<![CDATA[Pressat Main Newswire]]> https://pressat.co.uk/ https://pressat.co.uk/media/site/logo.png https://pressat.co.uk/category/computing-telecoms/ en-gb Copyright: (C) Pressat Pressat <![CDATA[ Prominent UK Fintech Advocate Greg Michel Joins Fiskl ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/prominent-uk-fintech-advocate-greg-michel-joins-fiskl-fe88149a21466038768433386b8c53e9 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/prominent-uk-fintech-advocate-greg-michel-joins-fiskl-fe88149a21466038768433386b8c53e9 Thursday 19 September, 2019

Fiskl, the global mobile financial management platform for micro-SMEs, announces the appointment of Greg Michel as Chief Growth Officer, joining the company’s executive team in the next phase of its distribution scaling.

Over the past 3 years, the London-based fintech company has built a truly global SaaS platform, able to service SMEs at scale. Used by clients in over 110 countries now, Fiskl is rapidly gaining traction in key growth markets.

“The appointment of Greg Michel enables us to continue to execute on an accelerated growth strategy and customer-first approach” said Alina Lapusneanu, CEO and Founder at Fiskl Limited. “Greg brings the deep expertise necessary to bring our leading mobile financial management software to a larger financial ecosystem audience while keeping our customers at the heart of everything we do.”

The hire emphasises the decision by the company to scale its collaborative efforts with banks and other financial institutions with the aim to deliver a seamless financial management experience to millions of small entrepreneurs. Fiskl already works with tier one global banks in North America, which are also leveraging Fiskl's API and Data Engine. The banking partnerships will come in addition to other existing distribution channels, such as cloud distribution, international mobile operators companies, such as Vodacom Group and cloud marketplaces and resellers.

Michel will be in charge of leading Fiskl’s commercial and operational expansion, with a focus on partnerships with banking, payments and other financial ecosystem players. He was most recently at Tech Nation, backed by the UK Treasury, where he built out the fintech practice and headed the sector activities including cybersecurity and applied artificial intelligence. As part of his mandate, Michel also headed the secretariat of HM Treasury’s Fintech Delivery Panel and was instrumental in producing its Onboarding Guidelines, a document targeted at fintech companies and jointly drafted by the country’s largest banks, outlining common onboarding and partnership processes between banks and fintechs. Prior to that he was notably a venture capitalist in Silicon Valley and an investment banker at Deutsche Bank in London.

About Fiskl

is a software technology company, headquartered in London, United Kingdom. Fiskl was co-founded by Alina Lapusneanu, CEO, formerly Director at Vodafone Group and Shawn Vader, CTO, ex Senior Software Architect at HSBC Investment Bank. Fiskl’s mission is to empower entrepreneurs and small businesses to take charge of their day to day finances by enabling them to run their business from their mobile phone or tablet, affordably, with the power of smart automation, machine intelligence and cloud computing.

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19 Sep 2019 07:00:02 GMT
<![CDATA[ Netstar IT Support: One of the UK’s Top 10 IT Security Providers for 2019 ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/netstar-it-support-one-of-the-uks-top-10-it-security-providers-for-2019-8a1aba3e404840cb4afb1a8a311bc0e4 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/netstar-it-support-one-of-the-uks-top-10-it-security-providers-for-2019-8a1aba3e404840cb4afb1a8a311bc0e4 Tuesday 17 September, 2019

London, 11th
of September 2019

The UK’s Top 10 Managed Security Service Providers for 2019 have been announced. Netstar IT Support, who serve over 100 clients across London in the Finance, Property and Professional Services sectors have been recognised.

As organisations continue their digital transformation, cyber security becomes an essential component of operational risk. A recent Threat Report released by McAfee Labs, showed that there was an 118% rise in ransomware attacks in Q1 of 2019. With cyber-attacks continuing to evolve rapidly, businesses without in-house capabilities must rely on their IT Support Partners/ Managed Service Providers to keep them secure.

