We have decided to postpone this event (originally planned for March 2, 2017) to a later date. You can pre-register your interest in the event using the form at the foot of this post.
Since the people of the United Kingdom decided to leave the European Union there has been a lot of discussion about what the decision means for UK/Irish relations…and for Ireland itself. We’ll assemble some of the most important speakers to debate whether Ireland’s future lies within the the EU, or outside.
Since the UK’s EU Referendum result was announced on June 24, 2016, here has been much focus on what will happen in terms of trade between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland – as well as trade between the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK that shares a land-border with the EU.
UK-Ireland trade is important. In 2015 the UK imported some Euro 14.7 billion from Ireland and exported just under Euro 20 billion to Ireland.
Some of the questions being asked are:
What will happen if the UK government decides to leave the single market…will this mean a ‘hard border’ between Northern Ireland and The Republic or will nothing much change?
What happens (if anything) to the Common Travel Area – the bilateral arrangement between the UK and Ireland that means that people can move across the border without any checks?
Can an electronic system obviate the need for customs posts?
Does the devaluation of the £UK mean that Irish exporters will be at a permanent disadvantage (while UK exports to the Republic appear relatively cheap) or will Sterling just float back?
Will tariffs return if the UK leaves the single market or will common sense prevail?
What are the opportunities emerging from Brexit for better trade relations between both nations?
Should Ireland consider following the UK’s lead…is Eirexit an option?
These and many other questions may not be answerable until the nature of Brexit becomes clearer. But, by March 2017, we will be closer to the UK initiating Article 50 in order to formally leave the EU. It will be a good time to debate the future for Ireland and the UK in a post-Brexit (and post Brexit-hysteria) world.
As a follow-up to our EU Referendum Business Debate held in Belfast in April 2016, we are delighted to announce a debate and conference. This will be a must-attend event for people in business, government or public affairs to get right up to speed on the latest thinking about British/Irish trade in a post-Brexit world.
To help debate some of these issues we have a stellar line-up of speakers including:
Douglas Carswell MP – the first elected Member of Parliament for the UK Independence Party (UKIP)
Noelle O’Connell – Executive Director, European Movement, Ireland
Paul Staines – the Libertarian political blogger and publisher of the Guido Fawkes website
Anthony Coughlan – Associate Professor Emeritus, Social Policy, Trinity College, Dublin
John McGrane – Director General, British-Irish Chamber of Commerce
John Longworth – Former Director General, British Chambers of Commerce
Cormac Lucey – Economics Commentator, Sunday Times (Ireland) and Author, Plan B: How Leaving the Euro Can Save Ireland
David McCann – Deputy Editor, Slugger O’Toole
Keith Redmond – Director and Co-Founder, Hibernia Forum
The event will provide invaluable insight into the political decisions that need to be taken as well as the opportunities for trade. The conference will provide a forum for business people, politicians and academics to discuss and network.
Please complete the short form below to register your interest.
Anaeko, the ‘third platform’ developer and consulting business, has today announced that it will be showcasing its IBM Cloud Object Storage expertise at IBM’s data storage event in London from today.
Anaeko has been an active player in the third platform wave over the last decade, focusing on mobile computing, social media, cloud computing, big data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT).
The IBM Technical University is an opportunity for Anaeko to present the depth of its capabilities in software defined solutions – especially IBM Cloud Object Storage built on the Cleversafe platform. According to leading industry analysts, object storage provides vast scale with reduced complexity and reduced longer term management costs. It’s for this reason that the object storage market has been growing markedly on the back of other IT market segment growth such as cloud computing and application specific data analytics.
According to Colm Hayden, CTO of Anaeko, “The success of 3rd platform technologies including cloud, mobile, social and analytics has resulted in the exponential growth of data storage requirements to IDC’s predicted 44 zettabytes of data by 2020. Software defined storage platforms such as IBM Cloud Object Storage extend the scope of traditional storage hardware which is prohibitively costly and complex to manage at this scale. Over the last number of years Anaeko has enabled the delivery of software-defined storage solutions by integrating Cleversafe’s market leading object storage platform with products from Microsoft, Symantec, Veritas, Gladinet, Citrix, iRODS, Cloudera and Apache.”
He continued, “Anaeko combines deep Cleversafe expertise with world-leading integration skills to develop high performance plugins and validate compatibility with object storage APIs including S3 and OpenStack. We’re keen to hear from other attendees at the Technical University about how we can leverage our unique competency.”
Belfast & Southampton, October 12, 2016 – ServiceClarity, a provider of SaaS-based strategic reporting tools for cloud development and operations managers, has today announced a partnership with Clearvision, consulting specialists in JIRA.
