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Archive for December, 2011

Rosemary awards Craig Le Grice of CoSkill the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award at the Start up Awards 2011.

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CoSkill is the next generation strategic consultancy. They deliver the best of three broken sectors: the tangibility and commerciality of management consulting and business strategy, with the power to change business; the consumer connection of marketing and advertising, with the ability to engage stakeholders; and the sheer power of digital technology, embracing web, social, mobile and data.

Steph Welstead, editor of, said: “We were blown away by the standard of entries to this year’s Startups Awards. All of the businesses who made it to the 2011 final have shown innovation, guts and determination and the success they have achieved against the backdrop of the economic downturn is a true testament to the strength of UK entrepreneurship’’.

Competition was fierce but the judges felt it takes a high level of intellect to intersect a market at a particular time and Craig Le Grice is one who stood out from the crowd. Since starting in February the company already have an enviable roster of FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 clients, who have turned to the consultancy for very specialised digital and social media marketing knowledge.

We would like to congratulate all of this year’s winners and wish them continued growth and success in the years to come.


Siemens to acquire U.S. company Vistagy

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Siemens expands its industrial software portfolio with the acquisition of Vistagy, Inc., Waltham, Massachusetts, USA, a leading supplier of specialized engineering software and services with emphasis on designing and manufacturing structures made of advanced composite materials.

An agreement to this effect was signed in early November. This acquisition allows Industry Automation, a Division of the Siemens Industry Sector, to continue to enhance its position as the world’s leading supplier of industrial software. The parties agreed not to disclose the terms of the acquisition. The transaction is subject to customary approvals, and is expected to close before the end of 2011.

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E-invoicing company Tradeshift raises $17 million at $137 million valuation

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From Russia with love: two Moscow-based investment firms have led a $17 million funding round for B2B social networking and e-invoicing company Tradeshift, valuing the company at $137 million.  The investors are ru-Net and Kite Ventures, with earlier backer Notion Capital also participating.

Tradeshift basically connects businesses – of all sizes, they’re keen to point out – to help them work together and collaboratively manage things like invoicing and cash flow.

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Siemens to acquire US company Vistagy

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It is always a great pleasure when one of our clients raises a big round of funding, or achieves a well deserved exit. Over the years we have placed executives and built teams for some great emerging technology companies like Netscape (IPO), DoubleClick (acquired by Google), RealNetworks (IPO), Scopus (acquired by Siebel) and more recently eSpotting (acquired by FindWhat),  Zyb (acquired by Vodafone), Outerbay (acquired by HP), DWL (acquired by IBM) and this week Vistagy a leading global provider of industry-specific engineering software and services, was acquired by Siemens (

We first worked With Ed Bernarden, founder and VP International Business Development, in 2003 when we started building their European team. At the time Vistagy was an emerging technology PLM/PDM software company with one great product called Fibersim and a second under development. Over the past 8 years  we have added seven key members to their European management team and  the company now has  300 customers across the globe and over 4500 software users. The company is a strategic supplier to hundreds of the world’s leading manufacturers in the aerospace, wind energy, automotive, and other industries—including Bombardier Aerospace, General Motors, NASA, Ferrari F1, and Lotus Renault GP.

It has been an absolute pleasure working with Ed, Ralph and the rest of the team, we congratulate them on their continued success and we look forward to working with them in the future.

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