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CEO Rod Jamieson makes connection with Overseas investor

image ... Invention on its way to an international partnership in 2018 ...

Rod Jamieson CEO of Fortunetwork has spent 15 years from conception to completion of a prototype model in readiness for launching on to the global marketplace.

Said Rod Jamieson ” As a second time inventor of a unique product, I can honestly say it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life. So much thought and trial has gone into this in order to get it to the beginning of its journey! It is exciting however that all that work developing my product has been recognised already by a businessman Overseas, as one with massive potential, and this is a connection that would never of happened had it not been for the introduction to a social media platform from one of the members of Fortunetwork. The businessman is willing to invest heavily into the Patenting of the media product and following that to further ensure it has all possible exposure to as wide a global market as possible. I expect that in 2018 the business will walk steadily and carefully and the manufacturing base in Scotland will benefit from the orders it will inevitably field.”

Watch this space in 2018!

2016 Free Business Membership

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After two visits as a guest of Fortunetwork, our members will, upon request from the visitors, vote on Membership applications. There will be no fee to become a member, just the right attitude and personality is required.

All we ask at Fortunetwork is that you are a business owner and have run a business for more than six months and are willing to attend our breakfast meetings at least one out of two meetings per month if possible. Our thinking and meetings are different to anything else you will find available in Networking today.

We have the best venue in Glasgow and breakfast is only £10 for a fully cooked meal. What more could you possibly want?

Our Members have spent many years developing Fortunetwork and now it is more like a Club of Business people who enjoy each other’s company and are willing to give experience and free input to help each other.

For more information or to book a breakfast contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 07850 936 045.

CEO Rod Jamieson - 2012 will be booming marvellous!

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Rod Jamieson CEO of Fortunetwork is confident that 2012 will be a fantastic year for Members businesses

So, 2011 was an absolute nightmare for businesses across the UK but in Scotland and in particular in Fortunetwork, Members are very confident about 2012 because many Members saw their businesses flourishing and growing steadily in 2011.

Why is this you may ask?

Could it be that the working closely together and helping each other understand our businesses better, offering support and advice, developing contacts, thinking out of the box has all been instrumental in giving the Members confidence to push hard and build a stable and solid future?

Rod Jamieson CEO commented “I would like to think that the Members that are regular visitors to our meetings each week have gained the most.

Fortunetwork was not designed for people to just network and sell to each other or feel pressured into things that are most uncomfortable. It was designed to offer a platform for Entrepreneurs, Business owners and New Businesses to feel comfortable in surroundings where real business dreams can be manufactured and bought to life ... Just like mine has!

It is very exciting to me that through all the frustration that 2011 has created, I can now see so many happy smiling faces - real solidarity exists between our Members - we really do look out for each other and have aspirations which we believe, after careful analysis, will be realised. Dreams really can come true, but let’s not kid ourselves here, all of the business owners in Fortunetwork have had to work damn hard to achieve the great things we see today.

2012 is going to be a fabulous year for us and our membership will grow again however our business is not about volume of Members, it is about quality and about spending valuable time with each other to develop lasting relationships that we believe will be with us for the rest of our lives.

I want to thank all my Members (new and old!) who have been loyal supporters, from Fortunetwork’s conception in August 2008 to present day. Your vision, support and bloody minded determination has had a huge impact on us all.

Contact Rod on 07850 936 045 - visit his website Click here

Contract Wins Boost G5 Growth Plans

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Aberdeen-based IT firm, G5 Technologies Ltd has reported a strong finish to its financial year by securing £200,000 of new business last month September 2011

Some of the new work includes the provision of IT support and hardware to The Property Management Company and Initiative2, as well as winning overseas contracts with existing client Northern Offshore

Managing director Steve Brand said: “We are excited about the opportunity to further extend our support model to Northern Offshore’s global operations in Houston and Singapore to unify their IT infrastructure. We have worked closely with them over the past 3 years, providing proactive 24 hour IT support and we look forward to working with them as their trusted IT advisors.

We are delighted to have secured these contracts in what has been a pretty tough economic climate and as a result we will be looking to employ another engineer to complement our existing team. This looks promising for our growth plans and our projected turnover for the coming financial year is £1 million”.

Established in 2004, G5 employ 11 staff in Aberdeen and 2 in Cape Town, South Africa and specialise in providing offshore and onshore IT support to a range of industries from the oil and gas sector to hospitality.


August 2011

Office 365 to stand out from the cloud ...

We are all aware of the numerous versions of Microsoft software that have been released over the years but did anyone actually expect we could be persuaded to join the cloud this soon?

The much awaited release of Office 365 in April 2011 has been described as the ““biggest shift in computing since the move to graphical interfaces a generation ago”.  The release sees Microsoft build upon its previous cloud offerings – BPOS (Business Productivity Online Suite) and Office Web Apps to ensure their share of the market.

After many months of work and huge financial investment, Office 365 is Microsoft’s new portfolio of cloud-based desktop applications. So what can users expect from Microsoft Office 365 and will it have you reaching for the clouds?

