Investments in Scottish commercial real estate grow in 2018

The Scottish commercial real estate is booming in 2018, but at the start of the year this looked far from likely. After a rather slow 1Q start, levels of investment achieved record highs for 2Q18. A total £1.4bn has...

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Empowering Women in Blockchain – Dinner and Data

Empowering women in blockchain was an invitation only event that attracted a group of influential, thoughtful, interesting and determined women in the blockchain space. The conversation was guided by our strong interest in where blockchain and fintech may lead...

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THE NHS: Another 70 years of success

After 70 years the NHS now represents an organisation that has 1 million patient interactions every day, is the largest single employer in Europe (1.7m employees according to the Nuffield Trust, October 2017, making it the 5th largest single...

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London’s Next Fintech Unicorns

In the throes of Fintech week at the end of last month, I helped originate and organise a Lloyds Bank Plc. hosted #WeAreFintech event, where 11 brave companies volunteered a one-minute pitch on why they thought that we would...

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Should we all love our jobs?

Do you love what you do? Are you passionate about your work? No? Then maybe you feel like a professional pariah these days. A caveat – I really, really enjoy my job. And I know that I am very lucky...

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Film Investment

At ACF we are agnostic about investment sectors, we pride ourselves on finding a specialist in the team. Our Business Development Officer, Zee West, has depth of knowledge and contacts in film investment as well as fintech over and...

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Will GovTech be bigger than FinTech?

We had a hard-hitting evening of famous speakers in the GovTech space. We were hosted by Max Kalis ex-Lloyds Banking Group who likes to keep things moving! Ian Dowson who already advises the government had some beautifully intoxicating things...

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Virtual Reality – Why Oculus Go is dead on arrival (and it’s not what you think)

The big players like Facebook claim that “VR is not affordable for most people” and many in the VR industry think that the just released Oculus Go ($200) is the panacea for VR to go mainstream. And yet if...

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MiFID II – What is happening now and what Companies need to know

97% of companies when asked the question have your brokers discussed how MiFID II will change their role or have they been clear about changes? said “No” according to Orient Capital’s survey of 10% of the FTSE 350. “No,...

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Startup-Scaleup

Achieving VC funding is often one of the hardest feats that a scaleup or growth stage company has to master. As NESTA points out and I have paraphrased here... whereas start-ups are an important means by which new ideas...

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