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Posted April 23, 2018 | Electronics, Industry Interviews, Recruitment Industry, Scotland, Technology Industry | No Comments »

Business Confidence Survey Results 2018

Following the success of our Business Sentiment Survey in 2017, this year brought us another fantastic opportunity to learn about what’s currently going on the technology sector.

Our Business Confidence Survey 2018, in conjunction with TechWorks Hub, intended to find out how businesses, within the UK, presently view the electronics industry and what they predict for 2018. We wanted to know which challenges businesses were currently facing and your responses certainly didn’t disappoint.

After collecting and analysing the wide range of information we received back from our participants, we were really intrigued by the data we collected. We have collated this data into an infographic for easy interpretation, which can be found below:

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The results

Enigma People Solutions Director, Ben Hanley, gives us a run down on the most surprising and interesting data we collected, sharing his own opinions and predictions about the electronics industry.


“12% are very pessimistic about the next 12 months. What’s interesting about this figure, is that 100% of the businesses that participated reported an increase in sales in 2017. Whilst you would assume that an increase in sales would indicate industry optimism, it is clear that a significant number of respondents are pessimistic. This could be owing to Brexit and the current talent shortage within the electronics industry. It’s very interesting to see that companies in the UK are not feeling as optimistic as we thought.

44% of respondents are pessimistic about the next 12 months. I suspect, partly, that this figure, again, plays into the Brexit conversations that people are currently having and the fact that people just don’t yet know how Brexit is going to fully impact us.  I’d really need to do a more in depth study in this area, so that we can assess the needs of the industry to overcome such pessimism.”


“71% are likely to hire graduates. This figure appears to confirm what we thought we knew; it seems to suggest that there is going to be a lot of pressure on recruitment over the next year or so, not that we’re complaining! It’s really fantastic to see such high percentage of businesses looking to recruit within the next 12 months. I think that it’s great that as many as 71% are likely to hire graduates. In the past, when I have spoken to our clients and attended industry events, I have been informed that there is already a real struggle to find graduates. In recent years, we have found that University students are already snapped up by the time they are entering 4th year, due to their 3rd year projects, which involve working at a company, so from these courses very few graduates are available. We’ve even seen instances where employers have hired university students in 3rd year, before they’ve even graduated. If this is consistent across the graduate sphere for our market, it’s going to be extremely important that we continue to encourage people into the courses and make sure that those courses are fit for purpose, in order to deliver properly qualified graduates to the market. As well as this, we need to ensure that these graduates come from the UK, or at the moment EU. Having really highly skilled international graduates from UK universities are no longer an option, as Highly Skilled Migrant Worker visas no longer exist; which is a significant contributing factor towards the current talent shortage.

73% of respondents said they were likely to hire mid career professionals, 57% likely to hire senior managers, 46% likely to middle management. There is a clear pressure to hire experienced people. Unfortunately, if there are no new incoming experienced individuals, there will be a tightening in the market. This means businesses will need to turn to recruiters in order to meet demand, which is good for Enigma People in one sense but it does highlight talent shortage as a clear challenge within the industry.”

“61% of respondents expect employee numbers to increase in 2018. Again, I find this a little contradictory. I believe that businesses now recognise that there’s going to be a struggle and a lot of their time and effort will have to go into recruitment. At this stage, it’s really important for companies to present their culture and their values, as well as the work they do in a consistent, favourable light in order to attract top talent.”

“62% of respondents are predicting that there will be a significant increase in demand for Design Engineers. This is consistent with what we have seen over the last little while but it highlights a big problem. Design Engineers are arguably key to what many of these companies do, and if they do not have the option to build up their R&D teams across the UK, due to talent shortages, they will most likely build them up somewhere else; which will have a massive effect on the electronics industry within the UK. Being able to solve these issues is critical to the industry.

The fact that 44% predict an increase in demand for Validation and Characterisation Engineers over the next 12-24 months, suggests to me that new products are being developed, new systems and new designs being implemented, which need to be validated and characterised. This usually ties in, in terms of economics of scale, with the recruitment of new employees and also project life cycles, so that could be really important. It may suggest that we’re likely to see an uplift in contract opportunities for people with this, and similar, skill sets. The number of Embedded Software Engineers is also predicted to increase over the next 12-24 months, with 1 out of every 2 of our participants suggest that there’s going to be an increase here. This, again, points towards an increase in projects and design.”

Challenges to overcome

“The challenge for us as a recruitment business and the challenge for our market is finding those talented, highly-skilled candidates; because I’m sure if businesses were able to find the talent they require, then they would be much more optimistic.

Certainly from some of the events I have attended and been involved with, it’s been clear that there are a number of challenges within the industry. Brexit and the lack of knowledge of how that’s going to play out, potentially plays a role in the pessimism we have observed around the industry. Many in the industry point to the visa system, in Germany, as a model to consider. It would allow companies much more freedom to attract and hire international talent. I, for one, would like to see a return to the highly skilled migrant visa and certainly much more availability of visas for those with the technical skills, to help make the UK’s companies competitive on an international and global scale. Being able to find talent for these businesses is going to be key and critical to the continued success of the electronics industry, within the UK.”

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Enigma People is an award-winning technology recruitment consultancy. Visit our job search page for the latest vacancies in digital, electronics and software in Scotland. You can get in touch with us or call us on 0141 332 4422.

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Posted February 10, 2018 | Electronics, Scotland, Technology Industry | No Comments »

10 On The 10th – Top 10 Electronics Vacancies

Enigma People Solutions is proud to be a key supplier to many of the leading Electronics, Photonics and Semiconductor companies in the UK.

The UK’s electronics industry contributes £80 billion to the economy and is the bedrock of the UK’s Tech Sector.

We are seeing high demand for skills and numerous and exciting developments in the sector.

Don’t miss out on the brilliant opportunities we have got for you!

Here is our top 10 vacancies:


See all of our latest electronic vacancies here.

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Posted July 11, 2016 | Recruitment Industry, Scotland | No Comments »

Brexit: More questions than answers for Scotland’s technology companies

Uncertainty continues in Scotland’s Technology sector following the UK’s historic vote to leave the European Union. Surveys conducted by Informatics Ventures, the organisation which supports Scottish technology companies, found a negative opinion amongst the community who feel Brexit is bad for business. The vast majority (81%) of Scottish start-ups did not support the campaign to leave the EU; those surveyed said the vote to leave the EU will be bad for the sector, with only nine percent believing that it will have a positive impact.

Jason Gorman, a software development practitioner, trainer, coach and author (and founder of Codemanship) conducted a Twitter survey of developers and found that 1 in 3 developers working in the UK were European. He goes on to discuss the uncertainties of the UK tech industry possibly losing 1 in 3 developers (130 thousand skilled individuals). With an already crippling deficit for these skills in the UK, uncertainties of Europeans’ right to remain could be a major cause for concern for the technology sector.

It’s not all doom and gloom

Despite the uncertainties and unanswered questions following Brexit we believe there is no need for the tech sector to panic just yet. We do know for certain that nothing will happen immediately and having been around long enough to have seen major changes and trends in Scotland’s technology industry – admittedly nothing as big or significant as Brexit has come along in the past – we believe that the industry is robust enough to overcome the uncertainties which lie ahead.

Although the UK Government won’t comment on Europeans right to remain, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has reassured the 173,000 European nationals living in Scotland , saying: “My message today – to EU citizens and to their representatives in Scotland – remains simple: Scotland is your home, you are welcome and your contribution to our economy, our society and our culture is valued.”

The technology sector in Scotland boasts a growth rate of 43.4% over the last 5 years, second only to London, with Edinburgh being the second highest paying city for technology roles in the UK. There are an estimated 80,000 people working in the sector with a need for a further 11,000 vacancies to be filled per annum.

The question of Scotland’s potential to remain part of the EU (even if that means Independence from the UK and all that may bring) still lacks clarity. However an article in Diginomica titled “Independent digital thinking for a post-Brexit Scotland?” highlights the digital infrastructure and groundwork which exist in Scotland already which will serve Scotland well regardless of the outcome. The article highlights how far along digital thinking is in Scottish Government, with the decision to recruit a Chief Digital Office for Social Security and a Programme Director for Scotland Act ICT Delivery and Transformation. It also comments that these two senior digital roles come at a time when a majority of Scottish local authorities have teamed-up to hire a shared CDO, something that their English counterparts have yet to manage. Twenty-six of Scotland’s 32 local authorities are joining forces to recruit a shared chief digital officer to work across the sector.

Leadership and Collaboration

Helping to ease the uncertainties facing Scottish business is the joint statement calling for “leadership and collaboration”, issued and signed by the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, Federation of Small Businesses, Scottish Financial Enterprise, Scottish Council for Development & Industry, Confederation of British Industry and Institute of Directors.

To businesses, we applaud the immediate response: businesses doing what they do best by maintaining ‘business as usual’ when trading with European Union markets, and exploring the possible opportunities that lie ahead, both in European markets and globally. We underline our belief that Scotland is a great place to do business and that we are, ‘open for business.’ Our organisations will continue to use our resources and connections to promote this message.”

