumeric datafeeds, animations, advertisements and short 3D video sequences) in mid-air, creating a naturalistic 3D space where a variety of content providers can present games, entertainment, advertisements and information.

We complement our activities by making and selling 3D holograms that reinforce how holograms enable naturalistic viewing of images without requiring the need for eyewear, headsets or optical tricks, avoiding discomfort (headaches, nausea) associated with other technologies.

The Gadget Show, CNet, 5 April 2013

Gadget show live 2013, Crowded Brain, 3 April 2013

Gadgets and Tech to check out at Gadget Show Live 2013, Gadgets Boy, 2 April 2013

Interactive holograpic video display, ITVT, 2 April 2013

Gadget Show Live 2013 at the NEC, The Birmingham Mail, 2 April 2013.

Best tech on show at Gadget Show Live, MSN Tech, 30 March 2013

Interactive holographic video display developed, Optics, 28 March 2013.

3D holograms in your Honda: Hovering HUDs will help you drive, Techradar, 27 March 2013.

Holoxica demonstrates second generation HOE based  3D display, Display Central, 26 March 2013

Holographic tablets – theyre real!, Technoliscious, 25 March 2013

Touch the future as interactive 3D holograms turn out to be reality, Lazy Hacks, 25 March 2013

Touch the future as interactive 3D holograms become reality, Techradar, 25 March 2013.

Future Special – Holographic, The Gadget Show, Channel 5, 25 March 2013

Holoxica targets £1m funding for hologram venture, The Scotsman, 25th March 2013

Top ten gadgets of the future, The Independent, 24th March 2013

Interactive 3D holographic apps written for new display, 3D Focus, 18th March 2013

RMD Power & Cooling appoints Gavin Maxwell as Managing Director

Monday, March 18th, 2013
Demand for datacentre power and cooling products expected to rise steadily over next few
years

RMD Power & Cooling has appointed Gavin Maxwell as its new Managing Director.
With more than 14 years experience with the company in a variety of roles including sales
manager, office manager and operations director, Maxwell has played a key role in the
development of RMD from a small electrical distributor to the UK’s leading independent
supplier of integrated power and cooling solutions for datacentres.
Maxwell takes over from outgoing MD and owner of RMD Power and Cooling, John
Smykala, who will continue to play a key leadership role in the company as Business
Development Director. As the market continues to expand, Smykala will now focus on
opening up new business opportunities for the rapidly growing company.
Gavin Maxwell says: “Thanks to John’s vision and hard work, I’m taking over a company
that’s in great shape with a bright future. Demand for our core products – power and cooling
systems – has increased steadily in recent years and all the indications suggest that this will
continue throughout the rest of this decade.
“Power outages and fluctuations are expected to increase in frequency over the next few
years so many more organisations and businesses of all sizes are looking at installing or
upgrading their own UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply). Likewise, we expect the cooling
side of our business to grow even further as companies continue to upgrade, consolidate or
merge their aging datacentre operations.
Maxwell continues: “I’ve gained an indepth overview of our business and our customers
over the past 14 years so feel confident taking on the role of MD. My aim is to keep the ship
steady, continue with the same vision that has brought us success to date and to keep up-
to-date with new technologies and solutions that can bring value to our customers. I enjoy
being customer-facing so I’ll be maintaining personal contact with our client base to ensure
that our products and services remain closely in tune with their business needs.”
RMD Power & Cooling is based in Alloa, Scotland.

sensewhere in the news

Monday, March 18th, 2013

sensewhere emerged a result of pioneering technology developed by a team of researchers at the University of Edinburgh. The team was later joined by commercial experts from leading technology companies, such as CSR, in order to found sensewhere in 2005. sensewhere’s pure software technology enables precise location information, with no additional infrastructure, in areas where there is no or inaccurate GPS satellite data such as indoors or in tight urban areas.

Edinburgh company creating global crowd sourced database, Invest Edinburgh, 5 November 2014

sensewhere Launches New Indoor Positioning Service, Q8 Daily News, 5 November 2014

SDK launch, Native Mobile, 5 November 2014

Sensewhere Offers Rev Share to Crowdsourcing Partners for Its Indoor Location Technology, GPS Integrated News, 5 November 2014

Firm creates ‘location-based’ advertising software, The Scotsman, 5 November 2014

SDK launch, Compute Scotland, 5 November 2014

Sensewhere Launches New Indoor Positioning Service, Mobile Marketing Magazine, 5 November 2014

sensewhere creating global crowd sourced database through disruptive business model, Edinburgh Science Triangle, 5 November 2014

Sensewhere Offers Rev Share to Crowdsourcing Partners for Its Indoor Location Technology, GPS Business News, 5 November 2014

Sensewhere Launches New Indoor Positioning Service, 4 Traders, 5 November 2014

sensewhere führt neuen Indoor-Positionierungsdienst ein, Ad Hoc News, 5 November 2014

sensewhere führt neuen Indoor-Positionierungsdienst ein, Finanztreff, 5 November 2014

sensewhere, Estado de Minas, 5 November 2014

sensewhere Launched New Indoor Positioning Service, International SOS, 5 November 2014

sensewhere Launches New Indoor Positioning Service, IT News Online, 4 November 2014

sensewhere Launches New Indoor Positioning Service, Tech News, 4 November 2014

sensewhere Launches New Indoor Positioning Service, Yahoo, 4 November 2014

sensewhere Launches New Indoor Positioning Service, Digital Journal, 4 November 2014

sensewhere Launches New Indoor Positioning Service, Rock Hill Herald, 4 November 2014

sensewhere lancia un nuovo servizio IPS, Ansa, 4 November 2014

sensewhere führt neuen Indoor-Positionierungsdienst ein, Onvista, 4 November 2014

Scottish Company Creating Global Crowd Sourced Database Through Disruptive Business Model, Cambridge Wireless, 4 November 2014

sensewhere führt neuen Indoor-Positionierungsdienst ein, Wall Street Online, 4 November 2014

senswhere Launch New Indoor Positioning Service, CNA, 4 Nov 2014

Sensewhere, Industry Solutions, 4 November 2014

Facebook can still win the mobile ad war, Marketing Lounge, 4 November 2012

Data Centre Power Efficiency Critical To Scotland’s Economic Future

Friday, March 1st, 2013
Half-day seminar in Edinburgh will focus on ‘future-proofing’ Scottish data centres against risingenergy costs and power outages.

Rising energy costs and the increasing prospect of regular power outages pose major threats to thehealth of Scotland’s data centres, including those of critical public sector organisations, according tothe organisers of Data Centre Scotland 2013.

A half-day seminar in Edinburgh on 6 March, the event will draw together Scotland’s data centreprofessionals for a series of keynote presentations and breakout sessions focused on providingstrategic insight and practical advice on how to make data centres of all sizes energy efficient.

Hosted by RMD Power and Cooling in partnership with ScotlandIS and APC by Schneider Electric, theseminar will provide expertise on how to create a 21st century data centre that is legally compliant,cost-effective and energy-efficient.

Gavin Maxwell, MD, RMD Power and Cooling, says: “As modern life becomes ever more dependenton data centres, energy consumption has become an increasingly important economic, social andpolitical issue for data centre professionals.”
“Powering the data centre has also become an environmental and corporate responsibility issue: Inrecent months alone, Microsoft has committed to go carbon neutral at its data centres, Facebookhas announced that it will only use renewable energy when building new data centres and Googlehas also pledged to move away from coal powered data centres.”

“Set against a backdrop of rising energy prices and the increasing prospect of regular power outagesin the future, it’s clear that those managing data centres in Scotland are facing a number of majorbusiness challenges. This event explores practical ways to reduce your carbon footprint whiledecreasing operating costs and securing your business critical systems.”

Keynote speakers include Chris Ingle of IDC, who’ll outline winning strategies for the data centre in2013 and beyond, and Phil Worms of Iomart, who’ll offer his first-hand perspective on the realityof data centres ‘going green’. Other speakers include Adeel Amin of RMD Power and Cooling,who’ll offer advice on optimising availability, capacity and energy efficiency through infrastructuremanagement, and Dushyantha Goonawardhane of APC by Schneider Electric, who’ll present on howto maximise data centre efficiency through the use of indirect evaporative cooling.

Data Centre Scotland 2013 takes place at the Apex Hotel, Grassmarket, Edinburgh, on Wednesday6th March 2013 (1:30pm – 7:00pm). Tickets cost £20 plus VAT for ScotlandIS members and £30 plusVAT for non members.

The seminar’s organisers and attendees will tweet about the event using the hashtag#DCScotland2013.

Sofant Technologies Launch Ultra Low Power Rf Mems Evaluation Kit At Mobile World Congress

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Smart micro antenna company, Sofant Technologies, will launch a new evaluation kit at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this month. The kit will allow mobile, RF component and chipset manufacturers to test Sofant’s sixth generation RF MEMS switch, technology that unlocks the true potential of mobile devices.

A key challenge for manufacturers is that antenna technology has not kept pace with the constantly increasing demands of mobile devices.  In a booming global market, mobile and tablet users battle with short battery life and weak connections every day.

Sofant have developed three core technologies to combat this issue.  Together they provide a steerable and focussed miniaturised SmartAntenna that dramatically improves wireless connectivity and doubles the battery life of mobile devices.

This means that smartphones will work as they were intended. Performing to the level manufacturers want, SmartAntenna will end a cycle of weak signals, dropped calls and short battery life for the consumer.

It is the first time miniaturised smart antenna technology has been used in mobile devices. Sofant’s ground-breaking technology has been greeted with intense industry interest following their debut at CES in Las Vegas last month.

The unique RF MEMS switch, based on Sofant’s patented SUMTM technology, is an integral part of SmartAntenna and the AvtoRF  product range.

Ultra low power, high performance and greater reliability, the RF MEMS switch already outperforms the best MEMS components on the market.  It saves battery life and boosts antenna performance by enabling the SmartAntenna solution.

Sofant’s COO, Ahmed El-Rayis, said: “The recent demand for MEMS technology has been driven by smartphones because it increases their functionality. We believe advances in RF MEMS will create the same market effect. Our RF MEMS switch enables a smart antenna that provides superior wireless connectivity and battery life.  It will transform user experience.”

The new evaluation kit comprises a board and two integrated Sofant RF MEMS devices which are connected through a USB cable to a PC, controlled through Sofant’s proprietary software.  The user connects the board to a Network Analyzer through an SMA connector where it monitors the performance of the RF MEMS devices and the effects of capacitance on the RF signals.  The connector can be used with other RF devices to test their performance and tunability with Sofant’s sixth generation RF MEMS.

Ahmed El-Rayis added:  “Smartphone providers such as power amplifier and filters manufacturers will benefit from our MEMS technology, enabling tunability for products which will support next generation wireless devices”

Each of Sofant’s technologies can be licensed together or as a single smart micro antenna system.  The RF MEMS switch evaluation kit will be available to mobile, RF component and chipset manufacturers.

miiCard’s Marvellous Winter Warmer

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Can’t say a big enough thank you to miiCard on two counts!

Been sitting here with headache, dehydrated….  it’s that time of year.  Knock at the door, stressed out postman (it’s that time of year…) hands over a cute little package with my name on it.

Open box and the whiff of Christmas explodes into the air.  It’s time to smile.  Packaging hay – nativity – I can feel a Christmas glow coming on. Tea and biscuits.  But this is not just any old tea and biscuits. This is miiCard tea and biscuits.  Oozing spicy nutmeg and cinnamon.  My day just got a whole lot better and one giant step closer to Christmas cheer.

