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Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Dynamic Place Awards
The search is on for entries for the Dynamic Place Awards 2005. The competition, now in its fifth year, celebrates excellence in place making and innovation in Scotland. We want to hear about quality design, strong partnership working and inclusive approaches to regeneration and infrastructure development.
Monday, July 11, 2005
www.clearingtheairscotland.com information website launched
The Scottish Parliament has voted to introduce smoke free enclosed public places. This will have implications for employers and employees in workplaces, clubs, pubs, restaurants, hospitals and schools across Scotland.
The new law is contained in the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act which was passed at Holyrood on 30th June (97 votes to 17 with 1 abstention), and will become law on 26th March 2006.
The legislation will improve the long-term health of the public in Scotland by reducing exposure to passive smoking. Passive smoking currently claims the lives of up to 1,000 non-smokers in Scotland every year and is also linked with lung cancer, heart disease, respiratory conditions and strokes.
In light of the new law, employers are being urged to consider how the legislation might affect their business or organisation. Employers and managers will have responsibility to ensure premises and staff meet all the requirements of the new law, making reasonable efforts to ensure that employees, customers and visitors are aware of the legislation. All business premises will have to display No Smoking signs that are clearly visible. Vehicles including buses, taxis, company cars, ferries and trains will also be covered by the ban.
Two Tayside games companies are celebrating lucrative new deals following their participation in the world’s leading electronic entertainment trade event in the US.
Dynamo Games and Real Time Worlds were among six Tayside companies which showcased their products and services at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), in Los Angeles in May this year.
E3 is exclusively dedicated to promoting interactive entertainment and educational software and related products. The event attracts tens of thousands of industry professionals keen to see the latest groundbreaking technologies. Altogether, around 400 from 80 countries companies were represented at the event and more than 1,000 new computer and video games and related products were unveiled.
Managing Director of Dundee-based Dynamo Games, Brian McNicoll, stated: “It really is quite a crazy place but we really enjoyed the experience.
“We must have met with around 35 companies with some of the biggest mobile phone games publishers and we just wouldn’t have been able to achieve that anywhere else. It is all about making contacts, and meeting them face to face is so important in being able to discuss possible future projects.”
Dynamo received support from Business Gateway International Tayside through Dundee City Council to travel to the US.
Following the trip, the company announced a deal with Eidos to develop a mobile phone version of Championship Manager, the world’s No.1 selling football management series. Dynamo Games is developing Championship Manager 5 Solo for Java-enabled mobile phones, enabling aspiring managers to experience the highs and lows of football management wherever they are.
Meanwhile, another exhibitor at E3, Real Time Worlds has signed a partnership agreement with Microsoft that will see a number of exclusive titles developed for the new Xbox 360™ system. The Dundee-based company developed milestone games such as Grand Theft Auto, Lemmings and Donkey Kong Country.
A total of 16 Scottish firms took part in E3 and Scottish Development International co-ordinated a Scottish pavilion to enable them to promote their products at the event.
Other Tayside companies to take part in E3 were: Visual Science, Denki, IC Cave and Indoctrimat Ltd.
Ian Ross, International Trade Manager with Business Gateway International – Tayside, commented: “It is heartening to see so many innovative Tayside games companies make such an impact at a major trade event like E3. The region remains at the forefront of this exciting sector, and Business Gateway International – Tayside is working hard to ensure the industry continues to develop on the world stage."
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Monday, January 31, 2005
Friday, January 28, 2005
Scotland chips in with world-leading semiconductor technology
Scotland’s bid to win the global race to develop advanced semiconductor technology has been given a £730,000 funding boost from Scottish Enterprise.
The money will be used to assist in the ground-breaking development work being carried out at the University of Glasgow.
Find out more in this month's edition of Scottish Technology News
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Scottish software firm on the crest of a wave
Maritime software solutions provider Seamanship International Ltd is riding the crest of the wave after launching ambitious expansion plans with help from Scottish Enterprise’s Business Growth Fund.
The company has moved to new offices in Strathclyde Business Park to develop their range of revolutionary computer based training programs designed for the shipping industry, maritime colleges, deck & engineering officers, and the yachting community.
Leading global technology integrator Avanade - a joint venture between Microsoft and Accenture - today (Tuesday 25 January) opens its new Scottish operation in Edinburgh which will create up to 50 new high-skill jobs in the next two years.
Avanade specialises in Microsoft business products and helps companies around the world which use software to make the most of their IT investment.
Speaking ahead of the opening of the new facility in St Andrew’s Square, Edinburgh, Avanade’s chief executive Mitch Hill said: “Avanade is an early-stage, high-growth company. Formed in 2000, the global organisation is focused on achieving 30-40 per cent growth and our business in the UK grew by 181 per cent in our last financial year. Establishing an office in Scotland is key to our continued development given the concentration of large enterprises, particularly in the financial services sector, who can all benefit from the services we provide. We are keen that Microsoft technology is used by more organisations in Scotland, and it will be Avanade’s role to ensure the successful deployment and exploitation of Microsoft technologies to customers.”
Welcoming Avanade to Scotland, Enterprise Minister Jim Wallace MSP, said: “I am pleased that a leading IT solutions company like Avanade views Scotland as a location to grow its rapidly expanding business in what is highly competitive market place. Clearly the availability of a skilled and reliable workforce has played a major role in winning this project and demonstrates Scotland’s excellent qualities in supporting companies whose business is driven by technological development and innovation.”