In addition to this, the statement reflects the First Minister’s clear protection for Europeans in Scotland: “Access to a talented, skilled workforce, including the clear protection of EU nationals currently studying, living and working in Scotland, because their skills are crucial to the success of our businesses”; and “Support for non-UK EU nationals who run businesses in Scotland” are both priorities according to the statement, which can be read in full here.

Brexit: Brexit: More questions than answers for Scotland’s technology companies

Brexit: More questions than answers for Scotland’s technology companies

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Posted November 30, 2015 | Holidays, Scotland, Technology Industry | 1 Comment »

What Scotland Gave The World

St Andrews Day / Scottish Technology Inventions
On November 30th Scotland celebrates it’s National Day, St Andrews Day.  Traditionally celebrating Saint Andrew, the Patron Saint of Scotland, the day, for many, means street festivals, great days out and for a lucky few, a bank holiday off work. The day is celebrated around the world in cities which have a connection to Scotland and what better way for us to commemorate this day than to look at what Scotland has given the world (technology wise of course).

Today, Scotland’s technology industry can boast exports of £6.5 billion and this all began with the wealth of Scottish inventors who have helped make the industry what is today. Wired Magazine’s ‘Salute to Scottish Inventors’ lists just a few of Scotland’s inventions which have laid the foundations for today’s technology successes.

  • Alexander Bain: Inventor of the electric clock, and the world’s first fax machine.
  • James Blyth: An electrical engineer, his pioneering windmill became the world’s first structure to generate electricity from wind.
  • Robert Davidson: Builder of the first electric locomotive.
  • William Kennedy Dickson: Creator of the Kinetoscope, an early movie-projection device. (Dickson developed the machine based on an idea by his employer, Thomas Edison.)
  • James Goodfellow: Invented the automatic teller machine and patented personal-identification-number tech.
  • Robert Wauchope: Inventor of the time ball, a shore-based device that lets mariners synchronize and check the accuracy of their marine chronometers while at sea.

A few of Scotland’s other inventions include:

  • Robert Watson-Watt: inventor of the microwave. Ready-meals would be a distant dream if the magnetron had not been developed. These short-wave radio waves are now used as the source of heat in microwave ovens – essential for students, exhausted parents and rubbish cooks the worldwide.

“Mr Watson – come here – I want to see you,” are the famous first words that Scottish inventor uttered to his assistant during his invention of the first practical telephone in the 1870s. He rushed his design to patent within hours of another inventor. It took another two years before he could get Mrs Bell off it.

There are an estimated 1.5 million ATMs around the world, and they owe their invention to John Shepherd-Barron, a Scot born in India. The idea occurred to him while he was in the bath. The first ATM opened for business in London in 1967. An earlier US version had been tried and scrapped in the late 1930s; Shepherd-Barron’s device, says Burnett, “was the first true and successful cash dispenser”. His original PIN code had six digits, later reduced to a more memorable four.

Scotland has a rich history in technology innovation and today has a diverse and highly successful tech industry made up of digital, electronics, communications, security and gaming, amongst others. The industry contributes £4 billion GVA (gross value added) to the economy, with 300 companies employing 4,000 people, while another 2,000 work in software teams of electronics companies and 12,000 in internal computer departments. Growing at 16% per year, and almost 3 times the European average, the software sector in Scotland is huge. As is Scotland’s successful gaming industry – home to hit games such as Grand Theft Auto, Lemmings and Minecraft – the sector is worth millions to the UK economy. The success of the tech industry is further propelled by the tech start ups that have emerged all over the country and have helped Edinburgh offer the second highest paying tech jobs in the UK, closely followed by Glasgow. Earier this year, two of Edinburgh’s start ups FanDuel and Skyscanner both reached billion dollar status, dominating international markets and paving the way for other software and IT services firms in the area to reach similar success.

Enigma People love working closely with clients at the forefront of the industry, who are major contributors to the economy and innovating our future with their talent. Our interview with award winning, Edinburgh based xDesign talks about the highly successful mobile app sector, which has created 70,000 new UK jobs this year and was by far one of the toughest categories at this years Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards.

Also bringing jobs to our tech industry is Californian firm indie Semiconductor. With $10 million in global semiconductor sales and a manufacturing office in China, indie Semiconductor has specifically chosen sunny Scotland to recruit their design team. What brought them here? As our interviews with their CEO and Chief Technology Officer explains:

“Scotland has an extremely high average in terms of what is available in talent and in maturity”

“it is suited to building teams who work hard and get projects done.”

“We have been impressed with the quality of engineers here in Scotland”

Technology today has created a level playing field across economies and it seems that it is people that make the intrinsic difference between success and failure. Scotland’s talented tech industry can make the nation proud and is something definitely worth celebrating. Want to know more about the celebrations, or just find out more history around St Andrews Day? There’s an app for that!  Download the St Andrews App for android and iOS here!

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Posted October 19, 2015 | Events, Scotland, Startups | No Comments »

Celebrating Scotland’s Start-ups

Enigma people recently attended “Sharing the Secrets of Start-up Success” – where we heard from local entrepreneurs behind successful start-ups Mallzee and online booking system Appointedd.

What we took away from the event was the importance of early support to nurture start-ups from inception to growth – something Scotland’s technology industry thrives at. Start-ups in Scotland have grown by over 30% since 2009 and with plenty of science parks, co-working spaces, government initiatives and support networks, it’s clear to see how the culture here has helped start-ups succeed. Proof of this highly successful sector is start-ups FanDuel and Skyscanner both reaching billion dollar status and dominating international markets. Edinburgh has grown to become a tech hub contending with London’s technology sector, with start-ups spinning out of Edinburgh University reaching record levels and tech incubator Codebase looking to expand to Glasgow and Aberdeen. Continued support for the sector is strong with gaming grants being given in the hopes of the next Grand Theft Auto and a further £75 million to be made available for young Scottish Businesses over the next 3 years.

We believe supporting these young businesses and entrepreneurial spirit is key to continued global success of Scotland’s technology sector. Enigma People Director Ben Hanley is regular at one start up community event – Startup Grind.

Ben says:

“I am constantly encouraged by the appetite for start-up businesses especially technology based start-up businesses in Scotland. There must be something in the water in Scotland at the moment as this is an increasingly vibrant sector that is seeking to retain and attract more and more talent. This is helped by a number of very high profile success stories but with this comes a challenge for less high profile but equally vital SME businesses that are competing for both investment and talent.”

Why Start-ups Matter

Its not just Ben, Director David Mains will be on the panel at the next BDX Glasgow Digital Meetup – Why Start-ups Matter on Wednesday 22nd October. The Meetup will discuss why Glasgow is as great place for start-ups and how their growth is powered by people. Join in on the conversation here:

David Mains BDX Digital - Startups

About BDX:

BDXGlasgow is a fortnightly meetup and networking event dishing out tips on how to grow your site/ business online in ways which you’ve never thought about before. A panel of experts talk about the ins & outs of digital marketing and how it can help any business.

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Posted August 24, 2015 | Awards, Digital Media, Scotland | No Comments »

Submit your entry to The Herald Digital Business Awards by September 3rd

The entry deadline for this years Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards is fast approaching. Businesses have until September 3rd to submit their entries and be a part of the biggest Herald Digital Awards yet.

About the Awards

The awards are now in their seventh year, and have grown to become one of the largest events for creative and digital businesses in the country. This  years  spectacular event will the biggest yet and will celebrate the many recent successes of Scotland’s digital industry – some of which have been making global headlines recently!

Each year the awards attract an incredible range of digital projects from web, mobile, gaming, business software, public installations, and social media from all over the country. Businesses are encouraged to enter and showcase their success in these areas. This year’s categories include:

About Enigma People

This event is one which we hold close to our hearts and have been a part of since its inception. We are excited to sponsor the final award of the night, the Digital Agency Award. The opportunity to present one business with one of the most prestigious awards in our industry is a huge honour, and one which Director David Mains looks forward to each year. Not only that, David has again been invited to join this years judging panel, offering his expertise in assessing the astounding calibre of entries. David will be joining a panel of industry experts who will certainly have their work cut out for them determining winners for each category.

David Mains said:

 “This event is an important opportunity for business to enter and gain industry-wide, and international, recognition of their efforts in making Scotland’s digital industry world class. Enter now and don’t miss your chance to be a part of the celebrations.”

Enter your business now!

This years event is also supported by Business Gateway, City of Glasgow College, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, FanDuel, and Jumpstart. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony held on Thursday 22nd October 2015 at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Glasgow. For more event information and booking details visit The Herald Awards event website.

Enigma People Solutions sponsors the Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards 2015

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Posted August 19, 2015 | Scotland, Software | No Comments »

Scotland’s Software Development Market – [Infographic]

With software development candidates being an extremely hot commodity in Scotland’s technology sector we wanted to get a better understanding of the jobs market. We analysed the availability of software development skills against vacancies in Scotland’s technology industry.

2 years ago, Enigma People invested in a new candidate tracking system, essentially starting our candidate database from scratch. This allowed us to validate the integrity of the data we held and has allowed us to paint an accurate picture of availability of technology vacancies and candidates in the current UK market, but primarily in Scotland. We created the below infographic of our key findings over this time!

