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IndigoVision heading back into black

IndigoVision, the Edinburgh-based video security specialist, yesterday said it expects to end 2016 back in profit after suffering losses last year.
The Scottish Engineering report found most parts of the sector were enjoying an uplift. Picture: Jon Savage

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To achieve more success with start-up companies, we should 'throw more darts to hit more bullseyes' says Jim Duffy.

Jim Duffy: ‘Start small, stay small’ mindset is holding back Scottish start-ups

We have to move on from small thinking that halts ambition once a business has reached a certain level says Jim Duffy

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PureLifi said the trial in Singapore is the largest so far for its wireless technology. Picture: Contributed

Edinburgh tech firm PureLiFi runs trial in Singapore

PureLiFi, the Edinburgh technology firm that uses light to provide wireless communications, is carrying out the world’s first large-scale trial of its system in Singapore.

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Semefab exports 85% of its devices to Europe, the Far East and US. Picture: Simon Thong/AP

Electronics firm Semefab invests £1.25m in Fife site

A Glenrothes electronics company is set to inject £1.25 million into its operations to extend its reach into markets for microscopic devices used in everything from printers and mobile phones to medical technology, cars and industrial manufacturing.

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Craig Buchan, founder of Qpal. Picture: Michal Wachucik

Contactless payments are the future, says Qpal founder

Mobile payments will soon become the norm across the UK with chip and pin viewed as painfully slow in comparison.

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Mallzee founder Cally Russell is among five Edinburgh entrepreneurs attending TechCrunch Disrupt in London. Picture: Contributed

Five Edinburgh start-ups heading for London showcase

Edinburgh’s start-up community will be represented by five entrepreneurs at a technology showcase being held in London next week.

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Aberdeen was the only Scottish city to make the list of top start-up locations. Picture: Robert Perry

Granite City ranked among UK’s top start-up hotspots

Aberdeen has been named in a list of the top ten locations in the UK to start up a small ­business.

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CodeBase chairman Jamie Coleman will act as an investment lead for Accelerated Digital Ventures. Picture: Murdo MacLeod

CodeBase joins £150m effort to accelerate digital sector

Edinburgh’s CodeBase technology incubator is joining an initiative aimed at accelerating the development of more digital technology start-ups.

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BT has faced mounting calls for a full split from its Openreach arm. Picture: Rod Kirkpatrick/VisualMedia/PA

Watchdog calls on BT to spin off Openreach division

Rival companies and analysts gave a cautious welcome to the telecoms regulator’s decision yesterday to order BT to legally separate from its Openreach business, which runs the UK’s broadband infrastructure.

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The study shows firms around the Aberdeen area fared best at growing their revenues above three million pounds. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Scottish firms struggling to break £1m revenue mark

Scotland tops the UK league table for small firms creating new jobs, but the time taken to scale-up to critical mass is slower than elsewhere, according to new research.

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Pete Flockhart says manufacturers stand to benefit from embracing emerging technologies. Picture: Fraser Band

Pete Flockhart: Manufacturing set for digital revolution

Conversations around the fourth industrial revolution are dominating the manufacturing industry as firms explore the new opportunities presented by digitalising the production process.

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John Swinney hailed CodeClan's role in providing 'job-ready talent' for the digital sector. Picture: Chris Watt

CodeClan software skills academy expands into Glasgow

Scotland’s digital skills academy has marked its first birthday by announcing it will start offering software development courses in Glasgow next year.

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Informatics Ventures recently took part in the first EIE mission to Hong Kong and Shenzhen. Picture: Contributed

Steve Ewing: Scots start-ups focus on global growth

Last week at a major awards ceremony in London, Edinburgh beat off competition from London, Cambridge and Manchester to scoop the top prize and the title of UK’s Entrepreneurial City of the Year.

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'Let's see what we can do as a city,' said Paul Curran. Picture: Lesley Martin

Edinburgh must build appeal to tech firms, says property chief

Edinburgh has great potential to build on its status as a location for globally recognised tech firms, but faces obstacles including a lack of both suitable office space and workers, according to the chairman of the Scottish Property Federation.

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Tents to cycles retailer Go Outdoors has been acquired by sporting goods chain JD Sports, owner of the Blacks and Millets brands. Picture: Simon Cooper/PA Wire

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Olly Dmitriev founded Edinburgh-based Vert Rotors in 2013. Picture: Contributed

Monday interview: Olly Dmitriev, founder of Vert Rotors

“I had to go through two dark years before I saw the light and sales picked up.”

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Risual was named Microsoft Partner of the Year in 2015. Picture: David Ramos/Getty Images)

Microsoft partner Risual to open Glasgow office

A Microsoft partner is set to expand into Scotland, with plans to open an office in Glasgow creating at least 30 jobs over the next two years.

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Take a chance on a new start but be warned they may mess up and scratch a Jaguar

Jim Duffy: the importance of giving people a chance

I’m heading to lunch today in Glasgow. Glasgow? I’m reminded of a top entrepreneur who once said to me that Glasgow makes the money, while Edinburgh banks it. I’m not sure what to read into that one, but I’m sure you will have an opinion. Mind you, I thought Aberdeen was an economic titan at one time … not to mention the mighty Ullapool.

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Apple is among the US firms to have invested in the Scottish tech sector. Picture: Wikicommons

US investments in Scots tech sector on the rise

Scotland attracted more 
foreign direct investment (FDI) projects in 2015 than ever before, with major global players, including Apple Inc, JP Morgan and the Webhelp Group all making significant investments.

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