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1  THE TECHNO CLUB [ TECHNOWORLDINC.COM ] / Techno News / Multi-million pound fund to boost UK university spin-outs and research on: Yesterday at 04:01:26 AM
UK, 26th November 2014. – Research from universities across the South of England could be commercialised and turned into successful businesses faster than ever before, thanks to a multi-million pound project announced today (November 26) by Minister for Universities and Science, Greg Clark MP.

Funded by HEFCE and Innovate UK, the £3.2 million ‘iCURE’ project aims to ‘bridge the valley of death’ identified by the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee. The project will help address issues raised in the Government’s response to the Committee’s inquiry last year, including the importance of innovation by universities in managing intellectual property and of attention to the availability of ‘proof of concept’ funding.

iCURE will see HEFCE, Innovate UK and university enterprise partnership SETsquared work together on a pilot to tackle these issues and help accelerate research being successfully commercialised and ‘spun out’ new high-potential companies.

Under the programme, early-stage researchers at the five SETsquared universities (Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey) will be given tailored training, mentoring and funds to speed up the commercialisation of their ideas, technologies and products. The project was inspired by Innovate UK’s review of a similar programme operated by the US National Science Foundation, and is funded by a £2.8 million HEFCE cash injection and £400,000 from Innovate UK.

Universities, Science and Cities Minister Greg Clark MP said:

“Collaboration is the key to turning the best research into new businesses. We are proud that SETsquared is already Europe’s best incubator, and second in the world, which is why we are supporting this pilot scheme. It will provide skills, support and mentoring to help the UK’s best researchers turn their ideas into commercial success. This strengthens the UK’s position as the best place for science and technology research, and drives forward our economic growth.”

Don Spalinger, Board member of SETsquared and Director of Research and Innovation Services at the University of Southampton said that iCURE could see university research being commercialised faster than ever before, something that is vital for universities. He added:

“Particularly in the field of technology, where everything evolves so fast, getting a product to market quickly can make the difference between creating a successful business and falling behind. The flexibility of this programme and the way it is run will allow researchers to assess their markets much faster, meaning they can potentially seek investment or sell their ideas within just a few months.”

David Sweeney, Director for Research Education and Knowledge Exchange, HEFCE, said:

“The SETsquared partnership has an excellent record for knowledge exchange since it was formed with support from HEFCE over 10 years ago. It is important that the iCURE programme has been designed in partnership with the technology transfer staff of universities themselves, demonstrating that higher education takes innovation in intellectual property management very seriously. This addresses an important recommendation of the “valley of death” inquiry and the government response, which stressed the importance of autonomous universities playing a major part in the innovation ecosystem.”

Mark Glover, Director of Strategy at Innovate UK said:

“The United Kingdom’s research is world-renowned, but we need to be fast if we're going to make the most of the business opportunities that research brings with it. Innovate UK helps bridge the gap between concept and commercialisation and this scheme, along with the additional funding we're making available to the spin-outs, will help some of our best universities move quickly to create successful, high-growth businesses.”

Innovate UK, which helps businesses bring new innovations to the market, is separately making £6 million available over the next two years to help university spin-out companies develop faster and be more attractive to private investors.

The iCURE programme was announced today as SETsquared held its 11th annual investment showcase, Accelerating Growth, at The Shard.

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Notes to editors

iCURE stands for ‘Innovation and Commercialisation of University Research’. The programme will work as follows:
• Individual universities will put forward key research outputs that may have the potential for commercialisation.
• These ‘prospects’ will be filtered to identify which are of sufficient interest to progress.
• For each successful prospect, an ‘entrepreneurial team’ will be assembled, comprising the original researcher, an entrepreneurial lead (a recent graduate), and a mentor (supplying skills such as market knowledge, commercialisation expertise).
• The team will be provided with entrepreneurial training and support for a hypothesis-driven business model discovery process. Funding is provided for time and travel to explore the market opportunities and develop and check ideas. During this stage the commercial potential of the prospect will be validated.
• Each prospect will be developed by the entrepreneurial team to a stage where a business proposition can be delivered in a standard format (such as business model canvas). The prospects will then be submitted to a competitive review process, with those with the greatest potential to create a new business being ‘spun out’.
• Other proposals may be taken forward in different ways (for instance through IP licensing).
• Once completed the pilot will be reviewed and (with further development if necessary) considered for wider implementation across the UK.

The programme will also benefit teams that do not move to spin-out. Don Spalinger adds: “We do not expect that every team going through the programme will result in a spin-out opportunity. The successful output for some teams will be the licensing of the technology or product idea to an existing company which will commercialise it through their existing channels. Other teams will gain invaluable knowledge of the marketplace, which will be taken back into the research lab to either refine the ideas and technologies, or take the research down another path that they have discovered from their interactions with the marketplace.”

About HEFCE
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) promotes and funds high-quality, cost-effective teaching and research to meet the diverse needs of students, the economy and society. Our responsibilities are to distribute funds, safeguard quality and assure the stewardship of public money. We work closely with universities, colleges and other partners to develop policies, achieve excellence and impact in education and research, and to provide opportunities for all those who have the ability to benefit from higher education. For the academic year 2014-15, HEFCE will allocate allocate £3.88 billion to 130 universities and higher education colleges and 212 further education colleges.
www.hefce.ac.uk


About SETsquared
SETsquared is a partnership between the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey, which specialises in growing high tech start-ups through its incubation programme and other acceleration services.

It provides mentoring, access to investors and corporates and a wide range of industry experts through its network and training programmes.

Its business incubation programme is ranked the best in Europe and second in the world and over the last decade it has developed over 1,000 high tech start-ups that have generated some £1bn in investment.

It provides services from its innovation centres at the five universities but also supports companies virtually, giving every member access to the world leading business support.