Netstar IT Support: Bolstering Information Security

With a vision to help people succeed through technology, Netstar provide proactive, fast paced, high quality IT support - so their clients can focus on what they do best. They also deliver expert advice and implement the best cyber security and information management solutions.

Mit Patel, Managing Director of Netstar says: “We recently guided a client to achieve the ISO27001 information security standard. Through the implementation of best-in-class standards for security, we helped ensure their systems are secure and compliant. By partnering with Netstar and using our IT support and security services, they have eliminated the obstacles in pitching their work to larger organisations – enabling them to fulfil their potential.”

The UK’s Top 10 Managed Security Service Providers for 2019 list is designed to help organisations choose the best IT Support partners for their business. Those on the list offer managed security services which are designed to protect companies as well as address their business goals.


About Netstar

Netstar UK Ltd is an IT Support company based in Central London. Providing fully managed IT Support and Technology Consulting services. Founded in 2002 the company has grown significantly; supporting over 100 clients based in London and the South East. Netstar’s core mission is Helping People Succeed Through Technology.


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17 Sep 2019 15:00:35 GMT
<![CDATA[ Touchstone appoints Sequrest to spearhead cybersecurity capability for NavOne ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/touchstone-appoints-sequrest-to-spearhead-cybersecurity-capability-for-navone-443a396eee8566a7a0f2c73770624712 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/touchstone-appoints-sequrest-to-spearhead-cybersecurity-capability-for-navone-443a396eee8566a7a0f2c73770624712 Wednesday 11 September, 2019

Jersey, United Kingdom — Leading global wealth management systems provider Touchstone (www.touchstoneone.com ) have announced that they have appointed leading cyber security integrator and facilitator, Sequrest (United Kingdom), to deploy best practice cyber security defences for clients using its world-leading wealth management platform, NavOne. Touchstone implements its solutions in 30 jurisdictions world-wide and has offices in Jersey, Singapore and Sydney. Sequrest facilitates its services delivery through its newly-developed Paratus Cyber Management System, which provides Cyber Security as a Service (CSaaS) “on demand” to clients, by means of a simple online dashboard.

Adrian Akers, Touchstone’s Technical Services Director, stated that “Cyber security, and the protection of clients’ data, value and reputations, are primary concerns for any organisation. It is of great importance to our business to have an effective cyber security system that we can trust to tackle today’s dynamic cyber security threats.”

“In Sequrest we see an expert cyber security facilitator who understand the threats and is able to provide a proactive “round the clock” approach to cyber protection in order to support our business, and also our clients’ businesses, should they choose, helping them to ensure they are protected against significant present and growing threats to their cyber security.”

“Sequrest’s proven expertise and ability to monitor continuously on demand gave us confidence they could deliver the high standards and “round the clock” availability required in this modern business world. Sequrest’s cyber security as a service offering is perfectly placed to compliment the already high security features that can be found within NavOne and we look forward to shortly being able to work with clients to help them achieve best practice.”

Robert McClure, Managing Director of Sequrest, stated that, “cyber security attacks affect everyone, from the largest banks and international companies, to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) with far smaller cyber defence budgets. All need the highest level of cyber security protection, and in particular, Wealth Management and administration businesses have a legal and moral requirement to consider high levels of cyber security to protect the wealth of their clients, a prime target for cyber criminals.”

“Cyber risks such as fraudulent transactions, ransomware, data breaches, loss of client data and reputational damage top the list of concerns. By employing an expert cyber security facilitator and integrator to protect them from these and other future attacks, Wealth Management businesses can enjoy the same highest level of cyber security and peace of mind as the largest international companies, at a fraction of the cost that the larger organisations and banks can afford.”

