Tech in the Fest

June 20th, 2018

 

As Edinburgh-based specialists in tech PR, here at Hot Tin Roof we love all things tech related. With summer almost here, Edinburgh’s festivals are once again just round the corner. Navigating the endless listings could take you all summer, so, the helpful bunch that we are… we’ve delved in and here we share with you our pick of the best tech-related events of the festival 2018. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s not all doom & gloom: How businesses can bounce back after GDPR

June 12th, 2018

 

It’s been just over two weeks since GDPR-fever swept the nation.

Amidst all the jokes and memes that sprung up along the way, for most businesses this was no laughing matter.

Though it was a long time coming, many companies were still dreading the May 25th deadline.

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Happy Birthday, LinkedIn!

May 9th, 2018

 

It’s LinkedIn’s 15th birthday and what better way to celebrate than to jump on the platform’s trending hashtag of the week #WhenIWas15.

We caught up with some of the cats at Hot Tin Roof to find out what their hopes and dreams were when they were starry-eyed teenagers.

Here’s what they said …

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What Does The Future of Social Media Look Like?

May 8th, 2018

 

With JD Wetherspoon ditching their social channels last month, does this signify a change in the PR landscape?

Sure, social media isn’t the be all and end all of PR but as a communication tool it has been important for businesses and PR professionals alike.

While it seems the platform sprung up overnight, in truth its origins date back to the 70s. Cast your mind back to the era and what comes to mind: Travolta’s all white disco three piece? Perms? What most won’t remember is the creation of the first digital chat room in Illinois, the earliest iteration of social media.

Fast-forward a few decades and you hit the noughties. Myspace and Bebo were the social media monarchy.

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The tech improving your life in 2018

May 3rd, 2018

Without a doubt, 2018 has been a year of change for tech. And we’re less than four months in! From advances in AI to exciting new apps at your fingertips, technology is moving faster than ever. Read the rest of this entry »

Pioneering engineering firm Vert Rotors won top prize at last night’s prestigious Made in Scotland awards in Glasgow.

April 27th, 2018

 

The Edinburgh based company was crowned overall winner of the Made in Scotland awards as well as picking up Innovator of the Year award. Judges were unanimous in their decision to award Vert Rotors as the company was recognised for their ultra-compact and quiet compressors which produce 200 per cent higher pressure than their nearest competitors for their size. Both awards recognise the company’s on-going innovation and growth, with the range of compressors all designed and manufactured in Scotland.

Vert Rotors recently added a brand new compressor to its range, The Nautilus. The new compressor is a quiet portable compressor that allows manufacturers to deliver incredibly high levels of compressed air wherever and whenever they need it.

The quiet micro compressors can be used in a range of applications, such as motorsport, precision measurements, or mobile servicing, and the company’s success at targeting future industries such as the space sector, aerospace and automobile have enabled Vert Rotors to double its growth in 2017.

Olly Dimitriev, Managing Director of Vert Rotors said: “I still can’t believe that we have won the overall award as well as Innovator of the Year. To be awarded two awards is such an honour and we are delighted that we have been recognised amongst strong competition.”

“Vert Rotors has gone from strength to strength over the last 12 months, manufacturing new products and securing four patents for our micro compressor technology. We have recently come back from Germany, showcasing our compressors at Hanover Messe, the world’s leading trade show for industrial technology. We are taking the technology we are producing in Scotland and exporting it overseas to international markets. We are proud to be doing our part in pushing forward Scottish innovation and securing a place for Scottish manufacturing in the global market.”

Founded in 2013, Vert Rotors is based in Edinburgh, and has already attracted international attention. Three-quarters of Vert Rotors’ customers are based outside the UK and include Fortune 500 manufacturers in the European Union and the United States.

Olly Dmitriev is a technology entrepreneur and innovator with 15 years’ experience in software project management and a dual executive MBA degree from London Business Schools and Columbia University in New York.

How Hot Tin Roof is turning up the heat on Par Equity’s portfolio

April 12th, 2018

 

We are thrilled to have been invited to present at a Par Equity event this week. One of the most exciting venture capital firms on the block, Par Equity shares our passion for working with innovative companies that are doing things in new and better ways.

Just like us, Par Equity values the people driving these companies, and understands it is the sheer grit and determination behind the innovations that makes a world of difference. One of the best parts of our job is meeting with these teams, hearing their stories and helping them shout about their achievements to the world.