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Posted August 12, 2015 | Electronics, Industry Interviews, Scotland, Women in Technology | No Comments »

Women in Engineering: Interview with Mairi Torrie

With the role of women in engineering proving to be a hot topic in the technology industry recently, we spoke to Mairi Torrie, Project Manager and Principal Engineer at indie Semiconductor – a fast growing fabless semiconductor company that designs and manufactures custom, microcontroller-based chips. Having attended state school in the North East of Scotland in the 1970’s and 1980’s, Mairi may have been an unlikely candidate for a career in engineering. However, with a very successful career spanning over 25 years in Scotland’s engineering industry Mairi helps us understand the challenges facing women in the industry and how to overcome these.

Women in Engineering: Interview with Mairi Torrie | indie Semiconductor | Electronics Scotland

Mairi Torrie, Project Manager and Principal Engineer at indie Semiconductor

  • Can you give an overview of your career post university and how you got to where you are now?

After obtaining my undergraduate degree I chose to work for GEC and studied part time for a masters degree whilst working for them. I learned a lot but decided that after 3 years it was time to move on. I chose a new opportunity with a very small company. I went from a company with 10’s of thousands of employees to one that had 11 employees. That gave me some very good experience of working in a small company and a small team which I enjoyed. This experience helped me get my next job with more experience of different tools, skills and a broader range of the design lifecycle. I joined VVL, an Edinburgh University spin out specializing in camera imaging technology, which was later acquired by STMicroelectronics. VVL was a team of 37, joining when it was still quite small meant that I was able to be involved in all aspects of the design and silicon bringup process. When ST acquired us, that opened up many new opportunities – I travelled to work with people in other countries, I moved out of pure design to be technical team lead and design team leader. ST was particularly supportive of me, and of other women, in that role.

After 16 years essentially in the same company (VVL and ST) I moved to a new opportunity at SKF, the world’s largest bearings manufacturer, to work as a Project Manager in their condition monitoring centre. This gave me exposure to a new environment and new challenges.

After a very productive and enjoyable 2 years there, I was approached by a former colleague from ST, with the opportunity to join an interesting startup headquartered in California, who was looking into setting up a design centre in Edinburgh. As I had shown in the past, I like joining new innovative projects and so the opportunity to be in at the start of something new was too attractive to turn down.

I was the first of the team in Edinburgh to start working for indie in 2013, initially as a contractor, then as a permanent member of staff when the design centre opened with 2 other core team members. I am excited to be part of a fast growing company. Next month we are moving into a bigger office that will accommodate a design team of up to 20 people. indie is growing fast and shipping millions of chips each year into applications ranging from automotive and medical to industrial and consumer, so the work is varied and interesting.

  • What first interested you about STEM subjects and how did you find you perform in these?

I had always enjoyed puzzles and this led to me enjoying maths and physics at school. My teachers made the STEM subjects interesting and relevant and helped me see how they related to every day life. They could see my talent in the subject and encouraged me to attend a 5th year promotion for women in engineering where we learned how this can be an ideal industry for girls. Before that I had never thought about a career in engineering but it inspired me to look into it. As part of this promotion, I applied to several companies asking for sponsorship and was invited to interview with a few. I accepted an offer from GEC Ferranti (now Selex). They sponsored me through university (the only female student out of 12 that they sponsored), and gave me a summer job working in different groups within the company, gaining valuable industry experience from the age of 17 onwards.

  • What obstacles, real or perceived, did you have to overcome?

At secondary school I had to get my Dad to convince the school to allow me to do O-grade technical drawing and engineering science. Up until then only boys had been allowed to do that – equally only girls were allowed to do home economics.

Upon entering University I was disappointed to be told by a senior lecturer that I was taking a space that could have been given to a boy, that the degree would be no use as I would “just go off and breed”. When I performed well I was told I did “not bad, for a woman.” That just made me more determined to succeed and I won a first year engineering prize, which surprised some of my classmates.

In my first job full time at GEC I was the only woman out of 71 in the department, where everybody assumed I was the administrator just because I was female. The people that treated me with the most suspicion and negativity were some of the more senior, older engineers. My contemporaries and those younger tended to be more used to and accepting of women in the engineering workplace.

I am pleased to say that this has changed for the better in recent years and women in engineering are now treated equally.

  • What is your take on the reason behind such low numbers of women working in the tech industry and the low number of girls coming into the tech industry?

I hear often that there is a continued push to encourage girls to take on the STEM subjects but I also hear that girls are outperforming boys in these subjects. What disappoints me is that there are so few women then entering the engineering profession. I think all children are interested in and excited by engineering and science and the Edinburgh International Science Festival is a fantastic example of this. It is just for some reason there is a gender stereotype that means that girls are less exposed to it.

I feel that generally engineering is misunderstood and misrepresented in the UK. In other countries engineers are seen to have the status of a professional like a doctor or lawyer, but this is generally not the case in the UK. There are other countries that are ahead of the UK in terms of equality in society in general. Engineering is often wrongly perceived to be hands on with machinery but actually most of my time is spent in the office, sitting in front of a computer screen. It is a wide and varied profession with a range of opportunities in different area disciplines. I have chosen to do electronic engineering where you have the opportunity to innovate, design, explore, and problem solve – no two days are the same. Whilst you have the opportunity to create and innovate you do so as part of a team, with support. For me designing something for a customer is like solving a puzzle. It is really a thrill to design something, see it go into production and see it being used whether it is a phone camera or a sensor for a huge bearing.

  • What advice would you give to girls/women now?

Have a thick skin. Although it is has lessened now, there are still people out there who think engineering should be for men only, so learn to handle that. There is still the perception that, as a female engineer you have to be that little bit better to be treated equally, but don’t let people’s perceptions put you off – just like male nurses or primary teachers shouldn’t let gender stereotypes influence their careers.

  • How can we encourage girls/women into the industry?

Sell the industry better and make it clearer what working as an engineer is really like. If you want hard hats and machines, it can be that. However, it can also be sitting at a computer designing or coding in a fun environment, with flexible working and career progression. This is a great industry for women, there are career choices that allow you to continue to develop and work structure can be flexible, which does work well with a family. There are opportunities to travel, progress, and take on leadership roles, stay technical or move on to project and people management. In my experience, women that are attracted to engineering tend to be organised, logical and problem solving, utilizing softer skills to handle customers or managing engineering teams and projects.

I think it’s important to continue the current initiatives which do a fantastic job in raising awareness and continue promoting the industry to school girls (and boys). I also think that it is helpful for women who are working in the industry, such as me, to go into schools and show young girls that there is absolutely no reason why they can’t have a career in engineering.

Women in ICT and Digital Technologies sector – Scottish Government and SDS study

With this in mind, The Employment Research Institute at Edinburgh Napier University have been commissioned by the Scottish Government and Skills Development Scotland to undertake a survey to understand the gender imbalance in the ICT and Digital Technologies sector in Scotland. 

The survey seeks the views of anyone in Scotland who is currently working in the sector, who manages or recruits those in ICT roles, or who teaches or studies on a relevant college or university course through a short questionnaire. It will remain open until 28 August.

The survey can be accessed here:

Other resources

IEEE Women in Engineering

Women’s Engineering Society

Equate Scotland

Scottish Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology

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Posted July 31, 2015 | Electronics, Scotland | No Comments »

Edinburgh’s Electronics Research and Design Market

Whilst the technology market in Scotland has plenty of successes to celebrate, the electronic engineering sector, in particular, is still struggling to attract talent and reach its potential to become a global leader in electronic research & design.

Edinburgh has the potential to be an Electronics Design Hub.

Edinburgh has the potential to be an Electronics Design Hub

The growth of the technology sector has seen demand outstrip supply for technology professionals and salaries skyrocketing as a result. The Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs found growth in permanent and temporary placements was led by Glasgow and Edinburgh respectively, with Edinburgh recording the sharpest rise in starting salaries. The bank said the figures suggest Scotland’s economy was continuing to show moderate growth, with figures published recently by the Scottish Government reporting Scotland has outperformed the UK with above trend growth in Q1.

Edinburgh as a tech hub is enjoying many recent successes; however, the capital is home to an electronics design hub which is still struggling to attract talent. As a result, figures show the computer, electrical and optical products category, which takes in electronics manufacturing, suffered a 7.9 per cent quarter-on-quarter fall in output. With many multinational electronics companies who have chosen to set up design teams in Edinburgh (indie Semiconductor, Dialog Semiconductor, Broadcom, Analog Devices, Cirrus Logic, Sandisk, ST Microelectronics, and Selex Es to name a few), it has the potential to be a world leader in the electronics design field and a successful producer of high-end electronic technologies, however, suffers from a number of challenges.

The law on immigration and the ability to hire technical talent out-with the EU is an area which has had a big impact on this sector. What we have found in particular with our electronics clients is, in order to supply their demand for engineers we have had to work particularly hard at sourcing candidates from further afield. The Universities in Scotland do a great job in equipping young engineers with necessary skills however too few graduates don’t stay or develop their careers in Scotland. Many are either not EU nationals and therefore cannot stay in the UK without employment sponsorship or those that are, are attracted to technology hubs down south. What the industry needs now is to attract these engineers back to Scotland, be open to hiring talent from the EU, and from further afield.

