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DIGIT Movers and Shakers | October 2021

David Paul

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DIGIT Movers and Shakers
Another bumper month of movers and shakers, with partnerships, new hires and awards news. This month includes firms like Aveni, Commsworld, Cyan Forensics and Wobble Genomics.

Recruitment

Aveni

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Speech analytics firm Aveni has appointed Elizabeth Gooch, MBE, as the company’s Chief Revenue Officer.

Shortly after its recent funding round, the speech analytics company also announced a raft of key design and engineering appointments from some of the world’s leading technology companies.

Gooch is the founder and former CEO of AIM-listed software firm EG Solutions, acquired by US customer analytics company Verint Systems in 2017.

She assumes responsibility for driving revenue growth at Aveni, an AI platform for financial services companies that analyses customer conversation data to generate new business insights and drive efficiencies through the automation of customer processes.

Gooch commented: “I like the problem that Aveni is trying to solve, I like their use of innovative technology, I like that they want to be the number one in the world in this field, and that they are hiring the best talent to help them achieve that.

“I look forward to helping Aveni develop a scalable, repeatable business model that underpins its ground-breaking technology, and to support the company in other areas using my experience building, growing and selling technology businesses.”

Aveni also announced the appointment of principal software engineer Edward Asquith and senior software engineer Sam Faulls from McLaren Applied, the technology solutions subsidiary of the Formula One McLaren Group.

Principal designer Chloe Poulter joins the company from IBM, and Matt Pattinson comes from a lead cloud and architecture role at Domino’s to become lead software engineer at Aveni.

The new recruits will further drive the development of Aveni’s natural language processing (NLP) platform and its integration with customer communication technologies to solve key industry challenges.


Wobble Genomics

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RiboNucleic Acid (RNA) sequencing firm Wobble Genomics has appointed two high profile Non-executive Directors, with Trevor Nicholls and John Leamon joining the board.

Trevor Nicholls brings 40 years’ experience of building international businesses in the life sciences industry, with a focus on genomics, pharma, and biotech.

US-based John Leamon’s experience is as a scientist and executive with a background in nucleic acid amplification, next generation DNA sequencing, microfluidics, genetics, molecular biology, and product development.

Commenting on the appointments, Richard Kuo, CEO and founder of Wobble Genomics, said: “Trevor and John are two of the most highly respected individuals in the industry, who bring years of experience and know-how – in terms of running life sciences and biotech businesses, scaling them, product development, global sales, and raising investment from venture capitalists, all things that will be integral to Wobble’s trajectory over the next few months and years.”

Nicola Broughton, Wobble’s Chair since July, added: “Getting Trevor and John on board is testament to how far Richard and the Wobble team have come and how much they have achieved in a relatively short space of time. Their collective guidance will be invaluable for the company going forward.”


Eurofins Digital Testing

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Eurofins Digital Testing has appointed Ruth Beeden to lead growth of the company’s Consultancy and Managed Services.

Beeden takes on a new role as Head of Account Management, primarily focusing on strengthening existing client relationships and retaining the position as supplier of choice in the field of Consultancy and Managed Testing Services.

She will also be responsible for the evolution and positioning of a suite of service offerings, including the NextGen Engineering Assurance Framework, to support clients with their strategic initiatives, and ensure these offerings continue to align with the short and long term needs of each individual client.

In her role, Ruth will offer a more advisory input to strengthen Eurofins Digital Testing offerings. She will be its “ambassador of change” to promote its capabilities and expand its reputation.

Beeden has worked in the IT industry for the past 20 years, as a lead consultant and service delivery executive for companies including Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Banking Group, Barclays, DTI, DVLA and the Home Office, to name just a few.

Commenting on her appointment, she said: “I am delighted to be offered this opportunity to be part of the Eurofins’ journey to sell stronger and more compelling managed service propositions to our clients.

“My experience of working with many industries in the UK; having a passion for achieving service excellence and delighting clients in getting fantastic outcomes is why I am excited to be part of this brilliant team.”