What is Microsoft Office 365?
Over the years, Microsoft hasn’t done too badly out of selling its software solutions and netting the odd billion. But these days, the big news in IT solutions is cloud computing – that’s software applications hosted by remote servers over the Internet.

Steve Brand, director of G5 Technologies Ltd explains: “Instead of having the traditional server with email and shared files and a pc with a copy of office on it, the majority of your office IT requirements can be “rented” monthly from Microsoft over the internet. 365 includes:
• Email and Calendar
• SharePoint for sharing files
• Office Web apps for sharing files with people that don’t have a copy of office
• Lync for instant messaging

Rather than a hefty one-off cost for server hardware, users subscribe to the service on a monthly pay-as-you-go basis. It may be that you require 15 licenses this month but, say, only 10 next month. Not a problem. You purchase exactly what you need as you go along.  This should see a significant reduction in cost for SME’s as they won’t have the huge initial outlay of a server and related software”.

No more lengthy software installs
Steve goes on to explain: “Setting up a new employee will no longer mean having to install vast amounts of software and updates. As long as they have an Internet connection, users are ready to go”.

Always up-to-date
“With Office 365 you will always have the latest product versions without ever needing to run software updates yourself. One of the beauties of cloud-based products is that updates are run across the host’s platform with no need for the user to lift a finger”.

Accessible any time anywhere
“This also means accessibility from pretty much anywhere. Office 365 is compatible with the vast majority of smartphones, iPhones and so on, making working on the move a doddle – if you have connection to the Internet; you have access to Office 365”.

“There is the argument that if you have no internet connection you have no access to your files which is true but with Microsoft guaranteeing uptime of 99.9%,even if your internet connection goes down at work, you can nip along to your local Starbucks, home or anywhere that has an internet connection and access your files and emails”.

Flexible pricing
When considering the appropriateness of Microsoft 365 for you or your business, you’ll no doubt be looking at cost. The good news is that, whilst prices are yet to be confirmed, it is expected that 365 will come in significantly lower than BPOS’s pricing. The latter specified a minimum license purchase of 5, with BPOS starting at £6.72 per licence per month. So with Google’s free offering of the user-friendly Docs and its business version, Apps, costing just £33 per year (available on individual subscription), it seemed like a no-brainer.

Microsoft Office 365 is seeking to address this imbalance, and it is thought there will be no minimum license purchase necessary. Instead, is likely that businesses will need only to pay for what they actually require - great news for SMEs.

To conclude, Steve says: “At the moment, if you rely on business applications such as Sage or any SQL based application, you will still need an on-premise server to run it but Microsoft are making it pretty clear that the Cloud is the route they want to go down. I’m quite sure that within 4 years, even these applications will be hosted in the cloud”.

Based in Westhill, G5 Technologies are an IT consultancy firm that specialise in the Oil and Gas sector. If you would like further information on the best IT options for your company, please contact 01224 443896 or

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Banks under fire over lending to small firms

Banks under fire over lending to small firms

Financial Institutions have been accused of trying to stifle new start-ups over funding applications – Extract from The Herald on 30th April 2011 ... ... ... ... ... ...

This can have serious impact over the life-expectency of small businesses. Without proper funding, either they may fail to start or may fail to attract the right amount of attention from potential customers and hence, fail within a year or two.

There are several reasons behind this. The primary reasons are that financial institutions have been asked to increase the amount of capital they hold in order to lend. This has gone up. And as a result, they are either calling back the loans they had disbursed early. Or they are refusing to lend.

Having said that, financial institutions can only make money if they lend money. And hence, they are still lending. The criteria, however, have now become more stringent.

Whereas, in the past you could get a loan with a fair credit rating, now you need to not only have impeccable credit history, you also need to provide an element of security and deposit of as much as up to 30% of the loan value.

Get your application wrong the first time and you could be in for a long haul. You may have to make presentations after presentations. You may end up speaking to the wrong financial institution for your needs. Or you could end up speaking to the wrong department or person.

This can cause stress. And not only that, you may lose valuable opportunities and time. And rather than spending time doing what you are best at, you would end up preparing presentations and chasing financial institutions and with no result.

This is where working with specialists such as CER Business Finance can help.

We have worked with businesses from many sectors and of various sizes. And we have helped them secure the right funding.

We spend time to understand your situation and requirements. We don’t try to fit you into a box. Rather, we build a brand new presentation around your case.

And once we have done that, we approach the right person in the right department at the right lender. The result is much less stress and speedy results.

While we would love to guarantee our results, these depend on the information you provide.

We work in an honest way with you. And if at the outset we feel that you may not be eligible to get the funding you are looking for, we will mention that. In which case, there is no cost to you.

Have you recently applied for funding? We would love to hear your experience.

Do you think that Financial Institutions are doing enough to help Small Businesses?

For Full Story (Read both pages) from The Herald download the PDF here