Software developers across the world are increasingly relying on JIRA as a means of managing multiple, concurrent, cloud-based application development tasks and projects. JIRA is developed and marketed by Atlassian who serve over 50,000 customers globally, including 85 of the Fortune 100.
Clearvision, an Atlassian Enterprise and Platinum Expert, helps client companies implement JIRA alongside offering expert consulting, support, hosting and training services for the rest of the Atlassian tools.
Clearvision is now extending its JIRA-focused offerings to customers that need a more strategic view of software projects. By implementing ServiceClarity, customers are provided with a richer, deeper and more strategic view of multiple software development projects in real time.
According to Colm Hayden, CTO of ServiceClarity, “JIRA is a superb tool for managing cloud based software projects. But when many projects are being managed concurrently it’s impossible to tell what’s going on at a macro level, or what productivity levels are being achieved by different teams. ServiceClarity provides this strategic view – allowing software managers to drive efficiencies in development, operations and support by measuring the KPIs that matter – cost, quality, time-to-market and customer satisfaction. Our partnership with Clearvision allows heavyweight JIRA users to optimise their development and operational processes, reduce cost and deliver business value – with the support that’s required from a global JIRA implementation specialist.”
Gerry Tombs, Managing Director of Clearvision, explains the logic of this ‘strategic view’ of software development:
“The cloud allows development teams to deliver faster than before, using many ready-made resources. However, it is not uncommon for this to result in project bloat, poorly designed processes, and quite a degree of duplication of effort. By having a more strategic view – made possible by ServiceClarity – JIRA users can reap the double benefits of great project management tools as well as better management of development resources. It’s this combination of strategic and project management that makes ServiceClarity with JIRA particularly compelling. And we’re there to help ensure everything works seamlessly.”
We have been working in the Gulf region for the last couple of years for a number of leading technology companies. We’ve been building all sorts of content…from corporate videos, to product brochures and web content.
We’re visiting Dubai in October to attend Gitex – the Middle East & Africa’s largest technology exhibition and conference.
It would be wonderful to connect if you’re attending.
Do you ever get the feeling that public policy decisions are often reached as a result of the latest fad or latest media fixation? Sometimes policy decisions are simply responses to simple ‘causality’. For example, sugar results in obesity. Or smoking should be taxed into oblivion. But sometimes such policy choices can make situations even worse. Rent controls, to curb rent inflation, can reduce the stock of available houses to rent. Excessive taxation can feed the ‘grey market’.
The fact is that societies are complex. They involve many interlocking relationships – if one relationship is artificially altered it can affect all the others, often in bizarre ways.
Policy choice can also have a serious and detrimental effect on business.
We help influence public and business opinion by researching and writing about the effects certain policy decisions might have. We organise debates and round tables, conduct interviews, produce video content, write white papers and social media content – all designed to inform people, businesses and politicians.
This little video hints at the type of work we undertake.
If you’d like to know more about the types of public policy work we undertake, please contact us.
Owen Polley has joined the Quadriga Consulting team as a Senior Associate responsible for public policy focused content development.
Owen is a policy and public affairs professional and researcher, who worked for five years for the Conservative Party. While at the Conservative Party he was responsible for policy development, policy support, campaign activities and media. He is an experienced researcher and accomplished writer, accustomed to working on policy documents, news stories, web content, feature articles and detailed briefings. Recently, his projects have included researching the likely consequences of ‘Brexit’ and writing a policy paper on business support for small and medium enterprises.
As a Conservative Party staffer, Owen wrote and researched the party’s local government manifesto for Northern Ireland, as well as contributing significantly to both its European and Westminster manifestos.
As a journalist and commentator Owen has contributed to The Guardian, The Daily Mirror, Belfast Telegraph, FourFourTwo, The Christian Science Monitor, Prospect Magazine, Open Democracy and Conservative Home, as well as other newspapers and magazines. His blog was shortlisted for the inaugural Orwell Prize for political blogging, in 2009. Public Affairs clients have included the Federation of Small Businesses and Leave.EU.
Owen is a member of the Institute of Accounting Technicians in Ireland and worked in accountancy for ten years. He studied law at Dundee University.
Many of our clients need to reach decision-makers scattered across countries or time zones. Reaching international audiences, and involving them in conversations, has traditionally been very difficult. Content that is seen to be produced for local audiences often doesn’t work well in other markets.
We have come up with a concept that is being used by clients to extend their content marketing reach into international markets – and also allows us to involve those markets in content creation.
A Familiar Concept for the Connected Generation
Most people are familiar with the idea of the talk show. The format has become a mainstay for broadcasters across the globe. A studio ‘anchor’ chairs a discussion or debate around one or several topics.
We have taken this format and ‘tweaked’ it slightly.
