Posts Tagged ‘internet’

What Does The Future of Social Media Look Like?

Tuesday, 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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FarrPoint helps secure a total of £28.5m for full-fibre funding for local networks

Monday, 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. (more…)

Apps, Widgets and Jpegs

Thursday, 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

Tuesday, 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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The Hot Tin Roof ‘Blue Monday’ playlist

Monday, 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

Wednesday, 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:

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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

Monday, 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

Wednesday, 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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BLACKBX targets China and Europe with LigoWave WiFi partnership

Tuesday, 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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FarrPoint expands into London office as it celebrates 10 years in business

Wednesday, 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. (more…)

Robots, virtual reality and cyber security at ScotSoft: Scotland’s largest tech event

Monday, June 26th, 2017

 

The premier event in the Scottish tech calendar returns in October to the EICC with its biggest speaker lineup yet, hosted as always by digital technologies trade body ScotIandIS.

Now in its 20th year, ScotSoft brings together more than 600 CEOs, decision makers and developers from the private and public sectors in Edinburgh on 5 October.

Polly Purvis, chief executive of ScotlandIS, said: “I am very proud of the role ScotSoft has played in bringing international speakers to Scotland and showcasing local experts over the last 20 years. As the digital technology sector in Scotland continues to grow, and the technology calendar has blossomed, events such as ScotSoft become more and more influential in shaping the industry. (more…)

‘You are now connected.’ Ground breaking public Wi-Fi software firm launches in Edinburgh

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

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A tech firm promising to give business owners access to cost-effective ‘legal guest Wi-Fi’ has officially launched its ground breaking product in Edinburgh.

BlackBX is cloud-based Wi-Fi technology enabling businesses to install and run public Wi-Fi for minimal cost and effort. The software provides businesses with raw data to help generate revenue, track new and repeat customers, identify peak visiting times and create customer mailing lists. (more…)

Inspiring Generation Z to become Scotland’s future cyber crime fighters

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

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The hunt is on for the nation’s best young codebreakers as Cyber Games Scotland launches its 2017 competition during a week of dedicated digital skills events run by organisations across Scotland.

Now open for registrations, Cyber Games Scotland is part of a wider drive to inspire more young people to pick a career fighting cyber crime.

The competition tests teams of 12 to 16 year olds in innovative scenarios designed to develop the practical and usable cyber security skills in demand by industry. Last year 176 teams from schools across Scotland registered to ‘crack each other’s code’.
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FarrPoint to advise Scottish Government on total broadband coverage

Monday, April 17th, 2017

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Independent specialists in Telecoms and Information Technology, Farrpoint has been appointed to advise the Scottish Government on the planning and rollout of it’s Digital Infrastructure Action Plan.

The initiative was announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the last election and will include the Reaching 100% Superfast Broadband Coverage Programme (R100) by March 2021.
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CodeClan empowers employers to plug Scotland’s digital skills gap

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

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CodeClan, the UK’s first fully accredited digital skills academy is reaching out to employers seeking new software talent, encouraging businesses to join their employer partner community.

With fierce competition in the industry to find skilled candidates, CodeClan is holding drop-in events so employers can learn more about the skills and courses taught at the academy. Most importantly, the sessions aim to showcase the calibre and dedication of CodeClan students.
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Broadband nightmares: Farrpoint believes investment from small suppliers can spark change

Monday, January 30th, 2017

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

How to make a PR plan

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

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

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

Every plan will be different. But all will use milestones as hooks for planning activity and creating the news that will keep them in the headlines.
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Alfie the Hot Tin Roof office dog

Friday, November 11th, 2016

Lee Birchall spills the beans on our favourite furry friend

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

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

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SEP announces close of new technology-focused fund

Monday, November 7th, 2016

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

The new fund, which was above target and over-subscribed, will be invested in high growth companies based mainly in the UK, although investments in companies in other European countries will also be targeted.
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North of Scotland students lift coveted awards

Friday, October 7th, 2016

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

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

 

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

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

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

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

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

Funding is intended to support enterprising organisations that give young people aged 16 and under opportunities to learn computer science related digital skills and contribute to widening the provision of extracurricular computing science related activities across Scotland.
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New look Aquila Inisight expands into new offices

Monday, September 12th, 2016

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

The firm, which is headquartered in Edinburgh and has offices in London and Derby, has also rebranded to mark a new chapter as it approaches its fourth birthday.
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brightsolid Awarded Preferred Partner Certification in Dell PartnerDirect Channel Program

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

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Scottish cloud and data centre brightsolid, today announced that it has received Preferred Partner certification in Dell’s PartnerDirect program, meeting the necessary technical and sales training requirements.

As a Dell Preferred Partner with certifications in Cloud Services & Solutions, brightsolid has always maintained a close working relationship with Dell and excels in hardware, software and services knowledge that help eliminate IT complexity for customers and help create greater efficiencies.

