IT, Technology, TSG

TSG team set for charity challenge

STAFF at technology services company TSG are preparing to “do battle” to raise money for a right royal cause.

Four of the IT company’s Scottish workers have signed up to take part in the BlueSky Challenge – an action-packed adventure race aimed at raising cash for the Prince’s Trust.

The event – which will include mountain biking, kayaking, orienteering, wading across a river and secret tasks – will take place around historic Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfriesshire this September.

The TSG team – Neil Harding, Gillian Booth, Steven Osprey and Ian Davis – have given themselves individual Gladiator-style names for the challenge, and have been busy working a sweat in a tough training regime. The four will compete collectively as the TSG Thundercats.

Team leader Neil Harding – otherwise known as “Lion-O” – said: “The Princes Trust gives practical and financial support to young people who need it most. We hope our families and clients will dig deep and help us raise lots of money for this excellent cause.”

Neil, an account manager who’s based at TSG’s Edinburgh office, added: “We became aware of the Challenge through BlueSky Experiences, which organises the event, as they’re one of our clients. We’re more than happy to take part and hope others will rise to the challenge too.

“It should be great fun. If nothing else, we should all be much fitter after all the training and taking part!”

Edinburgh colleague Gillian Booth, a part-time marketing co-ordinator, is competing as “Cheetara”. She said: “I also have a bit of experience in mountain biking and kayaking and this event will give me the opportunity to get better at these.”

Two workers from TSG’s Glasgow Office make up the team. Account manager Steven Osprey, competiting as “Tygra”, said: “I’m not a big fan of losing, so I’m aiming to be competitive and go for a good time.”

Ian Davis, a keen footballer, is the fourth member of the team. He’ll compete in the Challenge as “Panthro”. He said: “It will give me a focus for getting fit and active again – and allows for no excuses for not spending time at the gym.”

A spokesperson for the organisers said: “This bunch are certainly no ‘computer geeks’ and may even turn out to be potential gladiators! They’re really getting into the spirit of the Challenge – and we hope they will encourage other sporty people in business to take part.”

The event hopes to raise more than £30,000 for the Prince’s Trust Scotland.

Geraldine Gammel, the Prince’s Trust Scotland director, said: “The Prince’s Trust is delighted to be benefiting from this dynamic and challenging event. The training and sheer physical effort needed shows how much people care about ensuring there are more choices and more chances for disadvantaged young people across Scotland. I wish each team the best of luck.”

For more information about The BlueSky Challenge please visit http://www.blueskychallenge.co.uk or contact James England on 07980 212355.

You can pledge support to the TSG team online via http://www.justgiving.com/tsgthundercats

To find out more about TSG, please visit http://www.tsg.com

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About The BlueSky Challenge

The BlueSky Challenge, an all day event, will take place at Drumlanrig Castle on the stunning 120,000-acre Queensberry Estate on 12 September 2008.

The BlueSky Challenge will involve teams of four taking on the unique, exhilarating and fun challenge of:

• Mountain Biking – the main mode of transport throughout the race;
• Kayaking – on a mountain loch;
• Orienteering – finding their way through a challenging course in diverse countryside;
• Aerial Runways – crossing the river Nith whilst suspended on a Tyrolean bridge;
• River Crossing – wading across the river with your shoes on or shoes off; and
• Secret Disciplines – a series of tasks designed to test your mental and physical abilities.

The BlueSky Challenge has been designed to be fun as well as challenging and is inclusive for all abilities. There is no set route and the fittest team will not necessarily come first. Planning and developing a strategy is vital for success. Teams must work out in advance their best route and tactics to maximise points. Teams will be competing non-stop against the clock and will collect bonus points at each checkpoint. The team with the most bonus points and the fastest time will win the challenge.

About TSG

• TSG is one of the fastest growing IT companies in the UK. It has its headquarters in Newcastle-upon-tyne, with bases around the UK, including three offices in Scotland.
• The company now provides IT support and services for more than 11,000 businesses across the UK
• TSG has recently received two awards from Sage. TSG is Sage Business Partner of 2006 in two categories: Sage MMS and Sage Vertical applications.
• TSG is Pegasus business partner of the year 2006.
• TSG is a Microsoft Gold Partner and Small Business Accredited and has recently been awarded membership to the Microsoft Presidents’ Club, one of only 7 companies in the UK to have achieved the level of accreditation.
• TSG also holds Microsoft competencies in Network Infrastructure, Advanced Infrastructure, Information Worker and MBS
• TSG employs 440 staff.
• TSG has 12 offices across the UK: Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Gateshead, Teesside, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Alcester, London and Southampton
• TSG has an annualised turnover of £38m.
• TSG was founded by Graham Wylie, co-founder of Sage in 2003.

Find out more at http://www.tsg.com

For further information about TSG please contact
Adrian Mahoney, Spinney and Partners, tel. 01506 823714
Mobile: 07967 150560
Email: Adrian@spinpartners.com

For media enquiries about the BlueSky Challenge, please contact
Jo Chisholm on 01577 866776
Email: ballincrieff@aol.com

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IT, Technology, TSG

Free seminar for Aberdeen businesses

OIL and gas companies in the North east could save money and win more lucrative contracts by investing in new software.