The second thank you?  Only miiCard could verify the real Santa …

Real identity verified by miiCard

Sofant In The News

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Based in Scotland, Sofant is a fabless antenna and RF solutions provider designing and licensing smart antenna technologies for leading manufacturers of smart phones and tablets.  The company specialises in highly compact, reliable, low power and innovative antenna and RF micro-electro-mechanical systems (RF-MEMS) solutions.

 

Smart antenna specialists Sofant appoint new CEO, CIE, 18 July 2016

Growth funding for tech companies, Invest Edinburgh, July- October 2016

Trading places, The Herald, 11 July 2016

Sofant signals intent for growth, The Herald, 11 July 2016

Movers and Shakers, Business Quarterly, 28 June 2016

New chief executive for smart antennas firm Sofant, Headline News, 27 June 2016

Smart antenna specialists Sofant appoint new CEO, SBNN, 27 June 2016

Sofant Technologies CEO, Compute Scotland, 27 June 2016

Smart antenna firm Sofant Appoints CEO, Telecompaper, 27 June 2016

With to take Sofant technology to market, Daily Business, 27 June 2016

Antenna business hires CEO, The Scotsman, 27 June 2016

New chief exec for smart antennas firm Sofant, The Scotsman, 27 June 2016

New chief executive for smart antennas firm Sofant, Brief Report, 27 June 2016

New CEO Withers tasked with taking Sofant to the next level, The National, 25 June 2016

New CEO Withers tasked with taking Sofant to the next level, The National, 24 June 2016


Mobile antenna start-up Sofant swings €2 Million from Horizon 2020
, Start-up.co.uk, 29 April 2016

UK-based smart antenna, Sofant Technologies, raises $2m, Closing Circle, 29 April 2016

Sofant Technologies secures €2 million to develop smart antenna, Invest Edinburgh, 28 April 2016

Edinburgh ‘smart antenna’ firm wins EU funding, Marketing Edinburgh, 28 April 2016

Smart antenna firm gets £1.5 million to double smartphone battery life by 2018, Tech Week Europe, 28 April 2016

Edinburgh spinout secures £1.54m investment, Business Funding, 28 April 2016

Smart antenna firm Sofant secures EUR 1.97 mln funding, Telecompaper.com, 28 April 2016

Sofant lands £1.5m Europe funding coup, The Herald, 28 April 2016

Edinburgh tech spin-out gets good reception for smartphone aerials, The Scotsman, 28 April 2016

Euro funding for tech firm, Edinburgh Evening News, 28 April 2016

Strong signal for Sofant, The Times, 28 April 2016

Sofant Secures $2 Million EU Funding for Smart Antenna, Yahoo Finance, 28 April 2016

Sofant Technologies Secures over $2.2M in Funding, Fintechlab, 27 April 2016


Edinburgh company wins funding as it aims to make technology available to Apple and Samsung
, Herald Online, 27 April 2016

Funding for firm’s battery life technology, Daily Business, 27 April 2016

Sofant Technologies secures over $2.2M in funding, FINSMEs, 27 April 2016


Sofant secures £1.54 million of EU funding for smart antenna
, SBNN, 27 April 2016

Sofant Secures $2 Million EU Funding for Smart Antenna, Business Wire, 27 April 2016

Sofant Secures $2 Million EU Funding for Smart Antenna, ACQ5, 27 April 2016


Sofant gives off all the right signals
, BQ Live, 27 April 2016

Smart antennas firm lands €2m to target handset giants, Scotsman Online, 27 April 2016

Mobile antenna developer Sofant secures £1.5m EU funding, Daily Record, 27 April 2016

Smart antenna’ firm Sofant Technologies wins EU finding, BBC Online, 27 April 2016

Smart antenna’ firm Sofant Technologies wins EU finding, SBI, 27 April 2016

Smart antenna’ firm Sofant Technologies wins EU finding, Compute Scotland, 27 April 2016

University of Edinburgh Spin-out Sofant Technologies wins £1.54m in funding, Tech City News, 27 April 2016

Entrepreneurism in Scotland, Reporting Scotland, 26 April 2016

Your Week in Tech, Tech City News, 29 April 2016

Sofant secures €2 million of EU funding, Young Finance Company, May 2016

Funding for energy-smart mobile antenna, The Scotsman, 30 Oct 2013

Sofant’s smart antenna device could save operators “tens of millions”, Mobile Europe, 29 Oct 2013

Smart antenna business Sofant Technologies dials up investment, Growth Business, 28 Oct 2013

Funding for energy-smart mobile antenna, TMC, 27 Oct 2013

Peak Battery: Why Smartphone Battery Life Still Stinks, and Will for Years, , Time Tech, 01 April 2013

Sofant’s Tiny Antenna Could Double Battery Life For Smart Devices, energy korea, 23 january 2013

Improved antenna should improve battery life, Batteryheads, 11 january 2013

Sofant asserts smart antenna breakthrough, telecomasia, 9 january 2013

Miniature Sofant SmartAntenna Could Double Battery Life of Smartphones, inhabitat, 9 january 2013

Sofant smart antenna technology promises to double battery life of smart devices, intomobile, 9 january 2013

Sofant Smart Antenna Technology to Double Battery Life of Smart Devices, Hardware zone, 8 january 2013.

UK start-up’s smart antenna doubles smartphone battery life, IDG, 8 January 2013.

Sofant Smart Antenna Technology Doubles Battery Life of Smart Devices, PR web, 7 January 2013

Sofant Smart Antenna Technology Doubles Battery Life of Smart Device, virtual strategy magazine, 7 january 2013

Sofant Smart Antenna could double battery life, easy network congestion, Engadget, 7 January 2013

CES 2013: UK start-up’s smart antenna doubles smartphone battery life, Techworld, 7 January 2013.

Gadgetsteria, CES 2013: New Miniaturised Smart Antenna will Allegedly Double Battery Life of Smart Devices, Gadgetsteria, 7 January 2013.

Sofant Smart Antenna Technology Doubles Battery Life of Smart Devices, Digital Journal, 7 January 2013.
Is that a truncheon in your trousers, officer, or … an antenna, you say?, The Register, 15 November 2012.

Sofant to develop satellite tracking, Scotsman.com, 14 November, 2012.

EU to develop a smart antenna that will work as a ‘human black box’, British APCO Journal, 14 November 2012.

Sofant’s miniature ‘smart antenna’ promises to end dropped calls, Bloomberg, 8 October 2012.

Scottish brainiacs erect wee super antenna, The Register, 5 October 2012.

Behold the world’s smallest smartphone antenna, Phone Arena, 5 October 2012.

Edinburgh firm develops miniature antenna to boost mobile reception, TechWorld, 4 October 2012.

Scottish scientists develop ‘world’s smallest smart antenna’, Wall Street Journal, 4 October 2012.

Scottish scientists develop world’s smallest antenna, TechWeekEurope, 3 October 2012.

Edinburgh technology firm unveils new ‘smart antenna’, BBC News, 3 October 2012.

my1login Named Among The World’s 100 Most Exciting Tech Start-Ups

Friday, October 12th, 2012

my1login joins the ranks of the world’s 100 leading technology start-ups after receiving an invitation to join START, a highly-curated, invitation only group of the world’s most exciting start-ups., sister event to the acclaimed F.ounders.

F.ounders’ is known as “The Rolls Royce of tech events”, having established a reputation for attracting the world’s established digital players, including the creators of Skype, Twitter, YouTube, PayPal, SoundCloud, Foursquare, Tumblr and Digg, plus celebrities such as tech investor Bono.

START aims to replicate the F.ounders model for start-ups under three years old that have raised less than $5 million to date. The inaugural START gathering takes place on 17-18 October during the prestigious Dublin Web Summit. More than 1000 companies from more than 36 countries also applied to secure one of the 100 places in START’s ‘Spark of Genius’ start-up competition also being held during the Dublin Web Summit and my1login have made the shortlist.

Mike Newman, CEO of my1login says: “Receiving an invitation to join the world’s most exciting young businesses at START and being shortlisted for the ‘Spark of Genius’ competition are really exciting developments for us. Both are huge endorsements of our core product and a sign of the progress my1login has made since our launch earlier this year. We’re really looking forward to making the most of the massive opportunities available to us in Dublin.”

my1login is a cloud-based password manager that enables users to access all of their password-protected accounts and sites from any device, with only one login.  It eliminates the need to memorise multiple usernames and passwords and, at the same time, helps users increase their online security by generating long complex passwords for each individual account.

Mike Newman says: “High-profile password hacking attacks are becoming more and more common and ‘password management’ is moving more into mainstream consciousness as a result. We’re seeing consumer demand for our service increasing on a daily basis and we can’t wait to take things to the next level in Dublin.”

The founders of Twitter, YouTube, Skype and over 100 international entrepreneurs, investors and influencers have spoken over the last two years, with thousands of attendees joining from around the world. In those two short years, the Dublin Web Summit has grown from a small conference to the second largest tech conference in Europe. In 2011, over 1,500 attendees joined us from 45 countries across the world. This year over 3,000 will attend from even more countries than ever before.

For more information contact Sarah Lee.

Scottish Equity Partners in the news

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

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Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) is a leading UK growth equity and venture capital firm. Their approach is to provide hands-on support for the companies it invests in, as well as capital, and the firm is recognised as the partner of choice by many of the UK’s high growth potential companies.

Scottish Equity Partners acquires Port of Tilbury wind farm from SSE, IPP Journal, 7 July 2017

9.2MW Port of Tilbury Wind Acquisition , Inspiratia, 1 July 2017

SEP acquires 9.2MW Port of Tilbury, Wind Power Intelligence, 30 June 2017

SEP’s enviro fund buys 9.2-MW Port of Tilbury wind farm, Renewable Now, 30 June 2017

SEP’s Environmental Capital Fund acquires Port of Tilbury windfarm, Utility Drive, 30 June 2017

Scottish Equity Partners Environmental Capital Fund acquires Port of Tilbury windfarm, SBNN, 29 June 2017

SEP takes Tilbury tonic, RENews, 29 June 2017

SEP fund acquires port of Tilbury windfarm, BQ Live, 28 June 2017

SEP’s enviro fund backs 4.6-MW Irish wind scheme, Renewables Now, 20 June 2017

SEP offers funding for construction of 4.6MW Irish wind farm, Clean Technology Business Review, 20 June 2017

SEP’s Environmental Capital Fund completes investment into €8.7 million Irish wind farm, Utility Drive, 20 March 2017

SEP’s Environmental Capital Fund investments in €8.7m Irish wind farm, Renewables and Environment, 20 June 2017

UK VC Invests €9m In Kerry Windfarm, Business Plus, 20 June 2017

Scottish Equity Partners backs Irish wind farm, Inspiratia, 20 June 2017

Greencoat and SEP to invest in Irish wind energy market, Irish Examiner, 20 June 2017

Irish wind farm secures €8.7m investment, Energy Live News, 20 June 2017

Mention in Greencoat Renewables article, Irish Independent, 20 June 2017

Mention in Greencoat Renewables article, RTE, 19 June 2017

Scottish Equity Partners invests in Irish wind farm, Scotsman, 19 June 2017

Scottish Equity Partners invests in construction of £7.6m Curraghderrig wind farm, Business Insider, 19 June 2017

Scottish Equity Partners invests €8.7 million in Irish wind farm, SBNN, 19 June 2017

SEP secures first Irish injection, RENews, 19 June 2017

Successful strategies to scale your business, StartUps, 18 July 2017

Lovecrafts Grabs $33M In New Funding, PYMNTS, 25 April 2017

The Week in Tech, Tech City News, 28 April 2017

10 biggest stories of the week, TechEU, 1 May 2017

LoveCrafts, a social network and marketplace for makers, raises $33M, PJ Tec, 25 April 2017

Scottish Equity Partners leads £26 million investment in LoveCrafts, Scotland B2B, 25 April 2017

LoveCrafts Raises $33 Million To Grow Its Community-Based Platform For Makers, TechSQRD, 24 April 2017

LoveCrafts raised £26 million for its online crafting communities, Yahoo News, 24 April 2017

LoveCrafts grabs funding in SEP-led round, ACQ5, 25 April 2017

This online crafts marketplace has just secured a massive £26m funding round, BDaily, 25 April 2017.

