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17/08/2018 - 09:40

Cathcart Associates are proud sponsors of Team AcceleRace, the all-female Scottish team from Linlithgow Academy that are heading to Singapore to compete in World Finals of The F1 in Schools Challenge.

 

F1 in Schools is an international STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) competition for students aged 11-18. The teams were given a chance to design, construct and race the fastest Formula One car of The Future. The challenge inspires the students to use their knowledge in IT to learn about physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacture, graphics, financial strategy and so much more.

 

The competition is supported by the F1 community and is found in over 40 countries which makes it seen as the largest STEM-based program in schools all over the world.

 

Team AcceleRace consists of five S3 pupils from Linlithgow Academy - Louise Paterson, Isla Petrie, Louise Murray, Molly Ganner and Aoife Sutton. Their admirable objectives of competing in this challenge is achieving personal development for all their team members and proving that girls can succeed in STEM, which will ultimately encourage other young girls to take up careers in engineering or technology.

 

The girls came 2nd in the Regional Finals which led them to representing Scotland at the UK National Finals, held on 19th March 2018. They deservingly took home the winning title along with achieving the fastest car in the UK. By winning the UK Finals, they have now qualified compete at the F1 in Schools World Finals, to be held in Singapore in September.

 

Team AcceleRace now have the task of raising £10,000 to help them travel to Singapore and represent the UK in the World Finals.

 

If you would like to support Team AcceleRace in their amazing journey, please see: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/teamaccelerace

16/08/2018 - 15:17

Last month Cathcart Associates had the honour of attending a charity dinner alongside Michelle Obama.

 

The event, that took place on July 17th, was hosted by the Hunter Foundation at the EICC with up to 900 guests attending including philanthropy and business leaders.

 

Michelle Obama, Former First Lady, also attended and spoke at the gathering following the footsteps of her husband, former US President Barack Obama, who visited Scotland in May last year for a similar event with the foundation.

 

Sam Wason, Managing Director of Cathcart Associates, commented: “Michelle Obama was in town on Tuesday for an evening of conversation and chat, along with music from Deacon Blue and Beverly Knight, and comedy from Rob Brydon. Sounds good doesn’t it!

 

And it was! The chance to hear the thoughts of the former First Lady on everything from parenthood, philosophy, business as well as a few oblique references to her husband’s successor was fascinating. She was truly inspirational, and very funny. We then had some great food, great music and some hilarious auctioneering from Rob Brydon.

 

All in all, a once in a lifetime event. We certainly had a blast and hope our clients did too, plus the event has raised a huge amount for over 1,000 good causes. “

 

All profits from the event have been invested in hundreds of charities across Scotland.

06/08/2018 - 09:24

On Tuesday, the 31st of July, Cathcart Associates proudly made it to the final of the Business Fives Technology Football Event.

 

Raising over £240 for Prostate Scotland, Cathcart Associates took home second place which resulted in qualifying for the National Final in Edinburgh on the 26th September 2018.

 

Other notable contributions were received from Commsworld, who raised £303 and deservingly came first in the tournament and Zonal who raised £260, also qualifying for the finals in September.

 

Business Fives in now just £16 shy of £10,000 in its bid to raise £25,000 for charity thanks to the summer event.

 

With Cathcart Associates competing in the National Final, we will continue to fundraise for Prostate Scotland leading up to the event.

 

Join us in wishing our team luck in The National Final on 26th September.

 

To help raise money for Prostate Scotland, please see:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cathcart-associates-business-5s

13/07/2018 - 16:52

According to a report carried out by Tech Nation, Scotland’s capital city is the best place for tech companies right now.

Tech Nation surveyed the UK Tech Community on business, people, living and growth. The report, backed up by the government, is an annual series that over 3,400 responded to with the majority being tech founders or people working in the sector.

The respondents rated the capital city of Scotland on how good the city was for ‘doing business’. This was determined on a range of sub factors including access to talent.

The analysis found that 87% of the Edinburgh community rated the opportunities for high growth digital companies to scale up in Edinburgh as positive, followed by London (79%), Birmingham (71%) and Leeds (70%)

It seems to be a good year for Edinburgh so far, having also been voted as the world’s best city for millennials to move to earlier this year by Deustche Bank.

09/07/2018 - 16:50

In May 2018, Independent IT recruitment firm Cathcart Associates announced the winner of their £5,000 CodeClan Scholarship as Tahnee Downie.

 

The Scholarship, a 16-week Professional Software Development course, was open to applicants from low-income households or disadvantaged backgrounds who wanted to retrain for a career at Codeclan but were unable to pay for the course fees.

 

By offering the scholarship, Cathcart Associates wanted to give those passionate about coding in digital technology the chance to study at the academy by covering the £5,000 course fee.

 

Successful Application Tahnee, who has now been studying at CodeClan for around a month, wrote about her experience so far.

 

To read about Tahnee’s time at CodeClan so far, please see: https://codeclan.com/blog/graphic-designer-trainee-software-developer-me...

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