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DIGIT Movers and Shakers: July 2020


Recruitment

Skyrora

Astronaut Tim Peake has been appointed to the advisory board of Scottish space startup, Skyrora.

Peake joins the Edinburgh-based firm amid an exciting period as it continues development of the Skyrora XL rocket to provide orbital launches by 2023.

Skyrora said Peake’s experience as both an astronaut with the European Space Agency (ESA) and as a former crew member on the International Space Station (ISS) will be “invaluable” to the firm.

Commenting on the appointment, Skyrora chief executive Volodymyr Levykin said: “I couldn’t be more excited with Tim joining our advisory board. Tim’s knowledge, insight, and vast experience in the space industry will boost Skyrora’s efforts to become the UK’s premier and principal company for commercial rocket launches.

“Tim has been at the forefront of the space industry for years. His level of expertise will help us to gain more insight into the rapidly evolving UK space industry and sustain our rapid growth and development.”

From December 2015 to June 2016, Peake spent six months on-board the ISS managing scientific experiments for hundreds of researchers and led a UK-wide tour to promote his ISS Principia mission to young people.

Peake said: “I’m delighted to be joining Skyrora’s Advisory Board and helping to support their efforts to develop a commercial rocket launch capability.

“The UK is well-placed to become a key player in meeting the increasing need for small satellite launch opportunities, and Skyrora’s innovative ideas and the rapid pace of development makes them an extremely exciting company to be working with.”

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The Data Lab

The Data Lab has appointed Brian Hills as Deputy CEO and Head of Service Design as the innovation centre looks to strengthen its executive team. DIGIT MOVERS AND SHAKERS

Hills, who previously served as Head of Data at the organisation, boasts over 22 years’ experience in analytics and software engineering across domains including telecoms, IT and digital.

In his new role, Hills will deputise for CEO Gillian Docherty OBE and lead the scaling of the innovation centre’s impact across Scotland through the growth of existing services.

Commenting on his promotion, he said: “I believe that how we deliver The Data Lab’s mission is as important as what we deliver. It has been a privilege to lead and collaborate across the team to develop and embed our culture and values in everything we do.

“The team’s investment and commitment to our culture and values has helped us navigate many of the challenges we face with Covid-19, supporting each other and our community as we move forward.”

Prior to joining The Data Lab, Hills held senior analytic and engineering roles with companies including Skyscanner, where he launched and headed up the business intelligence team, as well as Sumerian and Hewlett-Packard.

Hills added: “The Data Lab has so much expertise and potential to offer to Scotland’s data science and AI sector, and as such I am delighted to be taking on the role of Deputy CEO, continuing to work alongside a vibrant and ambitious team who share my enthusiasm for a data-powered future.”

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BT

DIGIT MOVERS AND SHAKERSBT has appointed Alan Lees as the new director of its Scottish Enterprise business to lead the group’s relationships with large business and public sector customers across Scotland.

Since joining the company in 2001, Alan has held several senior sales-related roles at the company – most recently, he led BT’s corporate business team within its Enterprise unit in Scotland, where he was responsible for supporting Scotland’s largest businesses.

Lees will start his new role amidst the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak, a particularly challenging time for businesses across Scotland and the UK, and will focus on helping businesses survive the economic impact of the pandemic.

Long-term, Lees said he wants BT to play a key role in the country’s future prosperity.

Commenting on the appointment, Lees said: “BT’s values align with the strategic plan for Scotland; with a focus on skills, technology and transformation, we have a great opportunity to support the social and economic growth objectives, bringing our public and private sectors closer than ever using the power of technology to enrich the industries and communities that we serve.”

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Scottish Business Resilience Centre

DIGIT MOVERS AND SHAKERSThe Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) has appointed a new ethical hacker to help provide “offensive security” advice for businesses across the country.

Declan Doyle will be responsible for managing the SBRC Ethical Hacking programme run through Abertay University, from which he recently graduated.