Heading up the new operation is Simon Fielding-Turton, previously a Business Manager for Microsoft in Scotland. He said: “Microsoft has great products, they are robust, secure and manageable, but we do not believe that Scotland has sufficient system integration companies of the scale and capability to deliver the technology that Scotland’s leading organisations rely on.”
He added: “Even though Avanade’s Scottish office is part of a global organisation our policy is to hire locally. Over the next two years we plan to grow our headcount to 50. We want to employ people with experience of working on large and complex projects who are highly skilled in the delivery of Microsoft technology. By encouraging more businesses to use Microsoft technology we anticipate an overall growth in the size of the Microsoft services sector in Scotland.
Brian Shaw, Director of Field Operations, Scottish Development International, said: "Attracting investment in growth industries is an important strand of the Smart, Successful Scotland strategy and the work of Scottish Development International and Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh and Lothian in helping convince the company that Scotland is a place in which they can grow and develop, demonstrates our commitment to ensuring Scotland remains a place where multinational corporations can do great business. We have fostered a close and positive relationship with the company and we are pleased that Scotland is now set to reap the rewards of these efforts."
Notes to editors
Launched in April 2000 with a US$385 million investment from Microsoft, Avanade is a joint venture between Microsoft and Accenture. It now has 31 locations worldwide with around 2,800 employees. Its global headquarters are in Seattle, Washington. Further information is available on the Avanade website.
Avanade customers in the UK include BG Group, Mercer, Tesco, Medicines Control Agency, London Stock Exchange, Imprint Plc and EMI.
Anyone interested in working for Avanade in Scotland should visit the Avanade website for more information on the roles available.
Simon Fielding-Turton the head of Avanade's new Scottish office is available for interviews.
In October 2001, "Scotland: A Global Connections Strategy" was launched as part of the Scottish Executive's guiding principles for the Enterprise Networks, "A Smart Successful Scotland." It set out a radical new approach to establish Scotland as a world class business partner in the globally connected economy of the 21st Century, including the creation of a new body, Scottish Development International, which is jointly operated by the Scottish Executive and Scottish Enterprise.
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Monday, November 15, 2004
Organisations from across Scotland were recognised for their success and commitment to training at a prestigious awards ceremony last night (11 November 2004).
The National Training Awards (NTA) celebrated their eighteenth year in style at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow with Deputy First Minister, Jim Wallace as guest of honour.
NTA, managed in Scotland by Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, are the UK's premier showcase for organisations and people who have been selected for their outstanding achievements in workplace training and personal development. This year’s awards have seen a record number of contenders, with a 26% increase of entries on last year and a significant rise in the standards of training.
There were three levels of awards on the night. Highly Commended rewarded those finalists who have shown great potential and have demonstrated a dedication to excellence through training.
Scottish Training Awards went to those organisations who were judged to be exceptional in Scotland and National Training Awards went to those organisations who were judged to be exceptional in the UK. The winners of the National Training Awards will go on to participate in a UK-wide celebration in London later this year.
The 2004 winners are:
- Interactive Business Partnership (IBP) and Scottish Enterprise
- The Edrington Group
- Royal Bank of Scotland Group
- The Learning Game
Scottish Training Awards
- Mackays Stores Limited and IBP
- Fife Women's Technology Centre
- Anniesland College
- AMEC Group Limited & W2 Training Ltd
- Family Mediation Borders
- West Fife Enterprise Limited
- The Lennox Partnership and Scottish Enterprise Dunbartonshire
- Amanda Allan, Kirkcaldy
- May-Tag Ltd
- South Lanarkshire Council - Youthstart, Careers Scotland - Positive Futures, South Lanarkshire College and One Plus
- Reid Kerr College
- Imes Ltd
- North Lanarkshire Council Social Work Department
National Training Awards
- Remploy - Stirling Factory
- Yeoman Morvern Ltd
- Solas Scotland
Alan Sinclair, senior director of skills and learning, Scottish Enterprise, said: "Why do we train people? Is it to make us feel good, or as an article of faith? The National Training Awards finalists, from a small local charity to one of the world's biggest companies, train because it works. It pays dividends; investing in training, if done well, gives a rate of return. We train because it drives performance."
Alex Paterson, director of developing skills, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, said: "In many parts of Scotland, skills gaps and shortages have now taken over from unemployment as the main challenge to economic growth. It's clear, therefore, that workforce development is a hugely important issue, both for individual businesses and for the country as a whole. This year's award winners are typical of a large number of Scottish businesses which are seizing that challenge with the assistance of the enterprise networks. I am pleased that Highlands and Islands Enterprise has again been able to support the awards and congratulate all the winners on their achievement."
Notes to editors
- For more information about the National Training Awards please go to www.nationaltrainingawards.com.
- Scottish Enterprise is the main economic development agency for Scotland covering 93 per cent of the population from Grampian to the Borders. The Scottish Enterprise Network consists of Scottish Enterprise, 12 Local Enterprise Companies and Careers Scotland. Working in partnership with the private and public sectors the Network aims to build more and better businesses, to develop the skills and knowledge of Scottish people, and to encourage innovation to make Scottish business internationally competitive.
- The Highlands and Islands Enterprise network (HIE) is responsible for economic and community development in an area which covers more than half of Scotland, from Shetland to Argyll. HIE’s headquarters are in Inverness and most of its services are delivered through ten local enterprise companies. The network employs around 500 people, including 150 Careers Scotland staff and last year invested more than £100 million to help people living in the Highlands and Islands realise their full potential.
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