Eureka Solutions

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Scottish business software specialist Eureka Solutions underwent a “dramatic restructure” to prepare it for its next phase of expansion in October.

The shake-up means a new management team is in place at the East Kilbride firm, with some of its most talented operators promoted internally.

Additionally, internal reconfiguration will see Eureka Solutions focus on distinct product areas which have been identified as likely to yield high growth.

The announcement of the new structure comes shortly after the firm revealed it had seen turnover grow by 2% to £4.5m in their most recent financial year.

Included in the hires is David Lindores, newly appointed as CEO after a successful stint as Technical Director and Gillian Livingstone, who moves from Finance Director to become Chief Operating Officer.

Between them, they will now oversee development for the company’s dedicated new business divisions: Lindores leading the delivery of globally renowned productivity tool, Oracle NetSuite; Livingstone delivering its proprietary tools, including the innovative Cloud Data Exchange, which enables widely different business tools to work together, and delivery of Sage business systems

Commenting on his new role, Lindores said: “The changes we’ve made are radical but were also essential. We’ve gone from being a small business founded in 2004 to having 65 staff with blue chip clients all over the UK.

“Meanwhile, we believe we are on the brink of realising the global potential of our own, bespoke software integration platform. We want to be ready for the growth and the opportunities that will bring. The changes we have made are part of those preparations.

“These are incredibly exciting times for Eureka Solutions and for the highly-skilled and motivated team who have made this possible and deserve major praise for getting us here.”

Livingstone added: “Our people are our most valuable resource, and the rate of staff turnover at Eureka Solutions is impressively low because developing and motivating our workforce is always a priority.

“Our team is well-established and includes many people who were originally recruited as graduates. The new divisional structure creates clear career progression opportunities for them. In turn, that can only benefit our customers as we support them through their own growth.”


Cloudsoft

Cloudsoft was recognised as a top 10 employer in the 2021 UK’s Best Workplaces in Tech list, which was announced by Great Place to Work UK last month.

Following an employee-focussed survey, the organisation was ranked 7th in the Small Organisations category, with every one of Cloudsoft’s employees highlighting the strong sense of trust, pride, camaraderie, wellbeing, and inclusivity at the company: 100% of the team said they were proud to work for Cloudsoft.

This is made more impressive due to the organisation more than doubling its headcount to 30 employees during the past 12 months.

Ross Gray, CEO of Cloudsoft, said: “It’s an honour to be recognised as one of the UK’s Best Workplaces in Tech.

“Despite all the challenges in the past year and a half, we’ve managed to maintain our energy, passion, and curiosity despite the disparate way in which we have had to work, all whilst doubling our headcount and growing our revenues by more than 40% last year.

“This is testament to the strong team spirit we have built and the industry-leading work we do for clients every single day.”


Exizent

Bereavement Process

Exizent has announced the appointment of Graeme Jones as a Senior Adviser to the Board

Jones brings “invaluable insight” as a “champion of the Scottish financial services industry,” with decades of senior management experience within some of the UK’s leading financial institutions and extensive strategic experience in FCA regulated businesses.

Until December 2020 he was Chief Executive of Scottish Financial Enterprise (SFE), the representative body for Scotland’s financial services industry.

During his time at SFE, he made a substantial impact promoting awareness of and support for financial services companies with a presence in Scotland; Scotland being second only to London in the UK.

One of his key initiatives whilst at SFE was as a key mover in the creation of FinTech Scotland, widely seen internationally as a benchmark cluster of financial services technology innovation.

Jones has previously worked for some of the UK’s largest financial services businesses, mostly in marketing and sales roles.

Since retiring from full-time CEO of SFE, Jones has been working with the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) as their UK Strategic Relationship Adviser.

Commenting on his appointment, Jones said: “Exizent is a shining example of an enterprising Scottish business revolutionising probate domain – a space in clear need of innovation. Even this early in its journey, Exizent has demonstrated the value of industry collaboration and the benefits of being a purpose-focussed fintech.

“Its potential to transform the bereavement landscape has benefits for individuals, the legal services sector and of course financial services companies. I’m thrilled to be joining to support that ambition.”