In his new role as part of the SBRC cyber team, Doyle will provide cybersecurity advice and guidance to SBRC member organisations.

Commenting on the appointment, Doyle said: “Ethical hacking is about offensive security and helping organisations identify their weak points to ensure they don’t fall victim to digital criminal activity.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to help Scottish businesses improve their cybersecurity and become more cyber resilient.”

SBRC CEO, Jude McCorry, added: “As technology rapidly advances, the need for ethical hackers and cybersecurity specialists increases every year. Identifying and mitigating weaknesses is a vital component of any organisation’s cybersecurity strategy.

“As Ethical Hacker, Declan will play an important role in helping Scottish businesses identify vulnerabilities and better secure their data.”

Doyle joins amid an exciting period for the non-profit organisation. Earlier this week, SBRC confirmed the appointment of Kirstie Steele as Cyber Resilience Community Lead.

The SBRC said Steele’s appointment – and the establishment of the brand-new role – underlines its commitment to ensuring Scottish businesses have access to a range of cyber services.

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Commsworld

Commsworld has announced highly-respected business leader Charles Quinn as its new Chief Commercial Officer. DIGIT MOVERS AND SHAKERS

He joins the Board of the Edinburgh-headquartered firm at the same time as Bruce Strang is promoted to Chief Operating Officer.

Quinn has more than 15 years’ worth of senior executive leadership experience with some of the world’s most successful global technology companies, including Microsoft Dell and Hewlett Packard.

At Hewlett Packard, he held senior executive roles within their Enterprise and Personal System businesses across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

At Commsworld, Quinn will have executive responsibility for the company’s commercial strategy and marketing/communications to ensure business growth and increased market share.

He said: “I have watched with admiration as Commsworld has gone from strength to strength, and am now delighted to be part of the leadership team.

“Commsworld is recognised as a UK-wide expert in network and connectivity solutions and has a hugely impressive range of customers across the public and private sector.”

Quinn added: “With the significant backing of Lloyds Development Capital, and our own UK-wide optical core network in place, we have a golden opportunity to expand Commsworld’s geographical presence and focus on a wide range of markets, with social housing chief among them.”

Bruce Strang has been recognised for his significant contributions at Commsworld and has been promoted to the role of Chief Operating Officer. He will also take the final position on the company’s experienced Board.

Bruce has played a major role in the business’s impressive performance and a key role in the completion of an investment in Commsworld by LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group.

Strang said: “I am proud to be part of Commsworld, and have been for every second of the past two years. We have gone from strength to strength, capturing new business in both the public and private sector.

“I am looking forward to continuing to grow Commsworld as a business and taking it into new markets.”


Converged Communication Solutions

DIGIT MOVERS AND SHAKERSConverged Communication Solutions has appointed a new IT delivery manager to further enhance the service, support and advice that it offers to SMEs.

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Mark Johnson has joined the Scottish IT firm, which has offices in Aberdeen and Inverness, in this newly created role.

He brings extensive experience to the position, having worked in the IT sector for 35 years. During this time, Johnson has managed IT operations for office moves, infrastructure refreshes, new system deployments, and company acquisitions and their integration into existing systems and networks.

At Converged, he will work with clients, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises, to explore opportunities for making IT, Internet connectivity, telephony and cybersecurity changes within their organisation over a defined time period.

Mark will also oversee the firm’s IT support team, which prepares and maintains servers and networks to ensure maximum up-time and is responsible for assisting clients in resolving technical difficulties that they have encountered 24 hours a day.

Commenting on his role, Johnson said: “Converged has an excellent ability to deliver technical solutions to problems. Often smaller companies do not understand where their IT related problem lies in order to seek help.

“It can be the case that an SME’s IT infrastructure, application and device portfolio grows organically as services are added in response to business needs. This unplanned approach inevitably brings about inefficiencies and can leave the company open to risk.”

