General election emoji App launched

SOCIAL media fanatics with a political interest can now use a new emoji tool to keep some humour in the lead up to the general election.

Vermilion was a recent success for the Quest team, above, from left: Duncan Thorburn, Graeme Henry, Marcus Noble, Scott Carnegie, Stuart Mitchell and Andrew Hope.  Picture: Stewart Attwood

Fintech dealmaker optimistic about industry’s Scottish prospects

Quest Corporate, the Edinburgh-based boutique corporate finance advisory firm, celebrated a stellar 2016 rounded off by one of the year’s largest fintech deals.

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Daniel Broby  of CeFRI sees blockchain unlocking opportunities.

Where do I learn skills needed to work in Scotland’s fintech sector?

From the days when Clydeside rattled with the roar of shipbuilding to oil and steel manufacturing, engineering and medical breakthroughs, brewing, textiles and agriculture, Scottish industry and skills have led the way.

Meeting the challenges that each industry brings, evolving to meet fresh demands and carving a successful reputation as a world leader – whether in distilling or banking, jute, journalism or Dolly the Sheep – Scotland has consistently punched above its weight.

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A project to restore peat bogs at Forsinard, in Sutherland's Flow Country, is among six international initiatives to win funding from the European Outdoor Conservation Association

Scottish peatland restoration wins £26,000 funding boost

A peatland restoration project in the far north of Scotland is among a group of international initiatives selected to receive funding from the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA).

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Cara Therapeutics focuses on treatments for chronic pain. Picture: Johnston Press

Glasgow Uni nets $4m in sale of biotech firm’s shares

The University of Glasgow has sold $4 million (£3m) worth of shares in a US biotechnology company headed by one of its graduates.

Investment in agri-tech can help transform Scotland's farming industry. Picture: Michael Gillen

Agri-tech investment in Scotland poised to pay off

Despite the well-documented statistics showing growth in productivity on UK farms was falling behind their competitors, the recent major re-investment in the agri-tech sector means the country is well placed to lead the world in the testing and development of new technologies for the industry.

Metix develops lightweight devices to monitor patients' vital signs before they reach hospital. Picture: John Devlin

Glasgow patient tech outfit secures £1.2m injection

A Glasgow-based company specialising in patient monitoring technology has secured a £1.2 million financial injection.

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Ross McKenzie: why data is the volatile fuel of fintech

We have all done it at some point in our life - filled the car (inevitably the hired one or the borrowed car from a relative) with the wrong fuel. Once you start the pump it is too late and the journey you planned has been scuppered.

Environmentalists from Dutch group By the Ocean We Unite display marine litter collected during a beach-clean in Fraserburgh with local scouts and campaigners from Surfers against Sewage.

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Dutch scientists study plastic pollution in Scottish seas

A team of international researchers has sailed to Scotland to analyse levels of plastic pollution affecting wildlife in and around the North Sea.

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The moment we've all been waiting for. Picture: Emojipedia

Twitter delights Scottish users with Saltire emoji

Good news for patriotic tweeters.

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Public sector work is of 'huge importance' to Edge Testing Solutions, said founder Brian Ferrie. Picture: Chris Watt

Tech firms on cloud nine with government contracts

A number of Scottish technology companies have secured places on the latest UK government framework to provide cloud computing services to the public sector.

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'A job in digital doesn't necessarily require people to be 'coders',' says Sam Wason of Cathcart Associates, right, with fellow joint MD Gordon Kaye. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Employers urged to look beyond candidates’ tech skills

Employers have been urged to “keep an open mind” and look beyond candidates’ technical abilities to help close Scotland’s digital skills gap.

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Ideas incubator: Deloitte uses the Edinburgh Greenhouse to take people out of their everyday environment to spark creativity and find solutions.

How Deloitte is firing up fintech innovation in Scotland

Throwing open the glass-panelled door, Kent Mackenzie leads the way into a corner room on the top floor of Deloitte’s Saltire Court offices in Edinburgh, with its dramatic view of the castle across the road.

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Work tactics: Lorna Finlayson and Chris Gotts of Burness Paull are seeing support for start-ups coming from established financial services companies.

Start-ups the catalyst for innovation in Scottish fintech sector

There are lots of innovative products and services being developed in Scotland’s fintech sector, from the borrowing platform created by LendingCrowd to the identity and data protection provided by Payfont through to the refinement of even smarter apps by the big high street banks.

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Mark Zuckerberg, Facebooks CEO and founder, has been reluctant to address the issue of censorship on the social media network. Picture: Facebook/PA

Martyn McLaughlin: Facebook must lift the veil over its censorship policies

The social media firm’s culture has not kept pace with its explosive global growth, writes Martyn McLaughlin

'$1bn valuations are becoming less frequent and less fashionable,' says Jim Duffy. Picture: Ian Howarth

Jim Duffy: Unicorns don’t exist in real world for start-ups

I was delighted this week to read that (at last!) many in the serious start-up world are shunning the term “unicorn”.

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Lorraine Thomson, Business Engagement Manager for the Highlands and Islands, Interface.

Lorraine Thomson: Academics ready and able to help business

Research and development is sometimes viewed as being only for big ­businesses producing pioneering products – however, even the ­smallest of enterprises has the ­potential to make an impact through innovation.

IndigoVision plans to buy back up to 5% of its shares. Picture: Ian Georgeson

IndigoVision aims to return £850,000 to shareholders

Video security group IndigoVision today announced plans to return about £850,000 to investors through a share buyback programme.

'We see tremendous potential for ClearWell,' said FrontRow Energy Technology chief Stuart Ferguson. Picture: Contributed

Aberdeen energy tech firm buys stake in English peer

Aberdeen-based FrontRow Energy Technology has bought into an English oil and gas technology specialist as it taps into a market that could be worth $700 million (£540m) by 2020.

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