Posted on May 27 2016 - 8:05am by John Peters
Comments Off on Businesses boost renewables through on-site generation

Independent renewable capacity grew 28% last year and now supplies 7.6% of the UK’s power demand, according to the fourth annual Energy Entrepreneurs Report from SmartestEnergy, Britain’s leading purchaser of electricity from independent renewable generators. However, a 20% drop in wholesale electricity prices caused by falling oil and gas prices means that while independent renewables capacity...

Posted on May 26 2016 - 8:05am by John Peters
Comments Off on Softcat wins best workplace award

IT infrastructure provider Softcat has been named ‘Best Workplace’ in the UK in the 500+ employee category by Great Place to Work. This is the fith year in a row that the company has been ranked a Best Workplace. The awards are based on an employee survey and an audit of each organisation’s management and HR practices. Softcat chief executive Martin Hellawell said: “We don’t have any intellectual...

Posted on May 25 2016 - 8:05am by John Peters
Comments Off on UK offices not suitable for tech businesses

Tech workers expect offices to be transformed in the future with 4D printing, retina scans, robots and VR meetings, according to new research from Dice, the online career site for the technology community. Tech pros believe whiteboards will be replaced by interactive projectors (51%), security fobs by figer print recognition (34%) and conference calls by virtual reality meetings (30%). Over a third...

Posted on May 22 2016 - 8:05am by John Peters
Comments Off on Digital site diary replaces paper processes on construction sites

Appear is helping construction companies and building contractors move away from time-consuming paper-based processes for documenting a project’s progress. Originally developed for large construction companies as a replacement for paperbased site diaries or site journals, the Site Diary app is now being adopted by smaller construction companies, sole traders and building contractors for installation...

Posted on May 21 2016 - 8:05am by John Peters
Comments Off on Simpler and smarter shopping

New fashion app Handpick uses semantic search tools to get a clearer understanding of what users are shopping for. Instead of only using phrases listed in retailer websites, Handpick lets users search using colloquial English and descriptive phrases – and the more it is used, the more it learns. Handpick says that in trials shoppers were 75% more likely to be satisfied with their purchases, reducing...

Posted on May 20 2016 - 8:05am by John Peters
Comments Off on Health and finance apps vulnerable to security risks

Arxan Technologies, a provider of application protection solutions, warns that even the most sensitive apps – those relating to health and finance – have major security risks. For its latest State of Application Security Report, it tested 126 popular health and finance apps and discovered that 90% had at least two major security risks, even though 84% of app users and app executives believed them...

Posted on May 19 2016 - 8:05am by John Peters
Comments Off on Find knowledge workers

Hired, a marketplace for tech recruitment, has launched a new iOS app for employers. Hired for Employers gives access to a pool of pre-vetted candidates and highlights the ones that match your requirements. In addition to a full profile for each candidate, the app lets you view any offers they’ve received. If you find a candidate you like, you can share their profile with colleagues from within...

Posted on May 18 2016 - 8:05am by John Peters
Comments Off on Balance between pen and screen

Despite the widespread availability of notepad apps for tablets and smartphones, 91% of people still attend meetings armed with a pen and paper, according to a survey by stationery brand Rhodia. The Rhodia Art of Writing survey highlights the enduring appeal of handwritten notes in the office and in the home. Three quarters of survey respondents still write shopping lists in the traditional manner,...

Posted on May 17 2016 - 10:56am by John Peters
Comments Off on Business Info Magazine – Issue 126 – Free Download

Mainland UK is a divided kingdom – or at least that’s the way it sometimes seems; split between between North and South, haves and have-nots, in-ers and out-ers. Now, the CBI and IBM are warning of a divide between businesses that have embraced digitisation (55%) and those that haven’t (45%). They argue that this split is bad not only for digital laggards, but for the nation as a whole, pointing...

Posted on May 17 2016 - 8:05am by John Peters
Comments Off on Board meetings

With so much attention on digital collaboration, it’s easy to forget there’s still a place for whiteboards, flipcharts and marker pens. Here’s our quick guide to old-school collaboration solutions that don’t need a plug or network connection. Whiteboard paint Dry-erase whiteboard paint can transform your office walls into a whiteboard surface. A room completely painted with whiteboard paint...