Neil Christie, managing director at Converged, said: “Mark brings a great deal of knowledge, experience and insight to his role which will be invaluable to clients seeking to improve their IT systems for varying business reasons.

“His first-hand experience of joining Converged whilst our team worked remotely is one he will be able to draw upon when advising organisations that are looking to upgrade remote working capabilities.”


AdInMo

AdInMo, the in-game advertising platform, announced the appointment of two further investors to its board in July.

Preston Rabl and Ana Stewart will join the company amid a period of rapid expansion. The firm recently secured investment led by Techstart Ventures and appointed Chris Wright, c0-founder of deltaDNA as CTO and Board Director.

Rabl co-founded the world’s largest advertising company, WPP with Martin Sorrell. He has since invested in a broad range of businesses across advertising, technology and investment management industries.

Ana Stewart is the co-founder of adtech pioneer i-design. The digital UX design consultancy helped establish ATMs as a new marketing channel and was acquired in 2013 by the world’s largest non-bank ATM provider, NASDAQ listed Cardtronics.

Stewart is now a technology advisor to a range of businesses including the Scottish Football Association (SFA), where she was the first female board member in its 144-year history.

Commenting on the new investors and directors, Kristan Rivers, AdInMo’s CEO said: “We are extremely pleased to welcome both Ana and Preston to the board. They each bring a wealth of advertising and technology expertise to help scale AdInMo’s game monetisation platform as a mainstream digital channel for brands and advertisers.

Preston Rabl commented: “In-game advertising, especially in mobile, is a very interesting platform for brands and agencies, from both a creative and media perspective. It enables advertisers to reach audiences with targeted ads at scale whilst not disrupting the user experience.

“It’s an adtech trend that will undoubtedly evolve rapidly as advertisers continue to look for increasingly impactful and cost-effective campaigns, especially post the coronavirus crisis.”


Bellrock Technology

DIGIT MOVERS AND SHAKERSBellrock Technology has appointed Dave McConachie as its new Chief Commercial Officer and Hugh Lennie as Chief Financial Officer.

The highly experienced pair have taken up their roles as the Glasgow-based data analytics innovator gears up for the next stage release of its data science delivery platform, Lumen.

McConachie and Lennie will work alongside Bellrock Technology co-founders, Chief Executive Adam Brown and Chief Technology Officer Professor Stephen McArthur, plus new chair Steve Langmead who was appointed last month.

Dave McConachie, who specialises in growing entrepreneurial high growth companies with ambition and potential to scale and expand in their markets, brings more than 30 years’ experience of sales and client acquisition to the business.

He said: “Bellrock Technology is a company with real ambition and vision and, in Lumen, innovative technology that will deliver real value in data science deployment to multiple sectors. This will enable automation, reduced cost and data-driven decisions.

“Bellrock Technology has put together a great team under new chairman Steve Langmead, with excellent backing from their investors including University of Strathclyde and ESM.

“I’m very much looking forward to continuing their upward growth trajectory and, being a proud Scot, creating more new jobs in our own back yard.”

Hugh Lennie, a chartered accountant, brings close to 40 years’ experience to Bellrock Technology having held senior positions with Murray International Group, Weston Transport and Digital Sports Arena, among others.

He has worked across a wide range of sectors, including technology, manufacturing, engineering, IT and computer gaming.

Lennie said: “I’m delighted to be part of a Scottish company that is taking its groundbreaking new technology into a host of new markets.”

Chief Executive Adam Brown commented: “I am thrilled that Dave and Hugh have joined Bellrock Technology. They have the quality and depth of experience we need as a company, with a proven track record in helping firms – especially high-growth companies with loads of ambition and potential – to scale and expand their markets.”


Cutitronics

Cutitronics has secured a foothold in Europe and will drive international business prospects with the appointment of Virginie Darteyre as Country Sales Manager in Paris, France to meet growing market demand. DIGIT MOVERS AND SHAKERS

The company, which combines med-tech know-how with an in-depth understanding of the skincare industry has developed a patented suite of technologies that analyses skin condition in real time, enabling personalised advice based on specific requirements of the individual and environment.