Find out more at www.setsquared.co.uk

About Innovate UK
Innovate UK is the new name for the Technology Strategy Board – we are the UK’s innovation agency, accelerating economic growth. We know that taking a new idea to market is a challenge. We fund, support and connect innovative businesses through a unique mix of people and programmes to accelerate sustainable economic growth. For further information visit our website at www.gov.uk/innovate-uk

For further information please contact:
For more information or to attend SETsquared’s event at The Shard today from 4 to 6pm call Laura Downton on 07834393111.
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2  THE TECHNO CLUB [ TECHNOWORLDINC.COM ] / Techno News / Four southern AHSNs launch new programme to accelerate health innovation in part on: November 25, 2014, 08:50:11 AM
UK, 25th November 2014. –  Four southern AHSNs launch new programme to accelerate health innovation in partnership with SETsquared

Four Academic Health Science Networks in the south of England have joined forces with the leading university business incubator, SETsquared, to set up a revolutionary new programme that could see more effective and better value healthcare technologies benefitting patients quicker than ever.

An extensive programme is being launched to help accelerate the faster adoption of cost effective innovation into healthcare across the region to benefit patients and the health economy. In this first round, up to 300 participants will be offered access to seminars, 3-day courses, tailored coaching and mentoring run by SETsquared.

The AHSNs, created by the government in 2013, bring together NHS, universities and industry to identify, test and roll out improvements to the health service.

SETsquared is ranked as the number one university business incubator in Europe, second in the world, and has supported more than 1,000 start-ups and innovators in 11 years.

Simon Bond, Innovation Director of SETsquared, said: ‘We have extensive experience of helping innovators get their ideas off the ground. We are excited to participate in a programme of this scale and ambition.’

Lars Sundstrom, Director of Enterprise and Translation, West of England AHSN said: ‘This initiative will provide a major boost to innovation locally and is a great example of how AHSNs can work together to take advantage of local centres of excellence like SETsquared.’


The programme will be available in the regions covered by the Kent, Surrey and Sussex, South West, Wessex and West of England AHSNs. The five universities that make up SETsquared - Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey - are members of the four AHSNs.

ENDS


About SETsquared
SETsquared is a collaboration between the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey which partners in enterprise activities and collectively supports the growth and success of new business opportunities through spin-outs, licensing, incubation and education. The partnership also works with industry through research collaboration and consultancy.

In the last 11 years SETsquared has developed over 1,000 high tech start-ups that have generated some £1bn in investment. It is named by the UBI as the joint best university incubator in Europe and 4th best globally.

About the AHSNs

15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) were founded by NHS England in 2013 with a brief to improve population health and generate economic growth in England.

AHSNs are licensed by NHS England to improve the health and care of the nation through collaboration with patients, the NHS, academia and industry.
The four AHSNs collaborating in this programme are: Kent Surrey and Sussex AHSN, based in Crawley; South West AHSN, based in Exeter; Wessex AHSN, based in Southampton and West of England AHSN, based in Bristol.


For further information please contact:
For more information, images or interviews please contact: Laura Downton at Carswell Gould T: 023 80 238001 E: laura@carswellgould.co.uk
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3  THE TECHNO CLUB [ TECHNOWORLDINC.COM ] / Techno News / Urban Living Product and Services Innovation Competition Free briefing workshops on: November 24, 2014, 08:46:16 AM
London and Manchester, 24th November 2014. – InnovateUK are to invest in collaborative R&D projects to build products and services based on integrated city data platforms. Integrated and open data platforms are being developed for cities around the world. As they do, increasing volumes and new types of data will become available. The challenge is to begin to develop the high value products and services that will be built on the integrated data foundations.
The aim of this competition is to support the development of new products and services that exploit integrated systems to deliver new solutions to improve the performance of cities.
We are seeking proposals that enable consortia to prototype, develop and trial products and services that use integrated city data platforms to solve the known problems of city management and operation; improve resilience; and/or contribute to life for citizens that is happy, healthy and harmonious.
Proposals must be collaborative and business-led, with no more than 30% of total project costs being allocated to research organisations. We expect to fund mainly industrial research projects in which a business partner will generally attract up to 50% public funding for their project costs (60% for SMEs).
We expect the maximum total award size being around £700k, although we may consider projects outside this range.
This is a two-stage competition that opens for applicants on 15 December 2014. The deadline for expressions of interest is at noon on 11 February 2015.
These workshops set out to:
- To get an overview from industry on the data landscape, current data use in integrated city systems and who should be using it but isn’t.
- To tap into urban living products and services innovation drivers present to discuss emerging developments in integrating city management systems
- To anticipate the kind of data that might lead to the development of new products and services
- To brief the audience on InnovateUK interests in this area and current thinking for competition investment.
- To bring the community into a collaborative and consortia potential space that becomes “competition ready”.
The workshop will also feature the new Horizons tool from InnovateUK that aims to help consortiums think-through the process of applying for competition funding, saving you time and effort during the run-up to such opportunities.
Who should attend
- Data generators and holders of city integrated systems (Local Authorities)
- Urban product and services developers and utilisers of data.
- Developers of new online tools (Apps) the leverage integrated systems data sets
- App developers
- Integrated city management platforms providers
- Research centres in urban living and urban data utilisation
https://connect.innovateuk.org/web/modernbuiltktn

For further information please contact:
Stephen Lowe stephen.lowe@ktn-uk.org 07985 807529
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4  THE TECHNO CLUB [ TECHNOWORLDINC.COM ] / Techno News / Small cell microwave backhaul pioneer CCS triumphs at IET Innovation Awards 2014 on: November 20, 2014, 06:43:28 AM
Cambridge, UK, 20th November 2014 - CCS (Cambridge Communication Systems Limited), creator of the world’s first self-organising small cell microwave backhaul system for mobile networks, today announces that it has won a coveted IET Innovation Award. CCS beat a record number of entrants to be shortlisted in the hotly contested Communications category, and was announced as the overall winner at a gala award ceremony held in London on 19th November.

