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Gerard Eadie

Gerard Eadie: ‘charting a new course’ (pic: Terry Murden)

Conservatories and windows firm CR Smith has seen a surge in enquiries as lockdown focuses consumers on improving their homes. 

Enquiry levels are up 22% on last year from customers looking to extend their homes, while FIX, the company’s repair business, is seeing a 23% uplift, primarily from customers of companies that have gone bust leaving them without a guarantee.   

Owner Gerard Eadie said: “We have had to adapt to the uncertainties of the new business landscape and chart a new course forward for our staff and our customers. 

“The past few months have shown us that we can be more efficient for our customers and that there are tangible opportunities in the home extension market and across our repairs business.”

Snowflake partnership for Edinburgh firm

Edinburgh-based digital transformation consultancy, Infinity Works, has become the UK & Ireland’s first services partner to be awarded elite partner status with Silicon Valley-based Snowflake, the data cloud platform backed by Warren Buffett and recently completed the world’s largest-ever software IPO.

The partnership recognises Infinity Works’ role in moving businesses from legacy databases to agile and cost-effective cloud data platforms.

Infinity Works has supported some of the UK’s most valuable brands to migrate to a cloud data platform, including working on some of Europe’s largest Snowflake deployments.

Projects have included helping a FTSE 100 retailer improve supply chain efficiencies, assisting the UK government with its Covid-19 response, and enabling gaming companies to deliver personalisation.

Funding for distillery expansion

Kilchoman, an independent, family-run whisky distillery based on the Isle of Islay, has secured a £10 million asset based lending facility from HSBC UK to support the building of new warehousing and fund additional marketing.

Founded in 2005, Kilchoman is the creator of Scotland’s only Single Farm Single Malt Whisky, which is hand-crafted from barley grown in the fields surrounding its distillery.

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