Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce reveals Business Award nominees

Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce has the details of the companies shortlisted as finalists in the biggest ever Edinburgh Business Awards.

69 nominees have been chosen from record levels of entries across the 15 categories.

Liz McAreavey, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Chamber (ECC) said: “The judges found this a challenging task, with very high quality entries for this year’s Awards demonstrating yet again the growing importance of these awards in the Edinburgh – and Scottish – business calendar. All of the judges were impressed with the quality of entries, which does credit to the city and its business community in all areas, from innovation to social responsibility.”

In the Best Performing Business category, AM Bid Services, AWS Recruitment, The Yard and Edinburgh Airport were among those who were recognised for their financial and operational successes and for their innovative approaches to expansion in their market.

The Edinburgh Chamber’s commitment to encouraging an equal society was reflected in their announcement of new category for 2018 – Inspiring Partnerships. Hibernian Football Club, The Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, Cre8te Opportunities, The Kitchin and Grassmarket Community Project were nominated in this category, celebrating their strong and sustainable business-third sector relationships and the positive effect these have on their respective communities.

20/20 Productions, Doig & Smith and Steedman & Company are finalists in one of the most hotly-contested categories, Developing the Young Workforce, which recognises organisations who support young people into positive destinations.

Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce President Scott Black said today: “We had a huge number of submissions for the ECC Annual Business Awards this year. It’s great to see such a positive response, which highlights the excellent contribution our entrepreneurs and leaders, from all sectors, are making to the success of our capital city”

“With over 500 guests expected in February, we are looking forward to celebrating some of Edinburgh’s top business and third-sector achievements.”

The winners of the awards will be announced at the Awards Dinner at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on 8th February 2018. Colin Temple, Managing Director at schuh and Sophie Dekkers, UK Country Director at EasyJet were recently announced as keynote speakers for the evening.  For more information and to buy tickets, please contact the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce – awards@edinburghchamber.co.uk or 0131 221 2999.

The full shortlist of the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce 7th Annual Business Awards

Best Performing Business 1-10 sponsored by DJ Alexander

  • Heehaw
  • AM Bid Services
  • The Outcomes Partnership Ltd
  • AWS Recruitment

Best Performing Business 11-50 sponsored by DJ Alexander

  • Grassmarket Community Project
  • Pufferfish
  • The Yard
  • Workflo Solutions
  • Specialized Signs

Best Performing Business 51+ sponsored by DJ Alexander

  • Mortgage Advice Bureau Network Partner Scotland
  • Edinburgh Airport
  • Lothian Buses
  • Activpayroll
  • ESPC
  • Sykes

Diversity in Business sponsored by Edinburgh Trams

  • Dishoom
  • The Yard
  • Cyrenians
  • Grassmarket Community Project

Responsible Business sponsored by City of Edinburgh Council

  • Anderson Strathern
  • Ogilvie Ross LLP
  • Vegware
  • Lothian Buses
  • Business Fives Ltd

Young Leader of the Year sponsored by Turcan Connell

  • Alan Surgeon, AWS Recruitment
  • Sarah Singh, Edinburgh Trams
  • Maryn Murray, Click Netherfield
  • Chris Kirk, Chisholm Hunter

Inspiring Partnership sponsored by Essential Edinburgh

  • The Kitchin
  • Grassmarket Community Project
  • Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home
  • Cre8te Opportunities Ltd
  • Hibernian F.C.

Creative Marketing sponsored by Cameron Presentations

  • Lothian Buses
  • Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home
  • Marketing Edinburgh
  • Represent

High Growth sponsored by Edinburgh Airport

  • Best Western Braid Hills Hotel
  • BSC Edinburgh
  • AM Bid Services
  • Farrpoint
  • Royal College of Surgeons
  • Mortgage Advice Bureau Network Partner Scotland

Best New Start Up sponsored by Business Gateway

  • Projeckt42
  • Business Fives Ltd
  • Ergo Law Ltd

Developing the Young Workforce sponsored by Developing the Young Workforce

  • Company Net
  • Bluebird Care
  • Steedman & Company Ltd
  • 20/20 Productions
  • Doig & Smith Ltd

Innovation in Business sponsored by Forth Ports

  • Cre8te Opportunities Ltd
  • Games without Frontiers
  • The Outcomes Partnership Ltd
  • 20/20 Productions

Londoners to help the capital become the world’s leading smart city

Londoners will have the opportunity to inform how smart technology could shape the future of life in the capital by giving their views and ideas to the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

Last year, Sadiq declared his ambition for London to be the world’s leading smart city – the Smart London Plan, which is being developed under the leadership of the capital’s first Chief Digital Officer, Theo Blackwell, and the new Smart London Board, and which will be a roadmap towards realising this ambition.