Dell Storage technology has enabled brightsolid to deliver continued reductions in the cost of cloud services for its customers while reducing time spent on routine IT management and saving days in the deployment of the latest cloud technology.
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Hot Tin Roof’s top 5 Festival eats (and drinks!)

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

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Once again, the population of our fair city is doubling in size as thousands of visitors, street artists, and performers flock to the capital for the Edinburgh International Festival.
With a plethora of shows to sink your teeth into, you’re bound to be eating out more than usual so it’s hardly surprising that the city becomes a culinary haven in August. Restaurants, chefs, cafés, street vendors and everything else in between seize the opportunity to feed and water thousands of festivalgoers.
Having racked up several years of avid Edinburgh ‘festivaling’, the cats at Hot Tin Roof like to think we know a thing or two about the delicious delights on offer – and this year is no exception.
So here are just a few of the not-to-be-missed opportunities for foodies this August.

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Scottish technology companies join support for diversity in software development

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

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A leading software development conference in Scotland has seen a significant increase in the number of underrepresented groups speaking at and attending their conferences, thanks to a number of initiatives.

The Scottish JavaScript Conference (ScotlandJS), was attended by over 250 people this year, with 50% of speakers and 30% of attendees being female or non-binary (individuals who do not identify as either male or female).

The initiatives, undertaken by the event’s organisers to increase participation from more diverse groups come in direct response to the overwhelming number of men in the Scottish software development industry. Women and other minorities are hugely underrepresented in Scotland’s tech sector, with 96% of software developers being male.
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From Manhattan to Sydney, investment drives Spoonfed’s international growth

Friday, June 17th, 2016

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Scottish software-as-a-service start-up Spoonfed has today announced a second round of funding worth £585K from angel investment syndicate Equity Gap, private US and Channel Islands investors and the Scottish Investment Bank, the investment arm of Scottish Enterprise, to accelerate international growth and take the company into profitability.

Launched in 2013, Spoonfed has provided its end-to-end drop off catering software to customers throughout the UK including high-street chains, independent sandwich retailers and contract catering businesses and has also won contracts in USA, Canada and Australia.

To date, the technology has enabled clients to unlock new markets with automated business processing of office catering orders, in one case boosting monthly revenue from £7,000 to £70,000 and increasing average order values by 25 per cent.
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ScotSoft extends Developers Conference after successful first year

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

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The leading event in the Scottish tech calendar will be bigger than ever this year as it returns with a ramped up strand for developers.

ScotSoft, hosted by digital technologies trade body ScotIandIS, will bring together more than 1000 CEOs, decision makers and developers from the private and public sectors in Edinburgh on 6 October. This year, its Developers Conference will run for a full day thanks to its popularity in 2015.

Speakers at the Developers Conference will include Sam Ramji, CEO, Cloud Foundry, and Mario Viviani, Amazon’s resident technology evangelist. The day also includes speakers from Administrate, xDesign, PwC, TCS, Dogfish Mobile, BEMO, Skyscanner, The Data Lab, FanDuel and more.
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Aquila Insight flying high as turnover doubles for third consecutive year

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

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The UK’s fastest growing data analytics company, Aquila Insight, has delivered another set of impressive annual results with turnover growth of over 100%.

Capitalising on the explosion of data innovation in business and consistently delivering value for clients, Aquila Insight’s turnover has more than doubled year on year since launch in 2012, increasing to £4.2 million for 2015/16. The firm also continued the rapid expansion of its London and Edinburgh offices on the back of high profile client wins including British Airways.

Aquila Insight has ambitious plans and is aiming to expand internationally with the opening of its first overseas office this year. It continues to recruit at a pace of 12 new analysts every quarter across in its UK offices and has grown from two founding partners to over 75 staff.
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Collaboration plus investment can boost broadband

Monday, May 30th, 2016

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Scotland has set a target to achieve 95 per cent coverage of superfast broadband across the country by 2017 with a £410 million investment from public subsidy and supplier contributions. Progress is being made towards this objective with three initiatives in place, however it is the final 5 per cent of coverage that will prove difficult. Achieving the projected 10Mbps speeds as part of the planned USO will be an improvement for some rural premises but will not be enough longer term as the low benchmark does not suggest a future-proof infrastructure. Superfast broadband speeds should be the minimum target for most rural areas in line with the rest of the country. This was echoed by the recent First Minister’s commitment for universal superfast broadband by the end of the next parliament.

The newly appointed Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, Fergus Ewing, has a tough job ahead of him to connect rural Scotland and ensure penetration levels in line with the rest of the UK. Scotland has unique issues with a difficult geography and dispersed population. These issues can only be overcome successfully by building on current initiatives and refining a cohesive strategy nationwide to strengthen collaboration between private investors, suppliers, councils and government agencies.
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