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Vindico become Tech Wales Advocates!...

Vindico joins forces with Tech Wales Advocates to support the nation’s fellow tech leaders. We at Vindico are excited to announce that we’ve become Tech Wales Advocates. Tech Wales Advocates is a grassroots community of tech leaders who have joined forces to support the tech ecosystem in Wales. The non-profit supports founders and entrepreneurs in Wales and provides a platform that helps them connect with investors. So, it ticks all the boxes for Vindico. We at Vindico are champions for change. Change is a huge part of everything we do. From taking a unique #ThinkPurple approach to the projects we deliver to promoting greater equality and opportunities within the tech sector. We’re committed to using our position as Tech Wales Advocates to not just throw the spotlight on these issues, but to be a driving force for change. And we do this through leading by example and shouting about it as loud as we can. The future is bright for Welsh tech. Never have we seen so much innovation and tech talent coming out of Wales. We’re just not very good at telling the world about it. But why? Although the sector may be small in Wales, we at Vindico really believe that our size is a benefit to innovation. “Small wheels turn faster than big ones,” insists Vindico MD, Jo Polson. “They also have a greater ability to stop, pivot, and adapt to change than larger, more cumbersome competitors. “If we can use this fully to our advantage, I see no reason why Wales cannot be the next innovation powerhouse of the UK – and beyond – we just need to get better at shouting about it!” You can find out more about how we at Vindico are driving big change through our smart software and tech solutions by

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Ministry of Furniture Signs Up For SWAPP...

Ministry of Furniture are digitising their approach to scaling up with the help of SWAPP Ministry of Furniture are experts in creating workplace and educational environments. And as we return to offices and classrooms after the COVID peak – they’re a brand that’s in demand. So much so thar they’re about to move to bigger space to increase their manufacturing capability – and that’s where Vindico and our SWAPP platform comes in. Ministry of Furniture’s new site houses cutting edge tech – from 3D models to augmented reality – and SWAPP will providing the foundation platform they need to access and adopt these latest innovations into their business. SWAPP will bring a new level of efficiency to Ministry of Furniture. It will allow the growing business to efficiently scale up, increase their product portfolio, and automate many manual processes. SWAPP will also help the brand speed up customer service and engagement. This project is a biggie for Vindico and our SWAPP platform. And it started the way all good projects do – with coffee and pastries! The Vindico team were instantly drawn to Ministry of Furniture. Aside from their excellent reputation, impeccable service, and customer care, it’s hard not to notice the big purple branding (talk about synergy!). Using our established SWAPP platform, Vindico will be creating bespoke modules for stock, customer CRM, quoting, and order building. Bringing together data from multiple suppliers, in multiple formats, is a constant challenge in this industry. To solve this, we’ll be creating a data profiling tool that will streamline the process and enable easy addition to the new Ministry of Furniture product database. This means that customers will get the quickest possible access to Ministry of Furniture’s new additions and services. The difference SWAPP will be making is huge. And we really mean huge. Ministry of Furniture has a team who are all working really hard – but time is always an issue. SWAPP’s automation will free the team from time-consuming manual tasks, so they so they can spend more time doing what they really want to be doing – looking after their customers. On top of this, SWAPP will give Ministry of Furniture live oversights and dashboards to each department – so the relevant key drivers are just a glance away. Click here to find out more about how SWAPP is helping teams and businesses of all sizes and structures to digitise and

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Vindico skate into another season of sponsorship with the Cardiff Devils...

Vindico has signed up for another season of platinum sponsorship with the Cardiff Devils ice hockey team. Sure, Vindico are tech and innovation experts and problem-solvers, but we’re also massive Cardiff Devils fans, too. In fact, we’re not just a proud sponsor of the Cardiff Devils, we love the team so much that you’ll find our Cardiff HQ at Ice Arena Wales. Speaking of the partnership with the Cardiff Devils, Vindico MD, Jo Polson, says “It was such an easy decision to continue our sponsorship of the Cardiff Devil’s. We’ve even gone one step further this season by becoming the Innovation Partner for Ice Arena Wales – which is a perfect fit for our company and ethos. “It obviously helps being a fan of the Devils as well, but it’s brilliant to have a different offering for clients and friends that isn’t just the traditional rugby and football. We actually have a staff rota in Vindico because the demand for our place in the Devils Corporate Lounge is so high!” You’ll mostly find The Vindico team vying for those coveted match night seats – in between solving all of your tech problems,

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Vindico celebrates Small Business Saturday...