Aleks Tomczyk, Co-Founder and COO, added: “Exizent was founded on the principle that we are here to solve problems for everyone involved in the bereavement process, including the financial services community.

“Graeme has a unique understanding of the pressing issues impacting the industry and representing these interests at the highest level. We’re thrilled he’s bringing that insight to the Board and the Exizent team.”


Awards

AccelerateHER and Barclays Eagle Labs

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The AccelerateHER awards, working alongside Barclays Eagle Labs, is expanding across the UK this year for the first time.

Now in its seventh year, the awards, which recognise the success of inspirational female founders, will be expanding to take in the entirety of Britain.

Over the last six years, the awards have been providing access to growth for finalists and winners by giving opportunities to make new connections through the global AccelerateHER and Barclays Eagle Labs networks.

Announcing the partnership, Chief Operating Officer for AccelerateHER, Elizabeth Pirrie said: “Taking the awards UK-wide is testament to the success of the programme and we’re delighted to have secured the support of Barclays Eagle Labs to help us expand beyond Scotland.

“This is an exciting time for AccelerateHER as we launch the 2022 awards to find the inspirational, dynamic female founders who play a leading role driving strong global growth potential in their companies.”

The awards are sponsored by Barclays and global IT and business consulting services firm CGI.

Katherine Morgan, Head of High Growth and Entrepreneurs at Barclays, added: “We’re excited and honoured to be supporting the AccelerateHER awards.

“Celebrating and boosting the strength of female entrepreneurship in the UK is close to our hearts at Barclays and we hope that the awards will celebrate female entrepreneurs and inspire the next generation.”

Want to find out more? Read the full article here.


ScotlandIS

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Stepan Brychta has taken first place at the Young Software Engineer of the Year 2021 for developing an AI music creation assistant named “Fryderyk”, after composer Fryderyk Chopin.

Fryderyk is a web application that uses AI to help human composers create music using a grid system.

Composers can select from dozens of musical styles and can add notes to the system simply by playing their digital instruments. Brychta has taken Fryderyk through to the state of a promising prototype, and he has also developed a new method to evaluate artificial music generation systems.

Another three Scottish university students were recognised for their outstanding work at the awards.

Victor Slavov of Stirling University was runner-up for his work implementing virtualization-based software protection in Java, in a bid to strengthen the quality of intellectual property protection that can be built into the programming language.

Third place went to Maria Elizabeth Hughes of Strathclyde University for her work on anonymisation of data: Hughes created a website that automatically detects identifying information and removes it from data sets to make the data anonymous, providing a way to render useful data while protecting individual privacy.

Dundee University student Ryan Anderson secured the Best Engineering Award for his gyroscope-based offline calibration and stabilisation for first person view drone videos.

Karen Meechan, CEO at ScotlandIS, said: “The YSE awards are an annual reminder of the great innovation and dedication of our up-and-coming tech talent in Scotland.

“The work done by this year’s winners and runners up will make an impact in a range of industries, and it’s a delight to recognise them for their contributions.”

Want to find out more? Read the full article here.


R3-IoT

Scottish Fish Farming

Scottish IoT firm R3-IoT was announced as one of six companies in the global strategy consultancy and market intelligence firm Euroconsult 5th annual Finspace competition.

Part of this year’s World Satellite Business Week, the Finspace initiative recognised and celebrated the achievements of innovative startups from across the space sector.

R3-IoT was selected for the 2021 awards from entries that were submitted from across Europe, the US, and Australia. Approximately one third of this year’s entries represented small launch development companies.

The Scottish-based firm said it is “is on a mission to digitise the planet” by providing value extending beyond connectivity.

Its full-stack platform combining satellite, cellular, IoT, analytics and cybersecurity provides data-driven intelligence from anywhere in the world, 24/7 – regardless of available infrastructure.

The winners will be announced at the World Satellite Business Week event, which will take place 13 – 16th December 2021.


Par Equity

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Par Equity won Best EIS Manager at the prestigious 2021 Enterprise Investment Scheme Association awards in October.