The 10th edition of the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) Innovation Awards celebrates the very best global innovations in science, engineering and technology. The awards were independently judged by a panel of more than 80 esteemed industry and academic experts, who this year presided over a record number of entries across all 16 award categories – more than 400 submissions from 30 countries.

Commenting on CCS’ award submission, the judging panel said: “This entry has developed a high-capacity backhaul for 4G/LTE small cells to alleviate capacity issues encountered in wireless systems. The system is capable of transmitting at 480 Mbps and has advantages of easy installation, does not need continuous network planning, site re-visits or antenna re-alignment. This is a significant advance for the communications sector.”

CCS will be making space for the IET Innovation Award in its growing 2014 awards cabinet, which already hosts a Small Cell Forum Industry Award (Backhaul Design and Technology Innovation Category) and a Cambridge News Top Innovations Award, as well as a flurry of industry award shortlistings in recognition of outstanding innovation.
As pioneers of the first self-organising small cell backhaul system that makes outdoor small cells truly viable, CCS’ snowballing awards success has been matched by its rapidly accelerating commercial momentum. Last month, CCS expanded its first commercial deployment with China Mobile – the world’s largest mobile operator – with a further installation in its Fujian Mobile branch.
The IET Innovation award was accepted last night by CCS CEO and Co-Founder Steve Greaves, who said: “Simply to be shortlisted for the IET Innovation Awards is a huge honour, so the whole team at CCS is genuinely elated to be taking home the winner’s prize for Communications from one of the most prestigious awards in technology.”

For more information about the IET Innovation Awards, please visit: http://conferences.theiet.org/innovation/ceremony/index.cfm
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About CCS Ltd:
Cambridge, UK-based CCS (Cambridge Communication Systems Ltd) is the pioneer of the world’s first self-organising small cell microwave backhaul system for mobile networks.

CCS offers mobile network operators the only system that meets all key requirements for high capacity and low latency, reliability, rapid deployment and low-cost operation in a small, low-impact design. Self-organising, self-healing links automatically reconfigure themselves to optimise performance across a resilient, multipoint-to-multipoint topology. Easy to scale, with no radio planning or re-alignment required as nodes are added, CCS’ self-organising microwave-based system delivers the lowest TCO for any small cell backhaul technology.

CCS’ system enables mobile operators to deploy small cells in a flexible, organic way as additional capacity is required, maintaining a quality of service that meets customer expectations.

More about the IET:
• The IET is one of the world’s largest organisations for engineers and technicians. We have nearly 160,000 members in 127 countries around the world.
• The IET is working to engineer a better world. We inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community, supporting technology innovation to meet the needs of society.
• The IET is the Professional Home for Life® for engineers and technicians, and a trusted source of Essential Engineering Intelligence® and thought leadership.
• For more information, visit; www.theiet.org

For further information please contact:
Press contact: Nicky Denovan
EvokedSet PR for CCS Ltd
Email: nicky[at]evokedset [dot]com
Mobile: +44(0)7747 017654
 
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5  THE TECHNO CLUB [ TECHNOWORLDINC.COM ] / Techno News / Successful Launch in Stuttgart: Across at the tekom Annual Conference on: November 19, 2014, 05:23:01 AM
Karlsbad, Stuttgart, Germany, 19th November 2014 – With about 4,000 conference participants and visitors, the tekom annual conference 2014 again served as a key industry hub for technical writers, information developers, and marketing managers from industrial, software, and service enterprises. From November 11 to 13, Across Systems GmbH was present at the International Congress Center in Stuttgart, Germany, with a motivated team and numerous highlights.
Apart from the current version 6 of the Across Language Server, the visitors to the Across booth were already able to get a first glance of some new features of the successor version of the translation management system. The lectures and tool presentations at the conference were also well attended and sparked some exciting conversations. For example, Ulrich Haag of Quark Software Inc. and Christian Weih of Across presented the direct integration of translation workflows in the Quark Publishing Platform.

Highlights at the Exhibition Booth
Like last year, the candy bar with its sweet temptations was the scene of informal conversations at the Across booth. The Swabian party was another crowd puller. With beer, pretzels, and music, Across showed that business does not need to be dull and boring. "Every year, the tekom is a very special event for us. It offers unique opportunities for intensive personal interchange with existing and prospective customers and partners. We would like to thank all who visited our exhibition booth, our presentations, and of course our booth party. The tekom premiere in Stuttgart was a full success," comments Niko Henschen, CEO of Across Systems GmbH.

Meetings of the Across Advisory Boards
On the eve of the tekom, the Across Corporate Advisory Board and the LSP Advisory Board held their second meeting this year. A special aspect was the joint discussion with all advisory members, which enabled a deeper understanding of the different perspectives. With their experience and user knowledge, the members of the advisory boards assist Across in the customer-oriented further development of the Across Language Server.

Across reader contact:
Tel: +49 7248 925-425
info[at]across[dot]net

About Across Systems:
Across, based in Karlsbad, Germany, and in Glendale, CA, USA, is the manufacturer of the Across Language Server, a market-leading software platform for all corporate language resources and translation processes. Within a very short time, the use of Across can increase the translation quality and transparency, while reducing the workload and process costs.
The Across Language Server can be used for EN 15038:2006-compliant translation services. As Across Systems GmbH is a certified Microsoft partner, the successful introduction of Microsoft technologies is guaranteed. Thanks to the Software Development Kit (SDK), Across can easily be integrated in IT environments. Integration support is available from the company’s Business Services & Support department and from renowned system integrators and technology partners.
Within the scope of its product development, Across collaborates with international universities and academies. For many years, Across has also been focusing on cooperative partnerships with renowned technology companies and language service providers.
Customers of Across (extract): 1&1 Internet AG, Allianz Versicherungs AG, HypoVereinsbank, Miele, SMA Solar Technology AG, ThyssenKrupp, etc.