As one of the few Scotland-based consultancies specialising in electronics vacancies we support the growth of the industry and help business access available talent and skills. We are proud to be working exclusive new electronics vacancies, for a number of fantastic high growth companies that are at the forefront of technology today. See below for the latest opportunities in electronics, and apply online now. For more information on any of these roles contact Ben Hanley on 0141 332 4422 or email

Latest Vacancies in Electronics 

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Posted July 06, 2015 | Electronics, Scotland | No Comments »

Enigma: At the Forefront of Electronics

The effects which the latest technology trends, such as 3D printing and wearable technology, are having on our everyday lives are exciting and profound. Enigma People Solutions feels privileged to be working with clients who are at the forefront of today’s technology, in fast paced industries which affect the way our world works today and the way it will look and work in the future. With clients ranging from companies specialising in the design of medical devices to music and sound products, camera and imaging technology, smart sensors, as well companies committed to the provision of greener energy.


Enigma: At the Forefront of Electronics

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Some of our favourite technologies that clients of ours are working on include:

Visible light communication –  one of our clients is leading the field in the use of the visible light instead of radio frequencies for wireless communication. Their goal is to create high-speed wireless access that offers substantially greater data densities than Wi-Fi along with security properties that eliminate unwanted external network intrusion. Their expectation is that combining lighting and data services will offer reduce costs, infrastructure complexity and energy consumption.

Laboratory equipment  – another client, a global developer and manufacturer of high quality, robust and innovative automated laboratory equipment for both the academic and industrial sectors of pharmaceutical and biotech research. Our client’s focus is to reduce material handling costs and put the discovery tools back in the hands of the scientist. The ability to combine cutting edge science with first rate engineering, enables this company to design and develop unique and novel products. We are excited to see the range of skills used by this company including product design conceptualization, prototyping, mechanical and software engineering to final manufacture and sale. As with many companies in this sector close relationships have been formed with academia and pharmaceutical companies to understand the technological needs of industry and to provide solutions to optimise workflow and reduce costs.

Our client working on power system solutions develops solutions that are used by power system operators and planners worldwide for improving power system security, securely increasing power transfer levels and tracking power system performance, including dynamics, model validation, tuning of power system stabilisers and more.

In short, this company is forging new ways to monitor and reduce power usage and wastage providing this with real green credentials. What has excited the people we have placed with this client is the thought that they are doing their bit to conserve energy and reduce energy wastage and in doing so making a real impact on the world today.

These technologies are fast changing the world that we live in and as always it’s an exciting time be a part of this industry. Although we are excited to see what the new trends like wearable tech and 3D printing will bring to the industry we wondered what other technology products or innovations inspire and excite you?

Do you agree that these new technologies will radically revolutionise how we live our lives? That they will continue grow to allow small UK firms to compete on an international level?

If working with these innovative and exciting technologies is what inspires you, then get in touch ( and find out how you can play your part in the industry.

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Posted June 29, 2015 | Digital Media, Scotland | No Comments »

Celebrating Scotland’s Digital Success

It’s an exciting time to be involved in digital in Scotland. Tech hubs Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Dundee have grown to become major contributors the UK economy with digital companies employing over 40 thousand people in these cities, and contributing around £3.6 billion per annum to the Scottish economy.
Digital Edinburgh Tech City 2015

Each of these hubs have their own strengths helping to make the Scottish digital industry what it is. With Dundee’s famous gaming industry, Edinburgh’s expertise in fintech and software, and Glasgow’s thriving start up scene, it’s no wonder the industry is growing at the rate it is. Research from Scotland IS suggests 83% of Scotland’s digital technology companies will be recruiting this year thanks to an increase in sales.

Not only that, Scotland IS tells us that many ‘born global’ digital companies are significantly boosting export values, selling specialist services internationally. Companies such as  Skyscanner, KAL, Axios, Simul8, Smarter Grid Solutions, RockstarNorth and Calnex are placing Scotland on the global stage.

Tech City UK’s “Powering the Digital Economy 2015” report highlights Edinburgh in particular as a thriving digital technology hub. Having grown by a third from 2010 to 2013, Edinburgh is home to a number of highly successful digital tech companies benefitting from a rise in entrepreneurial spirit and a strong sense of community, with 88% of businesses reporting that they feel they are part of a “digital cluster”. According to the report, 82% of those surveyed reported having seen revenue rise in the past year, and confirmed Edinburgh University as a strong source of talent and competitive advantage.

 A recent article in The Scotsman also supports the idea of Edinburgh as an economic powerhouse for Scotland, stating:

“Its capital status, its strong expansion in business services, high business start-up rate, the remarkably high level of business spin-outs from Edinburgh University and its diverse and growing student population would seem to hold the greater long-term potential for Scotland’s capital to be a world player in the rapidly expanding digital economy.”

Some other interesting bits of news on Scotland’s digital sector are:

It’s clear that the digital industry in Scotland has plenty to celebrate, and that’s exactly what they’re doing!

Just recently, Scotland IS –  the trade body for the digital technologies industry – held their annual Digital Technology awards. The night celebrated the incredible success the businesses in the sector have achieved and awarded many local and national companies who are at the forefront of Scotland’s digital scene. Winners on the night included:

FanDuel for Digital Technology Business of the Year, Best B2C Technology Product/Service and Investment Deal of the Year, and Outstanding Marketing Performance

Skyscanner for International Technology Star

Calnex for Best B2B Technology Product/Service

Storm ID and Screenmedia for Best Digital Agency

Full coverage of the Digital Technology Awards can be found here.

That’s not all! In September, Enigma People joined forces with The Herald & Times for their annual Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards. Each year Enigma supports the event which celebrates the digital success of businesses and individuals in Scotland, and we are honoured to present the most prestigious award of the night, the Digital Agency of the Year award. We have seen the event grow (along with the digital sector in Scotland) and are excited by what the industry has to offer the world.

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Posted December 09, 2014 | Electronics, Industry Interviews, Scotland | 2 Comments »

Making Chips and Having Fun

I recently spoke with Scott Kee, Chief Technology Officer at indie Semiconductor about how they built their highly successful multi-million dollar global semiconductor company. In part 2 of the exclusive interview, Scott delves deeper into the technology behind the company and some of their current projects: 

Describe some of the projects you are currently working on as a company. What are the challenges involved?Scott Kee - Chief Technology Officer - indie Semiconductor

Project 1: indie is currently designing a highly integrated chip that will integrate Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) into a single device. Right now there are a lot of electronic systems interested in adding communications capability without otherwise changing the basic functionality of the system. A typical example might be a medical test for a given condition. Providing a BLE chip which is very integrated and very low cost will allow the medical application to add communications to a Smartphone. Doing this design is challenging because we have to pick a single process technology and integrate everything – processor, memory and radio – all into it. Everything we do has to be considered in the context of both die area and power consumed, so it’s challenging on multiple levels.

Project 2: indie is building a new chip to form the heart of a consumer product that is part of the food and drink industry. The chip has to be very low power, as it has to be always on, activated by a sensor that detects when a human wants something from it. It has to turn on a powerful heater and LED lights but also has to handle cryptographic functions to ensure the authenticity of its supplies. Data on usage must be stored and then uploaded when it “docks” with its container. The whole assembly has to fit within a very small housing so the chip and its package is only 3x3mm. Creating something like this is a challenge not just from the design perspective but also in terms of the architecture of the system.

Where do you see future markets or growth for indie
Semiconductor? How do you see the market growing?

I see a very large amount of market growth for what we are doing in general. Not just for the semiconductor market specifically, but market growth for the medium-to-high volume customised system-on-chip market.

Unless you have a very well oiled engineering process flow to make such chips, then you either have a team that is incapable of doing it or you have a team which cannot do it on the fixed cost model that is required.

For us, we don’t have a hard time finding customers. In terms of various kinds of designs that are out there, I’m almost agnostic to what we design. I believe we can do just about anything. What makes indie special is the business model of how we put chips together and how our engineering flow is, rather than any particular product area. With that said, we do various communication products and there are certain things we do well mostly because we have done them in the past. For example, we have a lot of radio expertise, as a lot of us have been radio designers in the past as well. But basically whatever the customers need then that is what I want to make.

I do find that I enjoy bringing in techniques that are more advanced than what would typically be applied in the customer’s field. Due to our experience, we know a lot of the advanced techniques that are out there and a lot of the customers just don’t get somebody with those capabilities ever coming to talk to them. So sometimes we go to the customer and they think they want something and then we say ‘that’s not what you want, here is this technique over here, we can do that for you and it will be better.’ It’s consultative, part of our added value. We can bring the advanced knowledge of system on chip; not just bolting chips together, we actually bring some cleverness to it as well. In the markets we are competing for, sometimes that cleverness is lacking.

indie Semiconductor presents excellent opportunities for engineers looking to take ownership, build capabilities and create fun stuff. Being a flat organisation, it allows engineers to have a full visibility into everything that is going on, gain experience across multiple disciplines and be involved in the full life cycle of a product they helped build.

Scott tells us “The distinction between a design engineer on the implementation side or the technical marketing product specification side of things is less clear in our company as people get to be involved in both.”

