FS Fives: Tuesday, September 13

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The burgeoning ‘Flat White Economy’ is likely to play a vital role in the future of the post-Brexit UK economy. Now the second largest business sector in the UK, it accounts for 8.7% of GDP. The term, originally penned to capture the explosion of digital businesses in London’s EC1V postal district, is spreading its caffeine-infused influence northwards, according to new research conducted by the Centre for Economic and Business Research. More than 6,000 new businesses were incorporated in Edinburgh in 2015, up 19% on the previous year. That figure is reflected in Edinburgh’s emergence as the largest technology cluster outside London in terms of productivity. It’s a success story that proves that the Flat White Economy is thriving in Edinburgh.

Design and technology students from Scottish universities and colleges will take up a unique challenge this week, to come up with solutions to some of the day to day problems that blind and partially sighted people face. The students are taking part in the TechShare Europe conference being held in the Glasgow Science Centre on Thursday and Friday.

Aberdeen City Council has begun work on a regional fibre network to enhance digital services under the auspices of the Capita-run Scottish Wide Area Network (SWAN) framework. Since the first SWAN contracts were signed over years ago, the project has connected more than 5,000 circuits across 4,300 sites at 50 other public sector organisations in Scotland, to reduce costs and improve public sector connectivity in line with the recommendations of the 2011 McLelland Report on public sector infrastructure in Scotland.

UK venture capital firm Scottish Equity Partners has made additions to its investment and operational teams with three senior appointments. SEP specialises in growth-stage investments for technology companies across the UK operating from offices in London, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Its portfolio includes Skyscanner, Mister Spex, MATCHESFASHION.COM, SSP, Pulsant, Babbel and Zuto.

And finally…one in every 10 Europeans is conceived in an Ikea bed.