One of the region’s most watched new firms is changing its name as part of a rebrand designed to attract the growing number of global firms looking to strike affiliate partnership deals. Performance Horizon works with international companies to track online sales and pay commission to third party marketers. The company has used this partnership service with clients including Adidas, British Airways, Expedia, Google and Spotify. The success of the company’s work delivering and optimising these partnership deals has led the firm to gain a reputation as one of Newcastle’s most new companies, being named top tech firm in the region by GP Bullhound, being tipped to become a $1bn tech ‘unicorn’ and making the Tech City UK list of the UK’s 50 companies to watch. Now it has changed its name to Partnerize, saying the new identity will align the company with the growing trend of using partner website and businesses to boost online sales. Mal Cowley, Partnerize … [Read more...] about Performance Horizon changes its name to Partnerize as part of new strategy
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By Marc Levy Wednesday, April 11, 2018The city says it is planning for worst-case climate change projections, including a tripling of days over 90 degrees in temperature and daylong floods that might trap people at their offices, but some officials and residents are pushing for even more ways to ensure construction that is safe 50 years from now and even helps prevent environmental disaster. The City Council turned its Monday meeting into a roundtable looking at a climate plan focused on the Alewife area, which is flood-prone and has the least tree protection to ease extreme heat; the agenda for its next regular meeting is expected to include a citizen zoning petition that would require all large development to follow tougher climate standards. The petition “puts common-sense protections in place that will make buildings safer and better protect residents,” said petitioner Mike Nakagawa, noting that extreme heat days are expected to start having a significant impact … [Read more...] about With heatwaves, daylong floods on horizon, citizens aim to jumpstart green protections
Horizon Theatre’s current musical “Freaky Friday,” directed by Heidi Cline McKerley and running through April 22, takes mother-daughter bonding to a whole new level. You know this if you’ve read Mary Rodgers’ 1972 children’s novel, or if you’ve seen either of two movies: the Jodie Foster-Hayley Mills version in the 70’s or the Jamie Lee Curtis-Lindsay Lohan film in the 90’s. There will soon be a Disney Channel movie of the show on view at the Horizon, with a book by Bridget Carpenter; and music by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composers (“Next to Normal”) Tom Kitt (music) and Brian Yorkey (lyrics). With all these credentials, one can hardly see how the show could go wrong. But in the magical, maddening world of the theatre, one must never count chickens. In addition, there is a cast of stellar actor/singers such as Jennifer Alice Acker, Randi Garza, Juan Carlos Unzueta, Jeff McCurley, Jill Hames, and Frank Faucette, to name … [Read more...] about Theatre Review: ‘Freaky Friday’ at Horizon Theatre
From AI to soft skills, what should companies be aware of in the world of finance and fintech? The future is bright for fintech. At least, that’s the conclusion reached at a roundtable recently conducted by Harvey Nash Ireland on the topic. Harvey Nash technology director Gavin Fox led the event and brought together a number of the country’s leading retail banks and fintech companies to discuss the opportunities, challenges and most exciting technologies impacting banking. Open and collaborative Despite adding to regulatory pressures, the introduction of PSD2 and open banking is seen as hugely positive for fintechs, consumers and those incumbent banks that embrace it. The future is no longer about disruption, but collaboration, with customer satisfaction at the centre. Conor McAleavey, head of innovation at Leveris, said the combination of GDPR and PSD2 would “massively level the playing field” in the financial space. The potential of levelling the playing … [Read more...] about What are the 3 biggest game-changers on the horizon in finance?
Musicians Adam Campbell and Peter Cartwright in a sell-out performance at the Richmond House Music Room last Friday left some showgoers beside themselves with delight last Friday. Adam Campbell first performed on clarinet at Richmond House back in 2010 as a Grahamstown schoolboy. Just a few years later, when he’d already been studying sax in France he returned to perform for us as a member of the touring Connections Sax Quartet. This weekend Adam flew in to share the stage with pianist Peter Cartwright in a sellout performance. Peter’s music career also began in Grahamstown and is now on an exciting career trajectory in Johannesburg. These two musicians presented a bold, stretching and rich programme of four main works – also staged by the Grahamstown Music Society on Monday evening 26/2. Advertisement One audience member WhatsApped: ‘Amazing concert…I would never otherwise have heard these challenging pieces and had my musical horizons … [Read more...] about Adam Campbell and Peter Cartwright magnificent in sell out performance