As the birthplace of many leading global beauty brands such as Chanel and L’Oreal, Paris was the obvious choice for Cutitronics’ first international base to meet growing industry interest from Europe.

Darteyre’s new role will see her develop international sales for the business and will be at the forefront of the company’s growth trajectory.

She brings more than 15 years’ experience in international sales, previously working in the fashion and retail industry with household names including Fruit of the Loom and Firetrap.

Speaking on her appointment, Darteyre said: “It has never been more important for beauty brands to incorporate new technological solutions into their strategies to meet the challenges presented by the pandemic. Beauty counters will be unable to operate as before, and spas and salons must overhaul their processes and systems to survive.

“I’m looking forward to taking this innovative technology into my home market of France. I want to identify new opportunities for this one-of-a-kind product where technology and wellbeing collide.

“The concept and company culture really appeals to me and I can’t wait to play my role in the skincare revolution.”

Dr David Heath, founder and CEO of Cutitronics said: “It feels fitting that this is our first international presence as we unveiled one of our first Cutitron technology prototypes and accompanying software in 2019 at In-Cosmetics Global in Paris.

“We look forward to being able to support brands with a permanent team member based in Paris who will be able to spearhead enquiries and business opportunities, who understands the market and has a proven track record in driving international sales.”


Systal Technology Solutions

digit movers and shakersGlasgow-based Enterprise IT specialist Systal Technology Solutions has appointed Thomas Lynch as their new Marketing Manager to oversee the company’s global marketing strategy.

Thomas brings with him 20 years’ experience in marketing across multiple sectors and industries, most recently as Senior Marketing Manager at iomart, one of the UK’s largest managed cloud service providers, where he played an integral role in developing it’s refreshed sales and marketing function over the last few years.

Neil Nicolson, director of Systal said: “We are delighted to welcome Thomas to the Systal family. With Thomas’ expertise behind our marketing function, we believe Systal will continue to enhance its global brand recognition as a leading provider of dynamic, innovative technology Solutions”.

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Systal Technology Solutions is an IT managed services integrator, working with numerous high-profile companies and global organisations to help them maximise their efficiency and streamline their IT operations.

Lynch added: “I’m very excited to be joining the Systal Technology Solutions during this exciting growth period. The fact that the company has significantly grown year on year organically by reputation and word of mouth is a testament to the exceptional service Systal provides to its customers.

“My role as Marketing Manager is to simply raise awareness of the brand by showcasing Systal’s innovation and service delivery excellence capabilities to a wider global audience.”


Iomart

Cloud computing company iomart has launched a new recruitment drive with the aim of creating 20 roles in its busy technical support teams, based in Glasgow and London.

iomart provides the infrastructure, cloud solutions and technical expertise needed by businesses as they move services online. It has maintained 24/7 operations to support customers during the Covid-19 crisis and has required no support from the government’s furlough scheme.

Reece Donovan, Chief Operating Officer at iomart, said: “We are proud to have provided critical services and ensured business continuity, helping our customers and supporting our staff through the pandemic.

“As the economy moves into a new phase, we want to invest in talented people who have the skills we need to move our business to the next stage of growth.”

Headquartered in Glasgow, iomart employs over 400 people in technical support, data centre and business teams across the United Kingdom. The new roles are primarily in the company’s operations function which manages and deploys services and provides infrastructure and 24/7 technical support for customers.

John Reilly, Delivery Director for iomart, added: “This is a chance to develop your career with a company that is leading the way in cloud computing. We are looking for ambitious and innovative people who are committed to delivering a great customer experience.”

iomart announced revenue of £112.6m in its recent annual results, up 9% from the previous financial year.


Awards

Akari Solutions Limited, a female-founded Scottish tech startup focusing on digital inclusion, has been announced as the winner of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Changemaker 2020 Microsoft Partner of the Year Award.