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How FreeAgent launched

April 10th, 2018

53 million reasons why to do PR for your startup at launch

So FreeAgent sold for £53million. The news spread through Edinburgh like wildfire – everyone heard.

This blog is my story – rambling in places, but please indulge me – about my time with FreeAgent and the role PR played in its launch and formative first four years.

In 2008 Hot Tin Roof was asked by Ed Molyneux to give a presentation to the Digital Marketing Meetup on Digital PR. Ed was the advance guard of FreeAgent and had just arrived in Edinburgh ahead of Olly and Roan. He had been asked by Nigel Eccles, then of HubDub (what would become Fanduel), to stand in for him. Read the rest of this entry »

SEP’s Calum Paterson appointed Chair of BVCA

April 9th, 2018

 

The British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA) has welcomed Calum Paterson, Managing Partner of Scottish Equity Partners (SEP), as its Chairman for 2018/19.

The BVCA, which represents the private equity and venture capital industry in the UK, has more than 700 member firms, including over 300 fund managers and 120 institutional investors.

Mr Paterson has worked in private equity and venture capital since 1991. He was co-founder of SEP in 2000 and has been responsible for managing the firm since then. SEP is one of the UK’s leading investors in high-growth companies.

He said: “I am very pleased to take on the role of BVCA Chair, particularly at this important time for the industry and for the UK economy. I would like to pay tribute to my immediate predecessor, Helen Steers of Pantheon Ventures, for doing such an excellent job during the last 12 months. Private equity and venture capital plays a vital role in the UK, not least in terms of supporting the growth of innovative companies. I look forward to supporting the BVCA in representing and promoting the entire industry, across the whole country.”

NEUROCENTRX appoints two industry heavyweights to board

April 2nd, 2018

 

Neurocentrx, an Edinburgh-based pharmaceutical company, has appointed Nigel Brooksby as Non-Executive Chairman and Dr. Tim Corn as Non-Executive Director to take the company to a global market.

Neurocentrx is developing new clinical indications, and new forms of administration for oral ketamine. This innovative vision, to repurpose an approved human drug most commonly used as an anaesthetic, has the potential to improve pain management, and significantly impact how psychiatric conditions such as severe depression are treated.
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FarrPoint helps secure a total of £28.5m for full-fibre funding for local networks

March 26th, 2018

IT, telecoms and infrastructure consultancy FarrPoint has provided vital consultancy services that has led to successful bids to fund full-fibre connectivity in the Highland Council and Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) regions, with a combined value of £28.5 million.

The authorities were awarded the funding by the Government in the Chancellor’s spring statement as part of the £190M Challenge Fund to promote the roll out of full-fibre to local areas. Read the rest of this entry »

How to achieve networking Nirvana

February 27th, 2018

As PRs, we LOVE people. We thrive on meeting new folk, getting to know their stories and finding out what makes them tick. We want to know your whole life story within 5 minutes of meeting you, and then we help you tell the world what you’re all about.

However, even the most seasoned PR can feel intimidated when walking into a networking event. It is an important part of our working lives. It’s a great way to meet potential new clients, expand your professional contact list and find out about exciting new businesses and projects. But it can be tricky to know how and where to start. Here are some top tips to help you find your networking Zen and make the most out of your next event: Read the rest of this entry »

Apps, Widgets and Jpegs

February 22nd, 2018

At Hot Tin Rood, we specialise in PR for tech companies. We keep up to date with all the latest trends in digital technology, from new kit and software, to more general concepts and ideas. We all have an interest in tech and do a pretty good job of this. It may take a couple read-throughs and the occasional Google search but we always ‘get it’ in the end.

Given this background you might think that in our day-to-day work we’d bring some time saving, innovative and enabling tech to bear. And you’d be right. Now, we’ve all read these types of ‘listicles’ before. You know the sort of thing – ‘10 best apps for choosing your socks’ or ‘7 free downloads that will change your working life so that you only need to spend 4 hours a week in the office’ and so on. Well, here we’ll be telling you what we actually use, what we do with it and why. We could be drummed out of the Magic Circle for this!
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SHE Software eyes international expansion following £3m funding deal from NVM Private Equity

February 20th, 2018

East Kilbride based SHE Software has secured a £3 million growth capital investment from NVM Private Equity (NVM) as it prepares to enter international markets with its highly configurable health and safety software and create over 50 new jobs by the end of 2018.