“We look forward to the opportunity of working with Touchstone and its clients to deliver the highest level of protection against current and future threats, using the capability delivered by Paratus CSaaS. Through this means, we will be able to offer clients a consumer-like marketplace for rapid, complete and easy to use cyber security, ensuring that they enjoy the highest level of protection”.

About Sequrest Ltd.

Sequrest is an end-to-end cyber and digital security integrator and facilitator, specialising in immediate solutions for commercial and other organisations, against current and future threats. Based in London, United Kingdom, and with offices in Europe and the Middle East. Sequrest has had successful operations and deployments in over twenty countries and three continents, representing a fast-growing client list of over 1,350 organisations across the whole spectrum of finance, business and government. Sequrest’s Cyber Security as a Service system (CSaaS), Paratus, will be available from September 2019. For further information, please visit www.sequrest.com.

About Touchstone

Touchstone (www.touchstoneone.com) is the leading global provider of wealth management administration and accounting systems. Its wealth management platform, NavOne, is used by small to large trust and funds administration companies, family offices, corporate secretarial services and professional legal and accounting firms in over 30 global jurisdictions. Powered by Microsoft’s leading software platform, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, NavOne increases operational efficiencies, while reducing administration costs. Touchstone is able to deliver a full range of business, technology and project related services through its highly qualified and experienced team of consultants.



Andrew Briggs

+61 (2) 9098 8500



About Touchstone

Touchstone is the provider of choice for global wealth administration, ERP and accounting systems supporting a diverse range of small, medium and large multi-national clients in the Trust Administration, Private Equity, Funds Management, Family Office and Legal/Accounting Practice verticals across over 28 jurisdictions worldwide.

NavOne is the world-leading wealth management system, developed and delivered by Touchstone and built on Microsoft’s Dynamics 365 Business Central technology.

With a local presence in Jersey (UK), Sydney and Singapore, Touchstone specialize in consulting, installation, project management, business consultancy, training and bespoke development of this best-of-breed platform. Touchstone are a Microsoft Gold Partner and Certified for Microsoft Dynamics.

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11 Sep 2019 05:32:19 GMT
<![CDATA[ Opendium Launches Green Online Safety Scheme ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/opendium-launches-green-online-safety-scheme-4e5daf34fcf1afe885179ed1fc8e575e https://pressat.co.uk/releases/opendium-launches-green-online-safety-scheme-4e5daf34fcf1afe885179ed1fc8e575e Tuesday 10 September, 2019

British Online Safety Business Launches Green Web Filtering for UK Schools.

United Kingdom. (September, 2019) - With concern about climate change growing, we all have a responsibility to do our bit for the environment. Schools, as much as anyone, must look after their students' futures. This September, web filtering supplier Opendium is launching a new scheme to help UK schools to meet their online safety obligations in an environmentally responsible way.

Opendium has been helping schools across the UK to protect children for 14 years. The most obvious part of their work is to protect children from the internet's many dangers whilst safeguarding and promoting the huge number of ways that the internet can be used for their benefit. Going beyond that, people live much of their lives online these days and Opendium are perfectly placed to spot children who are facing serious challenges in the offline world too. School staff can be given an early warning so that they can intervene and help children suffering from problems such as abuse, depression, drug abuse, etc.

"But we must never overlook the fact that environmental damage, such as climate change, is putting those same children at risk," explained Opendium's Technical Director, Steve Hill. "Opendium believe that protecting children from the immediate dangers must never come at the expense of putting their future in jeopardy."

Opendium has partnered with sustainable development experts ClimateCare to offer a simple way for schools to safeguard their students in an environmentally responsible way.

ClimateCare works with organisations around the world to invest in accredited carbon reduction projects. Their portfolio of projects not only offset CO2 emissions, but provide immediate and tangible improvements to peoples' lives.

Whilst Opendium's cloud based online safety products are hosted in data centres that use 100% clean energy, they were concerned about the CO2 emissions from their, more popular, on-premises options. Opendium's new carbon offsetting scheme, in partnership with ClimateCare, offers schools a simple way to meet their environmental and social responsibilities whilst keeping children safe online.