“A lot of engineers never actually get to hold in their hand the part their design ended up in. For engineers who like to see the customer side of the product and are interested in taking ownership of the product, you get to see the whole thing.”

If you would like to join the indie Semiconductor team in Edinburgh or Southern California then contact Ben Hanley on + 44 141 332 4422 or email

Click here to read part 1 of Scott Kee’s interview. 

Or if you want to know about indie Semiconductor’s expansion into Edinburgh, read our exclusive interview with CEO Donald McClymont.

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Posted November 17, 2014 | Electronics, Industry Interviews, Scotland | 5 Comments »

indie Semiconductor’s Technology Tale

With over $10 million in global semiconductor sales and a growing design team in Edinburgh, indie Semiconductor is a Californian company coming to Scotland with a bang. After getting to know their CEO Donald McClymont and find out why they chose Edinburgh, I wanted to find out more about the technology behind the company and how they came to be, so who better to speak to than Chief Technology Officer, Scott Kee.

As CTO, Scott is responsible for the technology decisions and the direction that the company takes. He is a skilled software, analogue and digital engineer, meaning he is involved in all aspects of the designs that indie Semiconductor does. With an impressive background, he is one of two indie semiconductor founders who obtained their Ph.D from the world-renowned Caltech University in California.

Chief Technology Officer, Scott Kee - indie Semiconductor

Hi Scott! Firstly tell us how you got into electronics and how you got to where you are now?

Growing up I was just a natural engineer, I guess. I was the kind of guy who liked to take things apart and put them back together again, mostly back the way I took them apart but not always. I come from a family of engineers so it was natural I suppose. I liked to take apart electrical stuff, I like music a lot, so amplifiers and guitars, plus I like computers, so both those things combined together pushed me in that direction. Went to school, liked it, and then kept going.

I went to University of Delaware, which was an interesting school at the time because they were attempting to make an ambitious leap from a mid level school to a top-tier school and so they hired a bunch of young engineering professors who were looking for research assistants. There was a great mix; you got these young guys who were really ambitious with lots of great interesting ideas and the sort of older crowds from the traditional days who were more interested in mentoring students and taking them under their wing. It was the perfect combination for me so I decided to go there.

One professor I had been working with at Delaware had got me involved in what was almost borderline applied physics more than electronic engineering projects, which made me an interesting candidate for a group at Caltech. There I met indie Semiconductor co-founder Ichiro Aoki. (This is actually company number 3 for Ichiro, who had founded his first highly successful electronics company whilst still in school in Brazil). Ichiro and I worked well together as engineering buddies.

The work we were doing in school was quite compatible with starting a company, making cellular phone power amplifiers far cheaper and at lower manufacturing costs compared with competing technologies at the time, and in theory could increase integration with other parts of the cellphone, reducing not just cost but size too. We wanted to strike while the iron was hot so we recruited Donald, who at the time was VP of Marketing for Axiom Microdevices (a multimillion dollar electronics company later acquired by Skyworks), and took it from there. We kept adding more customers and adding products and here we are.

Our very first customer as AyDeeKay (indie Semiconductor’s original company name) was actually Ichiro’s previous Brazilian company, and their product is still selling today.

Following this success, what advice would you give to young aspiring engineers? What opportunities are there for them at indie Semiconductor?

It depends on what they are looking for. When I was an engineer all I wanted to do was learn things, build more capabilities and create fun stuff. In terms of what opportunities there are in our company then we’re a flat organisation; everyone, not just the engineers, has full visibility of everything that is going on. The distinction between a design engineer on the implementation side or the technical marketing product specification side of things is less clear in our company as people get to be involved in both.

You find that if you are an engineer in our company, you have more ownership of the product, you’re more likely to be interacting with the customer directly and you are going to be experiencing multiple disciplines, not just one. Participating in multiple disciplines is down to your abilities and your interest but you are at least going to be in much more variety than you might in a larger company where you may be pigeon holed into one particular little work area.

It would be highly attractive for me as a student/ young engineer. It’s sort of down to your personality – how much do you like to see how things are done? A lot of engineers never actually get to hold in their hand the part their design ended up in. For engineers who like to see the customer side of the product and are interested in taking ownership of the product, you get to see the whole thing.

I have found the engineers here are often better rounded, which is compatible with what we are looking for. We are trying to get people to understand how the systems are put together, generate their own specs, directly speak to customers and find out what they want and well-rounded engineers are ideal for that.

Because of the opportunities available in south California, a good percentage of engineers there tend to get specialized; they tend to be better at working in large teams, having somebody tell them what to do and following instructions. Which means that if you hire them in then they wouldn’t be quite right for a company which likes you to work independently and use your initiative. We have been impressed with the quality of engineers here in Scotland for these reasons.

The design team is in Edinburgh with the head office in California. How do you envisage the Scotland team and the US team working together as the team gets bigger?

So far it’s been easy as the disciplines have been split but it’s unlikely that will continue. Right now the bulk of the digital design expertise is in Edinburgh and we are building out our CAD and EDA expertise here too. The genesis of the design centre here was the personal contacts with digital engineers in the area. We needed digital engineers, so that was the solution to the problem and I am glad we have come here and met some very talented people.

In terms of the interaction, we run a large amount of small projects compared to some other companies where you may have a team of say 30 people all working on one project and it’s tightly coordinated. It works pretty well, the chips individually might have a smaller group of people working on them and even those tasks can be segmented fairly easily.

Time Zone is tricky however a large portion of our time is between 5pm and 6pm calls to handle the cross Atlantic difference, a lot can be done via email or various other electronic means, however it hasn’t been a problem so far I have to say.

So tell me what do you love most about being in Scotland?

I like the city, Edinburgh. I like to walk around, it’s very much a walking around city. The verticality is impressive, walking down to the medieval part of the city is great and people are nice here. You can go into the pub and people will just talk to you, it’s a friendly city. The atmosphere here allows you to sit around, meet people and talk. The food’s good too, I can eat a large amount of haggis.

So there you have it, a closer look behind indie Semiconductor’s technology tale. If you would like to join the indie Semiconductor team in Edinburgh or Southern California then contact Ben Hanley on + 44 141 332 4422 or email

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Posted November 10, 2014 | Recruitment Industry, Scotland | No Comments »

The Games Aren’t Over Yet

The Glasgow Commonwealth Games were described as “undoubtedly one of Glasgow’s greatest successes, and were an achievement we should all take great pride in.” Not only that, it was revealed last week that the spectacular event was delivered £25 million under budget, fantastic news for Scotland’s Commonwealth legacy and healthcare industry who will see this money reinvested to benefit future generations. However for some, the excitement isn’t quite over yet. Enigma People Solutions director Ben Hanley just happens to be the national coach for this years Scotland’s men’s and women’s Sabre team competing in The Commonwealth Fencing Championships 2014, currently being held in Scotland’s seaside town of Largs.

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Commonwealth Games – National Fencing Academy Scotland

The sport of fencing was last in the Games in 1970 however in line with Commonwealth Games Federation, the sport holds it’s own Commonwealth Fencing Championships in November, separate to the main event. The Championships are still very much close to the hearts of the athletes and the Commonwealth community. With over 300 hundred fencers from over 20 countries competing, this is one of the largest Commonwealth Championships there has been. Scottish fencers have a fine record of winning medals, our very own Ben Hanley Included. Ben competed in the Scottish Men’s Commonwealth Sabre Team in 1990, 1998, 2002 and 2006 bringing home 2 silver and a gold medal. Not only that he has spent the last 14 years coaching young Sabre athletes at Edinburgh Fencing Club, leading his athletes to win over 5 Commonwealth medals, and hopefully more following this years Championships. Ben’s role as a coach and a mentor is something which he firmly believes transcends the fencing piste. High performance attitude is a notion Ben picked up from a sports conditioning coach and is the manner in which he urges his athletes, and his staff, to approach their goals, be it sports related or career related. High performance attitude means working towards your goals with attention to detail, being prompt and punctual and focusing on targets and goals. In addition to this, being acutely self critical and willing to use criticism to spark one’s own development to achieve realistic goals is something Ben believes in. Working closely with athletes, Ben sees the benefit of adopting these characteristics into any work ethic. As an owner of an award winning recruitment business, Ben implores us as a team to adapt this attitude to the work place, teaching us that success and performance are years in the making, through hard work, determination, talent and the right use of mentoring and coaching. Working towards developing these skills, investing time and training in talent is something we as recruiters can see benefiting not only local businesses but the UK economy as whole. The values of the games, the athletes’ determination and attitude to succeed are something we can all admire and emulate.

Ben Hanley - Scottish National Fencing Coach Good luck to all the athletes competing this week! You can keep up to date with all the action by following Commonwealth Fencing on Twitter @cfencing2014 or catch live coverage on the Commonwealth Fencing Championships YouTube channel.

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Posted October 27, 2014 | Awards, Digital Media, Scotland | 1 Comment »

Scottish Businesses Celebrate Digital Success in Style

The Herald Scottish Business Awards

Scotland’s digital industry was out in full force on Thursday 24th October at this years Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards. Held in Glasgow’s rather luxurious Grand Central Hotel, the awards once again brought together Scottish businesses to celebrate their digital success in style.

