FS Fives Thursday 15 September

The UK’s biggest EduTech event is taking place in Edinburgh next week on September 22-23 at the Assembly Roxy. It promises to bring “together people from across the training and education spectrum for two days of Learning, Innovation, Technology and Evolution.” Speakers include Graeme Obree, John Romero (a game designer who has worked on such iconic games as DOOM and Wolfenstein 3D) and Olivia Giles. And if you’re not convinced by any of that, then maybe the “historic pub tour of Edinburgh, followed by a drinks reception at Administrate HQ” at the end of day one will do it for you. Keep an eye out for this event in our fortnightly Scottish tech events roundup on Monday as well! Book tickets here. 

The list 40UNDER40: Scotland has been published by the Scottish Business News Network (SBNN). The list aims to highlight young entrepreneurs and innovators who are already making a positive impact in their business sector. It “recognises and celebrates the range of young talent that exists in the Scottish business community” by profiling forty individuals under the age of forty in sectors like academia, the public sector, banking and the third sector. “We were delighted by the number of entries we received this year, however the judging panel did find it difficult to narrow it down to just 40”, said SBNN publisher Mike Watson, “There really are some amazingly talented individuals working in Scotland.” You can find the list here.

With 11 million travelers in 2015 and heading towards 12 million this year, Edinburgh Airport is Scotland’s busiest airport. In order to deal with the increase in passengers and to ensure a smoother passenger experience, Edinburgh Airport has enlisted Danish company Blip Systems. Their BlipTrack solution has been implemented in the airport’s security area in order to manage passenger flow in a more efficient way. The solution provides the airport with detailed information about passengers´ queue times and how they move around the airport. The data gives the airport a clear picture on trends and patterns and how they are performing. It allows them to respond promptly and effectively, if lines are becoming congested, to ultimately reduce processing times. In addition, it also enables the airport to provide optimum service by displaying wait times on signs in the airport and on their website, thereby reducing passengers´ frustration by creating realistic wait time expectations.

Edrington, owner of such iconic whisky brands as The Famous Grouse, Macallan and Highland Park, are moving their operations from Perth to Glasgow. Ian Curle, Edrington’s chief executive, said: ‘Bringing together our leadership and business units in a central Glasgow location will help to ensure that the business is in the best possible shape to deliver long term growth. A total of 130 people will be based at the new offices, and the move is expected to result in 21 redundancies, 13 in Perth and 8 in Glasgow. Curle added that they hoped the move would “improve international connections and bring us close to the creative and digital skills necessary to grow our business.”

And finally… what is it that’s worth $1.2tn a year in the U.S. – more than Apple, Amazon and Google combined?