"Opendium are very proud to partner with leading carbon reduction experts ClimateCare, who are trusted by many of the world's leading organisations to help to reduce their carbon footprint."

Established in 2005, Opendium supply sector-leading online safety, web filtering, firewalling and networking expertise to the UK education sector. Opendium's culture centres around taking ownership of the customer's problems to support and deliver a timely solution.

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10 Sep 2019 14:53:01 GMT
<![CDATA[ EDNX Wireless engineers prove their outstanding capabilities of site surveying by achieving ECSE accreditation from Ekahau ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/ednx-wireless-engineers-prove-their-outstanding-capabilities-of-site-surveying-by-achieving-ecse-accreditation-from-ekahau-5ea83e56dabb0fa79727212570c9651e https://pressat.co.uk/releases/ednx-wireless-engineers-prove-their-outstanding-capabilities-of-site-surveying-by-achieving-ecse-accreditation-from-ekahau-5ea83e56dabb0fa79727212570c9651e Tuesday 10 September, 2019

EDNX engineers have vast experience in performing wireless surveys in a variety of industries including healthcare, manufacturing, education and finance. Although they have many years of experience in designing, optimizing and troubleshooting wireless networks, they continue to learn and acquire new skills. Earlier this month all EDNX wireless specialists achieved the prestigious ECSE accreditation from Ekahau
proving their exceptional technical ability.

At EDNX they pride themselves on being an elite networking consultancy that delivers wireless projects in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. They use the latest innovations in technology from Ekahau to carry out wi-fi measurements and computation. This allows them to provide in-depth reporting of wireless environments including spectrum analysis to detect interference and packet capture for troubleshooting. At the end of the process they deliver detailed reports to their customers that becomes the foundation for a wireless LAN design.

All engineers and architects from EDNX fully understand the importance of well executed wireless site surveys
because getting the fundamentals right is critical in RF environments. They believe that businesses can’t neglect the fundamental physics behind the technology. It becomes even more important with wireless first
strategies that many companies have embraced in recent months.

The revolution in technology standards including Wi-Fi 6 means that many companies are looking for a trusted partner to install or upgrade their WLAN. It is no longer enough to use wi-fi as a backup connectivity method or just dedicate it for guest access. More and more businesses adopt wireless first strategies and require resilient, optimized and high-performance network. Choosing EDNX as a partner means they get a fully accredited team of engineers that are among the best in the industry.

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10 Sep 2019 07:05:01 GMT
<![CDATA[ Future of Industrial Work Conference: From Artificial Intelligence to Premature de-industrialization ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/future-of-industrial-work-conference-from-artificial-intelligence-to-premature-de-industrialization-6e9c36be9d8ca3c19faf581430e73d7f https://pressat.co.uk/releases/future-of-industrial-work-conference-from-artificial-intelligence-to-premature-de-industrialization-6e9c36be9d8ca3c19faf581430e73d7f Monday 9 September, 2019

UNIDO Headquarters, Vienna, Austria

VIENNA, 19-20 September 2019 – Two United Nations agencies will join an international network of academics, civil society organisations and policymakers to host a workshop on automation, artificial intelligence, and premature de-industrialization.

The interdisciplinary workshop, co-hosted by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the United Nations University and the Global Inequality Dynamics Research Network will investigate the future of industrial work, including threats posed to developing countries by emerging technologies and ‘premature de-industrialization’.

With sessions focusing on automation and globalization, jobs and development, as well as premature de-industrialization and structural transformation, the event will feature researchers from the Universities of Cambridge, Harvard and Johannesburg, as well as from the International Monetary Fund, the Overseas Development Institute and the World Trade Organization, among many others.

