Hoovers Online comes to Europe

Hoovers Online, the business information service popular with many fundraising researchers, yesterday launched its European office in London. The 10-year-old service will also provide services for users in Germany, France, Italy and Spain during the next four months. Howard Lake | 12 October 2000 | News  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Hoovers Online comes to Europe About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. read more

Playing the long game: Longboys

first_imgDoughnuts: Longboys’ flavours are “traditional British with a twist” with apple crumble, lemon meringue, peanut butter & jelly and banoffee among the 10 variants available daily. Boxpark: “It’s a great location and there’s a lot of investment in the area,” says Kaniuk. “The Boxpark community is amazing – there’s plenty of camaraderie amongst the vendors.”Packaging: The logo and packaging was designed by Kaniuk’s sister. “We wanted the branding to be fun, hence the bright colours and fun logo, but it also had to have a luxury feel to it.” Caffeine hit: Longboys has partnered with Brixton-based roastery Assembly Coffee. It also offers homemade soft-serve ice cream and Karma Cola soft drinks.Kitchen: Longboys uses a Rondo dough roller, a Unox combi oven, a Tom Chandley prover – chosen as the trays can be put into the fryer – and a Hobart mixer with interchangeable bowls.Origin: The Longboys name stems from the finger doughnuts produced on-site. “Although traditional in England, people don’t identify with them quite as much as round ones,” says Kaniuk. What happens when high-end patisserie meets doughnuts? You get light brioche finger doughnuts with handmade fillings, glazes and toppings that embrace seasonal fruits, fine chocolate and classic flavour combinations. That’s exactly what Longboys is bringing to the UK doughnut scene.Lavish but, unlike some doughnut purveyors in the capital, Longboys isn’t offering cheap sugar.“We’re more about flavour and less about sweetness,” explains director/chef Heather Kaniuk. “Our dough is baked three to four times a day and all our fillings are made from scratch, so we can use less sugar.”The same goes for the soft-serve ice cream on offer. As for the coffee and soft drinks on the menu, Longboys takes care to choose brands that align with its values. As such, Karma Cola is the soft drink brand of choice, while the caffeine comes from Assembly Coffee.Why doughnuts? Longboys’ investor hoped to offer high-end patisserie but Kaniuk and fellow director/chef Graham Hornigold felt it wouldn’t work in the Boxpark setting. Doughnuts, meanwhile, are more accessible and on-trend.“Both of us wanted to get back to our roots and do something we are passionate about. It’s amazing having high-profile jobs but it takes you a little bit away from the love and the passion,” she says. “This also allows us to connect with the customers.”Longboys has already amassed several regulars, many of whom like to suggest new flavours. Last month, this resulted in the creation of a tiramisu doughnut.And like many of today’s food outlets, Longboys has vegan-friendly options although Kaniuk admits she doesn’t shout about these credentials, preferring to let the flavours do the talking.What the customers see isn’t even half the story. Housed behind the serving counter is a kitchen built with the future in mind. “We’ve got equipment that we’re not fully utilising right now, but have the space to make this our production unit in the future,” says Kaniuk.“Sustainable and organic” expansion is already on the cards as Longboys is set to open a unit in a department store in the coming weeks, with sites in central London in the pipeline as well. This will require more staff. The duo currently employ a pastry chef and barista, but expansion will require the addition of night bakers to ensure there’s enough time for distribution to the new sites.Longboys, Boxpark WembleyWho: Heather Kaniuk and Graham Hornigold, directors/chefs at LongboysWhat: High-end patisserie meets doughnuts. Both Kaniuk and Hornigold have had extensive careers in high-end patisserie, having worked for Michelin-starred Hakkasan Group and had roles as executive pastry chefs for renowned hotels. This passion is now being used to handcraft brioche finger doughnuts with delectable toppings.Where: 18 Olympic Way, Wembley, HA9 0JTWhen: Having set up consultancy Smart Patisserie in 2017, the duo opened Longboys in March 2019.Why: “We want to keep the standards that we have always worked at and bring that high quality to the masses at an accessible price point,” says Kaniuk.last_img read more

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Grey Matters Programme Delivers Six Technology Innovations Startups