The Edinburgh-based VC, which specialises in investing in tech companies in the North, was also highly commended in the EISA Impact Award.

The award for Best EIS Manager of the year is a timely accolade for Par Equity, after winning a hattrick of awards at the UK Business Angel Association Awards 2021, including Best Angel Group of the Year.

Paul Munn, Managing Partner at Par Equity, said: “This coveted award from our industry body, EISA is a significant milestone for Par Equity and reflects the important and impactful work carried out by the entire team.

“It also represents the brilliant progress our portfolio has made and their collective ingenuity and hard work over the last 12 months navigating the challenges and opportunities of the pandemic.

“So, thanks to EISA for this recognition, thanks also to our supportive investor base and well done to our portfolio companies.”


Cyan Forensics

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Last month, Cyan Forensics was recognised as one of the UK’s most promising tech companies after being selected as part of Tech Nation’s exclusive Upscale 7.0 programme.

Cyan is one of only two firms from Scotland to be chosen for the seventh iteration of the series which includes 31 participants in total. Upscale is designed to support mid-stage (Series A), fast-scaling tech companies from around the UK.

Ian Stevenson, CEO of Cyan, commented: “We’re looking forward to participating in Tech Nation’s Upscale growth programme, and collaborating with and learning from other fast-growing, scale-up companies.

“Collaboration is a cornerstone of our business – we cannot achieve our vision by working in isolation. Cyan is proud to be part of Upscale and the coming months offer a unique opportunity to progress our growth journey together, supported by Tech Nations’ experts’ team and be part of a community that share similar challenges and aspirations as Cyan.

“People are at the heart of our growth plans, and we’re committed to building a world-class team to help us deliver ground-breaking products, helping create a world where no harmful digital content can be easily hidden or shared.”

Liam Ward, Upscale programme lead at Tech Nation, said: “We’re excited to support Cyan help law enforcement, social media and cloud companies find and block harmful content from paedophiles and terrorists.

“The impact these ambitious, fast-growing tech companies’ innovative solutions are already having on people’s lives across so many industries is evident from their combined revenue of over £90m, and it’s fantastic to see investors taking note of the potential these tech companies have not only to scale but to transform every corner of society for the better.”


Partnerships

Filament STAC

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Filament STAC announced the sign-up of several Scottish partners for its 18-month Smart Things Accelerator programme in early October.

The announced partners are services group Anderson Anderson & Brown, law firm Burness Paull, European patent and trademark attorneys Scintilla, software development and data analytics specialist Arceptive, construction consultancy Soben and integrated IoT solutions firm Integrated Graphene.

Commenting on the news, Paul Wilson, CEO of Filament STAC, said: “We are combining the resources and passion of some of Scotland’s most innovative and tech savvy companies, businesses who realise the potential of what we are building at STAC.

“The partners we are announcing today cover professional services and technology support, which are vital for the scale-up tech companies we have on the programme.”

Wilson added: “STAC is unique in that it is positioned to be a self-sustaining industry-led funding model, with Scottish business leaders pulling together to scale tech companies.

“We are creating a movement that will result in a Scottish IoT powerhouse sector, one which will collaborate, support and create market opportunities on a global level.”

Want to find out more? Read the full article here.


Commsworld and Alncom

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Network provider Commsworld is partnering up with rural broadband firm Alncom to transform digital networks and infrastructure throughout Northumberland.

Edinburgh-headquartered Commsworld is joining forces with Alnwick-based Alncom to give businesses and organisations in the remotest parts of the county the chance to enjoy significantly enhanced broadband connectivity, bandwidth, and resilience.

This would be achieved by giving them access to Commsworld’s nationwide Optical Core network, with connections to superfast 10 Gigabit connectivity directly to their premises.

Managing Director of Alncom, Stephen Pinchen, said: “This is a significant development for Alncom. Northumberland is home to remote communities with the highest volume of cottage and ‘table-top’ industries in the UK. It’s a transformative move, literally life changing for our customers and will really help bridge the digital divide.”