Now in their sixth year, the awards recognise businesses of all sizes, and from all sectors, that have enhanced their business and client base through the use of digital technology and the internet. From almost 100 entries, winners were selected for each category based on their exceptional execution of projects across games, mobile technology, business software, public installations and social media campaigns. Event judge and Enigma People Solutions Director David Mains tells me that some of the categories were excruciatingly close with some taking hours to decide on a winner!

The high profile event consisted of up to 250 guests, all in their glad rags and sipping champagne, eagerly waiting for event host, BBC news reader Catriona Shearer, to announce the winners. The winners on the night were:

Business to Business Award:  Nucleus

Retail/E-Commerce Award: Dojo Design Limited

Public Sector Award include Charity/Not-for-Profit: Blue2

Best Mobile Application Award: 21 Awake

Consumer Engagement Award: Chunk Digital

Education &Training Award: Storm ID

Student Award: The Royal Albert Hall, Lockdown (Ryan Allan, Mark Phillips, Jordan Pollock

Best Use of Social Media Award: Nucleus

The 2014 awards also saw the introduction of the Digital Professional Award to honour the work of one outstanding individual in the industry. This prestigious award was presented to Scott Walker, Digital Design Director at Lewis, the Edinburgh based creative design and digital agency behind Hunter Boots and Scottish Power. He was awarded for his instrumental success in projects such as these and is described as the “best creative director of all time” by colleagues.

Enigma People Solutions was proud to sponsor the Digital Agency Award, the final award of the night. Judges were looking to reward an agency who they felt carried out the most advanced digital innovation in Scotland, using digital to excite, enthuse and inspire. This award was presented to Glasgow’s Screenmedia. They impressed judges with the overall excellence of their entry, detailing their market leading mobile apps, bespoke mobile web solutions and innovation for internet of things, amongst many other talents.

So there you have it folks!

We’d like to congratulate all the winners and finalists on their achievements! It is the work of these individuals and business which reaffirms our belief in the exceptional talent in Scotland’s digital sector. It makes us proud to be a part of, and help grow, a sector which is a such major contributor to Scotland’s economy. The Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards are a fantastic opportunity to showcase such talents and an event we very much enjoy being a part of. Given the successful growth of this exciting market and how this is reflected in the growth of the awards, I can only imagine how much bigger and better next years awards will be!

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Posted October 20, 2014 | Awards, Digital Media, Scotland | 2 Comments »

Record Number of Scottish Businesses Enter the Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards 2014

There isn’t long left until this years Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards and the team here couldn’t be more excited. For some members of the team it will be their first time attending this event and after hearing how great it was last year they are eagerly looking forward to it.

This year the awards have seen a record number of entries. This not only reflects on how this has grown to become such an important event for businesses in Scotland but also conveys just how successful this industry has become, now a key player in the global market.

It has no doubt been a tough job for this years judges to narrow down almost 100 entries to the lucky few who have been shortlisted for the following categories:

  • Business to Business Award sponsored by Jumpstart UK
  • Retail/E-Commerce Award
  • Public Sector Award include Charity/Not-for-Profit
  • Best Mobile Application Award
  • Consumer Engagement Award sponsored by Hillington Park Innovation Centre
  • Education &Training Award sponsored by The University of Glasgow
  • Student Award sponsored by Metadigital
  • Best Use of Social Media Award
  • Digital Professional of the Year
  • Digital Agency Award sponsored by Enigma People Solutions

To see details of which agencies or businesses made the cut, the shortlist can be found on the The Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards website.

Enigma People Solutions director David Mains sat on the judging panel and was “astounded at the calibre of entries” presented, stating ‘each of the nominees has demonstrated creative excellence and innovation in their entries and are all highly deserving of this recognition in the industry.”

This years event will be held on Thursday October 23rd at Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel. If you are too excited and can’t wait until then, you can read my write up of last years event here! For more information or to attend the event contact Lyndsay Wilson –

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Posted October 13, 2014 | Electronics, Industry Interviews, Scotland | 6 Comments »

[INTERVIEW] Donald McClymont – Why Edinburgh is Right for indie Semiconductor

indie Semiconductor is a $10 million dollar Californian company which has started expanding into Edinburgh. Recently rebranded and recruiting tech talent in Scotland, this is an exciting, high profile technology company which can really make a difference to Edinburgh’s electronics market. I had the opportunity to meet with CEO Donald McClymont and find out a little bit more about them and their Scottish expansion.

Donald McClymont – Why Edinburgh is Right for indie Semiconductor

Donald is a born and bred Scot. After studying Electronics at one of Scotland’s top universities, the University of Glasgow, Donald launched his career as a design engineer at Wolfson Microelectronics, before spending several years in Germany and then eventually settling in sunny California in 2000. Donald and his now current partners launched their semiconductor start up AyDeeKay (now known as indie Semiconductor) in 2007 and have now grown into a global electronics company, with 3 locations – United States, Scotland and China.

What made you decide on Edinburgh as a location to expand indie Semiconductor?

My connection to Edinburgh and its good, stable engineering pool is what attracted us here.

Recruiting in the United States was becoming difficult, particularly for digital and technical talent, which wouldn’t allow us to grow as fast as we needed to. It’s more acute in the US than in the UK and being co-located with 2 of the world’s largest semiconductor companies proved to be an issue for attracting talent in terms of salaries and competition for the best people.

People like living in the south of Scotland and once they move here they typically don’t leave. My personal pet theory is that the Scottish University system tends to produce well rounded, mature individuals who are capable of working in a team and taking responsibility, and can do so with social ease.

Scotland has an extremely high average in terms of what is available in talent and in maturity, not only in age and experience but also in the social aspects of work;  how people deal with colleagues and the ease with which teams work together. In my experience there is very little drama, for want of a better word. That is what I appreciate about Edinburgh; people have an excellent level of education, they get stuff done, they work well in a team and they just get on with it. In terms of the culture, perhaps it’s the national culture; it is more suited to building teams who work hard and get projects done. As our industry matures and moves less from research and more into development, Edinburgh is a great step for indie Semiconductor.

Talk to me about recruitment plans for indie Semiconductor?

Totalling a team of around 40 people at the moment, we are going through an aggressive planning and growth phase between Scotland and California. We are hoping to recruit about 10 more people ranging from graduates to senior level engineers, but the focus is on the side of seniority at this point.

The requirement is for people who can work autonomously, drive their own projects and don’t require too much management. There must however be a balance of people who can motivate and coach junior level engineers and still work productively. The soft skills of an individual are just as important as technical skill, especially to keep a good atmosphere in a small company.

What can indie Semiconductor offer to Scottish Engineers?

Aside from competitive salaries, there is the opportunity to be a part of something small that is growing very fast, and to be a significant player in a small pool. This is an environment where your individual contribution can make a really big difference for the company and for yourself. There aren’t very many places where you can enjoy that – most startups in Edinburgh have become subsidiaries of bigger companies.

The office is very centrally based in St Andrew Square for ease of travel, but also to be part of the vibrant city centre. indie is a fun, exciting place to work, growing fast, with an alternative business model to traditional semiconductor companies. Projects come to fruition quickly, and the variety in the work is something I enjoy very much. Our engineering teams are close to our customers and directly interact. When I was an engineer that was something I found very motivating and fulfilling, seeing the customer really value the end product. This is something you don’t often get to enjoy if you are working in a large conglomerate, where you can often work on a project for 5 years and never see it come to fruition. Most of the good engineers I have met over my career are motivated by making a difference and indie is a place where you can make a real difference.

If you are interested in joining the indie Semiconductor team in Edinburgh or California then contact Ben Hanley on + 44 141 332 4422 or email

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Posted October 06, 2014 | Awards, Recruitment Industry, Scotland | 3 Comments »

We Must Be Doing Something Right

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High demand for candidates and not enough supply, the recruitment industry has been a tough market of late. These challenges have been furthered by a record number of new agencies to have set up shop this year. With so much choice in the market, how do clients and candidates choose the best agency for them? How do you evaluate the best service?

The Recruitment Business Awards, run by Carnyx Group and The Drum Magazine, have been supporting and rewarding the industry for over 11 years. Similarly, The Marketing and Advertising Awards seek to award those who have “best confronted the changing demands of the staffing industry and displayed unparalleled excellence”. Both awards are judged by a leading panels of experts with extensive experience and knowledge of the recruitment industry and Enigma People Solutions is proud to have stood out and been recognised against our local and national competitors by both these awarding bodies.

Last week we were awarded a commendation prize for Best Small Recruitment Company at the Recruitment Business Awards. This is the 5th year we have been recognised by these UK wide awards and are delighted to have been the only Scottish company to have been awarded in this category.

This news came not long after being shortlisted for Best Regional Agency at this year’s Marketing and Advertising Recruitment Awards. We are absolutely delighted to be the only Scottish recruitment consultancy shortlisted for this category.

We must be doing something right

These awards are a reflection of the great service we offer to clients and candidates alike. The recruitment industry can be tough and it feels fantastic to be recognised for our efforts and hard work. The past year has seen Enigma People Solutions adapt our business model to better serve the market and better enable the industry to grow. Our updated testimonials page conveys just how we have helped those who have come to us for help. Our continued success has allowed us to actively grow the team in Glasgow and we are delighted to have a new member of the team joining us very soon (details to follow!)