Our talk show format allows us to create compelling broadcast content that is both live-streamed and streamed on-demand across the globe. Talk shows allow us to involve expert witnesses, wherever they are located, and incorporate their opinions and perspectives, via Skype Video or Google Video Hangouts.
Showcasing your people, products , services & customer stories to a truly global audience.
How it Works
Here’s what we do. We create a sponsor-branded ‘pop-up’ studio. We have a studio anchor to lead the chat with studio guests and guests connected via video conference. Our in-studio Director can cut between in-studio cameras, Skype video feeds from remote guests, and audio feeds from remote guests. We can also cut-in pre-recorded segments and/or advertisements into both live streamed talk shows and on-demand programs.
Shows can be recorded quarterly – we can film two or three shows in one filming day. That way, your pre-recorded talk show can be played out at set dates and times – the result, exclusive all year round content for your lead generation and content marketing calendar. (Four filming days per year equals eight to twelve talk shows – one per month).
Studio Guests or Big Debates
We can have one or two people in the studio and a few remote guests or we can have hundreds of studio guests and stream live, or on-demand, across the globe.
The resulting shows are the ultimate in ‘thought leader’ content. Rather than publishing a ‘white paper’, our streamed video based content reaches audiences across the globe. We combine our expertise in developing deep, insightful content with the latest video, streaming, social media and content marketing technology.
The format can be tweaked slightly to suit the client need. For example, we can also have an in-studio audience. Or we can incorporate talk shows into traditional events or conferences. We can also record talk shows and then stream them on a pre-determined date or dates. An editorial calendar can be published well in advance.
Marketing and Pre-Marketing
The talk show concept is also the perfect complement to social media engagement. Shows can be pre-marketed. Think of Netflix marketing of House of Cards. Well in advance of the launch date the marketing teams will be promoting the stars of the show. A House of Cards twitter account will be releasing teaser content. A count-down clock to launch date will be featured on the show Facebook page.
We do the same things. We’ll be actively promoting guest involvement in the upcoming show. We’ll be publishing blog posts. We’ll be pushing the talk show live date via the dedicated show website and also our sponsor client websites and via social media.
Designed for Engagement
Talk shows can either be streamed publicly or behind a registration portal. If the objective is to have a wide reach – building brand awareness – we recommend a totally open and free stream. However, if there is a need to build leads or suspects, then the registration-wall approach is the way to go. We can build all of the registration functionality required.
Brexit Debate The Talk Show approach works. Our recent UK Brexit Business Debate had some 150 people in the studio but, to date, has had a live/on-demand audience of close to 3,000 from across the globe. Our event hashtag trended across the UK on Twitter. The debate was sponsored by technology firm Equiniti.
Citizen20Series Our Citizen 2012 and Citizen 2013 events, held in London, streamed across the globe and drew together experts in digital government, citizen engagement and citizen participation. The events gave birth to an important portal on citizen engagement called Citizen20Series.com – and we hope to run a series of talk shows in the coming months.
Our Government 2010 event had a concurrent live stream audience in the thousands and we forged media partnerships in the UK and USA. The event featured experts in digital government, in the UK, Europe and USA. The event and talk shows it contained were sponsored by IBM.
For further information about Talk Show and our other live streamed event concepts please contact us for a chat. Email firstname.lastname@example.org now.
Quadriga Consulting organised a major debate on the UK ‘Brexit’ referendum on April 4. With heavy-weight speakers from both sides of the debate our event dominated the local broadcast news agenda and our event hashtag (#EUYourChoice) trended on Twitter across the UK.
We had 150 people attend the event – mostly local business owners. But close to 2,000 watched the event live via our broadcast-quality stream that was syndicated via Independent News & Media assets. The recorded stream continues to attract viewers.
Our sponsors included Equiniti Group, Danske Bank, Federation of Small Businesses and Ipsos-MORI.
The stream player is below. Or visit EUYourChoice.co.uk for our dedicated live stream page.
On the ‘leave side’ speakers were Owen Paterson MP former Northern Ireland Secretary and former Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Owen has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for North Shropshire since 1997.
Joining Owen on the leave side of the debate was Kate Hoey MP. Kate has been Member of Parliament (MP) for Vauxhall since 1989. She served in the Blair Government as Minister for Sport from 1999 to 2001. Kate was born in Northern Ireland and attended Belfast Royal Academy.
Leading the ‘stay’ argument was Vernon Coaker who has been the MP for Gedling since 1997 and Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from October 2011 to October 2013, and again since September 2015. He also served as the Minister of State for Schools from 2009 to 2010 and was Shadow Secretary of State for Defence from 2013 to 2015.
Vernon was joined by former Conservative MEP John Stevens.