LoveCrafts finds £26m knitting pattern, Tech Market View, 25 April 2017

LoveCrafts Raises £26M in Funding, Fin SMEs, 25 April 2017

10 things in tech you need to know today, Business Insider UK, 25 April 2017

LoveCrafts raised £26 million for its online crafting communities, Business Insider UK, 25 April 2017

Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) has invested £26m in LoveCrafts, an online community for crafts, Palico, 25 April 2017

LoveCrafts knits together £26M investment,Pitchbook, 25 April 2017

Investment round, Moblile Marketing Magazine, 25 April 2017

LoveCrafts grabs funding in SEP-led round, PE Hub, 25 April 2017

Scottish Equity Partners leads £26m funding round for LoveCrafts, SBNN, 25 April 2017

SEP leads £26m funding round for LoveCrafts, Unquote, 25 April 2017

LoveCrafts raises $33 million to grow its community-based platform for makers, Venture Beat, 25 April 2017

Online craft community LoveCrafts clinches £26m investment, StartUps, 25 April 2017

Online craft network and sales platform LoveCrafts sews up £26m in investment round, CityAM, 25 April 2017

Global community crafts £26m deal to fund expansion with venture cash, The National, 25 April 2017

SEP leads £26m LoveCrafts deal, The Herald, 25 April 2017

LoveCrafts raises £26m in round led by Scottish Equity Partners, Tech City News, 25 April 2017

LoveCrafts, a social network and marketplace for makers, raises $33M, TechCrunh, 25 April 2017

LoveCrafts raises GBP26 million to invest in future growth, Angel News, 25 April 2017

SEP leads record funding round for crafts group, Scotsman, 25 April 2017

Lifting the lid on VC due diligence for start-ups and small businesses, StartUps, 25 April 2017

Smarter Grid Solutions, ScotlandIS, 19 April 2017

Smarter Grid Solutions, SBNN, 18 April 2017

Smarter Grid Solutions, BQ Live, 18 April 2017

Smarter Grid Solutions, RENEws, 18 April 2017

Smarter Grid Solutions, The National, 19 April 2017

Aim high but keep your feet on the ground to achieve ecommerce success, Real Business, 23 March 2017

What can a VC deliver besides money?, StartUps, 22 March 2017

How to know if your business is ready for venture capital funding, StartUps, 21 February 2017

Top athletes become charity mentors but it’s not all about improving others at sport, TFN, 6 February 2017

Support for Strathclyde Entrepreneurs Fund, BQ, 1 February 2017

Donation boost for Strathclyde Entrepreneurs Fund, UK Fundraising, 31 January 2017

SEP donates to fund supporting ‘world class’ technology, FutureScot, 24 January 2017

SEP donates to university venture fund, Angel News, 24 January 2017

SEP donates to university venture fund, ScotlandIS, 24 January 2017

Strathclyde Entrepreneurs Fund, Scottish Business News, 24 January 2017

SEP supports university entrepreneurs, The Herald, 24 January 2017

SEP donates to university venture fund, Daily Business, 24 January 2017

SEP supplies capital of Strathclyde University fund, Global University Venturing, 24 January 2017

SEP donates to fund supporting ‘world class’ technology, Future Scot, 24 January 2017

How to choose board members for your business, StartUps Growing Business, 18 January 2017

Top 10 tech trends for 2017, London Loves Business, 15 December 2017

Term Sheet – Monday December 11, Fortune, 11 December 2016

Scottish Equity Partners exits Skyscanner, Growth Business, 09 December 2016

SEP completes exit from Skyscanner, Private Equity Wire, 09 December 2016

Scottish Equity Partners closes £1.4bn ‘unicorn exit’ of Skyscanner, World EIN News, 09 December 2016

SEP exits Skyscanner, PE Hub, 09 December 2016

Scottish Equity Partners closes £1.4bn ‘unicorn exit’ of Skyscanner, Alt Assets, 09 December 2016

Scottish Equity Partners exits from Ctrip-owned Skyscanner, Scotland B2B, 09 December 2016

SEP exits Exco InTouch, Scottish Financial Review, 09 December 2016

UK-based Exco InTouch bought US clinical services giant ERT, Tech.eu, 09 December 2016

ERT has acquired Scottish Equity Partners-backed Exco InTouch, Palico, 09 December 2016

SEP and Albion Ventures exit Exco InTouch, Unquote, 09 December 2016

Venture capital group exit business, Scottish Business Insider, 09 December 2016

SEP exits growing digital healthcare specialist, Healthcare Industry Today, 09 December 2016

Round up of stories from the day, Proactive Investor, 09 December 2016

SEP exits growing digital healthcare specialist, The Herald 09 December 2016

Scottish Equity Partners exits health tech outfit, The Scotsman, 09 December 2016

Exco InTouch acquired by ERT, Global Banking & Finance Review, 09 December 2016

Scottish Equity Partners’ money proves smart again, FutureScot, 09 December 2016

ERT buys VC backed Exco InTouch, Pitchbook, 09 December 2016

Exco InTouch acquired by ERT, Tech City News, 08 December 2016

Exco InTouch acquired by ERT, Scottish Financial News, 08 December 2016

Exco InTouch acquired by ERT, Private Equity Wire, 08 December 2016

Dealboard this week, Closing Circle 08 November 2016

SEP – £260m for tech focused SEP V, TechLondon, 8 November 2016

SEP closes fifth fund above target, PitchBook, 8 November 2016

Term Sheet – deals – 8 November, Fortune, 8 November 2016

Skyscanner backer raises £260 m for new fund, The Herald, 8 November 2016

VC firm SEP raises £260m for investment in tech, The National, 8 November 2016

SEP holds £260m final close, Unquote, 8 November 2016

Roundup of today’s VC stories – SEP top story, BVCA, 8 November 2016

New £260m tech investment oversubscribed, The Times FutureScot, 8 November 2016

In the papers, Proactiveinvestors, 8 November 2016

SEP raised one of Europe’s biggest funds this year, TechCrunch, 7 November 2016

Scottish Equity Partners raises £260m for tech fund, BBC, 7 November 2016

Scottish Equity Partners clinches £260m, Startups, 7 November 2016

Scottish Equity Partners launches £260m fund, Tech City News, 7 November 2016

SEP collects about $323m for fifth venture fund, PEHub, 7 November 2016

Scottish Equity closes £260m fifth fund, AltAssets, 7 November 2016

New £260m fund eyeing UK tech startups, CityAM.com, 7 November 2016

Scottish Equity Partners closes new £260m fund, Tech.eu, 7 November 2016

Scottish Equity Partners close £260m technology fund, Daily Record / Insider

SEP raises £260m for new tech fund, Business Quarter, 7 November 2016

Scottish Equity Partners raises £260 for tech fund, The Scotsman, 7 November 2016

SEP closes technology-focused fund, Private Equity Wire, 7 November 2016

SEP closes tech venture capital fund at £260m, FinSMEs, 7 November 2016

SEP closes fifth fund at £260m, HVCA, 7 November 2016

SEP announces close of £260m fund, Angel News, 7 November 2016

SEP hits European high with £260 million fund, Daily Business, 7 November 2016

SEP announces close of £260m tech-focused fund, ScotlandIS, 7 November 2016

Scottish Equity Partners raises record sum for new fund, ScotlandB2B, 7 November 2016

Startup roundup – 7 November, Venture Canvas, 7 November 2016

New Scottish Equity Partners fund raises £260m, Scottish Financial Review, 7 November 2016

Investment aftermath: What happens after you raise finance, Startups, 8 November 2016

Sir Bill Gammel and cyclist Mark Beaumont recieve charity cheque for £35,000 from financial planning firm, Carbon Financial Partners, HR News, 8 November 2016

Scottish Business raises £35K for children’s charity, SBNN, 8 November 2016

Mark Beaumont sees £35K handed to kid’s charity, The Scotsman, 7 November 2016

Startups need a strategic roadmap to achieve scale-up success, Real Business, 2 November 2016

SEP add three senior appointments, European Banking News, 13 September 2016

FS Fives, Future Scot, 13 September 2016

Senior team appointments at SEP, SBNN, 12 September 2016


Scottish Equity Partners announces senior team
, SFN, 12 September 2016

Firms and People, Palico, 12 September 2016


SEP makes three additions to its team
, FINSmes, 12 September 2016

SEP adds 3 senior appointments, Scottish Business INsider, 12 September 2016

Scottish Equity promotes two to partner, Alt Assets, 12 September 2016

Senior Hires at SEP, Daily Business, 12 September 2016

SEP promotes Robison and Davidson to partner, Unquote, 12 September 2016

Trading places, The Herald, 12 September 2016

Mark Beaumont helps finance workers with charity cycle, The Scotsman, 22 August 2016


SEP renews support for Winning Scotland Foundation
, The Scotsman, 15 August 2016

Five questions to ask before chosing an investor, Growth Business, 26 July 2016

WS – The Power of a positive mind – Harlaw Academy, BBC Radio Scotland, 20 June 2016

Winning Scotland Foundation – Chief Encounters, Third Force News, 15 March 2016

Gregor Townsend, Third Force News, 14 March 2016

Gregor Townsend, The Scotsman, 14 March 2016

WS – Teachers can order an athlete, The Scotsman, 23 February 2016

SEP’s Environmental Capital Fund Invests in Ardor Energy, InfraPPP World, 25 January 2016

Scottish Equity Partners funds new heating platform, Infrastructure Investor, 19 January 2016

Scottish Equity Partners Invests in Biomass Company, IJ Global, 19 January 2016

Scottish Equity Partners Invests in Ardor Energy, Utility Dice, 18 January 2016

£9m for heating projects across the UK, Energy Live News, 18 January 2016

Renewable Heat Investor Launched, Ends Waste and Bio Energy, 18 January 2016

Scottish Equity Partners Has its Eye on Renewables Heat, Says Director Clean Energy Pipeline, 18 January 2016

Scottish Equity Partners Funds New Efficient Heating Platform, Low Carbon Energy Investor, 18 January 2016

VC firm launches renewable heat platform, Environmental Finance, 18 January 2016

Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) Sets up £9m invesment fund for energy schemes, Bio Energy News, 18 January 2016

Scottish Equity Partners to Invest £9 million in Ardor Energy Renewable Energy Home Heating Provider, Scottish Energy News, 18 January 2016

Scottish Equity Partners Invests in Ardor Energy, Specification Online, 18 January 2016

SEP backs Peppermint Technology with £10m, Unquote, 11 December 2015

Investors Mint £10m for Peppermint Technology Tech Market View, 10 December 2015

Scottish Equity Partners Invests in Peppermint Technology
, PENews, 10 December 2015

SEP invests £10m in legal technology firm, The Herald, 10 December 2015


SEP Backs Legal Technology Outfit with £10 million
, The Scotsman, 10 December 2015