The 4th of December is Small Business Saturday – and Vindico’s official spot on the campaign’s Small Biz 100 calendar. Vindico MD, Jo Polson, is being profiled as part of this year’s Small Business Saturday! We teased back in Summer that we made the line-up, and now we can reveal that our official profile date on the Small Biz 100 calendar is Small Business Saturday itself – the 4th of December. Small Business Saturday celebrates small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and to support businesses in their communities. This year it’s calling on the nation to share a ‘big thank you’ with small firms to recognise their vital role throughout the pandemic. So, as a business who’s spent the last 19 months helping clients to adapt, innovate, and evolve during challenging times, it’s an absolute honour to  be selected as one of the campaign’s prestigious Small Biz 100 line-up, which highlights inspiring, independent businesses from across the country. On Small Business Saturday, customers across the UK go out and support all types of small businesses. Many small businesses also take an active part in the day by hosting events and offering promotions. “Our campaign mission to support and celebrate small businesses has never been more important, as small firms face considerable challenges to get back on their feet, but will be absolutely vital to the UK’s recovery,” says Michelle Ovens, CBE, Director of Small Business Saturday. “The pandemic brought home just how central small businesses are to our communities, so we’re encouraging everyone to get behind them on Small Business Saturday and use it as a way to send a big thank you!” Urging other local small businesses to get involved in Small Business Saturday, Vindico’s MD, Jo Polson, adds: “Small Business Saturday is really easy for small firms to get involved in, and a great way to engage customers. It is completely free and open to all small independents, many of whom collaborate with other local businesses on the campaign. Business owners can download marketing materials via the website and get involved in the conversation online using the hashtag #SmallBizSatUK.” In its ninth year in the UK, last year Small Business Saturday achieved record-breaking success with an estimated £1.1 billion spent with small businesses across the UK on the day, according to estimates from campaign founder and principal supporter American Express. The campaign attracts huge attention, with an impact that last all year. Last year it trended at number one in the UK on Twitter, with the Prime Minister, leader of the opposition and the Mayor of London among those publicly supporting the campaign. Over 90% of local councils also supported the campaign. To get involved in Small Business Saturday 2021, click here.

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Vindico Celebrates Small Business Saturday at the House of Lords...

Vindico attended a swanky afternoon tea in London for Small Business Saturday’s Small Biz 100. We revealed back in the summer that Vindico made this year’s Small Biz 100 line-up. The annual list celebrates the UK’s top 100 small businesses in the run up to Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday, which takes place this year on 4th December, celebrates small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and to support businesses in their communities. This year it is calling on the nation to share a ‘big thank you’ with small firms to recognise their vital role throughout the pandemic. As an innovation business, we’ve spent the last 19 months helping clients adapt to change, digitise, and succeed during these unpredictable times. From creating a digital outreach programme for Techniquest to helping the Welsh Rugby Union bring live rugby back to the UK, we’ve been the purple machine supporting our clients throughout. So, this year’s Small Business Saturday theme hits home for us at Vindico. We’re so thankful to be able to play a part in helping businesses adapt, innovate, and evolve – and we’re excited to continue this work in 2022. “It’ been a whirlwind of a year,” says Vindico MD, Jo Polson. “We made it to No 10 Downing Street this summer to present to Boris Johnson at the launch of the Together for Our Planet campaign, and now we’re having afternoon tea at the House of Lords as part the Small Business 100! “If you’d have told me I’d be doing all this a year ago, I’d have laughed. Sure, I’d have taken it, but I still would have laughed! “What a way to start the week after winning Innovation Business of the Year at the Cardiff Business awards on Friday,

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Vindico Named Innovation Business of the Year at the Cardiff Business Awards...

Vindico has been crowned Innovation Business of the Year at this year’s Cardiff Business Awards. That’s right, we won the award! After being shortlisted for the second year in a row, Friday saw us take home the Innovation Business of the Year award at this year’s Cardiff Business Awards. As a business at the forefront of tech and innovation in the UK, Vindico has gained a lot of national publicity in the past year – but to be recognised for our achievements in our motherland means a lot to us. It gives amazing recognition to the partnerships, projects, and client collaborations we’ve been part of – and we hope it will help us raise the profile of the exciting work we have in the pipeline, too. The past 12 months has seen us implement some of our most game-changing innovations to date – working with clients ranging from the WRU and Cardiff Rugby to Worcester Warriors and Transport for Wales. Click here to see our recent #ThinkPurple projects. The awards night at Cardiff City Hall was packed to the brim with talent. It was also an extra special one for us as we got to bring along some of our best business pals to celebrate with us. Once again, we want to thank all of our wonderful team, collaborators, clients, and peers for their incredible support. We also want to extend a massive thank you to the team behind the Cardiff Business Awards for not just recognising our accomplishments, but for delivering such a superb awards process from start to finish.   Here’s to

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COP26 and Air Pollution: What Next?...