SHE Software will use the funding to open up 15 highly skilled jobs in a new office in the US and has ambitious plans to double the size of its development and support teams at its Scotland HQ, where it currently employs 60 staff.

Led by CEO Matthew Elson, SHE Software is the creator of Assure, a software platform that helps businesses to achieve and demonstrate health and safety compliance, whilst at the same time generating cost-savings by significantly reducing the administrative burden.

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PR – The language of love?

February 14th, 2018

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
We love a good PR stunt,
And we know you do too!

 

The most romantic day of the year is upon us … Valentine’s Day. It’s the perfect excuse to spoil our loved ones, whether it’s with a romantic, aphrodisiac-filled meal, a cute, fluffy teddy bear or (our personal favourite) some bubbly and super fancy chocolates.

Love it or loathe it, brands across the world go wild for it. It’s become the ultimate time to launch a quirky PR campaign. We do love a good old PR stunt so as our Valentine’s Day gift to you, here’s four of our favourites …

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Thomas Miller – Return to Hot Tin Roof

February 7th, 2018

 

When we think of PR, most of us have an image of glitz, glamour and Prosecco. Ab Fab anyone?

As a young and naïve 15 year old, I wanted to find out for myself and went to work at PR agency Hot Tin Roof.

At the time I wasn’t entirely sure what would be expected of me. To be honest, I had a rather slim understanding of what public relations actually was.
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Assure APM Appoints Director of Cyber Security Services

February 2nd, 2018

Edinburgh-based specialist IT performance and segmentation security company Assure APM has appointed Neil Anderson as their Director of Cyber Security Services, in order to further bolster their cyber defence solutions and meet the demands of an increasingly-growing security market.

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My First (Half) Week at Hot Tin Roof

January 30th, 2018

Picture this guy while reading

Everything new can be a little bit terrifying at first. Your first day at school, first time away from home, a lot of firsts are daunting because of the fear of the unknown.

Learning to swim (which I have yet to get round to), learning a new language (which I’ve only ever semi-successfully managed), attempting to learn anything new can also be scary and overwhelming from the word go.

Starting a new job can be especially nerve-wracking. You dive headfirst into a new environment, one that has been functioning perfectly fine for years before you arrived, and immediately attempt to learn new information for days on end.
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Why We Love Tech

January 22nd, 2018

 

At Hot Tin Roof we love to work with a range of different clients, from architects to museums and galleries. While we enjoy keeping our portfolio diverse, our true passion lies with tech.

Hot Tin Roof’s first client was a tech company, and we have continued to work with businesses in this sector ever since. We live and breathe tech, and are the only company in Scotland that specialises in this sector. But what is it about tech that makes us tick?
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SEP Announces Investment in Communications Technology Leader

January 16th, 2018

 

Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) has completed a £25 million investment in Redwood Technologies Group (Redwood), acquiring a minority stake in the UK-headquartered international provider of communications technology and cloud contact centre solutions.

Redwood has experienced strong and profitable organic growth, with revenues increasing by 30% in both 2017 and 2016. SEP’s involvement, the first external investment that Redwood has accepted in its 25-year history, will accelerate a global expansion strategy that focuses on Asia-Pac for 2018, with a regional office opening in Tokyo during Q1.
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ScotlandIS launches groundbreaking insight into public sector ICT expenditure

January 16th, 2018

 

The public sector is one of the most important vertical markets for Scotland’s digital technologies industry but information about its current size and future developments has been very limited.

ScotlandIS has gathered and analysed data for current and projected public sector ICT expenditure in Scotland to make it easier to assess market opportunities and take informed investment decisions.

Launching soon, the Public Sector ICT Expenditure in Scotland report provides a comprehensive view of the sector, valued at £811 million in 2016/17, at a level of detail that has never been available before.

 

 

The report, produced in partnership with the Scottish Government, breaks down the actual spend by area of public sector over the past six years on ICT as well as forecasting outlays up to 2021. The report examines various areas of the market, and highlights opportunities for businesses to win contracts.

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The Hot Tin Roof ‘Blue Monday’ playlist

January 15th, 2018

It’s ‘Blue Monday’ today – that day of the year when it all seems so bleak and gray. The festive season is just memory and the only real reminder are the sad, forlorn, once magical Xmas trees lying beside the black bins.

