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The Entrepreneurial Scotland Conference 2016 (#esconf16)

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

CgjahOmW4AA5XchYesterday our Client Services Director Chris headed up to Auchterarder to join this year’s Entrepreneurial Scotland Conference ‪#‎ESConf16 held at the beautiful Gleneagles hotel.

A celebration of entrepreneurship, the event featured speakers from a variety of different entrepreneurial backgrounds and industries including Lesley Eccles from award-winning FanDuel, Bob Keiller from Scottish Enterprise, Karen Marshall, from world renowned Bridge of Weir Leather Company Limited and Bill Aulet, Visiting Professor at University of Strathclyde, MD of Martin Trust Centre for MIT Entrepreneurship.

Chris in his kilt at Gleneagles

Chris in his kilt at Gleneagles

Many angles of entrepreneurship were covered throughout the days with speakers examining Scotland’s current entrepreneurship activity and what is need to further boost it. Bill Aulet offered his own insight for Scotland’s future suggesting that;

Diversity is key to innovation driven entrepreneurship, and is important if Scotland wishes to mimic the success of London.

Catching up with Chris today he said he had a great time meeting fellow workers in the creative, tech, science and business industries.

He also spoke about what he thought was one of stand-out talks from Brian Duffy of Aurum Holdings, whose take on branding and marketing was inspiring. Brian shared some pearls of wisdom about how he developed Ralph Lauren Europe, into a lifestyle brand and his personal journey from Castlemilk to New York learning languages and making his way to the fashionable top.

Within his talk Brian combined witty anecdotes with solid branding advice. Some of the takeaways included the need to properly analyse opportunities and business prepare as well as how businesses can build their PR value with free media (mentioned was the PR value for Wonderbra valued at £20M vs the advertising spend of £160k).

Entrepreneurship is something the team at Adeo Group are always proud to support. After a period of declining entrepreneurial activity in 2011, Scotland has since been able to push forward a change but as noted by Bill Aulet there is still more that can be done. For Adeo Group this is great news. Many of our partnering clients run small businesses and we have helped start-ups grow their business online from an idea to a fully functioning online business.

For more information about Adeo Group and our digital services please contact us.

Educational Routes into Web Design

Monday, April 4th, 2016

education web designIf you’re looking for a career in which you can combine your creative talents with your love of computers, web design could be for you – but how can you develop the skills you need to make a success of it?

Whilst it isn’t always necessary to have a qualification to find opportunities in the field it can help finding work within an agency much easier, but with so much confusing terminology in the industry, how can you work out which is the right course for what you want to do?

Learning by Doing

There are some very successful people in the web design industry that are entirely self taught, and with more and more books available to help, learning like this is getting easier.

Getting work from this kind of start tends to be a very slow process however, and you might have to do a lot of work on a voluntary basis before you start getting paid commissions. It is useful though as an adjunct to a formal learning process.

Online Learning

There are an increasing number of good online web design courses available. Most are somewhat limited in scope, so while they’re useful for building up your knowledge of particular areas, they don’t offer the breadth of learning of a university degree. They also make it harder to get one to one support with problems, and they don’t give you the networking advantage of a course where you can more easily socialise with fellow students.

College Courses

Many colleges run HNC and HND courses in web design or related subjects. They can be a good choice for people who have already gained some skills and want a qualification to prove what they’re capable of, and in some cases, financial support is available for people who want to take them as a route out of unemployment. The downside is that they are often taught using outdated software on outdated machines, so you might find that what you learn on them isn’t much use in the real world.

The Right Web Degree

If you choose to take a university degree, what should you go for? Some people recommend focusing on strong computer science skills, but others think design-based courses are more useful. Some universities offer a specific web development course that combines both of these elements. The university has long held a reputation for excellence in technological subjects and its geographical location has put it at the heart of northern England’s online business revolution, boosting both the support it receives from industry and the opportunities available to its graduates.

The Right University

If you are going to take the higher education route, it is essential to choose a university carefully. With the costs and debt associated with higher education spiralling in recent years, you need to carefully consider whether the investment in education will pay off in the long term. Browsing graduate employment statistics can be an excellent way to weigh up a potential course.

There has been some dispute within the academic community over the effectiveness of traditional university ranking measures, so it is definitely worth looking at these statistics with a degree of scepticism. For example in a recent article in the Manchester Evening News, (Prof. Holmes on discriminatory tables), Bolton University professor George Holmes makes the case that league tables often neglect the importance of non academic criteria such as student experience, purely focusing instead on grades. With this in mind, the best thing you can do to make an informed, well rounded choice, is to check out online university forums in order to get an unedited view from current students and graduates.