For further information please contact:
Across Systems GmbH
Anja Bergemann
Tel: +49 7248 925-412
Fax: +49 7248 925-444
abergemann(at)across(dot)net
www.across.net
 
good news! GmbH
Nicole Körber
Tel: +49 451 88199-12
Fax: +49 451 88199-29
across(at)goodnews(dot)de
www.goodnews.de
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6  THE TECHNO CLUB [ TECHNOWORLDINC.COM ] / Techno News / Intershop supports Mister Spex’ international growth vision on: November 19, 2014, 04:27:38 AM
London, UK, 19th November 2014 – Intershop is enabling the international expansion vision for Mister Spex. The leading online optician’s new UK website – misterspex.co.uk – is the first in a series of European shop fronts to go live on Intershop 7, the leading omni-channel platform.

Moving up to Intershop 7 in the UK is the first step in the next European-wide expansion plan wave by German firm Mister Spex. With a turnover of €47 million in 2013 and more than one million customers Mister Spex is already Europe’s leading online optician.

The Berlin-based firm switched to Intershop after having outgrown its proprietary commerce platform, originally established in 2008. Mister Spex is now focusing on its vision for future expansion as it migrates its German, French, Spanish and Swedish-language online shops to Intershop’s powerful and flexible platform.

The online optician chose Intershop’s highly flexible, modular shop platform after looking at various competitors, attracted by Intershop’s ability to grow with Mister Spex’ international business plans.

Lars Schickner, Director Innovation Center at Intershop is quoted as saying: “Mister Spex is the latest high-profile online retailer to make a strategic decision to re-platform as an enabler for future business growth. With this step the optician avoids re-platforming again in a few years, since each transition is time consuming, complex and expensive. In choosing Intershop, Mister Spex made a visionary decision, selecting a commerce partner able to support its ambitious growth goals both today and into the future.”

As a successful online-driven multi-channel player, Mister Spex was searching for a single platform that would serve as a solid base for the entire European market - without further increasing future costs in updating and expanding the system to account for different time zones, languages, taxes and fulfilment requirements.

Factors that attracted Mister Spex to Intershop 7 included the flexibility provided by a highly-diversified range of deployment models, scalability and modularity. Intershop supported the Mister Spex team in ensuring a smooth migration, with full shop functionality maintained at all times during the process.
By completing the first phase, Mister Spex can now offer its UK customers more than 7000 different models of eyewear and extensive search functionality, as it focuses on providing customers with a very personal and user-friendly shopping appearance. At the back end, the company is increasing conversion rates by engaging in extensive live A/B testing and offering highly customized landing pages – which provide a solution to the challenge of maintaining a fast-loading shop front without being slowed down by the need to pre-cache extensive volumes of data.

Intershop was able to demonstrate to Mister Spex its proven track record in serving large customers with similar requirements, in both the B2B and B2C sector. Furthermore, Mister Spex is taking advantage of Intershop’s extensive capabilities in integrating third party systems, such as real-time communication with its ERP system, ensuring that extensive product data is always up to date and providing seamless access to an enhanced order management system.

About Intershop:
Intershop Communications AG (founded in Germany 1992; Prime Standard: ISH2) is the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions. Intershop offers high-performance packaged software for internet sales, complemented by all necessary services. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online retailing up to fulfilment. Around the globe more than 500 enterprise customers, including HP, BMW, Deutsche Telekom, and Mexx run Intershop solutions. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. More information about Intershop can be found online at www.intershop.com.
This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial and operational performance of Intershop. Actual events or performance may differ materially from those contained or implied in such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could lead to such difference could include, among other things: Intershop's limited operating history, the unpredictability of future revenues and expenses and potential fluctuations in revenues and operating results, significant dependence on large single customer deals, consumer trends, the level of competition, seasonality, risks related to electronic security, possible governmental regulation, and general economic conditions.

For further information please contact:
Press contact: Silja Ingham
intershop[at]proudpr.com
07792949971
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7  THE TECHNO CLUB [ TECHNOWORLDINC.COM ] / Techno News / Macmillan Distribution goes live with new subscription business powered by Publi on: November 18, 2014, 09:14:37 AM
Oxford, UK, 18th November 2014 – Macmillan Distribution (MDL), the award-winning international book distributor, has gone live with its new subscription platform, running on Publishing Technology’s advance enterprise system.

MDL becomes the first Publishing Technology client in the UK to launch its service on the digitally-native Order to Cash module of advance, which effectively enables the company to break into the journal fulfilment market.

MDL can now offer both new and existing publisher customers an increasing number of subscription-based models for both digital and physical content, helping to provide their readers with a seamless user experience at the point of purchase. With its robust sales, marketing and ecommerce capabilities for serial content, advance Order to Cash will empower publishers working with MDL to respond swiftly to market demands, customise products and experiment with new business models, driven by comprehensive data analysis and reporting.

Legal publisher Hart Publishing, now part of Bloomsbury Academic, is the first of MDL’s clients to take full advantage of the subscription service and has already started processing renewals of its journal titles via the new system. Further MDL customers are expected to sign up in the coming months.

Matthew Hogg, Commercial Director, Macmillan Distribution (MDL) commented: “As our client and customers’ supply chains evolve and become progressively complex, we need to respond by implementing solutions to help them to continue to manage products, revenues and reporting more effectively. We chose to invest in Publishing Technology’s impressive advance system because it allows us to show our commitment to our clients, through the launch of a subscription service that truly meets their needs, while also providing us with the scope to continue to develop business opportunities in the future.”