The awards recognise Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions during the past year. The company was honoured among a global field of Microsoft partners for using Microsoft technology to demonstrate excellence in innovation and customer solutions.

Using AI, Change Management, and knowledge of the Microsoft stack, Akari helps organisations to digitally transform their practices using Microsoft Solutions.

Margaret Totten, Managing Director at Akari Solutions Limited, commented: “I am massively proud of what Akari has achieved in this last year particularly during a global pandemic that has seen challenges arise for many businesses.

“We set out to create a female-founded tech organisation where technical expertise meets true digital inclusion and have seen more people than we ever expected to join us in taking up the mantle to support inclusivity in tech.

“The market has shown that organisations small and large are truly embracing digital inclusion and this award from Microsoft is a massive honour that finishes off a fantastic first year.

“We are extremely excited to see a UK female-led company take home this global accolade as it shows how far forward, we are and how ready we are to embrace true inclusion and accessibility.”

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ScotlandIS

ScotlandIS has achieved a UK first, having been awarded Silver Excellence from the European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis (ESCA). digit movers and shakers

ESCA has awarded ScotlandIS Silver Excellence Award for developing industry clusters through lifelong learning, creating special interest groups and strategy development. Clusters are regional concentrations of traded industries, shown to have higher average wage and employment increases and inhabit a higher number of innovative and high-growth firms and start-ups.

The Silver Excellence Award recognises that best practice is being followed and ensures international credibility across global cluster management organisations, putting ScotlandIS at the forefront of cluster management in the UK.

ScotlandIS was the first organisation in Scotland to successfully secure Bronze Accreditation in 2015 and this new Silver status reflects continuous progress that the organisation has made to cluster management.

Jane Morrison-Ross, chief executive of ScotlandIS, said: “Being the first organisation in Scotland – and highest rated CMO in the UK – to achieve Silver Accreditation is a major achievement. Evidence points to cluster membership helping to make organisations more resilient to economic difficulties, such as during the Covid-19 crisis, building ecosystems that help organisations to share resources and help each other.

“As we now strive to build a Digital Nation in Scotland, it is important that Scotland’s flourishing tech sector can access international clusters to help build their robustness and adaptability, safeguard these businesses against any future challenges, and enable digital to continue to underpin all that is critical to our economy.

“Our Silver Excellence Award ensures that we remain at the forefront of quality cluster development.”

Finance Secretary Kate Forbes said: “I’m delighted to congratulate ScotlandIS on becoming the first organisation in Scotland to achieve Silver Accreditation from ESCA.

“Our technology sector is more crucial now than ever before as over the coming months and years we recover from the economic impact of the global coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re working towards becoming a world-class digital nation, and ScotlandIS’ achievement and support for the Scottish tech sector are instrumental in achieving this goal.”


Appetite for Business

A leading Microsoft 365 technology consultancy is hoping to taste national success after being shortlisted for the regional finals of a prestigious awards programme.

Appetite for Business has been named as a finalist in the Entrepreneurial Spirit category as part of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards – with the ceremony to be held virtually on Wednesday, September 23.

Founded in 2013, the awards, in partnership with Starling Bank, celebrate the hard work and inspiring stories of entrepreneurs and businesses in the UK, regardless of size or turnover.

Previous award winners include the founders of BrewDog, Tangle Teezer, LADbible, ClearScore, and the Cambridge Satchel Company. This years’ judges include Hayley Parsons, who founded Go Compare, Cath Kidston, Lord Bilimoria of Cobra Beer, and Kanya King, founder of the MOBO awards.

The Aberdeen-based company will now go head-to-head with other contenders from Scotland and Northern Ireland before, potentially, progressing to the UK finals.

This recognition follows Appetite’s recent listing as one of the UK’s top 30 highest performing learning providers, for the second year running, by the Learning and Performance Institute (LPI).

In addition, the business has been accredited as an LPI gold standard learning provider for the eighth consecutive year.