Peppermint Technology Raises Over £10 million in Venture Capital Funding, FinSMEs, 10 December 2015

Scottish Equity Partners Backs £10 million Investment, Alt Assets, 10 December 2015

Scottish Equity Partners backs Sportpursuit.com with new investment, Growth Business, 30 November 2015

Industry news round up, MultiSport Research, 25 November 2015

£9.5 million funding to help take sports flash sales site international, Triathalon Business, 25 November 2015

Flash Sales Site SportPursuit Scores £9.5million in Series C, Start Up Anchor, 24 November 2015

Scottish Equity Partners partners together with Garton Capital and Draper Esprit to invest in SportPursuit, Advantum, 24 November 2015

SportPursuit Scores 9.5 Million in Series C Funding, J Count, 24 November 2015

Story round up, Red Herring, 24 November 2015

Flash Sales Site SportPursuit Secures 9.5 Million Pounds in Funding, Fashion United, 24 November 2015

Sunday Retail Round Up, The Retail Bulletin, 24 November 2015

News Round Up, Fortune, 24 November 2015

Sports Website in £9.5 Million Deal, Scottish Daily Record, 24 November 2015

Daily Startup, WSJ Blog, 24 November 2015

SportPursuit secures funding for international expansion, Drapersonline, 23 November 2015

SportPursuit.com raises $14.37 mln, PE Hub, 23 November 2015

Scottish Equity, Draper Esprit back £9.5m Series C for SportPursuit, Alt Assets, 23 November 2015

Scottish Equity Partners, Grafton Capital and Draper Esprit invest £9.5M Series C round in Sportpursuit.com, London-based flash sales site for sports gear and equipment, Closing Circle, 23 November 2015

SportPursuit scores £9.5m investment from Scottish Equity Partners, Startups, 23 November 2015

News in Brief, Business Insider UK, 23 November 2015

SEP et al in gbp95m series c for sportpursuit, Unquote, 23 November 2015

SEP joins £9.5m funding of flash sales site, Daily Business, 23 November 2015

Scottish Equity Partners invests in SportPursuit, The Herald, 23 November 2015

Sportpursuit.com Raises £9.5M in Series C funding, Fin SMEs, 23 November 2015

SportPursuit pursues further funding, Tech Market View, 23 November 2015

Flash Sales Site SportPursuit Scores £9.5M Series C, Tech Crunch, 23 November 2015

Scottish Equity Partners seals sporting deal, Private Equity News, 23 November 2015

SEP invests in online sportswear retailer, The Scotsman, 23 November 2015

Sports group wins backing, BTG Financial Consulting, 23 November 2015

Going for Gold, The Sunday Times, 22 November 2015

Turbines to save Orkney residents money on power, The National, 5 November 2015

Orkney’s wind turbine scheme gets underway, Press & Journal – Energy Voice, 4 November 2015

First of planned chain of 60 new Hamsin wind turbines goes live on Orkney, Scottish Energy News, 4 Novemeber 2015

First Hamsin wind turbines go live on Orkney as developers seek new sites, Farming Scotland Magazine, 4 November 2015

SSE-backed fund invests £9m in 200 community onshore wind turbines, Utility Week, 14 September 2015

£9m investment for Scottish rural wind energy schemes, Energy Hypermarket, 10 September 2015

SEP completes £9 M investment in Hamsin Wind, IPP Journal, 10 September 2015

Scottish Equity Partners in debut £9m community-scale wind deal, Low Carbon Energy Investor, 10 September 2015

Scottish Equity Partners to invest £9 million in rural wind power, Renewable Energy Magzine, 10 September 2015

Scottish fund invests £9m in community wind energy, Myinforms, 10 September 2015

Scottish investors help fund new chain of 200 high speed wind farms across Highlands, Scottish Energy News, 10 September 2015

Scottish fund invests 9 million in community wind energy, Energy Live News, 10 September 2015

Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) is investing up to £9m in Hamsin Wind, Digital Look, 10 September 2015

Venture capital firm backs roll-out of small community wind-energy schemes, Energy Voice, 10 September 2015

SEP injects £9m into small wind, ReNews, 10 September 2015

£9M Plan for 200 on-shore wind turbines revealed, Energy Now, 10 September 2015

Scottish Equity Partners completes investment in Hamsin Wind, InfraPPPWorld, 10 September2015

SEP to pump £9m into community wind scheme, Wind Energy Industry Today, 10 September 2015

Funders back 200 single wind turbines across Highlands, BBC Online, 10 September 2015

SEP to spend GBP 9m on small wind turbines roll-out in Scotland, Renewables.seenews, 10 September 2015

Farmers to gian cheap power from mini turbines, Daily Business, 10 September 2015

Venture capitalist pours £9million into Highland turbines, Press & Journal, 10 September 2015

Scottish Equity Partners to invest £9m in rural wind energy schemes, The Daily Record, 10 September 2015

SEP to pump £9m into community wind scheme, The Scotsman, 10 September 2015

£9m project for small wind turbines across Highlands and Islands backed by SEP-run fund, The Herald, 10 September 2015

Funding Boost for Language App: Babble Raises £22 Million, Finance Monthly, 20 August 2015

Technology firms ‘may be overvalued’ says SEP chief, Daily Business, 7 August 2015

SEP marks strong year with £99 million invested, Scottish Business News Network, 7 August 2015

Scottish Equity Partners Annual Investments Hits £99m, Scottish Financial News, 7 August 2015

Scottish Equity Partners doubles investment amid technology sector boom, The Herald, 7 August 2015

SEP Expands Infrastructure Team with Two Hires, Infrapppworld, 27 July 2015

Scottish Equity Partners Hires Clean Energy Exec From Glenmont Partners, Low Carbon Energy Investors, 27 July 2015

SEP Expands Infrastructure Team, Utilitydive, 27 July 2015

SEP Expands Infrastructure Team with Two Hires, IPP Journal, 27 July 2015

Scottish Equity Partners Maks Senior Hires, IJ Global, 27 July 2015

Scottish Equity Partners Expands Infrastructure Team, Scottish Financial News, 27 July 2015

Trading Places, The Herald, 27 July 2015

Capital Gains, ReCode, 12 July 2015

Scottish Equity Partners backs German languages firm, Daily Record, 9 July 2015

Babbel raises $22m in Series C round, Education Investor, 9 July 2015

German startup Babbel has raised $22 million to help people learn new languages,Business Insider, 9 July 2015

Babbel, a German online language learning specialist, raises $22M, Closing Circle, 9 July 2015

Scottish Equity Partners backs language app, The Herald, 9 July 2015

SEP leads $22m Series C in Language app Babbel Alt Assets, 8 July 2015

Babbel Speaks to Investors, Who Invest $22M, Dow Jones Venture Wire, 8 July 2015

Babbel, Fortune, 8 July 2015

Babbel raises $22M to help grow its language-learning platform in the Americas, Venture Beat, 8 July 2015

Babbel completes $22m in Series C funding round,FinSMEs, 8 July 2015

Abcodia raises $8.25, PE Hub, 18 May 2015

Abcodia raises £5.25m to launch ovarian cancer detection test , Health Investor, 18 May 2015

Abcodia secures £5.25m to develop ovarian cancer detection technology, Growth Business, 18 May 2015

Abcodia Raises GBP5.3M to Launch Ovarian Cancer Screen, Dow Jones, 18 May 2015

Abcodia secures £5.35m to launch ovarian cancer test, StartUps, 18 May 2015

Abcodia Raises £5.25M in Funding, FinSMEs, 18 May 2015

Scottish Equity Partners backs ovarian cancer screener in £5.25m round, AltAssets, 18 May 2015

New Cancer Test Attracts Fresh Funds, The Scotsman, 18 May 2015

Meet the investor: Jan Rutherford, Scottish Equity Partners, Startups, 1 April 2015

New finance chief lands at Cyberhawk, EIN Newsdesk, 30 March 2015

Cyberhawk appointment, The Scotsman, 30 March 2015

Cyberhawk (PIPES WITH BENEFITS), Institute of Mechanical Engineers, 18 March 2015

Cyberhawk eyes growth opportunities in Asia, Energy Voice, 11 March 2015

Cyberhawk extends global footprint, BBC, 10 March 2015

Peter Bachmann – Investor view: uncertainty over CfDs, Utility Week, 13 February 2015

Scottish Equity Partners promotes three, The Herald, 9 February 2015

Scottish Equity Partners promotes three, Private Equity News, 3 February 2015

Scottish Equity Partners taps internal talent bench AltAssets, 3 February 2015

SEP promotes three, Unquote, 3 February 2015

Exco InTouch raises $5 million as it widens its scope from mobile-enabled clinical trials, Mobi Health News, 12 Dec 2014

SEP Backs Exco, Insider Media, 12 Dec 2014

Albion Leads £3.2m Round for SEP Backed Exco, Unquote, 12 Dec 2014

SEP Backs Exco, The Herald, 12 Dec 2014

Exco Intouch Raises $5m as it Widens its Scope from Mobile-enabled Clinical Trials, Mobi Health News, 12 Dec 2014

WAYN.com Signs Strategic Partnership with Booking.com, Breaking Travel News, 17 Nov 2014

WAYN Partners Booking.com, Ventureburn, 12 Nov 2014

Deal Agreed for Booking.com to Power WAYN Property Search, Travolution, 12 Nov 2014

Scottish Equity Partners Bolsters Energy Team, Infrastructure Investor, 11 Nov 2014

Scottish Equity Partners Expands Investment Team, IPP Journal, 11 Nov 2014

Scottish Equity Partners Boosts Team, All Energy Industry News, 11 Nov 2014

Scottish Equity Partners Bolsters Energy Team, Clean Energy Investor, 11 Nov 2014

Scottish Equity Partners Expands Investment Team Infra PPP World, 11 Nov 2014

Scottish Equity Partners Makes Senior Hires, Infrastructure Journal Online, 11 Nov 2014

Scottish Venture Capital Firm Expands Renewable Energy Investment Team in Glasgow and London, Scottish Energy News, 11 Nov 2014

Green Investor Beefs up Squad, reNews, 11 Nov 2014

Scottish Equity Partners Expands Investment Team, Daily Record, 11 Nov 2014

SEP Appoints Two on Energy Infrastructure Fund, Unquote, 11 Nov 2014

The Patient Investor Op-ed, AltAssets, 6 Nov 2014

Skyscanner hailed as Scotland’s first $1 billion web company, The Herald, 11 Oct 2014

Intelligent Reach, Direct Commerce Magazine, 7 Oct 2014

Scottish Equity Partners launches infrastructure fund, H&V News, 4 Sep 2014

New £135m fund launched for UK energy projects, Edie, 2 Sep 2014

SEP moves into infrastructure investment, Unquote, 2 Sep 2014

Scottish Equity launches clean energy infrastructure fund, Energy and Environment Management, 2 Sep 2014

Scottish Equity dives into cleantech, ReNews, 2 Sep 2014

SSE Sells SSE Pipelines To New Fund In Which It’s Investing, London South East, 2 Sep 2014

SSE sells pipelines business to clean energy fund, Energy Live News, 2 Sep 2014

SEP gets Lexington backing to close £135m debut infra fund, Alt Assets, 2 Sep 2014

Scottish Equity Partners launches £135m clean energy fund, Environmental Finance, 2 Sep 2014

Scottish Equity Partners launches renewable energy fund, Material Recycling News, 2 Sep 2014

Scottish Equity Partners, SSE and Lexington team up on infrastructure, Financial News, 2 Sep 2014