The Mayor is asking the tech community what can be done to ensure better digital collaboration across London’s boroughs and public services, better data-sharing, improved connectivity and digital skills, and to ensure that technology is designed around Londoners’ needs.

The Plan will be developed with partnership with Bloomberg Associates to ensure London’s ambitions match those in other world cities and will be launched at London Tech Week in June.

The call comes as Transport for London (TfL) makes a major bid, supported by the Mayor of London and backed by a group of London councils, for government funding to tackle not-spots – areas of poor internet provision – and provide better digital connectivity for Londoners.

If successful, the funding, which is being made available by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, would be used to extend already-planned full fibre-optic connectivity on the underground network to public buildings near to tube stations, improve connectivity and end remaining not-spots in central London. This was made possible through an unprecedented collaboration between the Mayor, boroughs and TFL to use public assets.

Other examples of forthcoming tech innovations include the smarter use of data to plan bus routes by tracking the changing way people move around London, as well as crowdsourcing pollution data and using this to update Londoners about their local air quality in real time.

The capital has been at the forefront of technological innovation for some time and it’s this foundation on which the new Smart London Plan will build on. Recent innovations Londoners see every day include:

  • a wide range of mobile apps which make payments easier and provide information on real-time travel information, events, roadworks and disruptions, for example;
  • body-worn video cameras, which allow the Metropolitan Police Service to gather evidence in real time and reassure the public about police accountability;
  • air quality sensors, which are being rolled out across the capital to provide a more accurate picture of atmospheric pollution, such as those being developed through ground-breaking collaboration between City Hall and the Alan Turing Institute; and
  • London’s innovative Oyster and contactless card ticketing system – which is used to make five million journeys on the transport network every day and has inspired similar systems the world over while revolutionising how Londoners and visitors get around the city since it was introduced in 2003.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I’ve been clear in my ambition for London to become the world’s leading smart city – and I want to know how this technology is affecting Londoners’ lives and to understand in what ways we can build on this with new technologies in the future.

“We want London to be the global home of the data economy, to seize the benefits of new artificial intelligence, and inspire a new generation of inventors and developers to make our city even better.

“London’s thriving tech sector – already the envy of cities around the world – has a huge role to play here. They will have an important voice in developing the Smart London Plan and it’s these companies which will provide the necessary creativity to make these plans a reality.

“The capital’s public services have an excellent track record of breaking new ground with tech which makes a positive impact on people’s lives. Now my forthcoming Smart London Plan will show how data and digital technologies can deliver my vision for a more inclusive London.”

London’s Chief Digital Officer, Theo Blackwell, said: “London’s tech talent are the enablers in helping shape the future use of data in the capital. We want to hear from everyone working in tech or who uses tech on what measures they think we should take to help manage London’s growth and deliver better public services.

“Digital technology is transforming the way we live and work. If we’re to realise our ambition to become the world’s leading smart city we need to harness the opportunities of data to foster closer collaboration between institutions.”

Associate at Farrells and member of the Smart London Board, Ekaterina Lichtenstein, said: “As an urban designer my job is to design the cities of tomorrow. The data a city generates provides valuable input into my work, as it helps me design closer to the people who live, work and study in them. I look forward to seeing how the Smart London Plan incorporates these and other aspects of tech and data, and harnesses their potential to positively impact people’s lives.”

Global Cities Consulting Lead at Accenture and member of the Smart London Board, Jen Hawes-Hewitt, said: “The Smart London Plan provides a fantastic opportunity to realise the ambition and roadmap for the ways data, digital and design can be united to help London become an even better place to live, work and play. There is no better way to start crafting London’s Smart Story, than by crowdsourcing the best and the brightest ideas from the broader community.”

British tech startup launches new mobile app designed to kickstart a fitness revolution

Life Ninja, the British tech startup behind the popular Quit Sugar app, has announced the launch of HIIT Revolution, a new application for iOS and Android devices that promises to bring all the benefits of a high-intensity interval training class to the user’s own home, hotel room or office.