Founder and CEO, Sheryl Newman, commented: “Being selected as a regional finalist, amongst other amazing entrepreneurs, for the dedication and growth of our business is a huge accomplishment. It is especially welcome at a time when all businesses are facing daily challenges and working to survive and adapt.

“Our customers are at the heart of all that we do, and this is reflected in the personal service we provide and the customer loyalty we retain. I want to recognise my colleagues who have continued to work tirelessly during these unprecedented times; this is very much a team effort.”


Current Health

Edinburgh-based medtech company, Current Health, announced that its remote patient monitoring and virtual care platform has been listed on Spark (RM6094), a dynamic purchasing system provided by the Crown Commercial Service (CCS).

Current Health’s virtual care platform lets healthcare providers care for patients at home while assuring safety and real-time insight into their patient’s clinical condition.

The tech firm’s wearable sensor continuously measures a patient’s vital signs and offers actionable insights into their health through proprietary, AI-driven algorithms. Through this insight healthcare providers can intervene earlier should a patient’s health start to decline.

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Now, public healthcare providers looking for RPM solutions can access details on Current Health as well as other relevant suppliers via Spark.

This online marketplace permits buyers to efficiently identify, evaluate and shortlist suppliers based on their needs as well as providing an easy and streamlined tender process.

Christopher McCann, CEO of Current Health, commented: “We are proud to join the Spark DPS technology innovation marketplace and feel it addresses the need for easier access to novel technologies like RPM and the desire to streamline the purchasing process.

“This will allow digital transformation initiatives within healthcare organisations to accelerate, which is critical during this extraordinary and challenging time.”


Partnerships & Expansions

VKY Automation

VKY Intelligent Automation has secured a new council contract following a tender procured through the UK Government G-Cloud 11 framework.

West Dunbartonshire Council has announced it has selected independent service provider VKY Intelligent Automation as its strategic partner for Robotic Process Automation (RPA) implementation with UiPath in a first for Local Government in Scotland.

Glasgow based VKY will support the establishment of the Council’s automation Centre of Excellence (CoE). This will include UiPath technical enablement, providing guidance on governance, training and the local authority’s automation operating model.

VKY will also develop automations in collaboration with the Council’s fledgeling CoE to create momentum and bring forward the realisation of benefits boosting productivity.

The purpose of the programme, which was approved at the Council’s Corporate Services Committee in February, is to automate repetitive and manual business processes enabling staff to focus on higher-value tasks. This will both improve overall productivity and service delivery to citizens whilst also improving the well-being of staff.

VKY’s Director of Intelligent Automation, Alex Croucher said: “West Dunbartonshire Council are passionate about delivering the best service possible to citizens and we’re really proud to be part of that mission going forward.

“This is the first automation contract of its kind to be won by an independent service provider in Scotland and it’s a testament to the work of our delivery team and the relationships we have built over the last three years.”


Celestia

Celestia UK, which develops state-of-the-art antenna systems used for tracking satellites, has announced that Heriot-Watt University’s Research Park will be its permanent base in Scotland following a successful five-month residency at the University’s Global Research Innovation and Discovery (GRID) facility.

Establishing the business at the Research Park, which is the largest science park in Scotland’s capital, will enable the company to embark on its next development phase, which includes setting up new lab and assembly facilities, as well as provide it with a larger base to deliver cutting-edge innovation in satellite-on-the-move user terminals and gateway systems.

Following a £2.5 million R&D award from Scottish Enterprise earlier this year, Celestia UK will create 18 new jobs in Scotland, recruiting engineers across several different disciplines.

In its new facilities, Celestia UK will also design and produce a flat panel satellite antenna for aircraft, pioneering a next-generation satellite link for enhanced in-flight connectivity.

José Alonso, Chairman of Celestia UK’s parent company, Celestia Technologies Group, said: “We moved to GRID at Heriot-Watt University in January 2020, having chosen Scotland because of its burgeoning space sector, which is characterised by a high level of skill, R&D and investment.