The workshop will open with a keynote speech from Margaret McMillan (Tufts University), followed by five subject-tailored sessions, and a policy panel chaired by Kunal Sen (UNU-WIDER). As such, more than 30 researchers from around the world will tackle the most pressing questions of the Fourth Industrial Revolution:

What is the impact of new technologies and ‘Industry 4.0’ on comparative advantage, industrial work and social and economic inclusiveness in developing countries?What are the distributional and political dynamics of new modes of structural change? And what public policies are plausible and appropriate?How are the manufacturing and service sectors interdependent? Does a strong manufacturing base support the growth of high-tech service industries? Can the growth of high-productivity service industries drive industrialization? What public policies are required to create synergies between manufacturing and service development for inclusive and sustainable growth?What would make traditional forms of structural transformation – industrialization – more viable in the future years? What public policies should be discussed and implemented?

The event will feature a number of practical outputs, including media interviews with high-level researchers and a series of policy briefs, set for release in late 2019. For more details, including the two-day programme, please see the event homepage and follow the Twitter accounts of UNIDO and UNU-MERIT and the ESRC GPID Network.


Note to Editors:

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. https://www.unido.org/who-we-are/unido-brief

The United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) is a research and training institute of United Nations University based in Maastricht in the south of the Netherlands. The institute explores the social, political and economic factors that drive technological innovation, with a particular focus on creation, diffusion and access to knowledge. http://www.merit.unu.edu/about-us/.

The ESRC Global Poverty and Inequality Dynamics (GPID) research network is an international network of academics, civil society organisations, and policymakers. It was launched in 2017 and is funded by the ESRC’s Global Challenges Research Fund. https://www.gpidnetwork.org/about/

https://www.merit.unu.edu/events/event-abstract/?id=1877&speaker= http://fiw.merit.unu.edu/
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09 Sep 2019 15:36:38 GMT
<![CDATA[ Direct Produce Supplies Limited expands the benefits from EDI with First B2B ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/direct-produce-supplies-limited-expands-the-benefits-from-edi-with-first-b2b-065fcf76a4064da1d20785e10eacc686 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/direct-produce-supplies-limited-expands-the-benefits-from-edi-with-first-b2b-065fcf76a4064da1d20785e10eacc686 Monday 9 September, 2019

Direct Produce Supplies Ltd (DPS) approached First B2B for assistance in addressing the complexity of their customer requirements around efficiently managing order changes. Initially working with a competitor's product, DPS migrated to our service in March 2018, and has since significantly escalated their use of EDI.

DPS source fresh fruit from over 40 countries, dedicated to minimising the distance from farm to fruit bowl so that each and every fruit, sourced from as far afield as New Zealand, arrives looking as fresh as when first picked. Partnered with the best growers across both hemispheres, DPS consistently ensure that consumer demand for high-quality fruit is met, meaning that DPS' channels of communication and document interchange are high in both number and complexity.

Working in the short lead-time industry of fresh food supply, we identified the need for a seamless integration into the DPS' business process. The inclusion of tight integration assists in handling the complexity of customer requirements: in particular, the handling of time-critical order changes.

With over 10 years of experience in business-to-business document exchange in this unique market, we tailored advanced EDI technology to integrate seamlessly into DPS' business processes.

A key consideration when supplying the perfect EDI solution was to consider the comprehensive purchase order requirements. DPS requires purchase orders to be issued in three different formats - a critical element of the process that we were able to accommodate.

In order to deliver to the demands placed by complex customer requirements, we worked with leading software provider for the supply of perishable goods, Prophet. Prophet is dedicated to driving down costs and improving margins through comprehensive control, working exclusively in the perishable food industry.

Following the successful implementation of tight integration into their business process, DPS is now adding new customers to the First B2B service, continuing to escalate their use of EDI to support their business.

First B2B, commented:

''When Direct Produce Supplies decided to migrate their EDI usage to First B2B, we were honoured that they entrusted us with such an important aspect of their business. Speed and resilience are essential to such a critical business process in the Fresh Produce Sector. We understand these requirements and are focused on providing solutions that deliver on these requirements and provide unique solutions for this sector.'