Sports scientists, athletes and health-conscious consumers have long known the benefits of high-intensity interval training. In fact, a scientific research paper published in the journal Metabolism more than two decades ago (‘Impact of exercise intensity on body fatness and skeletal muscle metabolism’, which was published in 1994) demonstrated that this type of interval training can help reduce both visceral and subcutaneous fat up to nine times more effectively than endurance training.

More recently, a research paper published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism in 2012 revealed that just two minutes of high-intensity interval training creates a similar level of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC) as 30 minutes of continuous endurance exercise (EPOC is a major factor in how much fat a person’s body burns after a workout).

With the launch of HIIT Revolution fitness fanatics and health-conscious consumers can now carry a dedicated interval training coach everywhere they go – a virtual “personal trainer in your pocket”.

The HIIT Revolution app brings the motivation and energy of a high-intensity interval training class into the privacy of the user’s home, office, hotel room or outside space, enabling users to enjoy the benefits of a personal training experience wherever they happen to be.

The app incorporates all the standard features you would expect from a traditional HIIT workout, including timed sessions and next exercise prompts. HIIT Revolution also offers an extensive library of streamable instruction videos, in addition to animated workout sequences, tailored workouts that can be shared with other users, a standalone HIIT Timer, and workout challenges  to help gamify a user’s workouts.

HIIT Revolution is free to download from both the App Store and Google Play, and contains a number of free features. Subscriptions enabling users to access the full suite of HIIT Revolution features start from £4.99 per month.

UK tech company, PageSuite, launches sister business to focus on custom development

PageSuite, the UK tech company that specialises in digital publishing software, has announced the launch of sister company, SixPorts, to help drive its expansion into other sectors outside publishing.

SixPorts will serve as PageSuite’s ‘custom development’ arm and will specialise in designing and developing custom mobile and digital solutions for businesses.

SixPorts will be utilising the huge wealth of development experience and expertise that PageSuite has accumulated over more than 10 years in business. The development and design team at PageSuite have played a key role in delivering major digital products for global companies including News UK, The LA Times, The Independent and The Dallas Morning News and aim to use this experience to ensure that local businesses benefit from having market-leading digital solutions.

Ross Murphy, CEO of PageSuite and SixPorts said; “We are delighted to announce the launch of SixPorts and are looking forward to pitching and delivering exciting digital and app projects for businesses across the region. We want to change the way that businesses view ‘mobile’ and ultimately improve their existing sales and marketing strategies.”

“We’re ambitious and want to replicate the success of PageSuite by growing the SixPorts brand over the coming years. We feel that we’re located in a great position to capitalise on local talent and look forward to the next 12 months.”

As well as building enterprise apps for businesses, SixPorts will also be investing a lot of time and research into developing solutions for emerging technologies such as augmented reality, virtual reality and voice assistants such as Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant.

SixPorts will look to adopt a more consultative approach to working with clients to advise and take a lead on implementing effective digital strategies.

Innovation is at the core of SixPorts’ vision as well as a desire to create marketing-leading mobile solutions for businesses across a multitude of sectors. Find out more by visiting: www.sixports.com

Box chooses London’s Tech City for its new European HQ

Box, Inc., a leader in cloud content management, today announced the opening of its new European headquarters in London’s Tech City. Based in the heart of London’s thriving tech community, Box has moved into the top two floors of the newly built White Collar Factory on Old Street.

“We’ve rapidly out-grown our previous London office, as we continued to hire and expand in the UK and across Europe,” said David Benjamin, Box senior vice president and general manager of EMEA. “London is a strategic hub for our European business, and our new office will give us space to grow while keeping us close to our UK and European customers.”

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Matt Hancock, said:

“It’s fantastic news that Box has chosen London for its European headquarters, strengthening its relationship with Britain.

“We’re working hard to make the UK the best place in the world to start and grow a digital business and Box’s decision is a testament to our talent pool, creativity and leading business environment.”

Since its European debut in 2012, Box has opened offices in London, Paris, Stockholm, Amsterdam, and Munich. It employs nearly 200 staff across Europe and is growing in each country. The London office has become home to its UK-based employees who now occupy the 14th and 15th floor of the White Collar Factory building.