“The enterprise team at GRID has been hugely supportive from day one, providing a highly collaborative environment for us as a dynamic, young tech start-up. They played a key role in helping us establish our business in Edinburgh and, in particular, in strengthening our links with the University and local businesses.

“With GRID’s support, we have been able to build a visible presence in the Research Park, alongside other internationally renowned companies that have been successfully operating here for a while. For us, it feels like a setting where high tech companies and SMEs with a strong R&D focus in Scotland can really thrive.”


Trustpilot

Trustpilot has announced the creation of a new global R&D and Innovation Hub in Edinburgh in July. The new centre will develop world-leading technology which “proactively tackles the behaviour that threatens trust online,” the company said.

The Hub is being supported through a £1.8m R&D grant from Scottish Enterprise and aims to initially create 30 new advanced data science jobs and new local partnerships in Edinburgh over the next three years.

Peter Holten Muhlmann, Founder and CEO of Trustpilot said, “The crisis of trust in society, driven to a great degree by mistrust in information online, has become a defining issue of our times.

“With the assistance of Scottish Enterprise, our new global R&D Hub will become the epicentre for accelerating our already leading efforts to tackle abuse and fraud related to consumer information, particularly consumer reviews.

“It’s especially important as reviews have replaced company marketing as the most trusted source of information for consumers. We’re investing in even better fake detection to stimulate meaningful change.

“The technology scene in Edinburgh is thriving, with exceptional talent and an enviable network that will help us to meet our ambitions. We’re delighted to bring our global efforts to Scotland.”

Trustpilot’s new office will be led by two of the firm’s Executive team – Carolyn Jameson, Chief Legal and Policy Officer and Steve Garland, Chief Technology and Information Officer.

Commenting on the opening, Jameson said: “We take the responsibility to protect both consumers and businesses from fraudulent behaviour very seriously, and believe strong detection and enforcement measures are fundamental to our open review platform.

“Creating a fair and open environment where consumers’ voices can be heard and businesses are able to earn greater trust in their products and services requires the best thinking and expertise. We believe Edinburgh is the top place to find it, and I’m really excited to be a part of this initiative.”

Mark Hallan, Director of Global Investment at Scottish Enterprise, added: “Attracting global companies to invest and locate in Scotland will be critical to our efforts to resetting and restarting our economy following the impact of Covid-19.

“Trustpilot’s decision to set up an R&D centre in Edinburgh is most welcome. Over the past few months, we have seen exponential growth in digital consumer activity and e-commerce, so it’s vital that customers can trust information that is available online, including online reviews.

“Trustpilot’s R&D project aims to improve the integrity of this data, providing increased confidence for e-consumers.”


Boston Networks

Boston Networks has been awarded a contract by Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council to upgrade their fixed wired network to a state-of-the-art high capacity, low latency wireless wide area network (WWAN).

The contract will see 58 high capacity wireless links ranging from 200MB up to 10GB deployed across the Council area to enable the rollout of a number of major IT improvement applications and projects.

This latest contract forms part of the Council’s Digital First programme to modernise their IT provision; changing their current ways of working and culture to make the best use of their resources through Digital Transformation.

Boston Networks will work closely with Barnsley Council’s IT and project delivery team, being led by Enterprise Architect, Rob Walker.

Rob Walker, Enterprise Architect, Barnsley Metropolitan Council commented: “Barnsley Council are delighted to be in partnership with Boston Networks to deliver the wireless wide area network.

“This presents a fantastic opportunity to reduce operational costs, significantly increase the speed of connectivity and enable our digital journey.”

Julie Hutchison, Account Manager at Boston Networks, said: “We are delighted to be awarded the contract to work with Barnsley Metropolitan Council.

“From our first meeting, it was clear they are forward-thinking and are committed to improving digital connectivity across Barnsley to meet future demands for speed, capacity and reliability.”





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