Hot off the press in December!

Hot off the press in December!

And there goes 2021! As we head into the new year, we’re reflecting on the column-inch goodness achieved in December — it’s been a busy month at Scriba HQ!

So, sit back, grab a brew, and catch up on December’s newsworthy highlights…

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Digital Infrastructure gains £100m investment to forge full-fibre roll-out

‘New era’ full-fibre network operator obtains nine-figure investment from independent transatlantic investment firm to deliver wholesale, residential and business connectivity.

Responsible for planning, building and operating full-fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) networks across the UK, Digital Infrastructure has already opened hubs in Cheshire, Essex and the Midlands.

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Product launches take centre stage at Live Expo

First out of the traps at the AccountingWEB Live Expo was mid-market accounting software disrupter iplicit, which unveiled a new stock management module at midnight on Day One.

The program’s analytic and reporting capabilities include forecasting tools that let users model future stock requirements. While offering its own solution for stock and inventory, iplicit will continue to integrate with other stock control systems.

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Countdown to 2022

As we hopefully move into a post-pandemic world, businesses across the UK will be able to return to the issues that matter to them. Sustainability initiatives have of course continued to mature during the turbulent couple of years we have just lived through, but real focus was not always possible. Many channel businesses will renew their efforts in 2022.

Tim Mercer, CEO at Vapour, recently discussed his predictions with Comms Business.

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A career versus a job – why should HR managers care?

How to keep staff happy and motivated is not a new challenge within the world of HR. It will, however, continue to remain a firm focus for many companies as they continue to evolve the ways in which they can meet the needs of modern-day employees.

Abi Shephard, chief people officer for network planning services firm, Flomatik, explores what organisations must do if they are to retain career-driven talent and foster a loyal workforce committed to learning and development.

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Force24 announces appointment of new director as part of plans to grow the team

Leeds-based marketing automation platform Force24 has announced it has appointed Victoria Hamblin as customer success director, as part of plans to grow the team.

She joins from cloud infrastructure organisation Oracle, where she worked with the company for more than 15 years and went on to help several start-ups including IAM Cloud and PortSwigger to establish customer success functions.

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New index reveals highest performing ecommerce websites

A new list – the Web Vitals Index – has revealed the highest-performing ecommerce websites in the UK. And music retailer GuitarGuitar, ladies footwear brand Gabor and Weldricks currently dominate the top three places.

The premier league of e-commerce sites is powered by next-generation website testing specialist RapidSpike – a fast-growing Leeds-headquartered firm that counts Tesco, Sofology, Kurt Geiger and William Hill among its customer base.

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Experts partner to convert Extreme E’s Jurassic X Prix food waste into power

UK-headed organic waste and waste-to-energy (WtE) solutions specialist Tidy Planet Ltd has announced that together with biogas plant operator Eco Sustainable Solutions, they are collaborating to convert global off-road racing championship Extreme E’s food waste into electricity, at the upcoming Jurassic X Prix at the Bovington British Army military base in Dorset, UK.

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Blackpool start-up plans to become “Amazon of 3D printing”

A Lancashire tech start-up has raised £150k of investment as it seeks to become the “Amazon of 3D printing.”

Blackpool-based Autentica says it has developed the very first blockchain-powered, AI-based digital supply chain for spare parts. The company has received £76k from private investors, which has been matched by a grant from Innovate UK.

The cash will be used to make 20 “key hires” and move from proof of concept to a full launch by March 2022.

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Countdown to 2022

As we prepare to step into 2022, resellers, MSPs, distributors and vendors have plenty of big issues and emerging technologies to consider. Success in the Channel often stems from getting ahead of competitors to solve customer problems with new solutions as they become available. Next year, plenty of technologies will flourish.

Ben Nicklen, COO at Tiger, recently shared his predictions with Comms Business.

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Data analytics: employee empowerment or surveillance?

With the arrival of the pandemic, the working world changed forever. In fact, it’s been reported that business technology evolved more in a year than in the previous decade, as employees were armed with laptops and the facility to work from anywhere, via almost any device.

Caroline Lewis, sales director at data analytics organization Tiger, explains how businesses have adapted to this new era.

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Digital Infrastructure get £100m to fuel UK full fibre rollout

Network operator Digital Infrastructure (DI), which a few months ago revealed their aim to deploy a new gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network to 1 million UK premises in 84 cities, has confirmed that they’ve been able to secure £100m of funding from Basalt Infrastructure Partners.

So far, they’ve opened hubs in the Northwest of England (Cheshire), the Southeast (Essex), and the Midlands. A fourth hub is also set to launch near the Scottish Border in 2022, with the ultimate goal of reaching 80 towns and cities by 2027.

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Having flexible friends

There’s no question that Covid has altered society. It’s trampled on civil liberties, seen vaccines rolled out in double-quick time, spurred on the deployment of information technologies, and it’s reshaped economic landscapes, too.

But beyond these changes, the pandemic has led to a societal re-evaluation of the work/life balance. For some it was a signal to retire, for others, it meant a desire for a more home-oriented life.

Charlotte Ashton, senior solicitor at law firm ESPHR discusses with Print Week.

So, there goes December! See you again in January!