SSE sells gas pipelines to SEP in £52.7m deal, The Herald, 1 Sep 2014

Scottish firms showcase technology to investor, Business Insider, 8 May 2014

People: The business diary, Scotsman, 06 May 2014

Martin Brennan appointment, Unquote, 28 April 2014

Silent Herdsman closes £3m deal led by Scottish Equity Partners, Startups, 27 March 2014

Silent Herdsman, Tech Crunch Japan, 26 March 2014

Silent Herdsman, City A.M., 25 March 2014

Silent Herdsman, Angel News, 24 March 2014

Silent Herdsman, Venture Beat, 24 March 2014

Silent Herdsman, Tech Crunch, 24 March 2014

Silent Herdsman, Computer Business Review, 24 March 2014

Silent Herdsman – comment, Tech Market View, 24 March 2014

Silent Herdsman, Unquote, 24 March 2014

Wearable tech for HORNY COWS: Biz slurps £3m for bovine arousal detectors, The Register, 24 March 2014

Silent Herdsman, The Next Web, 24 March 2014

Herdsman’s £3m funds round-up, The Scotsman, 24 March 2014

£3m fresh investment boosts Silent Herdsman, The Herald, 24 March 2014

Silent Herdsman: Cows connected to web to boost milk, BBC Online, 24 March 2014

When is the right time to exit a venture capital or private equity backed business? Real Business, 11 February 2014

Car Loan 4U announces £8m investment from SEP, Global Banking and Finance Review, 6 February 2014

Car Loan 4U receives £8m backing from equity fund, Motor Finance, 6 February 2014

Scottish Equity Partners injects £8m in Car Loan 4U, AltAssets, 5 February 2014

Car Loan 4U announces £8m Scottish Equity Partners investment, Startups, 5 February 2014

Car Loan 4U, Venture Beat, 5 February 2014

Leading venture firm SEP bullish on future investment opportunities, Global Banking and Finance Review, 5 February 2014

Ministers urged to search beyond tech start-ups, The Scotsman, 14 January 2014

First $1bn Scots web firm a shining example to others, The Herald, 31 December 2013

Are European GPs ready to embrace the robotics revolution?, Unquote, 17 December 2013

UK venture capital firm SEP to boost portfolio investment to £60M, Venture Capital Post, 16 December 2013

SEP on course to invest £60m in portfolio, The Herald, 16 December 2013

Interview with Stuart Paterson, Tech Market View, 9 December 2013

From digital marketing to biomedical informatics, Growth Business, 9 October 2013

Multi-million pound injection into healthcare analysis venture, Herald Scotland, 9 October 2013

Aridhia expands after venture capital boost, The Scotsman, 9 October 2013

Albion Ventures,Scottish Equity Partner invest in healthcare analytics company Aridhia Informatics, AltAssets, 8 October 2013

Albion Ventures infuses funding to Aridhia Informatics, Venture Capital Post, 8 October 2013

Albion leads investment in Aridhia Informatics, Unquote, 8 October 2013

Albian Ventures and SEP back Aridhia Informatics, peHUB, 8 October 2013

Scottish Business Briefing – Monday 7 October,The Scotsman, 7 October 2013

SEP backs buy-out at Tryzens, Herald Scotland, 7 October 2013

Jaywing completes sale of Tryzens, Interactive Investor, 7 October 2013

Scottish Equity Partners backs buyout at Tryzens, The Scotsman, 7 October 2013

SEP leads £2.4m round for Sumerian, INDEU Capital, 10 September 2013

SEP and Hermes acquire 40% stake in Anesco, Solar Power Portal, 4 September 2013

Scottish Equity Partners snaps up stake in fast-expanding Anesco, Business Green, 3 September 2013

SEP ups stake in energy firm Anesco, Inooz, 2 September 2013

SEP ups stake in energy firm Anesco, The Scotsman, 2 September 2013, The Scotsman, 2 September 2013

Backers extend support for Sumerian, TechMarketView, 9 September 2013

Funding boost to support growth at IT firms, The Herald, 9 September 2013

Inoapps on acquisition trail with £10m funding, The Scotsman, 9 September 2013

Don’t forget the traditional forms of marketing, Real Business, 15 July 2013

Scottish Equity Partners leads £10.5m investment in Pure360, Growing Business, 10 July 2013

SEP leads the way in e-mail firm buyout, The Scotsman, 9 July 2013

Encore exits, SEP enters Pure360, Tech Market View, 9 July 2013

Pure360 attracts pound(s)6.5m Scottish Equity Partners investment, TMCNet, 9 July 2013

Encore Capital exits Pure360, reaping 4x and 47% IRR, Unquote, 8 July 2013

Pure360 gets £10.5m cash injection, Decision Marketing, 8 July 2013

Funding Daily: Seeing double (digits), Venture Beat, 8 July 2013

Encore Capital offloads Pure360 to Scottish Equity Partners through £10.5 million deal, GrowthBusiness, 8 July 2013

Encore Capital makes 4x return form exit of UK digital marketing company Pure360, AltAssets, 8 July 2013

Cyberhawk attracts investment in facility inspection market, Point of Beginning, 26 June 2013

New funding for Cyberhawk Innovations, Business Insider, 25 June 2013

Cyberhawk Innovations land £1.25m investment, The Engineer, 25 June 2013

SEP in £1.25m round for Cyberhawk, Unquote, 24 June 2013

Flying robot maker Cyberhawk receives Scottish Equity Partners-led investment, AltAssets, 24 June 2013

Flying robots company Cyberhawk Innovations backed by venture capital firm, GrowthBusiness, 24 June 2013.

SocialBro looks north of the border for funding, Tech Market View, 7 June 2013.

SEP backs Twitter analytics business, The Herald, 7 June 2013.

SocialBro Raises £1.2M in Venture Capital Funding, FinSMEs, 6 June 2013.

Scottish Equity Partners leads £1.2m round for Twitter analytics company SocialBro, Alt Assets, 6 June 2013.

Twitter monetisation start-up SocialBro closes Series A round, Growth Business, 6 June 2013.

SocialBro Raises $1.8M to Help Businesses, Manage, Analyze and Monetize Twitter Communities, Tech Crunch, 6 June 2013.

Scottish Equity Partners Backs world curling champion Eve Muirhead (23) in Olympics bid, Angel News, 28 May 2013.

Scottish Equity Partners to sponsor Eve Muirhead, The Scotsman, 26 May 2013.

Scottish Equity Partners to sponsor Eve Muirhead, Scotland on Sunday, 26 May 2013.

SEP powers up Smarter Grid Solutions with £3m funds, The Herald, 17 January 2013

Power software company secures funding, The Herald, 17 January 2013.

First institutional funding round for Smarter Grid Solutions, Growth Business, 16 January 2013.

Hydropower firm boosted by £3.3m funding, The Herald, 26 October 2012.

Scottish hydro developer secures venture capital investment to boost activities, Growth Business, 25 October 2012

Shortlist unveiled for SFE award, The Scotsman, 6 October 2012.

Matches received £12m investment, Drapers, 21 September 2012.

SEP backs Match with 12m investment, Unquote Analysis, 21 September 2012.

Matches receives 12m Equity investment from SEP, FinSMEs,21 September 2012

SEP injects 12m into Matches, Real Deals, 21 September 2012.

Scottish Equity Partners provides 12m growth equity to Matches. 21 September 2012.

Scottish Equity Partners struts its stuff, Growing Business, 21 September 2012.

World’s Smallest Smart Antenna To Revolutionise Smart Phone Performance

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Edinburgh-based Sofant Technologies has unveiled revolutionary miniature antenna technology that is predicted to transform the performance of smart phones and tablet PCs, making poor reception, dropped calls and short battery life things of the past.

Following seven years research and development at The University of Edinburgh, Sofant aims to license its designs to global smart phone manufacturers and is projecting a turnover of over £10m in year five.  The smart phone market is now larger than the PC market with an estimated five billion units to be manufactured over the next five years, 40 new phones every second.

Sergio Tansini, CEO of Sofant, explains: “Antenna design has not kept pace with the rapid evolution of smart phone technology. New communication protocols, such as LTE and 4G, mean more pressure than ever on existing antenna technology, further impacting smart phone performance and user experience. Smart phone and tablet users expect to be able to make and take phone calls while browsing the web, send texts while downloading emails and stream data while uploading videos to YouTube.

“The reality is that, until now, the antenna has acted as a bottleneck to performance in mobile devices. As a result, every new generation of smart phone performs less well than its predecessor, resulting in dropped calls, lost signals, weak connections, slow internet and battery drain.  Sofant’s high performance miniaturised steerable antenna will change the performance and user experience of smart phones forever.”

Sofant has integrated three core technologies to create the world’s smallest smart antenna. The family of two designs comprise the tunable RF MEMS modules and Sofant Intelligent Software.  The technologies can be licensed individually or as a single smart micro antenna system. The company has already licensed an early technology demonstrator to a large OEM and attracted considerable interest from many leading manufacturers.

Sofant has received funding and support from Scottish Enterprise, helping to build the strength of the commercialisation team from day one. Scottish Enterprise’s Proof of Concept Programme enabled it recruit a strong advisory board, analyse the market and develop a prototype.

Eleanor Mitchell, Director of Commercialisation, Scottish Enterprise, says: “Scottish Enterprise has worked closely with Sofant to help build a strong commercial proposition and the company has already attracted commitment from industry veterans to take the technology to market. Smart antenna technology presents some very exciting opportunities for Sofant and Scottish Enterprise’s commercialisation team is actively helping the company raise the funds needed to turn these opportunities into realities. We look forward to continuing to work with Sofant in the future to help achieve its ambitious growth plans both in Scotland and on a global scale.”

The spinout of Sofant has been supported by Edinburgh Research and Innovation (ERI), the commercialisation arm of the University of Edinburgh.  As a shareholder in Sofant, following its spin out, the university will continue to provide valuable support as the company moves into a commercialisation phase.

For more information contact Sarah Lee.

SEP invests in Matches

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) has completed a £12m growth equity investment in Matches, a leading UK based luxury fashion retailer.

The funding will enable the company to further expand its rapidly growing online sales, with a focus on key international markets, while continuing to invest in its 14 luxury stores across London.

Matches will close 2012 with a turnover of over £50million, with 60% driven by online, a growth of 120% on 2011.

Established in 1990 as a bricks and mortar retailer by Tom and Ruth Chapman, Matchesfashion launched online six years ago and has become a unique luxury fashion retailer, servicing the global market with over 250 international designer labels across womenswear and menswear,  with names including Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent and Isabel Marant.

The investment was led by SEP partner Andrew Davison, who has joined the company’s board of directors.

He said:  “We are delighted to be the company’s first private equity backer and to have the opportunity to support such a talented team.   Tom and Ruth Chapman have built Matches Fashion into a highly trusted and iconic brand, and are dedicated to offering their customers the highest quality retail experience.  Our investment will enable the company to expand its online operations and cement its position as a leading global fashion business.”

Matches Fashion is the latest addition to SEP’s e-commerce portfolio which also includes Edinburgh based Skyscanner, the world’s most comprehensive flight search company, which was recently listed at No 17 in this year’s Sunday Times Tech Track 100.”

