Iomart eyes profit rise amid ‘strong’ cloud demand

Web hosting and cloud computing specialist Iomart today said it was on track to grow its half-year profits amid “strong demand” for its services.

Shaf Rasul's SRA Ventures is looking to help take tool into commercial property market. Picture: Contributed

Shaf Rasul teams up with uni spin-out to expand property tool

The property investment venture founded by Scots entrepreneur and online Dragon Shaf Rasul has teamed up with an Edinburgh University spin-out to create a new commercial property tool.
Neil Christie is the managing director at Converged. Picture: Contributed

Aberdeen IT firms tie the knot

Aberdeen-based Converged Communication Solutions has acquired a Granite City peer in a six-figure deal that marks its first since being founded 11 years ago.
Window cleaners at work on the Commerzbank building in Frankfurt. The bank is to axe 9,600 jobs over the next four years and scrap its dividend in a bid to boost profits. Picture: Michael Probst/AP

Scottish business wire: Living wage | Iomart | RBS

The main breaking business stories of the day plus recent investments and grants achieved by Scottish firms.

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Research to benefit UK's ageing population. Picture: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Glasgow Uni gets injection for elderly healthcare

The University of Glasgow is to benefit from a multi-million-pound funding package that will see researchers develop new technologies to address the health issues facing Britain’s ageing population.

Neil Christie is the managing director at Converged. Picture: Contributed

Aberdeen IT firms tie the knot

Aberdeen-based Converged Communication Solutions has acquired a Granite City peer in a six-figure deal that marks its first since being founded 11 years ago.

Stock image. Doctor examines a newborn baby

Controversial technique sees baby born with three genetic parents

Fertility doctors using a controversial technique developed to eliminate inherited disease have helped a woman deliver the first baby with three genetic parents.

Alexander Holt, head of the Scottish Government's CivTech project. Picture: Contributed

Accelerator launches to tackle public sector challenges

Nine small firms have been selected to take part in an Edinburgh-based initiative aimed at delivering innovative solutions to a range of public sector challenges.

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Leah Hutcheon says Appointedd booking software has superior handling of time zones. Picture: Chris Watt

Bookings app maker has globe in its grasp

Appointedd – the Edinburgh bookings app firm backed by investors including Skyscanner’s co-founder Gareth Williams – 
has struck a “game-changing” 
deal with a US group which it believes could be worth more than £20 million over the next three years.

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Twitter shares surge on takeover talk

Twitter shares leapt today in the US on reports that tech giants including Google are circling the social media site.

Susanne Mitschke, chief executive of MindMate, which shared the top Converge Challenge prize with MicroSense. Picture: Lesley Martin

Converge Challenge unveils winning university start-ups

Two start-ups from Scottish universities have shared the top £71,000 prize at this year’s Converge Challenge awards.

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Peter Barron, Google UK vice-president of communications, visited the Mitchell Library to launch the tech giant's latest Digital Garage. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

Scots businesses must improve online presence, warns Google

Thousands of small businesses in Scotland are failing to take advantage of digital opportunities for growth, a senior Google executive has warned.

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Encompass is based on St Vincent Place in Glasgow. Picture: Contributed

Glasgow software group Encompass gets £3.6m injection

The investment arm of Scottish Enterprise has ploughed £1.8 million into Encompass Corporation, the Glasgow-based software group.

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Administrate's LITE conference will hear from cyclist Graeme Obree and video game legend John Romero. Picture: Gary Doak

LITE education tech event gets under way in capital

Administrate, the Edinburgh-based training software specialist, will today kick off LITE 2016 – one of the biggest education technology events in the UK.

Deal for Edinburgh body camera business

Deal for Edinburgh body camera business

An Edinburgh firm that makes body-worn cameras used by police, traffic wardens and other frontline staff has won a contract to supply firefighters in the West Midlands.

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Andrew Dobbie of MadeBrave with Google's Peter Barron at the digital garage in Glasgow. Picture: Stewart Attwood

Google opens digital training centre in Glasgow

Google has opened a digital training centre in Glasgow offering free expert advice.

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From left: Make It Social chief Eddie Robb, Talking Medicines co-founder Jo Halliday and Steve Ewing of Informatics Ventures. 
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Scottish start-ups head for London investor event

Ten start-ups from across Scotland have been chosen to pitch at a European investor showcase in London.

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Emma Walmsley joins a small band of female chief executives. Picture: Contributed

Drugs giant GSK names Emma Walmsley as new chief

GlaxoSmith­Kline (GSK) has named its consumer healthcare boss Emma Walmsley as chief executive‑designate to replace Sir Andrew Witty when he steps down next March.

Dundee University has extended its 18-year collaboration with the pharmaceutical industry. Picture: Jane Barlow

Extra funds for Dundee University to develop new drugs

The University of Dundee has renewed seven-figure funding from three top pharmaceutical companies, supporting work to launch and speed up the development of new drugs to treat diseases like cancer and Parkinson’s.

Minecraft supremo Chris van der Kuyl is taking the chair at video game firm Team17. Picture: Contributed

Minecraft’s Chris van der Kuyl to chair games firm Team17

Video game industry veteran Chris van der Kuyl, co-founder of 4J Studios – the Scottish firm that brought Minecraft to the world’s consoles – was today named as chairman of developer Team17.

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