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Movers and Shakers June 2017



Rob Wilde from Volcanic wins Recruitment Industry Entrepreneur award

Rob Wilde, CEO of Cohort 5’s Volcanic was delighted to win the award for the Recruitment Industry Entrepreneur of the year.

This is a massive achievement for both Rob and Volcanic. The Recruiter Awards are seen as one of the recruitment world's most prestigious events and Robs category contained some incredibly successful nominees. Speaking after the awards, Rob said;

Winning this award represents a huge amount of work, innovation and dedication from everyone associated with Volcanic. It's an honour to win the award on a personal level, but I would like to dedicate it to our clients and team. The competition at this years Recruiter Awards incredibly high and some brilliant companies have won awards. It's been a great awards season for Volcanic and I hope it continues!”

Founded in 2010, Volcanic are a global, leading provider of Recruitment Agency websites and Job Boards, delivering over 15,000,000 visitors and 1,000,000 candidate registrations to clients in 2016.


Brandwatch allows customers to reach new market with Reddit agreement

Brandwatch has become the first social intelligence provider to include data from Reddit, the home of conversation online, that is regulated and compliant with the site’s user agreement.

Brandwatch will provide users with deeper Reddit insights in both its Analytics and Brandwatch Vizia 2 social intelligence platforms. This includes access to over 130,000 active communities and the ever-growing list of posts and comments on the site which are an invaluable source of data for brand marketers and agency professionals.

 “This agreement is an absolute game changer,” said Chris Albert, Data, Research, and Analytics Senior Leader at Ketchum. “It provides access to thematic topics across a multitude of communities allowing you to hone in on the heartbeats of a unique consumer target. It allows researchers and marketers to reach a new audience, across verticals that other social channels don’t penetrate.

 With over 270 million users visiting Reddit each month, the site is among the top ten most visited websites in the world.

Brandwatch is the world’s leading social intelligence company. The company’s flagship products, Brandwatch Analytics and the Vizia platform, fuel smarter decision making around the world.


Celtic Renewables honoured at Regional Finals for UK Private Business Awards

The Cohort 3 company Celtic Renewables, based in Edinburgh, was recognised for Technology Innovation, in an awards that celebrate the best of UK private businesses and their contribution to communities and the UK economy.

On receiving the award for the company, Prof Tangney, President Celtic Renewables, said; “This is a tremendous honour which reflects the skills and hard work of everyone involved in this initiative from its beginnings as a research project to now being one of the most respected biotech companies in the country”.

Previous Scottish regional winners who have made big news over the last 12 months include Brewdog and last year’s Scottish qualifier, Skyscanner.

Celtic Renewables is initially focused on the £4 billion Scottish Malt Whisky industry as a ripe resource for developing biobutanol.  The pioneering process combines the two main by-products of whisky production (Pot Ale and Draff) to produce high value renewable products, including biobutanol.


LendInvest joins the Home Builders Federation to get Britain building

LendInvest, the leading specialist mortgage lender, has joined the Home Builders Federation, underlining the company’s commitment to supporting property developers to build more homes of every type.

The Home Builders Federation is the representative body of the private sector home building industry in England and Wales and its members are responsible for 80% of housing output each year. The organisation currently supports the LendInvest Property Development Academy, a non-profit, two-day course delivered in five key cities across the UK and intended to create a new generation of property entrepreneurs.

LendInvest champions the small developer and through collaboration with the Home Builders Federation is aiming to ensure that the government’s housing policy addresses challenges for SMEs in access to land, finance and skills.

Ian Thomas, Chief Investment Officer at LendInvest, said:

The Home Builders Federation is recognised as the voice of the home building industry and becoming a member will help us to support the growth of SME builders in every region of the UK.

“There’s no silver bullet to solve the housing crisis, but by forging links of this kind we hope to drive momentum behind industry initiatives to increase sector skills, enhance the voice of the property sector and ultimately put more homes on British streets.


E-Leather receive £5m Environmental Technologies Fund investment

E-Leather, one of the fastest-growing private technology companies in Britain, has received investment from Environmental Technologies Fund.

Environmental Technologies Fund has invested £5m of growth capital investment into E-Leather Ltd, the world's only manufacturer of high-technology composition leather. The financing will underpin the company’s continuing rapid expansion into global transportation and commercial upholstery markets.

E-Leather also increases yield during the cut and sew process as it is supplied in rolls rather than irregular shaped traditional hides. E-Leather has been used in the aviation industry for over eight years and is currently sold to more than 70 airlines.

"E-Leather’s patented process uses these unwanted offcuts to produce a material that is almost indistinguishable to the passenger from traditional leather but has superior properties.” says Chris McBean, CEO of E-Leather. “We’re delighted to have ETF as financial and strategic partners supporting our next stage of growth to strengthen our global position.

Patrick Sheehan, Partner of the Environmental Technologies Fund, adds: “We have been impressed by the team at E-Leather, and by all the things they are doing to create a great company based on unique technology. They have already done a fantastic job to make E-Leather the upholstery material of choice for the airline industry. E-Leather is poised to become an industry standard in other market sectors and we believe that the company has huge global potential”.

E-Leather products are manufactured by hydro-entangling leather fibres and a high performance core material. The material looks and feels like traditional leather while being more durable and lighter weight.


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