But that’s not all

In the past year, our award winning team has grown so much so that we are now moving to a bigger, more spacious office! As of this week, Enigma People Solutions will be moving to the following address:

3rd Floor, Rear Suite
137 Sauchiehall Street
G2 3EW

Although we will have to say goodbye to the West End, the burger breakfast van and our favourite mushroom soup café, we are excited to be working out of Glasgow’s City Centre (and closer to McDonalds), so be sure to come and say hi!

As always keep up to date with industry news and vacancies by following Enigma People Solutions on LinkedIn and Twitter @enigmapeople

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Posted September 30, 2014 | Industry Interviews, Scotland, Software | 2 Comments »

Developing The Times

Enigma People Solutions spoke to Grant Gibson, Digital Innovation Manager for The Herald & Times Group, on their digital innovation and their search for a developer.
Grant Gibson, Digital Innovation Manager for The Herald & Times GroupHi Grant! Tell us a bit about The Herald Scotland and the digital innovations you have coming up?

It’s been a big year for the Herald Scotland. Thanks to big events in the country such as the Commonwealth Games, The Scottish Referendum and the Ryder Cup The Herald Scotland website has seen an incredible increase in traffic.

During the Scottish Referendum traffic to the website has doubled and it seems to still be continuing in its aftermath. In one month alone we have had 1 thousand new subscriptions, an increase of 10% in subscription rates.

The focus for us is the paywall system for these subscriptions and the security around it. Readers are required to register their details to receive their 6 free articles and the different subscription options across web, mobile and tablet has worked well in capturing subscriptions.

How do you translate a traditional newspaper to a digital offering?

For a digital business, their customer base does tend to be more tech savvy individuals, however a big challenge for The Herald Scotland is having such a diverse target audience. This does include an older generation who are not always comfortable with new technologies, and helping such individuals with accessing the technology is key. The Herald Scotland offer an excellent telephone service to help with phone subscriptions, offering support across different devices; tablets, iPads, Kindles, Smartphone’s, and across different platforms. This also means having a responsive design across devices/platforms for the best user experience.

You have recently recruited a PHP Developer, what do you look for when hiring a developer?

The challenge for a developer coming into the role is managing scale, and being able to manage the level of traffic which is coming in, and reacting to this traffic sometimes doubling over night. When interviewing what we look for, apart from the obvious skills, is having this experience of scaling things up.

What is also important is the ability to take over somebody else’s previous code. The Herald Scotland’s archive dates back to 1989 with over 1 million articles, and what we look for is somebody who won’t just rewrite the code, but somebody who can understand it and improve it.

Keeping up to date with the latest digital trends/news and asking candidates views on these also helps to provide insight on the individual. As does asking about what freelance projects they are involved in, such as building their own websites, during their free time. This indicates a passion for the skills and is seen to be a big positive when hiring.

Enigma People Solutions is proud to be supporting the upcoming Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards on 23rd October 2014! For full details of the awards visit:

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Posted September 15, 2014 | Awards, Digital Media, Scotland | 2 Comments »

Let the Judging Commence

Let the Judging Commence

I know that Thursday the 18th September is the day the people of Scotland will decide the nations independence, but its is also the day a number of highly esteemed members of Scotland’s Business community will decide the winners of the Scottish Herald Digital Business Awards 2014!

The judges include our very own Director, David Mains who will also be presenting the final award of the night, the Digital Agency Award. This is presented to the agency which has carried out the most advanced digital innovation in Scotland, demonstrating commercial success and excellent fulfilment of client briefs. Accompanying David on the judging panel is; Herald and Times Group’s Digital Innovation Manager Grant Gibson, David Craik, Director – Bright Signals, Diana Halvey, Digital Engagement Manager – First Scotrail, Joe Tree
Founder – Blipfoto and Alasdair Burns, Head of Marketing – Scottish Canals. Together they will assess all entries and decide on winners for each of the following categories:

As we may have mentioned, this is the 5th year Enigma People Solutions have had the privilege of supporting this fantastic event which is held in such high regard by Scotland’s digital industry. Similar to last years event, the awards will be held in Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel on Thursday 23rd October and is a night everybody in the team is looking forward to. As always the awards are a great opportunity for businesses in Scotland to showcase their talent, celebrate the digital industry and gain recognition for their hard work in making the industry what it is.

David is very much looking forward to celebrating the success of all nominees saying “It is always a hard-fought contest with a number of highly deserving and innovative entries.”

This year’s awards have had a fantastic response with a record number of entries! Buy your tickets now before it’s too late, they are still available to purchase here!

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Posted September 05, 2014 | Events, Recruitment Industry, Scotland | 1 Comment »

#Tru Scotland Recruitment Unconference

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Enigma People Solutions director David Mains will be one of the recruitment thought leaders leading a track (discussion) at the very first #Tru Scotland Recruitment Unconference at Glasgow’s Hard Rock Café on Tuesday 9th September.

#Tru Scotland Recruitment “Unconference”
An unconference is an event where the emphasis is on attendees who drive the discussions and share a common interest around different recruitment topics. #TruScotland is a day full of exciting, interesting and stimulating recruitment conversation. Each conversation is called a Track and will be lead by one or more Track Leaders who are experts in their field. David Mains will be discussing recruitments moral landscape from 2pm. The event attracts in-house and agency recruiters, as well as HR Managers, Resourcers, Social Media Experts, Technologists, Academics, Vendors, and others with an interest in recruitment, and ideas to share.

Event details:
Venue: Hard Rock Café Glasgow
Date: Tuesday 9th September
Time: 9am to 4.30pm

Book your tickets here:

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Posted September 01, 2014 | Events, Scotland, Startups, Technology Industry | 2 Comments »

What is Scotland’s Tech Industry Saying about the Independence Referendum?

On September 18th 2014 Scotland will take an historic vote: to remain in the United Kingdom or to go it alone, as an independent state. There have, of course, been many discussions and opinions both in favour and against independence, arguing what is best for Scotland’s economy and future. One of the strongest and most profitable sectors contributing to Scotland’s economy is the technology industry, so what does this sector have to say about the referendum?
What is Scotland’s Tech Industry Saying about the Independence Referendum?

On September 18th 2014 Scotland will take an historic vote: to remain in the United Kingdom or to go it alone, as an independent state. There have, of course, been many discussions and opinions both in favour and against independence, arguing what is best for Scotland’s economy and future. One of the strongest and most profitable sectors contributing to Scotland’s economy is the technology industry, so what does this sector have to say about the referendum?

Scotland’s tech industry is worth £500million, with 300 companies employing 4,000 people, while another 2,000 work in software teams of electronics companies and 12,000 in internal computer departments. Growing at 16% per year, and almost 3 times the European average, the software sector in Scotland is huge. As is Scotland’s successful gaming industry – home to hit games such as Grand Theft Auto, Lemmings and Minecraft – the sector is worth millions to the UK economy. The success of the tech industry is further propelled by the tech start ups that have emerged all over the country and have helped Edinburgh offer the second highest paying tech jobs in the UK, closely followed by Glasgow. Not only that, Scotland has the highest proportion of students studying computer related disciplines in Europe, ensuring the next generation of talent is equipped with the skills to support the industry.

So how do the business leaders of this highly successful industry feel about the referendum? It seems there are mixed opinions.

In an open letter published early last week, over 130 business leaders, who collectively employ over 50,000 Scots, urged the people of Scotland to vote no stating the ‘business case for leaving the UK has not been made’. The letter included a number of Scottish business leaders, entrepreneurs and CEO’s of companies and argued that Scotland’s economy will suffer if we left the UK, including Marcus Kneen, chief executive of IndigoVision, the video security firm, and Nosheena Mobarik, chief executive of M Computer Technologies, the electronics hardware and software firm. The letter also includes a signature from software entrepreneur David Sibbald, CEO of Aridhia Informatics, Chairman of data analytics company Sumerian and prior Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Atlantech Technologies, a communications software company later sold to Cisco systems in 2000 for $180 million.

Glasgow based cloud computing company Iomart has also spoken out against independence stating it would be a ‘silly idea’, with chief executive saying he will move the company to England should the outcome be a yes. The firm is part of growing list of Scottish companies – including Aggreko, Standard Life, Royal Bank of Scotland and Weir Group – that have expressed their concerns over Scotland becoming independent.

In response to this, over 200 business leaders supporting an Independent Scotland then signed another open letter speaking out in favour of independence, which was published in The Herald Scotland. This included a number of tech companies coming from Scotland’s very strong digital media sector, web development and IT companies. Some of which include: Gerry McCusker, Owner at Dog Digital, Gillian & Kevin O’Neill, Founders of 29 Studios and John Innes, British Venture Capitalist of the Year and Venture Capital Chief Executive of the Year, former Chief Executive Amor Group.

Those that have signed this letter are involved in business and entrepreneurship at different levels in Scotland and around the world. They support independence with the belief that it is ‘in the best interests of Scotland’s economy and its people’, stating ‘an independent Scotland will recognise entrepreneurs small and large as the real wealth and job creators of the nation’s economic future.’