first_imgElevator and Scottish Enterprise initiative that aims to bring together entrepreneurial senior oil and gas professionals to transform the sector with radical technological innovations, has led to the creation of six new scalable businesses.Four months ago, 20 aspiring entrepreneurs joined the second ‘Grey Matters’ programme and by sharing their experience and knowledge, and by collaborating and forming teams, six fledgling new businesses have been founded.Grey Matters aims to drive the future of energy in Scotland, by bringing together entrepreneurial and experienced oil and gas executives, who have been made redundant, and supporting them to work together to create a high-growth business.Each of the innovations and technology proposed (or being developed) by Windstorm, Evadne Immersive, C-NumeriC, Resolute, MarineJoule and Sentinel Subsea has the potential to transform the global energy sector.Windstorm, founded by John Mailey, is looking to harness the affordability and accessibility of wind to create a 20MW turbine. Seven Windstorm turbines would be able to produce 100% of Aberdeen’s annual energy consumption and have the advantage of being a third of the height of the 8.4MW turbines being installed in the 19km2 European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre off the Aberdeen coast.Windstorm are expecting prototype testing to take place in early 2019, with a proven commercial operation ready by Q4 2020.Training costs account for approximately 1% of an organisation’s turnover, with 70% of that being spent on travel and accommodation. In a bid to eliminate this unnecessary expenditure, Evadne Immersive is looking to “gamify” the traditional training schemes used by organisations.By adapting a proven training method – that has saved department store chain Bloomingdale’s more than £2.2m a year – for use in the energy sector, “gamification” can boost information retention upwards of 90%.The technology under development by Evadne Immersive will provide the industry with a practical, commercially viable and affordable alternative to traditional training solutions.C-NumeriC has a vision to dramatically change the over 40-year old conventional approach taken to section milling when plugging and abandoning (P&A) subsea wells. The current, labour-intensive, procedure fails on four out of every seven operations and about 75% of service quality issues are due to human error. C-NumeriC propose a fully automated section milling system that can provide real-time information and save up to £500,000 on each P&A well.Gbade Adetona, founder of C-NumeriC and formerly of Schlumberger, said: “Our technology isn’t about reinventing the wheel. It’s about making it drive better. UK P&A operations cost savings are expected to be worth £950m over seven years by applying our solution. We’ll be aiming for a 100% success rate on all projects at the first attempt.”P&A is also a focus of Resolute, founded by Iain Lees, Alessia Diodoro, Emma Lees and Rosa Ceberio. Cement is a key part of well construction, but figures show that it is a major factor in 34% of UK and 18% of Norwegian wells having at least one integrity issue.By 2025, almost 2,500 wells are expected to be decommissioned in the North Sea and according to Resolute, the sole use of cement is not fit for purpose. Resolute propose applying its microscopic, granular material to better enable cements and resins to do their function as barriers. When combined with other selected materials, the solution can expand up to 400x its original size and can also be injected into the reservoir, providing a deeper and more secure block.By working with OGIC and RGU, Resolute has simulated, tested and proven its solution and are now advancing to field trials. Once successful, Resolute will be able to reinstate the integrity and prolong the life of wells, before making P&A more cost effective and robust.Sentinel Subsea is developing technology that minimises the cost of management and monitoring of P&A wells, whilst demonstrating proactive environmental stewardship. To address the growing concern amongst UK, European and Scandinavian regulators that abandoned wells could leak, Sentinel Subsea propose injecting capped wells with a specialised substance and installing an anchored sensor, individually coded to each well, on the sea bed. If a leak of the substance and associated hydrocarbons is detected by the sensor, it will eject from its anchor, rise to the surface and be detected.Neil Gordon, founder of Sentinel Subsea, said: “Within five minutes of a sensor breaching the surface, we will be able to inform operators of a leaking well. Currently, if a plugged and abandoned well is leaking, it can take days, weeks or months for it to be reported. If the hydrocarbons never reach the surface to be seen, the chances are that the leak might never be identified. Using Sentinel Subsea technology provides peace of mind and just makes sense.”Current wave power technology is prohibitively expensive and embryonic but MarineJoule are looking to disrupt the renewable market by developing a scalable, entirely self-sufficient marine plant that’s capable of decommissioning itself. By applying force to constrain natural movement, the MarineJoule generation plant will be able harness the power potential of waves at significantly lower cost compared to existing technology and other renewable energy generators, such as wind turbines, using a much greater uptime than wind and solar with less of a footprint.The scalable nature of the technology will allow for varied power generation and be capable of operating, under all conditions, without the need for dedicated support ships or personnel. The patent pending marine plant is currently undergoing testing and validation with RGU before progressing to prototyping.John Harris, Grey Matters programme lead, said: “When we pulled 20 strangers together 16 weeks ago, we could never have imagined the level of success that has been delivered from our second Grey Matters programme. When they started, each of the participants signed a “Founder’s Charter” that ensured that they would support each other, take constructive criticism on-board and work to their best.“Now, three months later, six new businesses that each have the potential to change the energy sector, at home and abroad, have been launched, patents are or have been secured and developments to prototyping and field trials are progressing at an accelerated rate.”Bob Keiller, chairman of Scottish Enterprise, said: “After a challenging time for Scotland’s oil and gas sector, today’s announcement is not only great news for the wider energy sector but also a strong reminder of the world-renowned skills and expertise we’ve built up over the last 50 years. Since the downturn, Scottish Enterprise has worked closely with its partners to address the changing demands of the industry and build an ecosystem to encourage entrepreneurs and companies to innovate. Grey Matters is one example of the work behind this initiative, which has been instrumental in retaining the skills and experience within Scotland, as well as further supporting the creation of high growth companies. It is great to begin to see the rewards of this investment and I wish all six start-ups a long and successful future.”last_img read more