The launch of Box Zones, Box Governance, and its Binding Corporate Rules approval have all contributed to Box’s success in Europe, by allowing even the most security-conscious companies to use Box for cloud content management.

Box makes it easy for more than 80,000 organisations around the world to share, access, and collaborate on files securely, including the Metropolitan Police Service of London, Eurostar, AstraZeneca, General Electric, Virgin Trains, Schneider Electric, Oxfam, and more.

Tech City UK reveals the companies chosen for Upscale 2018

Tech City UK has revealed the details of the 37 tech companies chosen to join its Upscale programme for 2018.

Upscale is Tech City UK’s six month programme which provides world-class advice and mentorship to some of the fastest growing UK tech companies, from some of the UK’s most successful tech entrepreneurs and investors. They include: Niklas Zennstrom (CEO, Atomico/Founder, Skype); Saul Klein (Co-founder, LocalGlobe), Jess Butcher (Co-founder, Blippar), Anthony Fletcher (CEO, Graze) and Lesley Eccles (Co-founder, FanDuel).

The 37 companies that have been selected represent some of the finest early stage talent from across the UK and some of which will grow into the next generation of digital household names. Companies joining the programme have on average 33 employees and revenues of more than £1.7m a year. The funding raised by the companies ranges from £17m to £470,000.

Upscale 3.0 in numbers:

• Average number of employees: 33
• Average funding raised: £5,889,890
• Average revenues per year: £1,730,981.67
• Average company age: 4.5 years
• Business to Business companies: 43%
• Companies addressing both consumer/ business markets: 38%
• Consumer facing companies: 19%
• Regional representation: 10/37 companies
• % of companies with female founder/co-founder: 24%

What sectors have joined Upscale?

Tech City UK’s Upscale programme for 2018 represents companies from across a wide spectrum of sectors, and reflects the growing importance of certain areas like data analytics, Fintech and Cybersecurity.

  1. App & Software Development: JustParkVita Mojo
  2. Cybersecurity: AimBrainB-SecurGarrison TechnologyPanaseer
  3. Data & Analytics: ASI Data ScienceDecibel InsightPeak
  4. Fintech: AireBought By ManyCryptopayFlytMoneseNeosVoxSmart
  5. Digital Entertainment: AzoomeenDreamsVirtTrade
  6. eCommerce & Marketplace: BorrowMyDoggyCornerstonePrezola
  7. EdTech: BridgeUMakers AcademyMyTutor
  8. SaaS: AttestBeameryVeeqoWinnow
  9. HealthTech: ElderVida
  10. InsurTech: Zego
  11. Robotics, AR, Connected Devices: EmotechReach RoboticsSenseye
  12. Al, Machine Learning & Automation: Prowler, Rainbird

Jos Smart, Upscale Team Lead, said: “We’re excited to launch Upscale 3.0 and welcome 37 of the UK’s leading scaleups to the programme. Over the next 6 months we’ll be working alongside founders and leadership teams to uncover the secrets of successful scaling through a series of deep dive workshops led by our world class Scale Coaches.

In addition to the workshops, we’re also passionate about building the UK’s most powerful scaling network. We have welcomed 100 companies to Upscale since we began in 2016 and we firmly believe that by connecting the UK’s leading scaleup founders their companies will grow faster, smarter and stronger together.”

Margot James, Minister for Creative and Digital industries, said: “We’ve recently announced a £21m investment to turn Tech City UK into a national organisation and boost the tech sector’s strong regional growth. Its Upscale programme helps companies with significant potential to succeed and I congratulate all those selected for the scheme. By supporting these pioneering firms we will make sure we can achieve our aim of making the UK the best place to start or grow a digital business, with the benefits spread across the country.”

Gerard Grech, CEO of Tech City UK, said: “Upscale is an important programme because it is a crucial showcase for some of the UK’s most promising startups. This country is fortunate to have an amazing number of companies embarking on this journey but we need to make sure that we keep supporting those who make the bold decision to start or grow a business here in the UK.

Now more than ever we have to keep backing this community of ambitious entrepreneurs because this pipeline of emerging businesses that are capable of making a difference on the world stage is essential to keeping the UK at the forefront of a global industry that creates high-value, high-paying jobs right across the country.”

