SME Growth Club

Quadriga Consulting has launched SME GrowthClub – a membership club for small and medium sized businesses with ambitions to grow and scale.

Not all businesses have such ambitions or potential. But some have.

Businesses that want to grow have very different needs to those that don’t. On the one hand they need more working capital. They may have more demanding information needs – to ensure investors are fully briefed on business performance. They may need much more professional services support.

The purpose of GrowthClub is to create a community of business people who can share from each other at regular events, who can provide their perspectives via this site, and who will appreciate getting timely information about topics and issues that interest them.

Growing a business is a major challenge. Our focus will be on giving growth focused businesses a platform and an information portal. Over time we’ll consult with our members about the challenges they’re facing.

We hope to run regional events across the UK and Ireland over the coming months.

So, if you’re into growth and you love business, please consider joining us. We promise we won’t bombard you. If you feel we’re communicating with you too much it’s easy to unsubscribe. And we have a simple privacy policy that’s easy to understand.

ICONS Festival

ICONS Festival is a landmark four day event across TECHNOLOGY, MUSIC and SCREEN that seeks to educate, enlighten, encourage and inspire. From students to startups and C-level Executives to creatives, delegates will gain insight from key industry professionals across technology, music and screen.

The event is taking place in the new Titanic Conference Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Jeffrey Peel will be chairing two panel discussions at the event including a panel focused on “What’s Next for VC” featuring:

      • Sandy McKinnon, TechStart NI
      • Jay Onda, Yamaha
      • Jon Bradford, TechStars
      • Luke Hake, Octopus Ventures

Further information about the Festival is available here.

Engaging Government

Jeffrey Peel, Managing Director of Quadriga Consulting, is also Editor-in-Chief of Citizen2015.com – a unique ‘thought leadership’ portal that focuses on the latest thinking and discussions related to citizen to government engagement. He has interviewed some of the leading thinkers on digital government in the UK and North America – and has undertaken dozens of projects focused on government technology and CRM.

Jeff will chair an expert panel of Verint users (to be announced) at the upcoming Engage Conference at The Savoy, London.

Panellists will be from different areas of the public sector, and Jeff will elicit their opinions on matters such as the response to Government austerity measures; digital first initiatives; customer engagement strategies and moves towards greater shared services and regionalization.

Further information about Engage is available here.  

 

 

Citizen Participation and Tech

This article was first published on Citizen2015.com

One of the most prolific writers and researchers on the subject of technology and citizen participation is Tiago Peixoto at the World Bank.

Tiago focuses on democratic participation and the effect that technology can have on better participation in elections or consultation exercises. But he also makes the point very effectively – especially in this presentation – that once citizens are encouraged to participate (in any way) they tend to keep doing it. And if the technologists can point at good outcomes then civil servants will be more likely to keep investing.

For example, he uses the example of Fix My Street to show how citizens who use the service (created by MySociety, not a government department) and get a result (such as a fixed hole in a road) tend to have a greater likelihood of participating in other ways.

Similarly, anecdotal evidence suggests that the very high turnout in the recent Scottish referendum was fuelled in no small part by a vast amount of social media chatter – especially within younger age-groups.  Similarly, the turnout in the recent UK general election – tipped to be knife-edge in terms of outcome – resulted in much greater social media dialog and an increase in turnout compared to the last general election in 2010.

Therefore one type of participation can fuel another. And democracy doesn’t start and stop with elections – rather elections are just one part of the citizen to government participation continuum.

Tiago suggests that part of the reason for poor participation and engagement with technology based solutions can be explained by a focus on technology itself rather than clearly articulated outcomes. Often technology based participation efforts have no obvious goals, are badly designed and do nothing to ‘deepen democracy’.

However, there are lots of very clear outcomes that can be aspired to. For example, he points to reductions in tax evasion or reduced infant mortality rates as the types of outcome that civil servants can set themselves.

In short, some citizen participation projects are clearly better than others. The good ones clearly do good things for the citizens that use them. The effect of these good things is more engagement and deepened democracy.

Citizen 2015 is a great example of how we build rich, research-led assets for client companies that result in engaged communities focused on subjects of common interest. This article is one of dozens more that we write for an international client base.  

ICT 2015: Lisbon

We’re attending ICT2015, the EU’s major digital policy conference in Lisbon in October.

The policy conference is a major part of ICT 2015, covering three days (20-22 October, 2015).

It is designed to present the new Commission policies and initiatives with regard to Research & Innovation in ICT – in particular, with regards to two of the top 10 priorities of the Juncker Commission: Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness and The connected Single Digital Market.

We’ll be blogging about the conference on Citizen2015.com

We’re at the Conservative Party Conference

Our Managing Director, Jeffrey Peel, will be attending the 2015 Conservative Party Conference in Manchester from October 4th to 7th.  He plans to conduct a series of audio interviews with senior government spokespeople, think tanks and policy specialists – as part of the Citizen2015.