These are just few business leaders who have signed and spoken out their opinions on independence. Full lists of those signed the yes and no letter can be found here:

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From the business leaders whose names are included in these letters, it seems that the industry is divided ahead of the referendum, with key industry members and leaders of successful Scottish businesses present on both sides of the debate.

However, businesses don’t vote, people do.

What these open letters don’t tell us is the opinions of those who have chosen to stay silent and not comment on the referendum. Nor does it tell us the opinion of those individuals who make up these businesses. Although the opinions of the CEO’s and those running Scotland’s businesses are weighted and can have an influence on others, they don’t necessarily represent the individuals in the industry.

It is the individuals who work in Scotland’s technology industry who make it what it is, their talent, drive and commitment is what continues to drive the industry to succeed. As one of the leading recruiters in Scotland’s technology industry, we work hard to support the businesses, clients and candidates we work with. By working closely with these individuals and business, building lasting relationships and bigger businesses we look forward to continue helping the industry grow, be it in an independent Scotland or as part of the UK.
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Posted August 26, 2014 | Awards, Digital Media, Scotland | No Comments »

Calling all Scottish Digital Agencies!

Calling all Scottish Digital Agencies!

We are fast approaching this years Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards, which means that time is running out to get your entries submitted! If you are a Scottish Digital Agency, then this is an event not to be missed.

The Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards are one of the most highly anticipated and highly regarded events in the digital calendar in Scotland. We know from many of our clients that participating in these awards is a great honour. With such a high level of innovative and exciting projects completed each year by the talented agencies in Scotland, we would strongly encourage every digital agency to seek recognition of their hard work and excellent efforts in making the industry as successful as it is.

In our 5 years of sponsoring the awards, we’ve seen this event, and Scotland’s digital sector, grow and prosper. This year’s categories include business-to-business, public sector, best mobile app, consumer engagement, student, education and training, out of home (for outdoor digital advertising) and retail and e-commerce. A new category this year is digital professional, for an individual who has delivered outstanding results for their business and clients.

Enigma People Solutions is proud to once again be sponsoring the Digital Agency of the Year Award which director David Mains says “is always a hard-fought contest with a number of highly deserving and innovative entries.”

With the judges stating (last year) that they were “extremely impressed by the breadth and quality of the entries demonstrating Scotland’s place as a world centre for creativity and digital design”, this event proves to be a fantastic showcase for Scotland’s talented industry.

This year’s awards will take place in Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel on Thursday 23rd October. If last years event is anything to go by I am sure the night will be an incredible evening which everyone can look forward to. You can read about last year’s event (including a full list of winners here!)

For full details on all the categories and to enter visit 

Closing date for entries is Thursday 4th September!

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Posted July 31, 2014 | Events, Scotland | 6 Comments »

[Edinburgh SME Seminar] Performance Coaching for Success

Manage Performance In Your Team, Boost Employee Morale, Increase Productivity And Support Your Company’s Growth!

Enigma People Solutions is holding a Free HR Seminar in Edinburgh on Tuesday 2nd September. “Performance Coaching for Success” will be a short interactive session which will help you manage team performance and support company growth. You will also have the exclusive opportunity for a HR Health Check for your business!

We recently held the same seminar in Glasgow, which received some excellent feedback, and we are delighted to be running the same seminar in Edinburgh on Tuesday 2nd September 2014.

Who should attend?
Anybody looking for help and advice on effectively managing people in the workplace, conducting performance reviews, providing constructive feedback or to ask any ‘people’ related question.

Why should you attend?
The event is free to attend, and will be a short interactive morning session from 8.45am to 10.45am.

You will:

  • Receive free coaching on managing employee performance to enable you to improve overall company performance
  • Learn when and how to provide employees with effective feedback, to get the best out of your people and boost productivity
  • Learn to conduct performance reviews in a way which adds value to you and employees leading to improved staff retention levels
  • Have the opportunity to discuss any ‘people’ related topic, big or small
  • Have the opportunity for a free, no obligation, HR Health Check for your organisation

When is the event?
EDINBURGH: Tuesday 2nd September
Venue: Reception Business Centre, 21 Lansdowne Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 5EH
8.45 Arrival Teas & Coffee
9.00-10.15 Presentation
10.15-10.45 Questions and Optional Q&A

HR Health Check
Sarah is a commercially astute HR leader with a proven track-record of developing and implementing effective HR strategies within growing and changing environments. You will have an exclusive opportunity to work with Sarah and receive a free HR Health check for your organisation, helping you put into practice what you gained from the seminar!

The session is completely free to attend however please register your name, company name, and telephone contact number by emailing or call 0141 332 4422.

Spaces are limited please RSVP by Friday 22nd August 2014.

Hope to see you there!

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Posted July 21, 2014 | Career Advice, Events, Scotland | 2 Comments »

A Champion Recruiter’s Commonwealth Perspective

A Champion Recruiter's Commonwealth PerspectiveGlasgow is all set to stage one of the world’s largest and most prestigious sporting events – the XX Commonwealth Games. The eyes of the world will be on Glasgow over the next couple of weeks as athletes from all over the Commonwealth arrive on Scottish soil to compete in 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The lead up to this event has been phenomenal and walking through Glasgow city centre you can literally feel the buzz and the excitement. From George Square’s “Big G” 3D installation to statues of the thistle themed games mascot displayed throughout Glasgow city centre, with kids clambering over Clyde to get a picture with him. Not to mention the Queens Baton Relay Race returns to Glasgow for its final journey as it travels around Glasgow for three days before the Opening Ceremony of the XX Commonwealth Games on July 23rd.

The excitement of the games brings with it, the spirit of teamwork, people coming together to celebrate an iconic event and commemorating the hard work and achievements of hundreds of athletes across a number of exhilarating sports.

I don’t know anybody better to tell me about the importance of the games than Enigma People Solutions founding director Ben Hanley. With two silver and one gold Commonwealth Championship medals to his name Ben has lived his whole life with a special affiliation with the games and what they represent.

For Ben, it all began at the 1970’s Championships Games where Ben’s fathers was part of the Nigerian contingent and mother a local athlete. Fast forward to the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh when a young Ben Hanley, a keen sports enthusiast who was actively participating in 6 or 7 sports, had the highly influential experience of meeting Frank Dick – coach to the 1980 and 1984 Olympic Decathlon champion Daley Thompson. Frank Dick, the former director of coaching for UK Athletics, renowned for being one of the greatest sport coaches in the world, played his part in influencing Ben to pursue his love of fencing and compete in the Scottish Men’s Commonwealth Sabre Team in 1990, 1998, 2002 and 2006 bringing home the prestigious medals.

It doesn’t end there however, Ben has also been coaching young Sabre athletes for over 14 years, leading his athletes to win over 5 Commonwealth medals, and is also the current coach for this years Scotland’s men’s and women’s Sabre team competing in the The Commonwealth Fencing Championships 2014. Fencing was last in the Games in 1970 however in line with Commonwealth Games federation, the sport holds it’s own Commonwealth Fencing championships in the same year as the games.

A Champion Recruiter's Commonwealth Perspective - Enigma People Director Ben Hanley

Ben has always had an affinity for what the games stand for. For many, the Commonwealth Games are the first step into a journey of sports excellence and gives athletes the opportunity to strive for excellence. Not only that, they are a means of bringing people, communities and business together to celebrate and take part in sports history.

The impact of the games has been, and will continue to be huge on Glasgow and its local businesses. The Commonwealth Jobs Fund was designed around the Games to support local businesses and young people in Glasgow to come together and create employment opportunities. The fund has helped hundreds of people in Glasgow find employment and as a matter of fact a number of Enigma employees, (including me!) wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the fund. As a small business owner, Ben has of course felt the positive impact of the fund and the Games, but also as a coach and mentor, the meaning of the games resonates strongly with Ben’s beliefs. As a former competitor and current coach to the Scottish National team one of key phrases used regularly is “high performance attitude” towards teamwork and reaching your goals.

High performance attitude is a notion Ben picked up from a sports conditioning coach and is the manner in which he urges his athletes and his staff to approach their goals, be it sports related or career related. High performance attitude means working towards your goals with attention to detail, being prompt and punctual and focusing on targets and goals. In addition to this, being acutely self critical and willing to use criticism to spark one’s own development to achieve realistic goals is something Ben believes in. Working closely with athletes, Ben sees the benefit of adopting these characteristics into any work ethic. As an owner of an award winning recruitment business, Ben implores us as a team to adapt this attitude to the work place, teaching us that success and performance are years in the making, through hard work, determination, talent and the right use of mentoring and coaching. Working towards developing these skills, investing time and training in talent is something we as recruiters can see benefiting not only local businesses but the UK economy as whole. The values of the games, the athletes’ determination and attitude to succeed are something we can all admire and emulate.

The Commonwealth Games have changed the look and feel of Britain and has taught us as a nation to celebrate the integration of societies, bridge gaps in culture and celebrate our athletes achievements. Furthermore it has the ability to help promote Scottish Businesses in the global economy and teaches us the work ethic and skill to help our businesses achieve this. The events will allow Glasgow to shine in the eyes of the world and it is the hope that its legacy will be felt by all people, communities and businesses in Scotland for years to come.

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