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What might Brexit mean for the tech industry?

What might Brexit mean for the tech industry?

‘Political high drama’ best explains the last two weeks in the UK as its people voted to leave the EU. But what might this mean for its tech industry?

Over the last ten years the London technology sector has boomed. What once was just a roundabout in East London, Old Street has now become London’s ‘Tech City’. Its surrounding areas have evolved from warehouses into industrial sleek offices for startups and shared working spaces. Being an EU member certainly seems to have had a positive effect on the tech industry...

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Mobile phones: the nation’s new BFFs?

Mobile phones: the nation’s new BFFs?

Last month hailed the launch of O2’s #newnormal campaign which demonstrates how intrinsic mobiles have become to our day-to-day lives.

As part of the campaign O2 recently released its Mobile Life Report which reveals how our phones are changing the way we live and our now close relationship with them.

According to the study...

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Five tools for design survival (especially in a tech startup)

Five tools for design survival (especially in a tech startup)

Despite the fact that Piriform is now ten years old, and can’t technically be seen as a startup – it has certainly retained that culture. At just over 30 staff (and growing), the office doesn’t feel big enough to introduce formal procedures just yet; anything too rigid would feel excessive considering you can be at someone’s desk in a few seconds or Skype them for a quick catch up in five minutes. This is just one example of a number of differences I’ve noticed as a designer working in a startup style environment vs a large corporate office...

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How to thrive as a flexible workforce

How to thrive as a flexible workforce

We now live in a world dominated by social media, apps and start-ups. It’s undeniable that in the last few years tech has boomed. 

Although tech has always been perceived as a solid career choice, in recent years it’s become a highly attractive industry to work in. For us, this has had an impact on recruitment as the market’s demand for certain skillsets has risen, primarily in software development. But, thinking differently and finding creative solutions where traditional industry fails or reacts too slowly to keep pace with the changing world is what the tech industry is all about.

Being a young progressive tech company which champions flexible working has helped protect us from this skills shortage. We now have a number of very talented employees who work flexibly from their homes both within the UK and around the world. Flexible working also applies to our office-based employees too. ‘Making Piriform a great place to work’ is one of our company objectives so we do everything we can to ensure employees achieve a work/life balance. About half our London-based staff don’t work strictly 9-5.30 and we recently approved our first flexible working request by a member of our development team which was made so he could help with childcare arrangements.

As today is Flexible Working Awareness Day I thought I’d share a few tips we’ve learned along the way...

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