Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Glasgow are invisible to potential customers because they are not keeping pace with consumers’ preference for using the web and social media to find local businesses
Babcock Marine, operator of the former Naval Dockyard at Rosyth, has taken delivery of 19 newOTCs (overhead travelling cranes from Street Crane Company. The yard undergoing a refit for its new role as a flexible manufacturing base for commercial, marine and offshore vessels. The new cranes will enhance yard productivity and provide a mechanical handling system with modern standards of safe lifting and performance.
The Nano-Electronic Diamond Devices and Systems Group at Glasgow University School of Engineering have emerged with an answer to an age old doping and stability problem issue in diamond electronics. Over at Basel University, with tiny diamond crystals, physicists discover new quantum information possibilities for the material.
World-leading scientists will push the boundaries of studies on how to deflect asteroids and manipulate space debris, as the University of Strathclyde gets set to transform international space research.
Glasgow Science Centre is to reopen the Glasgow Tower by summer 2014. Once claimed the only world building capable of turning 360° to allow unrivalled panoramic city viewing, it is 127 metres high and the city's tallest free standing building. Its reopening, could be a straw in the wind for the anticipated Glasgow Floating Village developement.
Hardware and software are key sound components as LINN Products of East Renfrewshire records excellent response from both retailer and distributors to its £50,000 Klimax Exakt intelligent speaker sound system launched in September. Edinburgh-based Wolfson Microelectronics now widens its software offering as it partners with Fortemedia ForteVoice software for its ADSP (Audio Digital Signal Processor) platform.
As the giant cranes of Clydeport are decommissioned in favour of more modern devices, the future of BAE in Govan and Scotstoun seems to be increasingly at risk. Over at Rosyth however, where Babcock's facility assembles 65,000 tonne warships, with a workforce of around 2,500 and submarines are also outfitted, its interesting that Babcock starts the refit of HMS Scott at Devonport. Another straw in the wind?
As defence systems designer Thales Optronics intends to cut 60 skilled jobs in Glasgow by year end, call centres operator Teleperformance is to create up to 1,000 jobs in Scotland, while Mazars accountancy firm absorbs eight partners from the former RSM Tenon practice.
World Space Week 2013 or ‘Exploring Mars, discovering earth' with analog demonstrations campaigns from 4-10 October will be coordinated from the WSW 2013 Mission Control Centre, located at the Austrian Space Forum in Innsbruck, Austria.
Tech Tour, the European organisation, which offers an investor platform to existing and emerging technology companies, announced that 27 companies have been selected as part of its UK & Ireland Tech Tour The presenters, privately held companies, will be introduced to key investors and professionals who can assist in their global expansion. Over 100 companies from across the technology spectrum based in Ireland and the UK applied.
Eleven creative and digital businesses in Glasgow win £620,000 between them to help develop innovative products and services. They now have six months to court other investors and funders in order to gain the matched funding to enable them to go ahead.
NEL (National Engineering Laboratory) has invested £500,000 in the development of a new High Pressure Multiphase Flow Facility at its Glasgow laboratories, which will create the UK’s only facility capable of testing meters to such high pressures.
A new collaboration between the Royal Society and the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) is announced that will support early career Royal Society research fellows who are working within EPSRC’s priority areas. The ones to watch include two women and catalytic researcher, Dr Ross Forgan at Glasgow University.
Scotland's JRI (Joint Research Institute) in ECPS (electronics, communications and power systems) showed off quietly at a recent day conference, led by the SPEED (Scottish Power Electronics and Electric Drives) consortium which for more than 20 year has worked with major manufacturers in electrical engineering. It has a historic overseas lead currently on the new EPSRC National Centre for Power Electronics just opened and focused on Devices, Components, Convertors and Drives, with Strathclyde included for convertors.
Astronomer, author and dark skies consultan, Steve Owens is presenting an astronomy talk, giving insights into dark sky astro-tourism, and how it might benefit rural communities such as Kintyre. His talk takes place at the Putechan hotel at Bellochantuy on the west Kintyre coast 5pm Sunday 30th June. It's just the item to add to the techno-tourism trail that is being devised by the Edinburgh College which should be strategising with the University of the West of Scotland and the University of the Highlands & Islands, to widen the tourism vision.
Recognising the emerging phenomenon of crowdfunding and wishing to examine its relevance and role in the Scottish business community, especially at a time when banks are disclosed to be loathe to lend to the SME community, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce has commissioned a report on the subject.
Shore Energy, originally refused permission for a 160,000 tonne-per-year waste recycling & renewable energy plant at Carnbroe, near Coatbridge has been given the go-ahead after appealing to Scottish ministers.
Planning approvals it is believed will move the world-famous Hunterian Museum and its nearby Contemporary Art Gallery down the road to the Kelvin Halls, to create a museum hub encompassing both the Kelvingrove Museum and its Art Gallery.
Two leading figures in the space industry will give young people an insight into the future of human spaceflight at the University of Strathclyde this week (June 17-21) for this year’s Scottish Space School held a month before the UK Space exhibition in July.
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