Vindico’s Director of R&D, Professor Paul Lewis, gives us the rundown of COP26 – and what’s next for carbon emissions and air pollution. COP26 was heavily focused on carbon emissions and the drive to net zero (also referred to as carbon neutrality). We heard a lot about the impact of carbon emissions on our planet, the environment, our businesses, and our sustainability. But carbon emissions can also directly relate to air quality – and ultimately our health and well-being, too. We sat down with air quality expert Professor Paul Lewis to find out more. Why is COP26 so important for air quality? Air pollution experts have shown a lot of interest in COP26. The reason why is because the main sources of carbon emissions are very often the biggest contributors to air pollution. This is especially true for fine particulates, often referred to as PM2.5, and Nitrogen Dioxide – two of which cause the greatest impacts on our health. What about coal burning? Coal burning was on the agenda for the first time at COP26.  Although this was a step forward, right at the last minute, there was the lack of a commitment to ‘phase-out’ coal use worldwide. Instead, 196 countries agreed to ‘phase-down’ coal. On the positive side, we’ll see a reduction in coal-fired power stations. But we won’t see the complete removal of coal in countries such as India. How does this impact air quality in the UK? Although the UK has been proactive in restricting coal-burning, a lack of a total commitment from other countries raises concerns over air pollution from our neighbours. Germany still has around 30 coal-fired power stations that won’t be phased out until 2038, while Poland still operates around 50. So, although the UK has only a few coal-burning power stations left, our concern is the fine particulates blowing over from the power stations actively operating in Northern European countries like Germany and Poland. Believe it or not, this can significantly impact our health and wellbeing. In  fact, our own modelling in Think Air has shown how PM2.5 can blow in from these countries, directly causing higher levels of air pollution in areas of Wales. What’s the deal with methane? Methane is a major source of ground-level ozone, which can be a real issue for people with asthma and other respiratory diseases. To tackle this, US President Joe Biden has launched the Global Methane Pledge at COP26, which is asking countries to cut their methane emissions by 30% by 2030. How will we help developing countries? Air quality is a global issue, so it was positive to see the Glasgow Climate Pact commit to doubling adaptation finance for poorer countries. For the first time, both the US and China agreed to contribute to this fund – so this is a major step forward. It means more support to reduce air pollution in those areas, and a request for countries to submit even more ambitious climate pledges at COP27 next year. Lastly, what about electric cars? COP26 also pledged an agreement to encourage both countries and major car manufacturers to aim for zero-emissions vehicles by 2035. This applies to new sales of both cars and vans in leading markets. The UK has signed this agreement, but other major countries, including the US, Germany, and China haven’t – at least not yet. To find out more about the impact of air pollution on your business, industry, and community – and for live updates – visit our sister

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Techniquest: Implementing a Thriving, Pandemic-Proof Digital Outreach Programme...

Helping Techniquest stay connected with schools during lockdown with a digital outreach programme. What was intended as a stop gap until Techniquest could reopen has become a thriving online platform that continues to grow. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Techniquest knew they needed to adapt their approach – pronto. Wales’ leading science museum wanted a way to stay connected with schools during lockdown – and that’s where Vindico came in. Working with Techniquest, we developed a digital outreach platform that lets schools access fantastic science classes and materials. It’s simple, easy to navigate, and lets teachers access tons of relevant teaching materials and resources for their classroom. These include themed videos and teaching materials on a variety of science topics in both Welsh and English. Some materials are downloadable, whereas others are viewable only through the platform. We also developed a bespoke CMS (Content Management System) that allows Techniquest to manage its content, resources, and users. It also generates single-use redemption codes that can be purchased through Techniquest’s existing ticketing systems. With the pandemic shutting businesses overnight, time was of the essence for this project. In fact, we developed both the digital outreach platform and the bespoken CMS for Techniquest in just one month. Yes, you read that right – one month. It was good-to-go by September 2020, starting with just three online classes. Today, it has grown to over 20 science classes, with engagement still rising as schools adapt to the ‘new normal’. It’s become a key platform for spreading knowledge and STEM skills – and its accessible to every school in Wales. It’s now adopted by 131 schools across 21 Welsh counties, and a few over the border in England, too. To date, 15,385 pupils have accessed the fun and engaging classes – and these numbers continue to grow. “Vindico’s forward-thinking approach, and ability to work to an extremely tight deadline, helped us transform the idea into a digital solution that is now delivering content to pupils across Wales,”  says Gareth McTiffin, Head of Commercial Development at Techniquest. “The positive feedback we’ve received has been overwhelming – and we can’t wait to see the full scope of this digital platform as the project evolves.” Does your business need to raise its digital game – and fast? Drop us a line to see how Vindico’s #ThinkPurple solutions can help you

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The IIHF Chooses SWAPP For Olympic Qualifying Tournament...

