Posts Tagged ‘technology’

How FreeAgent launched

Tuesday, 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. (more…)

SEP’s Calum Paterson appointed Chair of BVCA

Monday, 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.”

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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Why We Love Tech

Monday, 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

Tuesday, 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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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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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…)

Digital Xtra Fund on the hunt for inspiring digital initiatives for young people

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

 

Projects that teach digital technologies skills to young people could be in line for a financial boost as the Digital Xtra Fund announces its first funding round since becoming a charity.

A total of £50,000 will be available for projects that inspire young people by taking digital skills out of the classroom and teaching concepts like computational thinking, coding, digital making, or data science in a fun environment. Applications open on 16 June and each project can apply for up to £5000.

The Digital Xtra Fund was created in 2016 to fund a variety of projects, all with an aim to foster a new generation of digital makers who will, in future, bridge the skills gap in Scotland’s digital economy. (more…)

IT recruiter shows support for Scottish tech industry at digital conference

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

 

Cathcart Associates, a specialist IT recruitment firm headquartered in Edinburgh, was the exclusive recruitment partner at the recent Digit IT Leaders conference, which took place at Dynamic Earth this year.

The conference hosted a series of inspirational and informative speeches from key players in Scotland’s IT sector, including Polly Purvis, CEO of ScotlandIS, and Helen Marshall, head of technology transformation at Yodel, who spoke of driving innovation and business improvement through technology. (more…)

Employers should ‘keep an open mind’ when recruiting digital talent

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

 

Employers should look beyond a candidate’s technical ability and take into consideration wider background experience when it comes to hiring digital talent, according to specialist IT recruitment firm, Cathcart Associates.

Recent figures released by the Digital Technologies Skills Group has shown that Scotland has a hidden pipeline of digital skills talent. Research found almost a third (31%) of graduates entering Scotland’s digital sector come from non-computing backgrounds, such as design, business and physical sciences. (more…)

Pioneering Compressor Company lifts Inventor of the Year award

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

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Edinburgh based compressor company Vert Rotors lifted Inventor of the Year trophy at the prestigious Made in Scotland awards in Glasgow last night.

The company was recognised for the innovation and advances it has made with the production of its micro, near silent and super efficient range of compressors that are all designed and manufactured in Scotland. The company also boasts the smallest low-vibration clean air compressor in the world amongst its product range and a selection of their compressors can be seen on display in the National Museum of Scotland.
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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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Major client win sees Scottish IT recruiter strengthen roots in north of England

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

 

Cathcart Associates has bolstered its recruitment offering in the north of England after scooping an exclusive 12-month contract with Mando, one of the UK’s best digital agencies.

Headquartered in Edinburgh, Cathcart Associates will be recruiting for a number of exciting, fast-paced digital positions within Mando’s London and Liverpool teams, as the agency enters a period of growth. (more…)

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

Monday, February 13th, 2017

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

Pioneering manufacturers bring UK-first precision technology to Scotland

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

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

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

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

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

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

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

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

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

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

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

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

Monday, January 30th, 2017

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

App to manage student finances is a hit with judges in teen pitching challenge

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

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

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

Monday, December 19th, 2016

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

Gordon Kaye and Sam Wason, joint managing directors of specialist recruiter Cathcart Associates, have a unique insight into the hiring plans of many of the country’s top tech firms and they are predicting another busy year ahead.
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Aridhia broadens European appeal with new RSRCH-Health service in Netherlands

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

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

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

Action plan in development to attract more women into technology

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

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

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

CodeClan celebrates first anniversary with Glasgow expansion in 2017

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

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

The ground breaking 16-week course will be delivered by CodeClan in The Tontine, Glasgow’s new high-tech acceleration and growth space for young aspiring businesses.
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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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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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Vert Rotors unveils breakthrough low-vibration nano compressor at IMTS 2016

Friday, September 9th, 2016

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

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

Developed in response to global consumer demand, Vert’s micro compressors operate with minimal vibration and noise and use water-injection rather than machine oil, eliminating environmental threats or possibility of oil contamination.
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Launch of Agile Delivery Network transforms the future of government IT

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

The Agile Delivery Network – a collaborative network of SMEs determined to change the way the UK government buys IT – will formally launch this week, having already proven that it can deliver what it promises.

The government’s current supplier model for IT simply does not work, the Agile Delivery Network (ADN) contends, and the Network has already shown what can be done with its work on the highly successful e-petitions site.

Andy de Vale, co-founder of the ADN says: “I’m consistently horrified by the money we waste on government IT. IT delivery in the UK government is broken, and the current supplier model just doesn’t work. The ADN has been set up to tackle the gross waste in the way things are done, and to shake off the pervasive view that it’s just how things are.”

The government itself has recognised the problem and was keen to see the ADN work in conjunction with its recently established ‘skunkworks’ team, Government Digital Service, on the e-petitions site and on new ways of working together.

Unlike the majority of government IT projects, the e-petitions site was built quickly (within six weeks), flexibly and at a low cost. Once the team began to see usage figures rise, it was able to scale the site to match. The site can now manage over 1,000 concurrent sessions per minute without problems.

Throughout the development process the Cabinet Office was able to request changes and have them implemented immediately, rather than having to wait until the project was complete and then request costly alterations, as is normally the case with large suppliers.