BorrowMyDoggy CEO and Founder Rikke Rosenlund, who is based in London, said: “I am excited for us to get access to great mentors, coaching and a strong community of founders where we can learn new skills to help us scale BorrowMyDoggy.”

Manchester-based Peak Co-founders Atul Sharma, David Leitch and Richard Potter said: “Being part of Upscale 3.0 will be pivotal in the next phase of Peak’s scale-up plans. Not only will the programme help our team to gain more experience through workshops, mentoring and peer-to-peer learning, but will also give us a platform to network with like-minded businesses.”

Winnow Founder Marc Zornes said: “It is a real privilege to be part of Upscale 3.0. and excited to learn from talented entrepreneurs and industry experts the challenges that come with scaling up a startup.”

Lucy Stonehill, CEO and Co-founder of BridgeU: “At BridgeU, we’re dedicated to building a solution for the complex and fragmented post-secondary education landscape, empowering schools to prepare the students of today for the world of tomorrow. Working with the team at Upscale will help BridgeU to scale faster and smarter as we move into post-Series A growth, and I’m delighted that we will be joining the programme in 2018.”

Norwich-based Rainbird Co-founders Ben Taylor and James Duez, said: “With such strong alumni, being selected for the Upscale 3.0 programme is a huge privilege. I am delighted that Rainbird has again been recognised as one of the most compelling scale-ups in the UK. A great start to what will be an amazing 2018, for us and our clients.”

The programme:

Upscale connects founders and leadership teams from across the UK’s most promising tech companies with world class Scale Coaches.

Through a series of curated workshops and mentoring sessions, the selected 37 companies will have the opportunity to learn from some of the most influential tech entrepreneurs from the UK and beyond, as well as access the most powerful advice on how to address the growth barriers they’re facing.

Upscale 4.0 Applications

Any companies planning on raising series A funding in 2018, you can now sign up to show your interest in being a part of Upscale 4.0.

To register, click on the link here and you will receive an email when applications open in the autumn.

Upscale supporters:

The Upscale programme is made possible with the help and support of our programme partners. A big thank you to CooleyFounders KeepersFounders PledgeOracleNetsuite and Silicon Valley Bank.

Full list of Upscale 2018 companies:

AimBrain – A Biometric Identity as-a-Service platform for global financial institutions.

Aire – Creating equitable outcomes for all participants of the credit ecosystem.

ASI Data Science – Empowers clients to use AI to solve business problems.

Attest – Platform bringing target consumers into business decision-making.

Azoomee –  A kids’ digital TV and game app which includes 1,000+ games and videos.

B-Secur – Makes individual’s heartbeat the connection between them and their devices.

Beamery – Software for companies that want the best talent without applications.

BorrowMyDoggy– Matches dog owners with borrowers for walks, sitting and holiday care.

Bought By Many – Creates better insurance for everyone.

BridgeU – Empowering schools to provide smart, modern university and careers guidance.

Cornerstone – Quality men’s toiletries via an online subscription model.

Cryptopay  – Digital currency banking made easy.

Decibel Insight  – Reveals how users behave online, making it easy to improve experience.

Elder – Platform providing bespoke live-in carers tailored to the customer.

Emotech – AI startup that aims to improve the relationship between human and technology.

Flyt –  Connects consumer apps with physical venues.

Garrison Technology – Secure web access with scalability, performance and affordability.

JustPark – Empowers drivers to find, reserve and pay for a space in seconds.

Makers Academy – Helps beginners learn to code and get their first job in tech.

Monese – Monese makes it easy to bank like a local in 20 countries.

MyTutor – Connecting secondary school learners with university students.

nDreams – VR games and experiences.

Neos – Helps consumers protect and insure their homes all through an app.

Panaseer – Measures security automatically.

Peak – A data analytics-as-a-service that allows businesses to grow using data and AI.

Prezola – Online wedding gift list company.

Prowler – The world’s first principled AI platform for generalised decision-making.

Rainbird – AI-powered automated decision-making platform.

Reach Robotics – Robotics, Gaming and Augmented Reality.

Senseye – Machine failure forecasting without the need for expert manual analysis.

Veeqo – Streamlines your retail operation so you focus on rapidly growing your business.

Vida – Building technology to deliver a new model and standard of care.

VirtTrade – Leading publisher of Digital Trading Cards

Vita Mojo – Restaurant chain and software company.

