Vigiles Group are thrilled to received recognition of our commitment to making a positive impact through responsible innovation.
Happy New Year – we are delighted to welcome the New Year with the news that our founder Diane Douglas has been shortlisted for the award of Female Entrepreneur of the Year at the South West Business and Community Awards. The Awards were established by the Great British Expo to recognise, celebrate and reward the best achievement across the region. Good Luck to Diane and all of the shortlisted, individuals, companies and charities.
Vigiles were delighted to be invited by the Department for International Trade to join new and established company founders and the Federation of Small Business in celebration of Small Business Saturday on the 1st December. The event an opportunity for round table talks with Secretary of State for International Trade RH Liam Fox.
What is Small Business Saturday?
Small Business Saturday the nationwide campaign to support and promote the UK’s 5.7 million small businesses, has announced it will tour the country to spotlight and support the nation’s top growth businesses.
In the last decade a new annual phenomenon has taken off around the world. Small Business Saturday, which launched in 2010, has grown from a grass-roots campaign encouraging consumers to ‘shop local’, into an annual event that has reached millions and raises awareness of the crucial importance of small businesses.
Heathrow Airport and Department of International Trade – World of Opportunity Grant awarded to Vigiles Group.
Tuesday the 9th of October 2018 was Ada Lovelace Day, annually celebrated worldwide to honour the first person ever to write a line of code. Ada Lovelace was a 19th Century mathematician, best known for her work with Charles Babbage to develop the ‘Analytical Engine’ computer, and cited as publishing the first ever algorithm and recognising that machines have applications beyond pure calculation. She also happened to be a woman.
To celebrate this international day of the achievements of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), the Bristol SETsquared incubator collaborated with Engine Shed to host a panel discussion featuring influential female tech entrepreneurs to discuss their careers in STEM, ranging from software engineering to entrepreneurialism.
SETsquared members, Laura Lafave, CTO and founder of OnCorps and Zara Nanu, CEO and founder of Gapsquare joined the panel, alongside Diane Douglas, CEO and founder of Vigiles Group, with Marina Traversari, UK Programme Lead for Oracle’s Global Start-Up Ecosystem chairing the discussion. These inspirational women gave the audience an insight into their different journeys to become leaders in STEM, and the obstacles they overcame to get there.
Ada Lovelace Day – SETsquared ventures inspire entrepreneurs and #WomeninSTEM of the future – SETsquared Bristol http://bit.ly/2LQW0PY
Vigiles Group were invited to LifeSkills Bristol as part of an ‘Open Doors’ event Bristol Open Doors is a once-a-year chance to look behind closed doors and discover the city’s hidden treasures. You can explore fascinating buildings, join guided tours and enjoy a range of creative events and activities. Vigiles showcased our immersive technology applications including GetFiredUP™ a mobile mixed reality gaming app to engage young people with identifying fire risks and hazards in domestic kitchen. The life Skills centre event included exhibits from Avon Fire Brigade, National Power, Network Rail and The Coop – the day saw hundreds of young people play with GetFiredUP
September was a busy month for Vigiles from a two day collaboration at the RESI Property conference Hackathon in Cardiff, problem solving issues in the BTR property sector using immersive technology to engaging with the community on lifeskills.
One year ago Vigiles Group supported Marmalade Trust at their launch of ‘Lorna’ a short film written and directed by Lee Skelly and staring Helen Pearson – The film raised the profile of the silent epidemic and often taboo subject of loneliness.
UK CALLED ON TO BAKE MARMALADE CAKES FOR LONELINESS AWARENESS WEEK 2018
The week aims to give people tools to combat the country’s ‘silent epidemic’ People across the UK are being called on to bake Marmalade Cakes for Loneliness Awareness Week (June 18-22, 2018) to help communities deal with the ‘silent epidemic’ affecting the lives of more than 9 million people. Loneliness Awareness Week (LAW) is being held by Marmalade Trust and the theme of baking Marmalade Connection Cakes has been chosen to help people connect and start conversations with neighbours and people in the community.
The call comes as Government figures reveal:
· 10% of people aged 16 to 24 are “always or often” lonely – the highest proportion of any age group and three times higher than people aged 65
· The UK is the loneliest country in Europe
· Loneliness can be as harmful to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day
· Around 200,000 older people have not had a conversation with a friend or relative in more than a month
· Three out of four GPs say they see between 1 and 5 people a day who have come in mainly because they are lonely
Bristol-based, Hart’s Bakery, are designing special Marmalade Connection Cakes for the occasion and community groups from all walks of life are already getting involved. The bakery has even provided a recipe for the week, which can be downloaded here.
Marmalade Trust founder Amy Perrin said: “Since we formed in 2013, loneliness has become an issue more people are aware of but just don’t know how to deal with or what to do.
For more on how to help combat loneliness in your local community and updates on the various activities and events taking place that week, or to get involved, please go to: https://marmaladetrust.org/law/
Vigiles are proud to announce we have been selected to receive A Lotus Award for our contribution to social responsibility. The Lotus Business Awards focus on Culture, innovation, sustainability and experience.
Vigiles Group founder Diane Douglas was invited to join a guest panel at the first quarterly meeting of WTF that’s short for Women Tech Founders – part of Womens Tech Hub promoting gender diversity in tech. The topic – Inspiration – The story of how Vigiles Group was founded and motivation to bring innovation to life we feel very proud to share.