ADN brings flexibility, quality, cost and short time-to-market to a sector that has become used to slow, complex and expensive development. Agile, highly motivated developers are collaborating to provide a viable alternative to the large Systems Integrators who usually win government contracts.

The team used Agile project delivery to deliver the working site on time, and used an open source toolset to keep costs low and to take advantage of the most up-to-date technologies.

Peter Herlihy of the Government Digital Service adds: “The Agile Delivery Network SMEs delivered beyond all our expectations. The flexibility and the quality of the service delivered by the team at ADN gives us real hope – and evidence of a successful model for delivery of digital services.”

For more information please contact: Lauren Cormack

About Agile Delivery Network

Agile Delivery Network is a not-for-profit organisation set up to improve access for UK SMEs to government contracts. It aims to change the way UK government procures IT, to reduce waste in project delivery and to advocate and improve the use of Agile techniques in government IT. It was founded by six companies: 2d Cargo, EdgeCase, Matt Wynne ltd, Rutherford Software, Think Code Learn and Unboxed Consulting and is recruiting other member companies to collaborate on UK Government projects.

Man versus machine

Monday, September 5th, 2011

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Tin It Or Bin It – 2 September 2011 – Man versus machine

For all the literary lovers out there, there is now a website that can recommend you books using an algorithm. Launched last week by Aaron Stanton, BookLamp is to books what Pandora is to music.

The website analyses a book’s style of writing and assigns numerical values to the ‘Story DNA’, which is described as the breakdown of the settings, themes and characters.

We don’t know about you, but we choose books through human recommendations – from friends, family, colleagues, book reviewers in newspapers and Amazon user reviews.

Obtaining electronic recommendations from an algorithm that has not read and experienced the book just seems a bit dubious. We love technology but sometimes you just need a human touch.

BookLamp can’t distinguish between good prose and sloppy writing styles, so it is lacking the quality control that you usually get from someone you know and trust.

Also, the BookLamp engine can sometimes recommend a ‘zinger’ – which is a book that makes sense from an algorithmic perspective but not from a human view. This seems to be a major problem and something they will need to work on to perfect.

So far there are only 20,000 titles in their database, which means that your choices are fairly limited at this stage until more publishers come on board.

BookLamp is a work in progress. It sounds like a good idea initially, but on closer inspection there are some flaws.

We are not entirely convinced. Think we will just stick to old-fashioned book recommendations from friends and family for now, and come back to this once the BookLamp engine has had time to expand and fine-tune itself.

BIN IT…for now.

Flexiant appoints US reseller DSA Technologies

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Cloud software and services company Flexiant is continuing its push into the US market with a partnership announced today of full-service reseller, DSA Technologies.

Founded in 1991, DSA Technologies provides a complete range of IT services and solutions to clients across the United States. It will introduce Flexiant’s Extility cloud platform these clients, helping them to develop their own private and public clouds.

Robert Karssiens, Flexiant’s Director of Sales & Marketing says: “Resellers like DSA Technologies are essential to our international growth plans. This agreement will help introduce our Extility platform, already used extensively in Europe, to a new and demanding market.”

Flexiant, headquartered in Scotland, developed Europe’s first cloud platform in 2007 and is one of only a handful of independent cloud platform providers world wide.

DSA Technologies’ CEO, Michael Pearson says: “We pride ourselves on finding the right technologies for our clients, to help them in their own businesses. Flexiant’s Extility cloud computing platform will let our clients create exactly the clouds they need.”

The two partners were introduced through Phoenix Fire, a business development agency specialising in partner channel development for the US technology sector. Flexiant entered a partnership agreement with Phoenix Fire at the end of 2010, to help find quality resellers for its products.

Flexiant’s Extility software is a licensed cloud computing platform delivering all the benefits of real-time server estate management to end-users through its unique user interface and API. Central to these end-user benefits is the ability to shape server requirements to meet and exceed the demands of a perpetually shifting market landscape, allowing provisioning and reconfiguration of servers in seconds or minutes rather than hours or days.

Licensees of Extility not only enjoy the competitive edge of providing world class scalable services to existing or new business; the savings springing from Extility’s unified platform mean that they are able to do so at realistic prices in a market projected to comprise of over 20% of corporate IT infrastructure within five years.

Flexiant also offers a public cloud service, FlexiScale, which enables start-ups and SMEs to grow from one server to one thousand servers in seconds – critical for organisations offering streaming video, social networking or SaaS, and ideal for a wealth of other applications.

FlexiScale’s pay-as-you-go virtual dedicated servers can be up and running, or taken down in less than 60 seconds, ensuring businesses can rapidly shape their IT resources in response to dynamic market conditions. With no long-term commitment or capital expenditure required from customers, FlexiScale facilitates clear focus on core business activities by reducing time, energy and effort spent on IT provisioning and investment.

In addition to a range of other deployments, Extility is currently being used as a test bed by the European Commission on three multi-million pound FP7 research and development projects aimed at driving forward the adoption of cloud computing across Europe.

For more information contact: Lauren Cormack.

About DSA Technologies

Founded in 1991, DSA Technologies provides a complete range of IT services and solutions to clients US-wide. DSA has grown from a professional services only firm into a full-service solution provider offering complete technology solutions for: strategic planning, cloud-readiness assessment, project design, product sales, professional services implementation, managed services monitoring, post-implementation support and on-going staff services.


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