VoxSmart – Provides secure software solutions for highly regulated industries.

Winnow – Making cutting-edge technology to help chefs reduce food waste.

Zego – Flexible insurance policies so workers can choose how, when and where they work.

Purpol Marketing wins business of the year at the South West Business and Community Awards

Denise O’Leary and her team at Purpol Marketing have won the title of South West Business of the Year 2018.

Denise joined inspirational businesses, charities and individuals from across the South West last week on 18th January to celebrate the inaugural South West Business and Community Awards in Swindon.

The aim of the awards, organised by Alec Jones-Hall and Allison Dodd, was to recognise businesses, charities and individuals which have made an outstanding contribution within the region.

Winners were chosen by a panel of judges including entrepreneur James Phipps, Julianne Ponan, founder of Creative Nature and The Guardians ‘Business Leader of the Year’ award winner and Anita Jaynes, managing editor of The Business Exchange magazine.

The Business of the Year Award is a significant win for Denise who started Purpol Marketing in 2014 in order to help companies, SMEs in particular, leverage marketing expertise and win £100m+ projects.

The team at Purpol brings more than 30 years’ of experience and insight to their clients and has grown from Denise’s self-funded start up to a successful business that now employs five people which has also provided seven internships and four work placements.

Denise said: “It is an absolute honour to have won especially when every shortlisted nominee was worthy of consideration. We are so passionate about helping SMEs develop their marketing and pitch for projects, so to have the hard work of the team recognised is amazing!

“Our commitment to providing valuable internships and work placements for university and college students was commended by the judges and is something I am very proud to be able to offer.

“Despite being a home-based SME, we have been able to offer work experience opportunities to the next generation by utilising cloud technologies and our online Magnificent Marketing course. It proves you do not need to be a huge company with a big office to provide young people with meaningful training opportunities.”

Mayor of London appoints ten Sustainable Development Commissioners

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has appointed ten new commissioners to the London Sustainable Development Commission (LSDC) following a formal recruitment process.

The new commissioners will serve alongside the newly appointed Chair, Dr Ashok Sinha, and existing commissioners, to help the city meet the challenges of a rapidly growing population, rising inequality and mitigating climate change.

The LSDC was established in 2002 to advise the Mayor of London on sustainability issues including ways to improve and protect Londoners’ quality of life, now and in the future.

The new commissioners are:

Maria Adebowale-Schwarte – Founding Director of the Living Space Project
Syed Ahmed – Director of Energy for London
Sarah Chare – Director of Operations at the Environment Agency, South & East
Anna Coote – Principal Fellow at the New Economics Foundation
David Elliott – Chief Executive of Trees for Cities
Samantha Heath – Chief Executive of the London Sustainability Exchange
Julie Hirigoyen – Chief Executive of the UK Green Building Council
Nick Mabey – Chief Executive of E3G
Malini Mehra – Chief Executive of GLOBE International
Dimitri Zenghelis – Principal Research Fellow at the LSE’s Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan welcomed the new commissioners to the LSDC, saying: “We’ve selected the very best from across London’s diverse sustainability sector to join the new-look commission and help ensure that our world-class city is a sustainable one: now and in the future.

“These ten new appointments will join the eight existing commissioners in bringing a wealth and diversity of experience to this important advisory body. I look forward to working with them, and the new Chair Dr Ashok Sinha, to meet the challenges posed by a rapidly growing population, social inequality, climate change and the need for London to shift to a low-carbon economy.

“I would also like to thank our outgoing commissioners for all their hard work and dedication over the last few years.”

The Chair of the LSDC, Dr Ashok Sinha, said: “Solving London’s big sustainability challenges requires utilising London’s wealth of talents and ideas; the new-look commission provides access to these. I look forward to working with my fellow commissioners – themselves respected leaders drawn from the city’s economic, social, environmental and governance sectors – to provide the Mayor with imaginative and workable solutions to create a more equitable city that lives within its environmental means, now and in the future.”

The new-look commission will focus on promoting good economic growth, improving the quality of life for all Londoners while respecting the environment and promoting social cohesion and inclusion.

The commission will strive to ensure sustainability is at the core of policies and strategies impacting on London, and will help make sustainability a meaningful concept for Londoners.