Hamesh Luthra, Business Systems & IT Manager at DPS, commented:''With their fast and easy to use service, First B2B has proved to be a valuable EDI partner. The team is very approachable, committed and knowledgeable, providing a quick turnaround which is essential in the fast-paced fresh produce sector.''

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09 Sep 2019 14:11:20 GMT
<![CDATA[ Prodigi acquires Kite.ly from Canon Europe. ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/prodigi-acquires-kitely-from-canon-europe-8c2cc3a509fbfb757edd18102521c98e https://pressat.co.uk/releases/prodigi-acquires-kitely-from-canon-europe-8c2cc3a509fbfb757edd18102521c98e Monday 9 September, 2019
Prodigi Group, the leading print API platform, acquires Kite Tech Ltd (Kite.ly) from Canon Europe. The combined Group employs over 100 staff, processes over 1,000,000+ printed items per month and has grown revenues x10 over the last 36 months.The Group operates its own manufacturing facilities in the UK & the Netherlands supported by a global manufacturing network of more than 50+ integrated print labs.

CARDIFF, UK, 9th September, 2019 - Prodigi Group, the international print on demand business, has acquired Kite, the Shoreditch-based technology company, from Canon Europe.

Both Prodigi and Kite are print API businesses specialising in the drop shipping of high-volume, print on demand products such as canvases, framed pictures and t-shirts using a software connected network of integrated print labs.

As Prodigi continues to build out its software platform, this marks its latest investment in the space after acquiring Pwinty in 2017.

Kite, founded in 2014 by Charlie Carpenter and Deon Botha, was itself acquired by Canon in 2017 as part of a strategy to expand its digital services portfolio.

David Gross, Senior Director, Digital Sales and Experience for Canon Europe said: " Having nurtured and grown the business, we are pleased to have found the right home for the Kite team. Prodigi are recognised as one of the leading print on demand platforms and the two businesses have worked closely together as print partners for many years. We wish them all the best for the future.”

James Old, Chief Executive Officer, Prodigi, said: “The addition of Kite greatly enhances our mission to make global printing, local. Printing products closer to customers is greener, cheaper and faster and combining Kite’s software with our API platform will help our customers sell more, with greater scale and lower costs.”

Unlike Kite, Prodigi operates a vertically integrated business model, combining in-house printing in the UK and the Netherlands with a significantly larger global network of print partners than Kite’s customers have previously had access to.

Old added: “Combining Prodigi’s scale and experience with Kite’s software expertise will provide our customers with unparalleled tools to grow their print on demand businesses. We’re already helping thousands of entrepreneurs build meaningful startups and the addition of Kite will create even more distribution channels for them.”

Following the acquisition, Kite.ly will remain based in London, with the team focusing on integrating their Shopify and Photo Book products with Prodigi’s print API.

Charlie Carpenter, Founder and CEO of Kite, said: “I am excited that Kite will be joining the Prodigi family. Not only does Prodigi have deep expertise in our core market, its vertically integrated business model and global reach will help our clients grow significantly.”

Prodigi was represented in the transaction by Berwins, and assisted by the corporate finance team of Price Bailey. Canon were represented by Bristows.