About Scottish Equity Partners

Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) is a leading UK growth equity and venture capital firm.  Operating from offices in Glasgow and London, SEP invests in innovative, high growth potential companies in the sectors such as IT, healthcare and energy.  SEP’s approach is to provide hands-on support for the companies it invests in, as well as capital, and the firm is recognised as the partner of choice by many of the UK’s high growth potential companies. SEP’s current portfolio comprises award-winning high growth companies including flight search engine Skyscanner (www.skyscanner.net); managed IT services provider Control Circle (www.controlcircle.com); 2012 Times Tech Track 100 listed Camsemi (www.camsemi.com); Media Ingenuity (www.mediaingenuity.com) a specialist in online marketing services and technology for the financial services sector; Cmed (www.cmedgroup.com) which combines full clinical research services with advanced clinical data capture and management technology; and healthcare informatics company Aridhia (www.aridhia.com).

Contacts:

Sarah Lee (Hot Tin Roof) and Catherine Simpson (Scottish Equity Partners)

About Matches:

Established in 1990 as a bricks and mortar retailer by Tom and Ruth Chapman, Matchesfashion launched online six years ago and has become a unique luxury fashion retailer, servicing the global market with over 250 international designer labels across womenswear and menswear  with names including Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent and Isabel Marant. Matches now have 14 bricks and mortar stores and ship to over 120 countries worldwide.

For more information please visit www.matchesfashion.com.

‘Hackers’ to Save NHS £3m+ With Free Patient Handover App

Monday, July 30th, 2012

The creators of a free software app which took top prize at the first ever NHS Hack Day believe the product has the potential to save the NHS more than £3M per year.

NHS Hack Day brought together doctors, programmers and software developers to create innovative and high-tech solutions to everyday problems within the NHS. In just 24 hours the winning team created a browser-based “Patient List” system to improve the handover of patients.

Replacing the traditional task-list method usually used by staff, the application uses a feed from the hospital’s electronic medical records to provide doctors with a list of all their patients, allowing them to create task lists, update a patient’s record of care and better manage the handover of patients between shift teams and hospital departments.

Paul Wilson, MD of New Context Scotland, says: “I’m delighted to announce that we are developing our winning idea into a free open source product that can be easily downloaded and installed by any NHS hospital trust. Our solution will reduce the errors that occur during shift handovers and when patients move between departments. We estimate that this innovation has the potential to save £3.6 million worth of time – time that can then be devoted to frontline patient care.

“We’re currently working hard to get the product beyond the proof-of-concept stage and our efforts so far can be viewed online by the public.”

The application has attracted the attention of Professor Sir Liam Donaldson who, in a recent interview with E-Health Insider, said: “So many of the problems in healthcare, the errors, the mistakes, the lapses in standards of care occur during handovers of care from one team to another.”

The inaugural NHS Hack Day was held in late May, with 10 teams submitting their applications to an expert panel of senior clinicians and IT advisors, chaired by the former chief medical officer of England, Professor Sir Liam Donaldson.  The winning team was made up of New Context Scotland’s Paul Wilson and Adrian Mowat, ValueDecision’s Eckhard Schwarzat, Tactix4’s Rob Dyke and Dr Colin Brown of the Health Protection Agency and St Thomas’ Hospital.

Formerly known as EdgeCase UK, New Context Scotland is part of New Context, Inc, a global consultancy, which includes Silicon Valley tech guru Eric Ries as a general partner. New Context provides web and mobile software development for startups, corporations, and governments in North America, Asia, and Europe.

For more information and to view product development to date visit: https://www.pivotaltracker.com/projects/561741.

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Stay.com

Friday, July 20th, 2012

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Tin It Or Bin It – 20 July 2012 – Stay.com

For those who are already on holiday or who are planning the next adventure, take note! Stay.com, the site that allows you to create travel guides to share with friends and family, has updated its mobile features to include downloadable maps and offline guides. This means that even you can use them without an internet connection, you don’t have a big load up time, and you also avoid mobile charges. Fantastic.

The guides are easy and super quick to download and are simply stored on your phone for whenever you need it. You can find travel advice from experts and fellow travellers, as well as hidden gem tips from friends and family. It’s a fully interactive map with 116 cities to chose from, and takes up minimal space on your mobile.

Another cool feature is that the app can also be linked to Facebook – this enables you to personalise your guides with recommendations from friends so you can discover that awesome restaurant or shop that they have been raving about in Paris.

Stay.com’s new features are a Tin It. Bon voyage!

Pathbrite

Friday, July 13th, 2012

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oh-no-you-didn’t stories, tips you can’t afford to miss or simply our opinion on trends in the digital landscape.

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Tin It Or Bin It – 14 July 2012 – Pathbrite

This week we are looking at Pathbrite, a free digital platform that allows you to present your achievements online by constructing visual portfolios.

As the web becomes more visual, so too are online CVs and portfolios.

The idea behind Pathbrite is that traditional CVs and portfolios don’t give prospective employers or clients enough information about the individual and provide a true representation of their character.

It is aimed at 18-to-25 year old students and young job seekers, however the portfolio function is also ideal for designers, PRs and anyone in the creative industries looking for an easy and attractive way to showcase work. You can include articles, pieces of code, design projects and media coverage sourced from YouTube and Dropbox.

For the jobseekers out there, you can present evidence of learning, skills, and accomplishments in an eye-catching customised way. Once you had added your info you can also link your Pathbrite page to various social network accounts.

We have signed up to the service and played about with it. It was extremely user friendly and quick to upload examples of media coverage in a visually appealing way.

This is a great startup and although it is aimed more at students and jobseekers, we think it will be a great way to display our coverage to clients. Check out the results of our experiment here.

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London – A City Through Time

Friday, July 6th, 2012

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Tin It Or Bin It – 6 July 2012 – London – A City Through Time

With the start of the Olympic Games fast approaching, the spotlight is shining firmly on London. But there’s far more to our glorious capital than the events of 2012.

Here to enlighten us is Heuristic Media’s new iPad app, London – A City Through Time, which was released this week, and brings to life nearly 2,000 years in the life of the city.

Whether you’re interested in people, buildings or events, this app has got it all and in every media. There are over 6000 articles on everything from museums to rivers, and more than 2000 rare prints and photographs. And with audio tours and 35 Pathé video clips of iconic London moments, this app is an informative and visual extravaganza at your fingertips.

Brighten up a commute with the History on the Tube section, which provides entries for each station you pass through. Or, to compliment a visit to the tourist hot spots, you could check out the 360º views of the best sites. The Browse on Map feature allows you to zoom in and out of a Google Map, tapping on article icons.

And, while all this content could seem overwhelming, it’s linked together with a synchronised timeline. We can swipe through by century, period, monarch or even individual year, with thumbnails popping up for particular articles or historical events helping us navigate the depths of London’s history.

Although it’s a rather pricey £9.99 and is currently only available for iPad, there is a wealth of content to keep locals and tourists alike informed and entertained. So, London – A City Through Time is a Tin It!

Kids “learn to fly” This Summer at Transgression Park

Friday, June 29th, 2012

The husband and wife team behind Edinburgh’s only indoor skate park believe they have come up with the perfect solution for parents of school children looking for a few hours off this summer: extreme sports in extreme safety.

Run by Ken Smith and Natasha Moroney (AKA skate park Mum and Dad) Transgression Park in Peffermill is a family-friendly environment for BMX, scooters, skateboards and inline skates, where complete beginners can learn alongside the best in Edinburgh.

Natasha explains: “The park is constantly supervised, with experienced skaters and riders on hand to keep a close eye on novices. One hour taster sessions and lessons with instructors are available for every level of experience, with each instructor working with a maximum of five kids at once.  The mentors guide newbies around the park, teaching them how to use the apparatus safely – when to go and when to wait.

“It’s not always about learning a new trick but also about learning how to move in an unfamiliar environment and building confidence. Our taster sessions and lessons have proved really popular allowing kids to come down and try out something new and exciting in a relaxed, supportive and safe environment. My own children ride here and, as a mother, it’s very important to me that Transgression provides a secure environment for young people to learn an extreme sport. There’s a real community spirit here, meaning parents know their kids will be looked after and will also have a great time exercising and spreading their wings.”

To mark the start of the school summer holidays, Transgression Park is hosting a hip hop BBQ party and open session on Friday 29th June from 3pm.

The BBQ, featuring music from rap duo Too Many Ts and skills from local skateboarders, BMX and scooter riders on the rails and ledges set up outside, kicks off a packed summer programme of events at Transgression Park, including the Vans Young Guns Series – the 2012 national unsponsored competition – on Sunday 1 July. Focusing on the under 16’s age group ‘Young Guns’ provides a rare opportunity to be talent spotted and picked out for potential sponsorship deals!

Transgression Park was formerly based at Ocean Terminal for three years before moving to its new home on Peffermill Road, the site of the old Jelly Club, in October 2011. The new park is far larger (18,000 square foot with capacity for 100 participants) than its predecessor and retains the best features of the old park alongside awesome new features including a pool bowl and numerous interchangeable rails and boxes. There is also a mezzanine level where spectators have a 360 degree view of all the action.

Transgression Park’s onsite cafe offers healthy food including homemade burgers made with Scottish Beef, fresh pizzas with pureed veg hidden in the sauce, fresh fruit, yoghurt smoothies and salad boxes. Parents can enjoy a gourmet coffee while taking in the skate park action.

Also onsite, Transgression Park’s shop is a leading stockist of all things skate, scoot and BMX carrying all the latest and best brands for scooters, skateboard, roller blades and BMX bikes as well as all the safety equipment and accessories  The shop also stocks spare parts and has a workshop for the repair and assembly of boards and bikes.

Sessions last two hours and cost £8, then only  £2  for every additional hour. Annual membership costs £35 and provides a 25% discount on standard prices.  A full range of skateboards, scooters and BMX bikes are available to hire costing £10 per session or £5 per hour.  Helmets and pads are also available to hire for £1 per session.

At weekends, sessions run for the under 13s between 10am and 12 noon and for the under 16s between 12 noon and 2pm, with lessons available for beginners and improvers. Specialist sessions also run for inline skating on Mondays 8-10 pm, BMX only on Tuesdays 8-10pm and Skateboard only on Thursdays 8-10pm.

Transgression can be booked for school trips, corporate days and birthday parties. The park operates a zero tolerance on drugs and alcohol.

For more information check out www.trangressionpark.com or contact Lauren Cormack.

Way of Life

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

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Hot off the press we deliver the week’s most ground breaking social media news,
oh-no-you-didn’t stories, tips you can’t afford to miss or simply our opinion on trends in the digital landscape.

Lastly, we’ll tell you whether it’s tin material or bin material!

View them all here on our Facebook page.

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Tin It or Bin It – 28 June 2012 – Way of Life

Are you fed up of those old habits that you just can’t seem to break? The ‘Way of Life’ app offers the means to change any aspect of your life through its simple and flexible monitoring system.

It allows users to track any habit or activity – good or bad – over time, requiring a simple ‘yes’, ‘no’ or ‘skip’ choice for the habits users have chosen every day. These choices are displayed on a graph and over edtime it builds up a clear picture of how you have fared and even allows you to share your achievements through social media (if you want to share your flossing record for the last year that is).

It only takes a minute a day to input the information on your habits and it even sets a daily reminder… so you really have no excuse!

‘Way of Life’ is a simple but smart idea and the app has an intuitive interface to make it as easy as possible for the user. There is, however, a sense of novelty which is likely to wear off after a while. Even the best apps cannot keep a user interested forever and ‘Way of Life’ will almost certainly lose some of its appeal after extended use, despite the daily reminders. It is a question of whether you have the willpower to use the app long enough for it to make a difference.

