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HOTEL industry start-up Sleeperz will use the site of the former Travelodge in Edinburgh’s Shandwick Place to launch a brand of budget hotel.

The group, which acquired the site as struggling Travelodge sought to offload properties last year, says it will re-open as Cityroomz this month.

The new 72-room venture opens on Monday. It creates ten jobs and saves six former Travelodge jobs.

Sleeperz operates hotels in Cardiff and Newcastle and said yesterday that it will open a 121-room property in Glasgow. It is also targeting a London opening.

Health group links in with cloud firm

Aridhia, a Scottish health and biotech company backed by Edinburgh-based Frontier IP, has announced a partnership with cloud computing company Pivotal to provide clinical data to doctors.

The pair say the collaboration will provide a system capable of storing huge amounts of genetic and medical data on individual patients, and will be capable of being updated rapidly.

Aridhia boss David Sibbald said healthcare organisations will increasingly rely on

“real-time data analysis” to assess risks to patients and improve clinical outcomes.

Virgin Media names Mockridge as boss

Former News International chief executive Tom Mockridge has been chosen as the new boss of telecoms firm Virgin Media.

Mockridge, who resigned from the publisher of the Sun and Times in December, succeeds Neil Berkett, who will leave Virgin when its $23.3 billion (£15bn) takeover by US cable giant Liberty Global is completed this summer.

Liberty chief executive Mike Fries said: “I have known and worked with Tom for nearly 15 years and have always admired his leadership and operating success in a number of highly competitive media markets.”

Glasgow firm fits 96 solar systems

Renewable energy company Absolute Solar and Wind has completed the installation of 96 solar panel systems on three sheltered housing developments in the west of Scotland.

Social housing service provider Keepmoat and partner Link Group commissioned Glasgow-based Absolute to install £320,000 worth of solar panels for tenants of Ben Lui Place and Glen Lyon Court in Cumbernauld and Glen Park Road, in Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire. They say the panels will pay for themselves in 11 years.

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