10 Scottish businesses embracing digital innovation

eTalent

With companies now either having to spend hours reading through a plethora of CVs or significant sums relying on agencies to do most of the hard work, recruitment software can seem like the answer.

That’s where eTalent comes in; it’s intuitive, cuts through the noise and saves companies time and money in the recruitment process.

Unlike other recruitment soft-ware, it uses a simple red/amber/green scoring algorithm based on psychometrics to identify the best candidates, and recruit based on personality and values.

Nik Plevan, director of eTalent, says: “Our plan is to continue to innovate and add more and more advanced features to our system -such as video interviewing.”

Riddell PM

With their ever-increasing contract requirements and specifications, construction companies are under more pressure to deliver a complex litany of operation and maintenance documentation products for new buildings.

For almost 30 years, Riddell PM has specialised in producing these products. It prides itself on giving 100% accuracy, on time and error-free delivery with quality to ISO9001 standards. What’s more, Riddell PM’s solutions are cloud-based, allowing clients access to their documentation at the click of a button.

Dave Riddell, managing director, says: “We’re always developing new digital products which bring value to our clients. Currently we’re procuring software which gives clients real-time reporting on the progress of projects.”

Thomas Haywood Arial Photography

As a seasoned photographer, Thomas Haywood wanted to challenge himself to reach new heights in the fast-paced and ever-evolving world of drone photography.

Having been a qualified drone pilot for the past four years now, Thomas is able to give his clients detailed, birds-eye visualisations of buildings, construction sites and developments.

He adds value wherever possible by using innovative methods – such as converting photographs into 3D printable models through photogrammetry – and his services are both flexible and adaptive to each unique job or scenario.

Thomas told us: “My business survives on digital innovation. If I were to sit around and do nothing, I know I’d get left behind.”

Phoenix Content Solutions

In an increasingly crowded digital marketplace, being seen by your ideal customers – whilst avoiding being lost in the sea of names in someone’s inbox – isn’t always easy.

Phoenix Content Solutions is a content marketing agency based in the heart of Edinburgh, and founder Bronwen Winter Phoenix specialises in connecting businesses with their best customers by using a combination of innovative software and clever content.

Bronwen, also an author and former journalist, says: “I’m always trying to utilise the latest software to get results for my clients – but it’s also about providing the right information at the right time in the shape of helpful content. Combined with a good strategy, you’ll be unstoppable.”

N-TrustIT

In the digital age, ensuring your business’s data – and that of your clients – is secure must always be of paramount importance to any company.

N-TrustIT – a Microsoft partner – provides pro-active and robust IT support to businesses, ensuring that system security, data security and backup take priority, to ensure their clients can have peace of mind.

Alan Moffat, founder of N-TrustIT, says: “As more and more clients move to cloud-based solutions, we enable them to get the most out of these packages.

“In terms of innovation within our sector, there are changes happening daily, so we ensure we’re always up on the latest technology and how this can benefit our clients.”

HaticeXInterior

Founded by experienced architect Dr Hatice Ozhisar, HaticeXInterior is a young, multi-disciplinary interior design and architecture services firm based in Edinburgh, offering a bespoke online design service for both national and international clients.

As part of the bespoke design process, HaticeXInterior uses various software to provide a strong platform for design advice, 3D room visualisations, furniture lay-out, shopping services and project management, combined with a very personalised service.

Hatice told us: “Technology is changing everything around us, including the way we approach design.

“Innovative thinking and creative solutions are the key to achieving future success, along with following and adopting new technology and design tools.”

Time Lapse Scotland

Construction or engineering companies looking to monitor the progress of a project and capture the build (or demolition) process over a matter of weeks or months can now do so with a long-term time lapse camera system.

Time Lapse Scotland has a fleet of cameras across the country that film in 4k resolution, whilst its online image viewing portal allows project managers and investors to log in and view their projects at any time.

Richard Patterson, director, says: “We’re constantly developing our long-term time lapse installation package.

“Our innovation comes from making ongoing improvements to our bespoke software systems and hardware, which work alongside Canon’s range of professional cameras and lenses.”

The Mercat Grill

As owner of family-run pub the Mercat Grill, Graham Blaikie is always looking for ways to improve the experience for his customers – which led to the Mercat being the first pub in Scotland to install bus tracking screens.

With the new screens, Graham has noticed his clientele seem more relaxed knowing they don’t have to rush out the door after a meal or hurry to finish their drinks; they can relax knowing exactly when their bus is due.

So, what’s next? Graham says: “We’re looking at things like high-tech cookers and equipment for the kitchen – but also systems that will allow customers to pay whilst sitting at the table.”

Celsius Plumbing & Heating

Michael Cairns is the director of Celsius Plumbing & Heating; a reactive and planned maintenance, plumbing and heating contractor serving private customers, businesses and letting agents in Edinburgh.

He started to develop software back in 2012 that would allow customers to benefit from real-time tracking (to track when an engineer is on the way), photographic job reports and live updates.

Their software even allows for automatic servicing appointments, so customers never miss an annual service – vital if they want to keep their boiler warranty.

Michael says: “Communication is so important; it’s part of our values, along with consistency – which is why we have our software, and why we’re so successful.”

Pure IT Refurbished

Due to recent budget cuts, public sector organisations such as schools and NHS Trusts are becoming more cost-sensitive when it comes to investing in new tech.

Using innovative sourcing and refurbishment processes, Pure IT Refurbished has been helping public sector organisations save money on IT hardware for over eight years by providing tech that’s more reliable than new machines and at less than half the price.

Their mission is to help organisations throughout the UK increase their productivity by bringing advances in technology within reach of their budgets.

Bobby Mitchell, director, says: “Our aim is to become the number one supplier of refurbished IT hard-ware to organisations throughout the UK.”

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