Randy Petway, Executive Vice President, Global Product Strategy, Publishing Technology, said: “Investing in implementing new technologies like advance, which has been developed for the digital age, means that a major distributor like MDL can really drive its business forwards while serving its customers in the best possible way. The product offers a powerful set of tools to manage, package, sell and distribute content in innovative new ways that until now have been too challenging to administer. As a long-standing client of ours - using our Vista system for warehouse fulfilment for over 30 years - I’m delighted that MDL have become the first of our clients to successfully install the system in the UK, and I look forward to seeing how the new subscription service is received as it’s rolled out to their customers.”

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Notes to Editors:
For more information, please contact:
Emily Taylor Gregory, Publishing Technology plc
Tel: +44 1865 397873
Email: emily.taylor.gregory[at]publishingtechnology[dot]com

Publishing Technology plc:
Publishing Technology is the world-leading provider of content solutions that transform business. We cover the publishing process from end to end with content systems, audience development and content delivery software and services. Combining our unmatched publishing knowledge, global operations and perpetual support model with our advance enterprise system, ingentaconnect scholarly portal, pub2web custom hosting platform and PCG (Publishers Communication Group) sales and marketing consultancy, we offer the industry’s only full spectrum of solutions to help publishers move their content forward. Listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange, the company operates jointly from Europe (Oxford) and North America (Boston and New Jersey), with local offices in Brazil, India, China and Australia. Assisting 400 trade and scholarly publishers for over thirty years, Publishing Technology solves the fundamental issues content providers face.

Visit publishingtechnology.com, follow on Twitter @publishingtech, or connect on LinkedIn.

Macmillan Distribution (MDL):
Macmillan Distribution (MDL) is a UK based book distributor that handles over forty publishers including the Macmillan Group. Third party clients include Bloomsbury, Guinness World Records and Ryland, Peters & Small. MDL distributes throughout the UK and the rest of the world. Customers include trade and specialist bookshops, wholesalers, internet retailers, schools and members of the public. Macmillan Distribution (MDL) is a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited.

Visit http://www.macmillandistribution.co.uk/, or follow on Twitter @MDL_News
 
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8  THE TECHNO CLUB [ TECHNOWORLDINC.COM ] / Techno News / The Shard to become real life ‘Dragon’s Den’ on: November 18, 2014, 08:09:39 AM
UK, 18th November 2014 – More than 20 of the UK’s most exciting technology start-ups are set to bid for a collective £30m of investment in front of a live audience of investors at The Shard this month.

The 22nd floor of the iconic London landmark will be turned into a real life Dragon’s Den as businesses providing technological solutions for everything from wrinkles to poor public transport in developing countries have just 10 minutes to pitch to the likes of Mercia Fund Management and Eden Ventures.

The event, Accelerating Growth, is organised by SETsquared, a business incubation programme run by a partnership of the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey. 2014 marks its 11th year of the showcase and the support of leading intellectual property firm Mathys & Squire has enabled Accelerating Growth to be held in the iconic Shard building.

SETsquared businesses have raised some £60m in investment in the last 12 months, a 100 per cent increase on last year, and Accelerating Growth aims to boost that figure by putting start-ups face-to-face with angel investors, venture capitalists, high net worth individuals and self-certified sophisticated investors.

Among the businesses pitching for investment are:
• Fourth State Medicine – which has invented a wrinkle-busting hand-held plasma pen for the cosmetic and wider medical markets
• Crowd Connected – which has developed a platform that gathers data from a crowd’s smartphones to provide aggregated location insight to operators
• Inova Design Solutions – which has created a miniature wearable device that can monitor health and fitness performance and send the data wirelessly to smart phones and smart watches
• Ultrahaptics – which is the world’s leading touchless haptics company

Simon Bond, Innovation Director at SETsquared, said: “The fact that businesses within our incubator have doubled the amount of funding they have raised in the last year proves there is real appetite for investors to partner with high growth potential technology companies. This positive outlook has created a real buzz around our event and we are hoping to add significantly to the amount we have helped our companies raise at Accelerating Growth.”

Among the SETsquared companies to receive substantial investment in the last year is Brightpearl, which secured a $10m funding injection, led by new investor MMC Ventures, alongside participation from Quayle Munro and existing investors Eden Ventures and Notion Capital. The money has allowed the company to invest in its product and expand sales.

Of the companies that secured investment at last year’s 10th anniversary showcase was Torqbak, which received £150,000 from Mercia Fund Management for its Twitter business as a direct result of pitching at SETsquared’s investment showcase.

Over the last 12 years SETsquared has helped more than 1,000 businesses raise over £1bn in investment, figures that have contributed to it being named by the UBI as the top university business incubator in Europe and number two in the world.

ENDS

Press are invited to attend Accelerating Growth and, if organised in advance, can sit in on many of the investor pitches. Other news stories on the day will include:

• SETsquared unveiling new statistics on the economic impact of the partnership over the last 12 years
• The announcement of a new programme to help accelerate the commercialisation of research

About SETsquared:
SETsquared is a collaboration between the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey which partners in enterprise activities and collectively supports the growth and success of new business opportunities through spin-outs, licensing, incubation and education. The partnership also works with industry through research collaboration and consultancy.

In the last 11 years SETsquared has developed over 1,000 high tech start-ups that have generated some £1bn in investment. It is named by the UBI as the joint best university incubator in Europe and 4th best globally.

For more information, images, interviews or to attend Accelerating Growth please contact:
Laura Downton at Carswell Gould
T: 023 80 238001
E: laura@carswellgould.co.uk
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9  THE TECHNO CLUB [ TECHNOWORLDINC.COM ] / Techno News / Partnership of Explorer and Intershop takes successful partnership to new level on: November 13, 2014, 04:45:42 AM
London, UK, 13th November 2014 – Explorer (UK) Ltd, a leading Oracle Platinum Partner, have formed a partnership with Intershop Communications AG, a leading provider of omni-channel solutions, to provide Oracle Database design, implementation and support services to underpin Intershop’s omni-channel commerce platform.