That’s the claim of IT services company TSG, which is organising a free seminar to showcase a new accounts package from Microsoft.

The event will demonstrate how Dynamics NAV 5.0 “makes it easier than ever” to plan projects and create business success.

Dougie Stewart of TSG said: “The new software can provide more accurate and faster job estimates. This, in turn, can help companies win more work and increase their profitability.”

The free seminar will take place at TSG’s Aberdeen base at Aberdeen Science and Technology Park, in Bridge of Don, on October 25 from 2 p.m.

Log onto http://www.tsg.com/events to register.

Mr Stewart said: “Microsoft has simplified NAV with this new release, making it much easier to use. We think this will have a huge appeal to local SMEs, so we’re encouraging people to sign up for our free seminar. You don’t have to be an existing TSG customer to attend – nor is there any obligation to buy the software or use our support services.”

He added: “We’re confident this new software will benefit many companies in the north east – particularly those in the oil and gas sector. The package can suit anything from one or two users to dozens of people in a company environment.

“Companies using this package can manage each phase of their jobs and projects – using the software’s flexible planning, budgeting and accounting capabilities to ensure their business is profitable each step of the way.”

TSG is one of the UK’s fastest growing IT companies, with Scottish bases in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

To find out more, visit http://www.tsg.com

business support, IT, public sector, small business, Technology

Broadband boost for businesses as FEAT celebrates 20th birthday

russell-webThe organisation helping small businesses across Falkirk district celebrated its 20th birthday today with a feast of chips . . . silicon chips, to be exact.

Falkirk Enterprise Action Trust in Grangemouth has helped nearly 2,500 start-up firms since it was launched two decades ago. It now hopes to help even more businesses with its latest attraction: an e-business demonstration centre.

The new centre – funded by Scottish Enterprise – showcases the wide variety of ways people can log onto broadband internet access, from cable and phone line services to satellite connections.

Visitors to FEAT’s base at Newhouse Business Park can also try out a wide range of hi-tech computers, including some with the latest technology, “wireless networking”.

Russell Parker, the director of FEAT, said the new facility – developed as part of Scottish Enterprise’s Broadband for Business programme – should be a hit with local firms.

He said: “Businesses will be able to try out all the latest technology and get free, impartial advice about what’s available in their area. We’ll also be running workshops to help people get to grips with the equipment.

“Things have definitely changed since FEAT was launched 20 years ago. Faxes were relatively new and the main method of communication was by phone and letter.

“Now businesses can trade on a global scale using the latest computers and broadband technology. By tapping into this, any company in Forth Valley can grow their market and become much more competitive.

“That’s why this new centre is of such importance to the local business community.”

Yvonne Hood, an e-business executive at Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley, said: “The new facility at FEAT is one of eleven such centres being set up across Scotland to encourage more small and medium-sized firms to use broadband. As one of FEAT’s partners, we were delighted to help create this new centre as part of the Trust’s facilities in Grangemouth. I’m sure it will be popular with existing visitors – and businesses across Forth Valley.”

As well as helping local firms connect to broadband, the new centre will also help businesses which have broadband but want to get more value out of their high speed internet connection.

You can try out the latest hi-tech gadgets in the e-business demonstration centre and sign up for the “Using Broadband” workshop at FEAT for free. Just call 01324 665500.

Scottish Enterprise has also set up a website to help people get more information on broadband. It is available by logging onto http://www.scottish-enterprise.com/broadband

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Falkirk Enterprise Action Trust (FEAT) provides a range of services to help businesses across the Falkirk area. As a Small Business Gateway (operated on behalf of Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley), it offers: pre-start-up advice and training, advice and training for growing businesses, IT training and support and grant aid. FEAT also offers a number of other services. These include a regular marketing club, room hire and other training facilities. The Trust also manages a number of loan funds and grant schemes for partners such as BP and Falkirk Council. To find out more, log onto: http://www.feat.org.uk

Scottish Enterprise is the main economic development agency for Scotland covering 93 per cent of the population from Grampian to the Borders. The Scottish network consists of Scottish Enterprise and 12 local enterprise companies (including Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley). Working in partnership with the private and public sectors the network aims to build more and better businesses, to develop the skills and knowledge of Scottish people, and to encourage innovation to make Scottish business internationally competitive.

The Scottish Enterprise Broadband for Business Programme – behind today’s launch – has been established to increase the uptake of broadband technology for Scots businesses. The programme includes more than a dozen interlinked projects which will:
o raise awareness of broadband and give companies unbiased, independent advice;
o trail pioneering and alternative technologies that can deliver broadband services across the country; and
o develop telecommunications infrastructure, services and tariffs to put Scottish businesses on a competitive footing with Europe’s leading locations.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Russell Parker at FEAT on 01324 665500
email: russelp@feat.org.uk

Or Adrian Mahoney at The PR Store on 01506 823714 or 07967 150560
e-mail: feat@theprstore.net

For inquiries about Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley, please contact Josie Saunders at The Big Partnership on 0141 333 9585 or 07881 816283