The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) have chosen SWAPP to provide the smart level of safety they need for their Olympic qualifiers. The IIHF‘s adoption isn’t the first time SWAPP has been used for an ice hockey tournament. Our advanced screening platform and safety app was also adopted by the EIHL for their 2021 Elite Series, which took place behind closed doors. Read all about it here. This time SWAPP hit the ice, we quickly turned around a rebrand for the IIHF, making key changes that incorporated the essential processes and legislation for this Olympic qualifying tournament. Outside of ice hockey, SWAPP is already used by some of the biggest teams and leagues in sport – including the WRU, Cardiff Rugby, Scarlets Rugby, and Worcester Warriors. Read all about SWAPP’s latest features here. But this our collaboration with the IIHF is first time we’ve hit Olympic level. And it’s something Vindico MD is slightly excited about! “We’re committed to furthering our relationship with British ice hockey – and the International Ice Hockey Federation’s Olympic Qualifiers lets us do just that. “We’re not only proud sponsors – and supporters – of the Cardiff Devils, but also have a relationship with the EIHL, thanks to SWAPP’s involvement with the Elite Series. Now we can say we’ve taken it to Olympic level! “OLYMPIC! “How many times do you think I can use the word ‘Olympic’ before the content team tell me to stop? Olympic.” To find out more about SWAPP’s advanced screening platform and safety app – and how it can help your team, business, or event stay safe and compliant – drop us a line today. Image

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SWAPP Adds New Features Ahead of The Autumn Internationals...

SWAPP – our Safe Workplace App – adds stewarding, temporary staff management and accreditation features. Vindico’s talented development team have been busy creating some exciting new additions to SWAPP ahead of this year’s Autumn Internationals rugby tournament. The latest features introduced to SWAPP’s core platform include a staff management tool for all stewarding at the Principality Stadium, and a new accreditation system for all pass access. “We’re taking a process run by WhatsApp, email, and texts and bringing it all into on smart place – the SWAPP platform,” says Vindico MD, Jo Polson. “The SWAPP platform then provides the management team with live information on staff availability for all events – saving time, effort, and simply making the process easier and better.” These new additions now sit alongside SWAPP’s existing core features. These include a handy QR code scanner, contactless sign in / out access, valuable track and trace, live fire roll call, attendance dashboards, and pre-registration features. It also monitors industry standards, workplace regulations, and industry accreditations – ensuring all members of staff and contractors are up-to-date and meet the current required guidelines. “We used the Covid pandemic as a chance to not just tackle new problems, but solve old ones, too,” adds Jo. “What started as product for a public sector client quickly became an essential tool for changing workforces. And we’ve continuously updated features to stay one step ahead – adding contract management, track and trace, snagging, live fire roll call, and risk assessments to make workplaces safer and more efficient. Promoting digital knowledge transfer (which is more important now than ever before), SWAPP is now one of the most prominent safety apps used in Welsh sport and busines. “SWAPP has evolved rapidly in the last 12 months – going from something useful for providing safe working access to staff during the height of the pandemic, to becoming a key foundation platform that we can bolt on to existing systems, processes and problems. “Simple to use, and smart to run, SWAPP now provides a single portal for management to view essential live information. It also a provided an all-important audit trail of activity. “The WRU signing up for five years shows the faith they have in the platform, and there are yet more exciting plans ahead as we continue to work with the WRU on their development roadmap.” SWAPP originally caught the attention of the WRU in October 2020. It was adopted to safely bring us the Autumn Internationals and the Six Nations during the pandemic. Following its success, it was later adopted by Scarlets Rugby, Cardiff Rugby, Sale Sharks, and the Elite Ice Hockey League. Today it helps venues including Principality Stadium, Sixways for the Worcester Warriors, the Arms Park, and Parc Y Scarlets to safely manage staff, teams, contractors, and visitors. It’s also recently been adopted by Andrew Scott and Transport for Wales. For more information about SWAPP – and how it can help your team, business, or event stay safe and compliant – drop us a line

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