Working with key partners such as Javelin Group and Carrenza, Explorer are perfectly positioned to provide expert insight into scaling a crucial part of the overall system architecture; the Database, as well as the necessary experience to optimise the Database tier for performance and availability.

Explorer and Intershop have worked closely for over 2 years to support Intershop customers implementing the platform on Oracle and this new partnership expands Explorer’s reach to new and existing Intershop customers to provide technical guidance and assistance around Oracle Database infrastructure.

Jon Lingard, Account Manager at Explorer states: “Our Intershop customers rely on Explorer to keep the Oracle Database tier at optimal performance levels, whilst also delivering on high availability, security and disaster recovery demands. Combine that with our excellent support services and we can provide a round-the-clock support package that means no one ever has to worry about Oracle again.”

“Intershop’s omni-channel commerce platform is a perfect fit for many of Explorer’s customers and our reach across Europe allows us to provide more support to new Intershop customers that need a safe pair of hands to manage Oracle”.

Udo Rauch, VP Channel at Intershop said “Explorer are well respected in the UK for their Oracle database expertise. They have served our customers well providing a range of services assuring a high performance of the Intershop application by leveraging specific database capabilities. This partnership with Explorer signals Intershop’s continued expansion across the UK and strengthens our technology partnership ecosystem.”

About Explorer:
As an Oracle Platinum Partner, Explorer are highly regarded in the Oracle community for our ability to work with customers of all sizes and positively contribute to any project we are working on. Recently awarded the 2014 Oracle Specialised Partner of the Year award for Database, Explorer provide technical presales, design and implementation consultancy services as well as on-going Database support and performance monitoring solutions. For more information contact Jon Lingard on +44(0)113 289 9470, email jon.lingard[at]explorer[dot]uk.com or visit our website at www.explorer.uk.com

About Intershop:
Intershop Communications AG (founded in Germany 1992; Prime Standard: ISH2) is the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions. Intershop offers high-performance packaged software for internet sales, complemented by all necessary services. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online

For further information please contact:
Natalie Sutton/Silja Ingham
Proud PR
+44 7768 026197
intershop[at]proudpr.com
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10  THE TECHNO CLUB [ TECHNOWORLDINC.COM ] / Techno News / koffer-direkt.de heads off for new horizons with Intershop on: November 12, 2014, 04:45:11 AM
Jena, Germany, 12th November 2014 – koffer-direkt.de GmbH & Co.KG, the leading online shop for every type of travel luggage, has become Intershop’s newest client. The company is switching from Oxid eSales to Jena-based Intershop, the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions. Intershop 7 was chosen because it satisfies a need for a powerful and highly scalable platform. The decision to use Intershop puts koffer-direkt.de on an early course for profitable further growth. The highly modular solution is designed to make integrating an existing system landscape through standardized interfaces easy and simple, and affords ample flexibility for future links to third-party systems—something that is of vital importance for a company that handles its entire order fulfilment process in-house.

As a company that started out with traditional in-store sales, koffer-direkt.de attaches great importance to knowing exactly who its customers are and what they want. koffer-direkt.de therefore conducts targeted campaigns with the aid of precise analyses of key figures and exceptionally high-quality product photographs produced by its own in-house photographic studio. Once Intershop 7 has been implemented, its integrated content management system will provide the company with even better campaign management resources to support these activities. Because it combines a uniquely wide range of use models that make migrating the shop from one model up to the next one an economical process with minimal risk, Intershop is a secure long-term choice for the international expansion the company seeks. Says Dennis Heidtmann, a partner in koffer-direkt.de, “If we are to build on our position as the market leader, we have to have a shop that will stand the test of time. We therefore decided to discard our existing platform and switch to Intershop 7. Intershop not only meets our complex growth and stability requirements, it also offers us all the options an internationally-oriented company looks for.

Adds Volker John, Intershop’s Vice President of Sales for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, “koffer-direkt.de made the switch to Intershop after a thorough review of the providers in the market. It chose Intershop because of Intershop’s flexible and highly modular use model, which provides the ideal basis for the company’s growth plans. It is a successful company that started out with an in-house solution and ultimately came to us after working with one of our competitors along the way. And so it knows from experience that a change of platforms is fraught with complexity and risks. The fact that Intershop was chosen shows how attractive our product portfolio is to companies of all sizes.”

Über Intershop:
Intershop Communications AG (gegründet 1992; Prime Standard: ISH2) ist der führende unabhängige Anbieter innovativer und umfassender Lösungen für den Omni-Channel-Commerce. Das Unternehmen bietet leistungsstarke Standardsoftware für den Vertrieb über das Internet sowie alle zugehörigen Dienstleistungen, inklusive des Online-Marketings. Darüber hinaus übernimmt Intershop im Auftrag seiner Kunden die gesamte Prozesskette des Online-Handels einschließlich Fulfillment. Weltweit setzen über 500 große und mittelständische Unternehmen und Organisationen auf Intershop. Zu ihnen zählen u. a. HP, BMW, Bosch, Deutsche Telekom und Mexx. Intershop hat seinen Sitz in Deutschland (Jena) und unterhält Niederlassungen in den USA, Europa, Australien und China. Weitere Informationen über Intershop erhalten Sie im Internet unter www.intershop.de.

This release contains statements about future events and the future financial and operational development of Intershop. Actual events and results may differ significantly from the results described in these statements or expected on the basis of them. Risks and uncertainties that may lead to such differences include but are not restricted to the limited duration of Intershop's business activities to date, the low predictability of revenues and costs, possible fluctuations in revenue and results, substantial dependence on individual key account orders, customer trends, the level of competition, seasonal variations, electronic security risks, possible government regulation, the general business climate, and uncertainty regarding the release of liquid funds that are currently available only to a limited degree.