Bruce Strang, Commsworld’s Chief Operating Officer, also commented: “We are delighted to be partnering up with Alncom. Much like us, Alncom is growing at a phenomenal rate, continuing to expand its footprint through organic and inorganic growth, and enhancing its customer offerings.

“Our partnership will result in a step change in the delivery of digital services to the harder-to-reach rural areas. We have the largest privately funded Optical Core network in the UK with the capability to provide a reliable, high-speed network that is affordable to all those in need of it, no matter where they are geographically.

“As a result, we can provide the flexibility to layer on the latest products that can deliver real value and outcomes to customers in both the public and private sector. Working together we can create a dynamic, modern, robust and resilient digital network for Northumberland and beyond.”


SSE and Jedlix

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Energy company SSE and electric vehicle (EV) smart charging service provider Jedlix have partnered to deliver grid balancing services for EVs.

The partnership will allow domestic customers with EV charging to provide flexibility into the balancing market at times of system need, while reducing their energy bills.

Stephen Stead, Director of Strategy and Digital Services at SSE Energy Solutions, said: “With now less than a decade until the ban on sales of fossil fuelled vehicles, we’re seeing exponential growth of electric vehicles on the UK’s roads.

“With transport responsible for nearly 30% of the nation’s carbon emissions, this is a vital and timely step if we’re to meet our collective 2050 net zero ambitions.

“The significant increase in EVs also has the added potential benefit of enhancing power generation – boosting the capacities of distributed and renewable energy resources across the country.”

SSE’s partnership will help Jedlix users and partners, such as car manufacturers and charge point operators, minimise costs through SSE’s access to the balancing mechanism.

The partnership is the latest venture within SSE’s strategy to build a portfolio of distributed energy resources, to provide energy and grid services.

Serge Subiron, CEO at Jedlix, said: “We are thrilled to have this cooperation with SSE, one of the leaders in the British energy sector. This has the potential to establish the largest VPP for EVs in the UK.

“By opening the capacity to bid on the balancing mechanism, we have the perfect set up to enable existing and new B2B platform partners and also local energy retailers.

“We welcome local innovators in the e-mobility and energy domain to join our initiative to make sure any EV driver charging in any situation can benefit from smart charging.”


Stena Drilling and SmartChainServices

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Stena Drilling has acquired a minority stake in blockchain startup SmartChainServices (SCS), as well as a three-year technology partnership.

The announcement follows a six-month proof of value project, where Stena Drilling applied the power of SCS’ ClearDapp, a blockchain and smart contract technology, to reduce and eventually eliminate complex transactions related to IADC reporting and payment-for-rig-performance.

Now, the companies will work together to further develop smart contract solutions for the energy sector. With aims to automate and execute the payment cycle, the technology partnership will offer the energy industry new contractual models based on milestones such as drilling speed, carbon intensity or fuel usage – all automatically validated through data.

Colin Dawson, Digital Business Transformation Manager of Stena Drilling said: “We’re delighted to enter a technology partnership with SCS. Over the past six months, it has become clear that blockchain smart contract technology has the potential to transform how the energy sector does business.

“We have a unique vantage point for this technology development as we continue to advance our own digital transformation.

“The sector faces tighter scrutiny around ESG from investors and society as the energy transition takes hold, and smart contract solutions offer a transparent way to demonstrate impact via tracking Scope 1 emissions at the rig, for example. We’re proud to play our part in progressing the sector.”

John Hanson, CEO of SCS added: “Stena Drilling is the perfect partner for us, given its world class fleet and forward-thinking approach to digitalisation. There’s a huge opportunity for those in the sector that adopt blockchain technology to reduce admin burden, track transparency and reduce cost.

“Together, over the next twelve months, we will work very closely with the Stena Drilling team to fundamentally change business models in the energy sector, particularly those based on drilling performance.”


Frog Systems

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Glasgow-based wellbeing tech startup Frog Systems signed up two new clients in October.