We are optimists so lets give ‘Way of Life’ the benefit of the doubt as it certainly will be useful for creating good habits or breaking old bad ones – to those of us who can stick at something for a little while at least. Perhaps there should be another app to encourage us to use our old apps…

For the time being, we say Tin It!


my1login In The News

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

A highly secure, encrypted vault for logins, passwords and pins, my1login is a cloud-based password manager that enables users to access their passwords at anytime and from any device, with only one login. Simple, safe and free to use, my1login makes users’ online lives faster, easier and more secure

Endless logging in at work was password to new business, The Herald, 16 Sep 2013

My1login secures funding, Digital Enterprise Glasgow, 2 July 2013

Funding, High Net World Magazine, 1 July 2013

Spotting online scams, Business Matters, 1 July 2013

Spotting Online Scams, Your Security Advior, 30 June 2013

Additional $500K Raised By My1Login to Help Businesses Employ Better Security Practices with Its Cloud-Based Password Manager,Free password manager, 29 June 2013

My1Login raises further funds to accelerate growth, ScotlandIS, 27 June 2013

Scotland’s my1login raises further funding, readies Series A in 2014, AltAssests, 27 June 2013

Online firm has £680,000 boost from investors, Creative Clyde, 27 jun 2013

My1login Raises $1.6m to Tackle Business Market with Password Security Solution, Digital Journal, 26 June 2013

My1login Raises $1.6m to Tackle Business Market with Password Security Solution,Virtual strategy magazine, 26 june 2013.

Interview: My1Login’s Michael Newman on the importance of password management, ITProPortal,26 june 2013

My1login secures £1m funds, the Sotsman, 25 June 2013

My1login Secures $500,000 New Round Xconomy, 25 June 2013

Investors back Glasgow online password firm my1login, BBC, 25 june 2013

Glasgow and Palo Alto-based tech start-up moves seed takings above £1 million mark, growthbusiness, 25 june 2013

My1login Raises Further $500K To Help Businesses Get Security-Savvy With Its Cloud-Based Password Manager, Tools for black hats, 24 june 2013.

My1login Raises Further $500K To Help Businesses Get Security-Savvy With Its Cloud-Based Password Manager, Tech crunch, 24 june 2013.

Don’t get caught by the Phisher-men, Business Matters, 12 June 2013.

Don’t get caught by the Phisher-men, Your Security Advisor, 11 June 2013.

Online Password Management with M1login, Help Net Security, 29 May 2013.

The Cloud: Single Sign-on killer or this year’s security fad?, Cloud Pro, 26 April 2013.

Three threats to your company Twitter profile – and how to avoid them, Smallbusiness, 16 April 2013.

10 tips for secure development, Net Magazine, 7 February 2013.

How to protect your business and its data, Smarta, February 2013.

10 ways to cut your smartphone roaming costs abroad,Skyscanner.net, 12 November 2012

Unsecured wifi: big trouble for small business, BM Magazine, 11 December 2012.

Scottish tech firm my1login wins place at START technology event, Business7, 11 October 2012.

Free password ‘strength tester’ goes live, Netimperative, 7 September 2012.

Find out just how weak your passwords are with my1login’s test page, The Next Web, 3 September 2012.

Grants available to Scottish businesses, SmallBusiness.co.uk, 22 August 2012.

How to create strong passwords, PC Retail, 16 August 2012.

my1login makes password fun & social to encourage secure login behaviour, Yahoo News, 9 August 2012.

Cloudbased password manager my1login wants to gamify more passwords, TechCrunch, 9 August 2012.

Password hacking will continue to escalate following recent attacks, The Wall, 24 July 2012.

Yahoo ‘taking immediate action’ as hackers dump 450k passwords online, Computing, 12 July 2o12.

Password management moves into the mainstream, Business Computing World, 28 June 2012.

my1login review, PC Mag, 24 June 2012.

my1login debuts password protection service, netimperative, 22 June 2012.

my1login seeks cash for password protection, Scotland on Sunday, 17 June 2012.

Password management tools to go mainstream within 12 months, PCR Online, 12 June 2012.

Online hacking password victims were asking for it, Ingenious Britain, 11 June 2012.

my1login shortlisted for a ScotlandIS digital technology award, ScotlandIS, 29 May 2012.

my1login shortlisted for a ScotlandIS digital technology award, ScotlandIS, 29 May 2012.

That’s the way the cookie crumbles, Fresh Business Thinking, 29 May 2012.

www.my1login.com

A Digital Hallmark For Online Jewellery Shoppers

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Edinburgh Assay Office will launch the world’s first consumer online assurance scheme for jewellery – Assay Assured – today at Somerset House in London. Retailers already signed up to Assay Assured include:  Links of London, Ortak, Monica Vinader and Clogau Gold.  The hallmark is the oldest form of consumer protection and this announcement marks a significant moment in its history as the hallmark goes digital.

Over the last five years the online sale of fake jewellery has seen a sharp rise with scam sites and rogue traders on auction sites springing up faster than they can be closed down.  As shoppers cannot inspect the goods they buy online Assay Assured aims to offer the consumer protection against the risk of buying unhallmarked as well as counterfeit branded jewellery.

While more and more people shop online, trust is still one of the biggest barriers to trade. Research by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has shown that shoppers are far more likely to shop from sites they know and trust rather than small independent sites or auction sites. It was the same lack of trust that first led to the introduction of hallmarking 700 years ago as a way to prove the precious metal content of an item.

Scott Walter, CEO of Edinburgh Assay Office explains:  “It is not possible to detect by sight or by touch the precious metal content of an item. UK Hallmarks have provided consumer protection for hundreds of years by guaranteeing the precious metal content in a piece of jewellery.  Today online shoppers have no way of checking whether a piece of jewellery is hallmarked or not.  Assay Assured is a digital solution to an ancient problem and we believe it will provide the protection consumers need online.”

It is a legal requirement that all gold, silver, platinum and palladium jewellery sold in the UK must be hallmarked by one of four independent Assay Offices in Edinburgh, London, Sheffield and Birmingham. Precious metals are rarely used in their purest form but are alloyed with lesser metals to achieve the desired strength, durability and colour. Edinburgh Assay Office has been testing and hallmarking for 550 years.  Today it is the fastest growing Assay Office in Europe, working with some of the world’s premier jewellery brands.

Trustmarks are a well established solution to the issue of consumer trust online with research showing that consumers are more likely to buy from a site with a trust mark as Andy Mulcahy, of the Interactive Media in Retail Group (IMRG) explains:

“Trust remains one of the key elements that determine whether a consumer will shop with an online retailer. The Assay Assured scheme will greatly improve confidence in jewellery sites by communicating to consumers that the retailer is compliant with a code of conduct that ensures the products advertised meet industry standards. Increasing trust in retail sites is particularly important at the moment as cross-border trade is really opening up, and making a purchase from a site based in another country is highly dependent on reassurance that the retailer is genuine and compliant with standards.”

The Assay Assured scheme will be underpinned by a strict code of conduct for online jewellery sales, in compliance with the Hallmarking Act and also covering the sale of counterfeit branded jewellery. Before accrediting a site Assay Assured will first carry out an audit of the online retailer and their website. Only if they meet the requirements they will be asked to sign up to Assay Assured jewellery retailer’s agreement.

The agreement will authorise the retailer to carry the Assay Assured jewellery retailer logo on their website. The logo will link directly to a unique secure certificate, which will confirm their authenticity as an Assay Assured retailer. Within the certificate the consumer will be able to link to a consumer focused landing page giving details about the scheme and UK hallmarking.

Although consumers will, in the first instance be encouraged to report any queries relating to the code of conduct to the retailer, the certificate and the landing page will also allow consumers to report a query to Assay Assured about a product, should they fail to resolve their query with the retailer.

Assay Assurance will provide an independent arbitration service for retailers and consumers if a product is suspected of being in breach of the code, if the dispute cannot first be resolved between the retailer and the consumer.

To find out more about Assay Assured visit: www.assayassured.co.uk

For more information contact Sarah Lee.

Web App Allows People To Explore Eyewitness News Across Social Media Networks

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

iWitness, a revolutionary new web application for the aggregation of eyewitness news from social media platforms, launches today.  Developed by New Context in partnership with designers of the application, Adaptive Path, the free web app allows people to explore content from social media services such as Flickr and Twitter by time and place.

iWitness uses geolocation data shared by users to pinpoint the location where a post, photo, or video originated. It allows users to see content from a particular location in real time or by specifying a time range.  It is expected that this will be particularly valuable during emergencies when people look to share eyewitness news across social media channels.

Designed to be easy to use by anyone, if a user knows when and where something happened or is happening, iWitness will show first-person photos, videos, and messages from people there on the spot, integrating diverse media types in one interface.

The web app was beta tested live during development by the news desks of five US national and regional newspapers. Reporters used iWitness in their daily reporting – identifying what was useful, what was not and what else was needed.  New Context worked closely with Adaptive Path to synthesize that feedback and incorporate it into the design, adding new features and shaping the final design.

“iWitness could be one of the most important tools during a breaking news event. Newsrooms are always turning to Twitter to find initial reports from the scene of breaking news and iWitness lets you find those key tweets and photos,” said Sona Patel, social media producer for The Seattle Times.

iWitness was designed and built with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation after Adaptive Path submitted the idea for iWitness to the Knight News Challenge, an open competition for media innovation projects.

Adaptive Path brought New Context in to work on the project because of their track record in balancing the latest technologies with proven methodologies. New Context combines elements of extreme programming with behavior driven development to produce high quality, low defect output.

“New Context was an enormously valuable partner for us on this project,” said Jesse James Garrett, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Adaptive Path, and project lead for iWitness. “Their agile approach enabled us to quickly evolve the design of iWitness to best meet the needs of our users, and their technical savvy helped me realize my vision for the product.”

New Context developed iWitness as an open source application using Ember, a JavaScript framework.  This agile development process rapidly produces functionality with a minimum of waste.  Starting with a series of exercises New Context agreed the domain language, key concepts and features before turning the requirements into a discrete set of user stories.  Each user story representing a distinct requirement that could be understood or developed in isolation.

Mike Doel of New Context explains:  “This has been a fascinating project to work on and we are very excited to see how it will start to influence the news agendas and news reporting.  By using agile methods we have been able to work closely with Adaptive Path and the end user to ensure that iWitness does exactly what they need it to do.”

These agile methods follow short bursts of work that allow for rapid feedback and evaluation.  Developing in two week cycles or iterations at the end of the cycle New Context review the stories developed during the iteration before getting sign off from Adaptive Path.

New Context is an agile company specializing in rapid sustainable development of mobile and web applications.  Since its launch, New Context has specialized in the development of mobile and web applications for both startups and Fortune 500 companies.

Adaptive Path was one of the first design firms focused on user experience and over ten years has worked at the frontier of UX design, working with hundreds of organizations to define experiences for new products and services, strategically evolve existing ones and integrate experiences across channels.  Drawn to complex ambiguous challenges that defy known approaches and best practices.

For more information about the iWitness project, visit www.adaptivepath.com/iwitness.

Assay Office In The News

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Launch of Assay Assured, the world’s first consumer online assurance scheme for jewellery, in the national and trade press to raise awareness of the scheme.

Edinburgh Assay Office launches first digital hallmark for jewellery, Master Jewellers, 14 June 2012.

Edinburgh Assay Office launches digital hallmark for online security, Retail Jeweller, 14 June 2012.

Online assurance scheme takes jewellery hallmarking online, New Media Age, 13 June 2012.

Digital hallmarks introduced for online jewellers, The Retail Bulletin, 12 June 2012.

Digital hallmarks launch for online jewellers, The Telegraph, 12 June 2012.

Ancient and modern: Edinburgh Assay Office goes online, Scotsman, 12 June 2012.