For further information please contact:
Intershop press contact:
Heide Rausch
Tel: +49.3641.50-1000,
pr[at]intershop[dot]de,
www.intershop.de/news
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11  THE TECHNO CLUB [ TECHNOWORLDINC.COM ] / Techno News / Ark Data Centres Supports its Growing Business with Srategic Senior-Level Appoin on: November 11, 2014, 05:02:24 AM
Farnborough, UK, 11th November 2014 - In recent months, Ark Data Centres, who pioneer the design, construction and operation of the UK's most efficient data centres, has won a number of both substantial and smaller - but by no means any less significant – new client deals. With a constantly swelling client community and pipeline, the Company has made the next evolution in how it operates to ensure that it continues to thrive and remain true to its strategic intent.

Steve Webb has been appointed Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Ark Data Centres, to head up the newly created Office of the CIO. Webb joined the Company as its Chief Operating Officer (COO) in 2008 and has, to date, been responsible for end to end operations from design and build through to live services to service delivery.

“I can think of no better candidate,” commented Huw Owen, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ark Data Centres. “Steve has a vast understanding of Ark’s offering, the market and is equipped with exactly the level of commercial acumen that we require for him to shape and drive this new function. This is truly a critical next step in Ark’s evolution.”

Reporting to Webb in the Office of the CIO are Pip Squire, Director of Design, and Jason Liggins, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), whose combined array of experience and ability will greatly enhance Ark Data Centres’ understanding and impact on the market and its consequent alignment to ensure continued best effect..

Replacing Webb in the role of COO is Douglas Aikman who has joined Ark Data Centres from HP where his last assignment was as Account Delivery Executive for Royal Dutch Shell, in charge of delivering infrastructure operations across the globe. Being new to the Company, Aikman brings a wealth of experience which includes a fresh perspective, enabling him to apply his significant, relevant knowledge and ability to challenge Ark Data Centres to take its game to the next level.

“Importantly,” continued Owen, “as a proven leader in both his military and business careers, Doug will doubtless engage with and lead the Ark operational team and its partners with real vigour.”

Another role created to support the strategic growth plan of the Company is that of Head of Security to which Mark Brown has been appointed. A new member of the Ark Data Centre team, Brown is another hugely experienced operator who has held global security and risk roles both within the RAF and across private multinational companies, the most recent being with TOR International in the Middle East.

About Ark Data Centres:
Ark Data Centres designs, constructs and operates the UK's most efficient data centres. It has pioneered the use of free air-cooling, a unique monitoring system, real time dynamic cooling and load matching technology that gives its clients the lowest TCO along with the greatest operational flexibility. Dedicated to innovation, Ark’s modular, state-of-the-art sites in Hampshire and Wiltshire will be the largest in Europe and were the first to contractually guarantee power usage efficiency (PUE) for clients.

An independent company that prides itself on being easy to do business with, Ark Data Centres boasts the lowest total cost of ownership in the world and has saved both millions of pounds and millions of tonnes of carbon for organisations in the defence, telecommunications, government and financial services sectors. Capable of operating at the highest levels of security, Ark’s incremental approach to building out its data centre campuses means it is constantly innovating, building to the latest operational requirements of its clients and minimising the operational legacy. Through an optimised logistics support chain it has and will continue to deliver operational data centres in just 12 weeks.

www.arkdatacentres.co.uk, Tel: 0845 389 3355, Twitter.com/arkdatacentres

For further information please contact:
Natalie Sutton
ark[at]proudpr.com
+44(0)1276 679570
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12  THE TECHNO CLUB [ TECHNOWORLDINC.COM ] / Techno News / SETsquared companies double investment raised in one year on: November 06, 2014, 04:27:31 AM
UK, 6th November 2014 – SETsquared, Europe’s number one university business incubator, has seen the amount of investment raised by its start-ups double in the last year.

Businesses within the SETsquared incubation programme have raised £60m in investment in the last 12 months, a substantial increase on 2013.

The programme’s innovation director, Simon Bond, said the explosion in investment raised could mark evidence of a return in confidence for financers.

The announcement was made today (November 5) at Innovate UK, the UK’s largest multi-sector conference and exhibition for entrepreneurs, innovators, exporters, entrepreneurs and investors.

The investment raised by SETsquared companies has come through a mixture of angel investors, venture capitalists and government grants.

Among the SETsquared companies to receive substantial investment in the last year was Crowdcube, an online crowdfunding platform supported by SETsquared’s centre at the University of Exeter.

In July it secured a £3.8m investment from venture capital firm Balderton Capital and, just a week later, raised a further £1.2 million in just 16 minutes through its own crowdfunding site.

SETsquared leaders are anticipating another increase in funding for its companies next year as they are stepping up the investment readiness training and access to investors that they provide to businesses. On November 26 the partnership is holding an event at The Shard that will see 21 companies pitch live to an audience of investors for some £30m of funding.

Simon Bond added: “The companies we support already have dynamic and innovative technologies that have the potential to generate millions and, in some cases, change the world. What these latest figures show is the importance of our work to nurture them and give them access to investment so they can grow and reach their full potential.”

SETsquared, a partnership of the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey, currently supports over 300 high-tech, high-growth potential start-ups. Around 15 per cent of those companies are spin-outs from the universities and the rest are businesses from the surrounding areas.

It is a sponsor of Innovate UK and attended today alongside a number of its incubated companies, including Seab Energy, iGeolise, Travel AI and Kemuri.

ENDS

About SETsquared:
SETsquared is a collaboration between the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey which partners in enterprise activities and collectively supports the growth and success of new business opportunities through spin-outs, licensing, incubation and education. The partnership also works with industry through research collaboration and consultancy.

In the last 11 years SETsquared has developed over 1,000 high tech start-ups that have generated some £1bn in investment. It is named by the UBI as the joint best university incubator in Europe and 4th best globally.