The firm’s software was selected by United Leicester and Switch the Play for two significant projects – a free digital wellbeing hub for sports fans in the city of Leicester and a platform to help sportspeople improve their emotional health and prepare for new careers once they stop competing.

The charitable arms of the four professional sports clubs in Leicester – Leicester City FC, Leicester Tigers, Leicestershire County Cricket Club and Leicester Riders – came together to commission Frog Systems to create UnitedLeicester.com, a video-led support hub where players, staff and volunteers share their experiences to break down the stigma around mental health.

Commenting on the partnership, Matt Bray, Leicester City in the Community Health and Wellbeing Manager, said: “The new wellbeing hub has been designed for fans and supporters of Leicester’s professional sports clubs in mind.

“We all know the power of sport and the loyalty fans in the city give to our sporting teams. Hopefully, this is a way of clubs giving their support and help, to guide adults to local opportunities and services.”

Former Leicester Tigers captain and head coach Ian ‘Dosser’ Smith said: “Mental health has long been a taboo in sport but now is the time to challenge this and help those around us to gain the right support and guidance.”

The second client win is with Switch the Play Foundation, the only UK charity helping all sportspeople to fulfil their potential through and beyond the field of play.

Called ‘Switched On Inspires’, the platform built by Frog Systems brings all the charity’s support services together alongside powerful video content from retired and current elite athletes as well as coaches and practitioners.

Rob Young, CEO of Switch the Play, said: “The new Switched On Inspires platform offers resources when they are needed by an individual, and will sit alongside our free one-to-one support and careers pathway service.

“Thanks to Frog Systems, sportspeople can access the online service and develop at their own pace, in their own time.”


Strathclyde Uni, Glasgow Science Centre, FIRST Scandanavia and Boeing

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The University of Strathclyde it is teaming up with the Glasgow Science Centre, FIRST Scandanavia and Boeing on a new permanent aviation STEM classroom.

Newton Flight Academy will be used to teach students aviation-related concepts in STEM topics and is set to be launched at the Glasgow Science Centre in Spring 2022.

Pupils from S3 and S4 will be able to take part in immersive, experiential learning programmes enabling them to engage in real-world challenges by working together with industry professionals.

The experience will include flight simulators and focus on themes including space, biofuels, and advanced materials and manufacturing.

Commenting on the new Academy, Stephen Breslin, chief executive of Glasgow Science Centre, said: “We are bringing the aviation industry, teachers and pupils together through the Newton Flight Academy.

“We will use the excitement that the simulators and aviation-related themes bring to help pupils develop problem solving and innovative thinking skills.

“Aviation is going to change so much as the industry seeks alternative, greener fuels. Scotland needs a pipeline of talented, skilled youngsters who can innovate and help engineer the solution – and the Newton Flight Academy is where they’ll be inspired.”

The partnership intends to boost Scotland’s “innovation pipeline” and marks the first Academy of its kind in the UK.

Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde added: “In our rapidly-changing world, we need engineers and scientists to design, build and operate the sustainable technologies and infrastructure of the future – from faster, more fuel-efficient aircraft to cleaner, greener energy production.

“We are delighted to be building on our long-lasting relationships with Boeing and Glasgow Science Centre to spark the imaginations of the next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators.

“By giving young people access to leading-edge technology, we hope to inspire them and introduce them to education opportunities and careers that will help them shape the world around them.”

Want to find out more? Read the full article here.


UNIST and Strathclyde University

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The University of Strathclyde and South Korea-based UNIST signed a MoU to enhance their research and teaching capabilities and global collaborations across South Korea and the UK.

The agreement in October also creates opportunities for staff and student exchange programmes, overseas internships and the joint use of equipment and facilities.

Yong Hoon Lee, President of UNIST, said: “We are delighted to cooperate with the University of Strathclyde, which has abundant experience in developing manufacturing technology that meets the needs of industry.

“Starting with today’s partnership, we expect to secure competitiveness in AI-based manufacturing innovation technology, and furthermore, lay the foundation for core technology development that can realise carbon neutrality in the manufacturing industry environment.”

Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde, said: “We are delighted to work with UNIST, one of South Korea’s leading technological institutions, on this new partnership to advance manufacturing research, education and technology.

“There is a tremendous synergy between our two organisations and, by working together, we can provide global leadership in advanced manufacturing by transforming skills, productivity, and innovation.

“In doing so, we can contribute to the revitalisation of the domestic manufacturing industries in our respective countries and help companies to expand into global markets.

Want to find out more? Read the full article here.


CGI and Edinburgh Council

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IT and business consulting firm CGI announced a new smart city partnership with Edinburgh Council to increase its operations in Scotland in October.

A five-year contract has been signed to support the Council’s hopes to transform the capital into “one of the world’s leading Smart Cities”.

The deal is supported by a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) grant as part of the ‘Scotland’s 8th City – the Smart City’ programme. Edinburgh Council will deliver three projects budgeted at £6.4m of which £2.5m is part of the ERDF grant.

Commenting on the partnership, City of Edinburgh Council Deputy Leader Cammy Day said: “Edinburgh has big ambitions in becoming a world-leading Smart City – a digitally inclusive and sustainable city with services that are easily accessible by all of our residents no matter where they are in the city, or what their circumstances are.

“We’re looking to deliver a more digitally-enabled proactive service to help make everyone’s lives in our Scottish Capital better, and so we can continue our work towards ending poverty, meeting our net zero targets and improving wellbeing for all.

“This Smart City partnership with CGI, supported by a European Regional Development Fund grant, will help us achieve that ambition – whether it is improved safety on our streets, better waste management or enhancements to other core services and operations. We’re also fully committed to giving our young people the best possible start in life by better equipping them for their educational future.”

In September last year, CGI firm extended a deal with Edinburgh Council to boost the city’s digital ambitions and provide digital services for citizens to facilitate online transactions, as well as improving bandwidth speeds available to primary and secondary schools.

Want to find out more? Read the full article here.


Moves and Relocations

Capgemini

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Two new sites in Nairn and Inverness have opened as part of a new Defence IT support contract, creating jobs for over 250 people in the local area and boosting the local economy.

The two new service centres, run by Capgemini, will look after all Defence IT customers who require assistance, and will be operational 24/7, 365 days a year.

Supporting over 200,000 users across Defence, it will be the largest centre in Europe based on the number of end-users.

Located close to the defence sites of RAF Lossiemouth and Kinloss Barracks, the skills and experience of ex-service personnel are also being utilised with 20 already recruited, with the number expected to grow.

Defence Chief Information Officer Charlie Forte said: “Defence Digital is working with Capgemini to create a world class customer service centre that provides defence users with the very best service interface that is using a leading-edge approach and the best in modern technology to improve the customer experience.”

Want to find out more? Read the full article here.


Barclays Glasgow Campus and Scottish Enterprise

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The new Barclays Glasgow Campus was opened by the Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in mid-October.

The campus, which consists of five buildings, includes well-being facilities, a street food market and community spaces. Two buildings, Clyde Place House and BECO Building, are historic and have been restored for public use.

Scottish Enterprise, who provide funding and support to Scottish businesses, have worked closely with Barclays to see the project delivered. Their work included providing a broad range of support and advice to the company.

Adrian Gillespie, CEO of Scottish Enterprise, said, “By formally opening this incredible new campus, Barclays has reached a major milestone. Today marks the culmination of many years of partnership working to deliver such a significant and transformative project for Glasgow and Scotland.

“Scottish Enterprise was pleased to work with partners, including Glasgow City Council, to highlight why Glasgow was the ideal location for this campus, and we have been delighted to provide Barclays with a broad range of support services to help turn their vision into reality.”

The opportunity to deliver thousands of jobs and boost local economic opportunities for the community nearby has been a leading factor in deciding on the location of the campus.

Gillespie continued: “We are particularly pleased that many of the roles created will be high value jobs, and a significant number of positions will be for disadvantaged workers of those who have a disability.

“It underlines the message we are sharing with the world, that Scotland is very much open for business,” Gillespie said.

Want to find out more? Read the full article here.


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