Amazon set to launch ‘Treasure Truck’ popup shops in cities across the UK

Amazon has revealed its plan to open ‘Treasure Truck’ popup shops in cities across the UK, beginning with London and Manchester.

Treasure Truck will pop up in Manchester and London several times a month, featuring one carefully selected goody at a time. Each offer is a surprise and customers will have to act fast to get their mitts on the kit, with only limited stock on the truck. After customers purchase the product in the Amazon app, they then select a convenient time and place to pick up the item at the truck.

With Treasure Truck tootling into further UK cities soon, customers can sign up now by texting ‘truck’ to 87377. When the truck is ready to drive into town, they will receive a text alert spilling the beans on that day’s treasure.

Customers can expect the unexpected, as offers will include exclusive items made just for Treasure Truck, trending tech, seasonal must-haves, delicious food, favourites from local businesses, amazing deals on limited edition items and much more. All products will be carefully selected to create a spontaneous, one-of-a-kind shopping experience. It won’t just be about the product: customers will be greeted by a ‘delight squad’ – the truck’s specially trained crew – to ensure that everyone has truckloads of fun. Occasional celebrity appearances, interactive games, special seasonal events and on-the-spot prize giveaways are just some of the things thrown in to brighten up the day.

“We all remember the sense of excitement we felt as children when we heard the jingle of the ice-cream van, and we hope to bring that same feeling with Treasure Truck,” said James Quick, Head of Treasure Truck, Amazon.co.uk. “Every product has been cherry picked, from must-have Christmas presents to jaw-dropping offers, ensuring Treasure Truck will turn an ordinary day into something a bit more special. Savvy shoppers should sign up now to be the first in the know.”

Customers can sign up for Treasure Truck by texting ‘truck’ to 87377 to be among the first to find out when and where the truck will be plus the offer of the day.

Customers can also find out more at www.amazon.co.uk/treasuretruck, follow @treasuretruckUK and look out for #treasuretruck on social media.

Treasure Truck launched in Amazon’s hometown of Seattle in February 2016 and has since expanded to a further 24 cities including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and New York, among others. Products have ranged from the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Editionand GoPro cameras to top Christmas toys from Wowee Fingerlings and Hatchimals. Already in the US, the trucks have seen thousands of customers join in a dance party when Skullcandy headphones were the surprise offer of the day, as well as thousands of Potterheads appear, as if by magic at midnight, to celebrate the release of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. Hungry customers have bagged tens of thousands of lbs of delicious steaks and seafood, including enjoying over 20,000 oysters to date while learning how to shuck at the truck.

Bitcoin is now worth more than all sterling in circulation

A new research report by SmallBusinessPrices.co.uk has revealed that at its current valuation Bitcoin is now the world’s sixth most valuable currency, with a greater value than all UK pound sterling in circulation.

Other key findings from the report include:

  • The current value of all Bitcoins ($180 billion) is greater than the value of all banknotes and coin in circulation of most other countries/currencies including the UK ($103 billion), Canada ($59 billion) or Australia ($55 billion).
  • Currently 54% of the world’s population live in countries with currencies in circulation worth less than the value of Bitcoin.
  • If the price of Bitcoin rises to $15,000 it will overtake the value of all Indian Rupee banknotes and coins in circulation to become the 5th most valuable currency. Which given it’s recent growth rate it could do within the next month.
  • However, Bitcoin’s price needs to increase to a staggering $72,300 to overtake the Euro and become the 2nd most value currency.
  • And to beat the US Dollar, in terms of circulation value, it would need to increase in price to at least $85,160.
  • Bitcoin is the only Cryptocurrency in the top 10 currencies worldwide, but both Ethereum and Bitcoin Cash are in the top 20.
  • At a price of $458.82 the total market cap of Ethereum stands at $44 billion, making it the 17th most valuable currency, worth more than the value of all banknotes and coins in circulation of countries such as Turkey ($36 billion) and Singapore ($27 billion).
  • Bitcoin Cash’s current price of $1,425.21 gives it a market cap of $24 billion, making it the 20th most valuable currency, worth more than all Swedish Krona ($9 billion) or South African rand ($6 billion) banknotes and coins.
  • Ripple just misses the Top 20 with a value of $10 billion, but still puts it ahead of Krona or Rand.

The full report can be seen here: https://smallbusinessprices.co.uk/bitcoin-vs-currencies/

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