For more information, images or interviews please contact:
Laura Downton at Carswell Gould
T: 023 80 238001
E: laura[at]carswellgould[dot]co.uk
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13  THE TECHNO CLUB [ TECHNOWORLDINC.COM ] / Techno News / Help for Decision Makers: Screen Translation Processes with the Across Data Cube on: November 05, 2014, 05:11:35 AM
Karlsbad, Germany, 5th November 2014 – With the latest version of its translation management system, Across Systems GmbH features a special component for decision makers on the basis of business intelligence (BI) concepts. The Across Data Cube enables the examination of corporate translation processes and creation of individual reports and indicators directly from within Microsoft Excel.

At defined intervals, a data model is created from the data collected in the translation process (e.g. costs, volumes, supplier structures, quality measurements, flow times, and company-specific information). The data are captured and processed to a form that can be analyzed. The decision maker can examine this information in various ways, allocate the workload and costs, and subsequently address optimization issues. On the basis of the various values, dimensions, and filters, the data can be flexibly analyzed according to the specific needs. For example, translation costs over time or the growth of the translation volume of a certain language can be analyzed and displayed in charts. The Across Data Cube helps to make forecasts on the basis of facts and trends, e.g. for the purpose of building up resources in due time based on the volume development of a target language.

Further information on the Across Data Cube is available at www.across.net or in a personal meeting at the Across booth 2/B06 at the tekom annual conference.

Across reader contact:
Tel: +49 7248 925-425
info[at]across[dot]net

About Across Systems:
Across, based in Karlsbad, Germany, and in Glendale, CA, USA, is the manufacturer of the Across Language Server, a market-leading software platform for all corporate language resources and translation processes. Within a very short time, the use of Across can increase the translation quality and transparency, while reducing the workload and process costs.
The Across Language Server can be used for EN 15038:2006-compliant translation services. As Across Systems GmbH is a certified Microsoft partner, the successful introduction of Microsoft technologies is guaranteed. Thanks to the Software Development Kit (SDK), Across can easily be integrated in IT environments. Integration support is available from the company’s Business Services & Support department and from renowned system integrators and technology partners.
Within the scope of its product development, Across collaborates with international universities and academies. For many years, Across has also been focusing on cooperative partnerships with renowned technology companies and language service providers.
Customers of Across (extract): 1&1 Internet AG, Allianz Versicherungs AG, HypoVereinsbank, Miele, SMA Solar Technology AG, ThyssenKrupp, etc.
Further information about Across Systems GmbH is available at http://www.across.net.

For further information please contact:
Across Systems GmbH
Anja Bergemann
Tel: +49 7248 925-412
Fax: +49 7248 925-444
abergemann[at]across[dot]net
www.across.net
 
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Nicole Körber
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14  THE TECHNO CLUB [ TECHNOWORLDINC.COM ] / Techno News / CCS small cell microwave backhaul solution nets Telecoms.com Awards nomination on: November 04, 2014, 05:50:45 AM
Cambridge, UK, 4th November 2014 - CCS (Cambridge Communication Systems Limited), creator of the world’s first self-organising small cell microwave backhaul system for mobile networks, today announces that it has been shortlisted for a hotly-contested Telecoms.com award in the “Pushing The Mobile Limits” category.

This award is for companies that have made a “significant, ground-breaking technological achievement” and recognises those that have “pushed the boundaries of network functionality, affording a glimpse of future mass market improvements”.

The Telecoms.com Awards are selected by an independent panel of judges with many decades of industry experience, together with specialist judges who lent their insights for particular categories. The award nominees and winners will be celebrated at a special awards dinner in London on Thursday 4th December, hosted by comedian Lucy Porter.

The Telecoms.com shortlisting adds to CCS’ impressive and growing list of industry plaudits this year, including nominations for the Fierce Innovation Awards, IET Innovation Awards, World Communication Awards, Leading Lights Awards, and overall wins in the Small Cell Forum Industry Awards and Cambridge News Top Innovations 2014 Awards.

CCS’ pioneering self-organising small cell backhaul system has been winning the attention of awards judges worldwide as the first backhaul solution that makes outdoor small cells truly viable. The small outdoor devices provide a resilient network of high capacity and low latency, as well as being easily installed in less than fifteen minutes. In October, CCS’ expanded its first commercial deployment with China Mobile – the world’s largest mobile operator – with a further installation in its Fujian Mobile branch.

Commenting on CCS’ Telecoms.com shortlisting, CEO and Co-Founder Steve Greaves said: “It’s a real pleasure to be recognised by the Telecoms.com panel this year and “Pushing The Mobile Limits” is what our solution is all about”. By extending the same self-organising principles that exist in small cell technologies to backhaul, we have delivered the only small cell backhaul solution that meets all the key requirements for operators – truly pushing the limits of what’s possible to achieve in outdoor small cell deployment.”

For more information about the Telecoms.com Awards, please visit: http://awards.telecoms.com/

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About CCS Ltd:
Cambridge, UK-based CCS (Cambridge Communication Systems Ltd) is the pioneer of the world’s first self-organising small cell microwave backhaul system for mobile networks.

CCS offers mobile network operators the only system that meets all key requirements for high capacity and low latency, reliability, rapid deployment and low-cost operation in a small, low-impact design. Self-organising, self-healing links automatically reconfigure themselves to optimise performance across a resilient, multipoint-to-multipoint topology. Easy to scale, with no radio planning or re-alignment required as nodes are added, CCS’ self-organising microwave-based system delivers the lowest TCO for any small cell backhaul technology.

CCS’ system enables mobile operators to deploy small cells in a flexible, organic way as additional capacity is required, maintaining a quality of service that meets customer expectations.

For further information please contact:
Press contact: Nicky Denovan
EvokedSet PR for CCS Ltd
Email: nicky[at]evokedset [dot]com
Mobile: +44(0)7747 017654

 
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