Citizen 2015 is becoming one of the most important destination sites focused on citizen to government engagement processes.

If you’re attending the Conservative Party Conference and would like to meet please contact us.

Researched Editorial

Opinion is all very well, but opinion that ignores the facts and the evidence doesn’t have much weight. It tends to be ignored.

At Quadriga Consulting we’re researchers first and foremost. We build content by assembling the information that supports an argument.

Then we present that argument in an effective way.

We use clear English. We have no axes to grind. We don’t let clutter get in the way.

We help build arguments (and content) for clients. We deliver this information via dedicated websites and social media – building influence through networking, interview programs, and media partnerships.

Contact us if you need our support building effective arguments and editorial based on evidence.

Citizen 2015 Launched

Quadriga Consulting has launched Citizen 2015 – a new web portal and information resource focused on citizen to government engagement.

Following our successful partnership with Kana in 2012 and 2013 – resulting in the Citizen 2012 and Citizen 2013 events – we are delighted to announce that Kana’s new parent company, Verint, is sponsoring Citizen 2015.

Citizen 2015 will become a unique knowledge base focused on digital government and the emergence of the ‘digital citizen’.  The site will contain dozens of news articles, long-form opinion pieces, two major white papers and many video interviews with thought leaders.

Commenting on the launch of site, Jeffrey Peel said:

Our Citizen 2012 and 2013 events were wonderful and we really engaged the digital government community in the UK and beyond. Citizen 2015 has an editorial team based in the UK and USA. Larry Larkin, our Associate Director, will be coordinating our US content out of a Washington DC base.  We’re currently planning our next interview program for mid-June in and around Capitol Hill.

Citizen 2015 is made possible by the sponsorship of Verint.

New UK ‘Inward Investment’ support service launched at Mobile World Congress 2015

Goodwille and Quadriga Consulting join forces to provide outsourced business support and market development to technology firms entering UK

Mobile World Congress, Barcelona and London – Two UK based firms that provide services to technology companies planning UK market entry today announced that they are joining forces to provide a unique amalgam of services.

London based Goodwille provides all the company legal, financial administration and people management support companies need to ensure they are properly administered, managed and monitored. This makes setting up a new operation in a new environment much less frustrating and expensive.

Quadriga Consulting, based in Belfast and London, provides an amalgam of marketing and business development services to client firms – with a strong focus on mobile and enterprise software clients.

According to Annika Goodwille, CEO of Goodwille, “We have 18 years’ experience supporting companies of all sizes entering the UK market. Quadriga Consulting has been trading for over 13 years. So collectively we have built up a considerable client base and reputation over those years. At Goodwille we focus on all those functions that companies need to get right as soon as they establish in the UK market: legal, finance, HR and payroll. But we recognise that businesses also need to hit the ground running with marketing and business development support.  That’s where Jeff and his team at Quadriga Consulting come in.”

The new combined service is being launched at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona for good reason, as explained by Jeffrey Peel of Quadriga Consulting. “Mobile World Congress is the focus event for more and more companies as mobility and cloud impact just about every aspect of technology. Many early and mid-stage firms converge on Barcelona – perhaps exhibiting on country pavilions – and use it as a spring-board into new export markets. If these companies are considering UK market entry and need support, we can help. Together with the team at Goodwille we can give them the support they need at a very affordable rate. We can also help build the channel base, create appropriate marketing content and even research the market. So we’re keen to meet and chat to firms attending MWC15 to discuss their UK-focused plans.”

Jeffrey Peel will be attending the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from March 2 to 4 and will be located in Hall 8.1 Stand H49.  However we recommend scheduling a meeting in advance. Please contact Jeff via email on jeff@quadco.co.uk or via mobile on +44 78 1666 4650

For further information about Goodwille please visit http://goodwille.com/ or for Quadriga Consulting visit http://quadco.co.uk

50 Marketing Thought Leaders

By Jeffrey Peel

Brand Quarterly is a fabulous online magazine that showcases the latest thinking on marketing and social media.  The Magazine’s ’50 Marketing Thought Leaders over 50′ list attempts to redress the perception that only young people know how to market in a digital age.

According to Fiona Vesey, Brand Quarterly’s Editor, “Each of the Marketing Thought Leaders highlighted on this year’s list have a wealth of experience and knowledge to share with fellow marketers; and have gained the respect of their peers through their words, actions and achievements, in print, online and in person.  They are proof that age has little to do with ability; that you’re never too young OR too old, when you’ve got talent.”

It’s for this reason I’m especially pleased to be included in the 2014 list. Although I’m not especially pleased that I’m now over 50.

Read more here.