But don’t despair – research has shown that music stimulates our emotions and we’re going to throw a short playlist your way to elevate your mood and chase the January blues away.
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The Hot Tin Roof Resolutions

January 10th, 2018

New year, new you? It’s that time of year when we hit the gym, look at what we eat and decide on what we’d like to achieve in the coming months. The cats here at Hot Tin Roof are no exception, so here’s a brief round up of what we’re aiming for in 2018:

Sarah

 

I grew up in the 70s and rebelled against Mum’s home baking and ‘health foods’.  Give me Pizza, Crisps, Mac Cheese and M&S Lasagne!  Now I’ve come full circle, revelling in seeds, nuts, gluten free and non-dairy.  My resolution is to continue falling in love with healthy eating. 

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CodeClan appoints Melinda Matthews Clarkson as new CEO

December 11th, 2017

CodeClan, the UK’s first and only fully accredited digital skills academy, has appointed a former senior figure at technology giant IBM as its new Chief Executive Officer as the organisation looks to build its presence across Scotland in 2018.

Melinda Matthews Clarkson, who has more than 25 years experience in the technology sector, says she plans to grow the organisation, extend CodeClan’s operations beyond the Central Belt, and expand its successful partnerships with business in the months ahead.

Originally from the US, Ms Matthews Clarkson has lived in Scotland for the past 10 years, and was until recently Vice President of Commerce Partnerships at IBM. She has been deeply involved in bringing a range of new product offerings in Cloud, SaaS, eCommerce and Digital Marketing to the marketplace.
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FarrPoint helps bring fibre to the home in Oxfordshire

November 15th, 2017

Independent specialist in telecoms and information technology consultants, FarrPoint, has today announced that they have completed a major milestone in their work on the West Oxfordshire Superfast Broadband project.

The Edinburgh based company supported the District Council throughout all stages of the procurement to select the right supplier to bring Next Generation Access broadband (NGA) to more than four thousand rural homes and business in the area. The contract was awarded to Gigaclear, a rural broadband specialist, who will extend its ultrafast Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) network to the area.
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FRE plc opens £30m UK and Ireland wind farm funding phase

November 1st, 2017

 

Future Renewables Eco PLC (FRE plc) has opened its latest funding phase as the firm looks to increase the number of wind turbines it operates across the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.

The company’s Phase 4 Bond aims to raise £30million to finance the acquisition of wind turbine sites for construction at more than 20 sites across mainland UK and Northern Ireland leading to further opportunities opening up in the Republic of Ireland. Read the rest of this entry »

Pioneering compressor manufacturer Vert Rotors appoints new head of R&D

October 20th, 2017

 

Edinburgh based company Vert Rotors, manufacturers of the world’s smallest and most powerful air compressors, has appointed Geoff Kermode as Head of Research and Development.

Kermode, an expert in the design, development and implementation of high-value manufactured products, joins the company to drive Vert’s pioneering technology towards a range of significant applications with clear potential benefits across a huge range of industrial sectors.
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BLACKBX targets China and Europe with LigoWave WiFi partnership

September 19th, 2017

 

BLACKBX, the disruptive tech company, has announced a deal with US wireless networking solutions company LigoWave to deliver their pioneering guest WiFi software to the Chinese market and beyond.

The rapidly growing Edinburgh-based firm will also work with LigoWave to supply guest WiFi at internet access points in Germany, France, Italy, and across the Baltic nations, all the while eyeing further growth throughout the potentially lucrative Chinese market. Furthermore, the agreement should support BLACKBX in increasing its existing footprint globally thanks to LigoWave’s presence in some 150 countries.
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Bookish tips for the festival

August 22nd, 2017
Books

Book Festival events run until 28 August

It’s festival time and Edinburgh is bursting at the seams once more. Given Hot Tin Roof’s proximity to the Book Festival it seems fitting to share some tips on what is on offer from our neighbours at Charlotte Square.
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FarrPoint expands into London office as it celebrates 10 years in business

June 28th, 2017

 

Scottish IT and infrastructure consultancy company FarrPoint has opened a new office in London to support its rapid expansion and as a base for its activities across the country.

The firm, based in Edinburgh, has seen its turnover increase by 28 per-cent in the last year and has expanded its team to twelve employees, a growth of over a third in the past twelve months. Read the rest of this entry »


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