Notes for Editors

Prodigi Group

Prodigi, headquartered in Cardiff (Wales) and employing c. 110 FTE, is a technology and manufacturing business specialising in the creation and fulfilment of high-volume, customised products. Prodigi (prodigi.com) produces and supplies fine art prints, photobooks and other print on demand products including canvases, framed pictures, stickers and t-shirts. The company operates manufacturing facilities in the UK and Netherlands as well as integrating with a global network of outsourced fulfilment partners. Prodigi operates a vertically integrated business model, combining in-house printing with a proprietary print API platform (pwinty.com) supporting global print on demand fulfilment. For more information, please visit www.prodigi.com

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James Old, CEO, Prodigi Group

e. james@prodigi.com

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09 Sep 2019 11:50:23 GMT
<![CDATA[ Job-Filling & Job-Finding App Hela Job Launches as UK Gig Economy Doubles ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/job-filling-job-finding-app-hela-job-launches-as-uk-gig-economy-doubles-84fc881420a0e5c5db2aeef60709a13b https://pressat.co.uk/releases/job-filling-job-finding-app-hela-job-launches-as-uk-gig-economy-doubles-84fc881420a0e5c5db2aeef60709a13b Monday 9 September, 2019

With one in 10 UK adults now working on gig economy platforms, the Hela Job app is the first to focus on local job markets. Launching in London this week and then cities throughout the UK, the app will help business owners find local, part-time workers with a click on their smartphone and help job seekers find work in their own neighbourhood just as fast.

September 9th, 2019, London, UK – In the latest sign of the increasingly digital UK job market, Hela Job launched in London this week. The app is the first in the nation to focus on the HR needs of restaurants, retailers and other businesses that rely more than most on a local, part-time workforce. While other gig apps help businesses find contractors and freelancers for work that is primarily managed online, Hela Job helps local businesses find local workers.

“Just as entrepreneurs with skills focused on niche markets are the most successful in a gig economy, Hela Job is focused on the needs of local businesses and local job seekers,” said Hela Job Founder and CEO Ioannis Antypas. “While most job apps help companies find workers around the world, we help companies find workers around the corner."

A recent study by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) found that Britain’s booming gig economy more than doubled in size over the past three years and now accounts for 4.7 million workers. The study also concluded that one in 10 working-age adults now work on gig economy platforms, up from one in 20 in 2016.

While Uber, the ride-hailing smartphone app, is the most notable exception, most gig platforms are not focused on fulfilling the HR needs of local job markets.

Enter Hela Job, an app focused on helping businesses find local, part-time employees in an instant. How does it work? Once the business owner or HR manager posts a job on the platform, the most qualified local worker is notified instantly on their smartphone. Similar to Uber, if a worker doesn’t respond within a few seconds; the job automatically rolls over to the next local, pre-qualified worker. Also similar to Uber, when a worker accepts an offer, the app uses GPS to physically track them as they drive or, if they live in the same neighborhood, walk from their home to the job site.

HR managers in the UK who previewed Hela Job before this week’s launch, believe the app will save them time and money, allowing them to avoid paying large agency fees. Employers were particularly impressed by the app’s digital shift tracking feature, which allows employees hired through Hela Job to scan a QR code with their smartphones at the start of every shift and scan another code when their shift ends. This makes time-sheets digital, more accurate, and dramatically reduces the amount of time needed to track employee hours.

HR managers save even more time during the hiring process because Hela Job pre-screens and pre-interviews job seekers before they are eligible to be hired through the platform, a step that eliminates the time employers would use to interview job candidates themselves. In addition to interviewing prospective workers before the are eligible to be hired through Hela Job, they’re also subjected to an AI-powered security check.

Job seekers who previewed the app before its launch found it empowering. “The location feature is great, who doesn’t want to work closer to home?” said Sia Tehrani, a London resident who works part-time at a London coffee shop. “I like the freedom the app gives me. Just like Uber, when I want to work, I’ll turn it on and make myself available. When I don’t want to work, I'll turn it off. I’m in charge of my work schedule and I love it!”

After launching in London this week, Antypas plans to make Hela Job available in every major UK city by December. And later, to keep pace with the booming gig economy worldwide, the company will introduce its job-filling, job-finding app to international markets. Hela Job’s next target - the United States, where an estimated 57 million workers have joined the gig economy.