Online guarantee scheme for precious metal, BBC News, 12 June 2012.

EAO to launch Assay Assured to protect shoppers, Professional Jeweller, 11 June 2012.

Edinburgh Assay Office to launch online consumer assurance scheme, Jewellery Focus, 11 June 2012.

www.assayofficescotland.com

Hot Tin Roof MD Shares Social Media Expertise at Drupal for Business

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Hot Tin Roof’s director Sarah Lee will today give a presentation on social media for startups at Scotland’s first Drupal for Business event. The talk, held jointly with Gareth Alexander of GA Web Applications Development, aims to equip companies with the tools needed to maximise the benefits of social media.

Sarah’s PR career began in the press office of East of Scotland Water. After moving to the private sector she worked on both business and consumer media campaigns for Scotland On Line, Compaq, Indigo Vision and Newell & Budge, before launching Hot Tin Roof in 2002.

Under Sarah’s directorship, Hot Tin Roof has built up a dynamic reputation as one of Scotland’s leading PR agencies for digital and technology companies, working with many pioneering startups including NCTech and miiCard, as well as established organisations like ScotlandIS and The University of Edinburgh.

Leveraging social media to boost online reputations is a core component of each Hot Tin Roof campaign. From interacting with customers to increasing sales, social networking on Twitter and Facebook and professional networking on sites such as LinkedIn is more important than ever.

The presentation will explore advantages and pitfalls of social media for startups. The session will also outline how to integrate Drupal to benefit social media, and examine what content works best for which social network.

Sarah Lee comments: “I’m passionate about the power of social media and, in the rapidly changing media landscape, it has become a vital tool for promoting startups. I’m delighted to be giving this presentation and look forward to helping those attending harness the exciting opportunities social media presents.”

Drupal for Business is part of DrupalCamp Scotland 2012, and runs on Friday 25 May. Held at the Informatics Forum in Edinburgh, DrupalCamp Scotland comprises of three free events held over the 25 and 26 May. In addition to Drupal for Business there will be a short introduction to Drupal and full-day training sessions on the Saturday.

For more information contact Sarah Lee.

Klik

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Look no further!

TIN IT OR BIN IT is your weekly social media need-to-know.

Hot off the press we deliver the week’s most ground breaking social media news,
oh-no-you-didn’t stories, tips you can’t afford to miss or simply our opinion on trends in the digital landscape.

Lastly, we’ll tell you whether it’s tin material or bin material!

View them all here on our Facebook page.

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Tin It Or Bin It – 25 May 2012 – Klik

Face.com’s new facial recognition mobile app, Klik, has just launched out of Beta. ­Using Face.com technology, the app aims to automatically identify the faces of your friends before or after you take their photos.

And just how does it know who your nearest and dearest are? Well, to use the app you have to configure it with your Facebook account, and the facial recognition software analyses the faces in your photos and remembers the name associated with each tag.

This could take up to one full day, and Klik will only recognise the people you are friends with on Facebook.

If Klik can’t identify the person in the picture you can put it in “Learn Mode” to manually ID the face – if you continue to identify unknown faces and save them then the app’s ability to recognise those faces in future photos improves.

There are some great additions, like the Instagram-esque photo filters to give your snaps that creative edge. And, of course, you can share – on Facebook, Twitter, email and Klik itself. You can also check out friend’s photos and see the locations where those pics were taken.

But it’s the app’s ability to read your location and make use of that info which, coupled with the facial recognition technology, gives it a decidedly creepy feel, and raises privacy concerns.

And because of this Klik is a Bin It.

e-Placement Scotland in the news

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

A campaign to rapidly raise awareness and create a high profile media presence for e-Placement Scotland over the Easter holiday with the ultimate aim of helping to drive recruitment during the 2012 Summer vacation.

Summer jobs – surprisingly worth it, E&T magazine, 24 May 2012.

IT companies urged to take on paid interns, Scotland on Sunday, 13 May 2012.

New initiative launched for IT interns, The Journal, 26 April 2012.

Employers urged to pay IT work experience students, Skills 4 Gov & Business, 19 April 2012.

Scotland debuts ‘Lets Get Paid’ IT scheme for students, Netimperative, 11 April 2012.

Employers urged to pay IT work experience students, HR Review, 11 April 2012.

Employers urged to pay IT work experience students, Public Service, 11 April 2012.

E-placements Scotland launches “LETS GET PAID” initiative for students, Student Times, 10 April 2012.

Student IT paid work placements, Compute Scotland, 8 April 2012.

Scottish IT firms encouraged to get behind paid intern scheme, Microscope, 4 April 2012.

www.e-placementscotland.com

We are hiring – PR Account Manager

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Full-time PR Account Manager Circa £24k

Edinburgh

Hot Tin Roof is a dynamic, independent PR agency, creating iconic reputations for pioneering UK companies.  We help business communicate in a digital world, blending the skills and rigour of traditional PR with the constantly changing, cutting edge digital techniques of social media and online PR.

Now in our tenth year we are primarily focused on B2B PR, specialising in internet and digital technologies, although we do work across a range of sectors and the odd B2C campaign.

Fast and furious, we deliver creative campaigns, designed along clear and simple lines.  From short, sharp projects to heavy weight strategy sustained long term; we have a powerful reputation for getting results and making the news.

We are now looking for an enthusiastic and experienced PR professional to join the team and help across a range of B2B accounts.

Key responsibilities:

With a minimum of three years’ experience in Public Relations, you will be responsible for managing media relations and client accounts. You will have excellent client service skills and proven media relations skills.

The preferred candidate will have experience in B2B campaigns, ideally technology related, and experience of social media campaigns and online PR.

You will be keen to learn to write PR plans, new business proposals and pitch documents, and will have a naturally positive outlook to building new business connections on behalf of the client.

Skills & Experience:

• Experience working with B2B clients

• Excellent media relations skills and proven strength in securing quality coverage

• Excellent understanding of news agenda and impact on clients

• Confident and professional demeanor when dealing with clients and journalists

• Strong copy writing skills

• Strong social media and online PR skills

• Good organisation and time management

• Good knowledge and understanding of digital channels

Personal Qualities:

• Pro-active and takes initiative

• Loves a challenge

• Excellent communication skills

• Team player

CVs with covering letter to sarah@hottinroof.co.uk by 8 June 2012.

We are hiring – PR Account Director

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Part Time / Full-time PR Account Director Circa £35k pro-rata

Edinburgh

Hot Tin Roof is a dynamic, independent PR agency, creating iconic reputations for pioneering UK companies.  We help business communicate in a digital world, blending the skills and rigour of traditional PR with the constantly changing, cutting edge digital techniques of social media and online PR.

Now in our tenth year we are primarily focused on B2B PR, specialising in internet and digital technologies, although we do work across a range of sectors and the odd B2C campaign.

Fast and furious, we deliver creative campaigns, designed along clear and simple lines.  From short, sharp projects to heavy weight strategy sustained long term; we have a powerful reputation for getting results and making the news.

We are now looking for an experienced PR professional to join the team and help grow the business.  Although we are ideally looking for a part time role we will consider full-time for the right person.

Key responsibilities:

With a minimum of five years’ experience in Public Relations, you will be responsible for leading media relations as well as helping to grow Hot Tin Roof.  You will work closely with the founder MD to manage a small team, lead client accounts, secure new business and grow Hotwire our social media service.

You will be able to run accounts autonomously, will have excellent client service skills and proven media relations skills.  The preferred candidate will have strong experience in B2B campaigns, specifically technology related, and demonstrable experience of social media campaigns and online PR.

You will have a powerful track record of achieving outstanding results for clients, and will understand the need to deliver tangible commercial benefits in PR campaigns. You will have managed integrated PR campaigns and will be comfortable managing client budgets.

You will be able to demonstrate a keen ability to write PR plans, new business proposals and pitch documents, and will have a naturally positive outlook to building new business connections on behalf of the client.

Skills & Experience:

• Experience working with clients in technology, new media, public sector

• Outstanding media relations skills and proven strength in securing quality coverage
• Excellent understanding of news agenda and impact on clients
• Confident participator in meetings with senior executives

• Strong copy writing skills

• Strong social media and online PR skills
• Good organisation and time management
• Good knowledge and understanding of digital channels
• Experience of working with and giving advice to senior executives
• Experience in campaign management and media relations
• Flawless project management skills
• Experience of crisis and issues management

Personal Qualities:

• Self-Starter, pro-active, takes initiative, driven, entrepreneurial
• Loves a challenge
• Excellent communication skills
• Mature, self-confident and will get on with the job in hand
• Team player with the ability to motivate account teams

CVs with covering letter to sarah@hottinroof.co.uk

miiCard Raises $2.5 Million Investment To Prove Real Identities Online

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Online identity verification service miiCard today announced the completion of a second seed funding round, securing $2.5 million angel and venture capital from a mix of investment groups including New Wave Ventures, IQ Capital and Par Equity, to accelerate growth and adoption of its ‘digital passport’ amongst businesses and consumers.

The substantial investment supports miiCard’s expansion into the US and will enable rapid growth of the business, across a range of markets including financial services, ecommerce, social networking and dating, where trust online is now critical. Such a high level of seed funding for an early stage company reflects miiCard’s strong initial market traction as well as the global acceleration of the online identity verification sector and the realisation of the need to prove real identities on the web.

miiCard (My Internet Identity) is the world’s first independent, commercial identity verification service allowing the individual to control their digital identity and prove “I am who I say I am” online and in real-time, to Anti-Money Laundering standards, eliminating the need for a physical ID check.

miiCard is responding to a growing demand worldwide for a means to prove identity purely online as both the risk and value of transactions on the web escalate. Both the US and UK governments have launched initiatives to tackle the issue, with the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) in the United States and the UK Identity Assurance Programme, with the aim of validating consumers’ true identities – not just checking information about them.

James Varga, miiCard CEO, comments: “Now, more than ever, we are seeing a huge amount of activity in the marketplace around online identity and trust. With miiCard we can create a level of trust that currently does not exist online, and dramatically change the way we transact on the Internet.

“We’re delighted to have New Wave Ventures on board to help drive our business forward. Along with our existing investors and board members, we have a fantastic team and a unique opportunity to change the way we interact online.”

This is the first time New Wave Ventures have invested in miiCard and its backing builds on an earlier funding round during which miiCard raised over $.75 million from investors including IQ Capital and Par Equity who have reinvested during this current round.

Tim Bullock, co-founder of New Wave Ventures comments: “As the Internet plays a growing role in the way we interact with each other, especially when executing financial transactions, it becomes increasingly important to be able to prove who we are, and quickly and reliably establish who we are dealing with.

“The miiCard team have developed a unique and global solution to this problem, which will facilitate commercial transactions and remove uncertainty from more personal interactions, and we look forward to working with them to develop the business.”

Ed Stacey of IQ Capital Partners, comments: “miiCard has clearly demonstrated an ability to develop rapidly. We’re proud to be continuing to support the company as it positions itself as the market leader in online identity.”

Paul Atkinson of Par Equity, states that: “miiCard has clearly made huge progress over the last few months and we are delighted to be involved as investors. We are looking forward to miiCard being adopted as an industry standard for online identity validation.”

Founded in September 2011, miiCard already supports seven countries and is quickly expanding to meet demand from businesses wanting to improve customer satisfaction, increase conversions and reduce operational costs by enabling consumers to meet identity verification requirements purely online and in real-time. miiCard is looking to grow the existing team, with plans to treble staff in the coming months.

http://www.miicard.com/

Watch the tour video and see how miiCard can create trust online.

For more information please contact Sally Rattray.


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