The company’s slogan, “Fill a Job, Find a Job with Hela Job”, will likely be translated into multiple languages as service industries in industrialized countries worldwide undergo a fundamental, digital transformation, relying less on full-time employees and more on part-time, local workers looking for jobs in their own neighbourhood.


MEDIA INQUIRIES: To schedule an interview with a Hela Job Manager, please contact Gary Gabriel at the company’s London headquarters on 020 8080 2775 or gary.gabriel@helajob.com.

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<![CDATA[ InnoMedia BuddyTalk BT200 Now Available to Amazon Alexa for Business Subscribers ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/innomedia-buddytalk-bt200-now-available-to-amazon-alexa-for-business-subscribers-9e1ba081746209ddca2f2f127c0bec15 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/innomedia-buddytalk-bt200-now-available-to-amazon-alexa-for-business-subscribers-9e1ba081746209ddca2f2f127c0bec15 Monday 9 September, 2019

InnoMedia is proud to announce the availability of the BuddyTalk BT200 speakerphone and smartspeaker. Engineered for use as a conference phone or an office phone in work environments, it offers unrivaled flexibility in calling, ease of use, superior voice quality and high levels of security. As a smartspeaker, the BT200 has been designated an ““Alexa Built-in” product as it is an Amazon AlexaTM Voice Service (AVS) qualified solution. This allows it to support a broad suite of AVS-enabled features such as standard Alexa questions and commands, timers, alarms, reminders and voice-enabled control of AVS-supported IoT devices.

Optimized for enterprise users, the BT200 has also been certified for use with Amazon’s Alexa for Business. These capabilities allow the BT200 to access Alexa for Business supported enterprise applications and services, including office calendar systems such as Google G Suite, Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Exchange, as well as a wide range of industry-standard conferencing providers such as Amazon Chime, Cisco WebEx and Google Hangouts. Enterprise users can therefore use voice commands to manage schedules and calendars, keep track of to-do lists, manage meetings and meeting rooms, and dial into conference calls.

The BT200 also facilitates the experience of setting up and managing calls by offering a variety of convenient call control mechanisms such as: by issuing voice commands, via the integrated touch panel on the device, using a smartphone app, or with a standard telephone connected to the BT200. In addition, a companion tablet controller bundled with the device can also be used to place and manage calls, as well as to control the BT200. During calls, users can communicate either using the BT200 as a hands-free speakerphone, or in a private mode using a smartphone or standard telephone for added discretion.

Ease of use is coupled with an excellent audio experience through the use of high-quality codecs (e.g. Wideband Opus, AMR-WB), advanced acoustic processing, and network impairment handling to deliver superior voice quality to users. The BT200 is also highly secured, applying HTTPS and TLS protection for messages and signaling exchanges, and SRTP/ZRTP for voice media.

Incorporating InnoMedia’s own SIP stack to interface with any VoIP service provider, the BT200 can support both inbound and outbound calling to any region covered by the service provider’s network. All of these elements combine to ensure that the BT200 provides an exceptional user experience for enterprise customers.

“InnoMedia’s strength in voice communications allows us to combine the excellent features available in Alexa Voice Service and Alexa for Business with a high quality speakerphone capability to deliver an exciting new product designed for enterprise users”, said Dr. Harprit Chhatwal, Chief Technical Officer, InnoMedia. “For this reason, Amazon reached out to us to offer the BuddyTalk BT200 to its Alexa for Business customers. InnoMedia has delivered commercial grade products to Service Operators since 1999 and, as an AWS partner, business enterprises now have direct access to this InnoMedia device.”

About InnoMedia

InnoMedia is a multinational organization with operations in the US, Singapore, Taiwan and China, delivering Broadband IP Telephony solutions, SIP Trunking Enterprise Session Border Controller (ESBC) platforms, and voice-enabled intelligent speakerphones for homes and offices. For more information on InnoMedia, visit the company’s website at www.innomedia.com. For more information on BuddyTalk products, go to www.innomedia.com/buddytalk-product-family

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