Maintaining Design Skills

The world of web design is always changing so no matter how or where you study, you will need to make an ongoing commitment to learning if you’re going to stay in the game. Make sure you read related news and keep up with developments, and be ready to take further short courses throughout your career. This ongoing process of discovery is part of what makes web design a thrilling area in which to work.

Adeo Group Web & Digital Specialists Want You!

Due to a number of exciting projects in the pipeline Adeo Group are currently looking for the brightest and best talent to join our expanding team.

Current vacancies:

Front End Developer

Web Designer

Follow the links for more information about the posts.

…We’ve Moved!

Thursday, February 4th, 2016


We are happy to announce that we’ve made the move into our new office.

Bigger offices means more room for meetings, more room for creative brainstorms and more space for our growing team.

We are really excited about the change and hope all of our new (and existing) clients are to.

Here’s some of the important questions about our move answered:

Why have we moved?

It’s easy for sole-trading businesses (especially web designers) to portray themselves as a big company online. The problem with these businesses is the reality of meeting clients.

We want to give our clients the peace of mind that they are working with a dedicated, dynamic and growing team of designers, developers and marketers. Our move to new office space was crucial so that we could have meetings in our own meeting rooms – plural, that is.

Unlike other web design companies in Glasgow, we won’t make you discuss your business in a public coffee shop (unless of course, you’d prefer that) or be confined by the time restrictions on rented or multi-use meeting spaces.

On a more personal side, our company is growing and our outlook has changed. We felt it right to make the move to find an office space that can fit all of our staff comfortably and which reflects our new outlook. We hope to make give the new office space the “adeo group touch” and reflect our innovation, creativity and personality.

The first step in that process is naming our three new meeting rooms which we’ll feature in an upcoming post.

When did we move?

We’re in the building already. There are still a few design touches to be added, so the big unveiling will happen once everything’s in place. Make sure to follow us on our social media accounts to see pictures which will be uploaded over the next few weeks.

Where did we move to?

We are now situated at Oxford House, 71 Oxford Street, Glasgow, G5 9EP.

Our email addresses and phone numbers have stayed the same, so no fear, you can still reach us:

Tel: 0845 241 8228

or on our individual email addresses.

Parking is the same as before (on-street) if you are coming in to see us. Or if you’re a public transport kind of person, Bridge Street subway is a five minute walk away and Central Station a 10 minute walk.

Looking forward to sharing some photos of the new space soon!

No More Support for Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

internet explorer diesFrom Tuesday 12th January 2016, technical support and security updates for Internet Explorer (IE) 8, 9 and 10 will cease.

The latest version of Internet Explorer (Internet Explorer 11) will be the only edition which will receive technical support, security updates compatibility fixes (on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10) whilst Microsoft  continues to transition customers to Edge on Windows 10.

A patch will go live on January 12th which will nag IE users on launch to upgrade their browser.

Why Are Microsoft Stopping Support for Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10?

Microsoft are taking steps to improve online security, compatibility and performance by moving users on to improved browsers which better support web standards that power today’s websites and online services.

For web developers, the news is welcomed, as old versions of Internet Explorer have long caused issues for cross-browser design and usability. They will no longer need to worry whether modern CSS works in these browsers, or adapt websites to do so.

What Will Happen if You Continue to Run Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10?

If you continue to run older versions of Internet Explorer after January 12 2016 you may be exposed to potential security risks. As you will no longer receive crucial browser security updates, your PC may become more susceptible to viruses and other malicious software which may be able to steal date or damage your business information.

Secondly, if you run a business you may be required through meet certain compliance standards and using unsupported software may cause you issues.

Lastly, by not upgrading you will be decreasing your online user experience. It is always best to use the latest edition of browsers, not only for improved security and support, but also to take advantage of modern web standards.

Do You Need to Upgrade Your Version of Internet Explorer?

If you are using any version of Internet Explorer below 11, then you should upgrade. You can do so through the Microsoft website. For those using Internet Explorer 11 or Edge on Windows 10 you will not need to make any changes.

It is possible to disable the nag however it is much easier and beneficial long term to just upgrade, or switch your browser.

New Year, New Office & A Baby on the Way!

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Untitled designIt has been a busy but exciting year for adeo group.

Since our humble beginnings in 2004 we have seen the business develop every single year, and 2015 has been no different.

We’d like to pass on our thanks to all of our wonderful clients, whether you’ve been with us since the beginning or joined us in 2015, for making this year such a success.

New Year, New Office

Our team will be taking some time off over Christmas and New Year to recharge our batteries and come back ready to take on the new projects and challenges 2016 has in store.

And we’re very excited that this will all be happening from our brand new office space.

If you’ve been following adeo group on social media you might have heard that we’re moving offices in January. Our exact location will be revealed once work is done and the computers are in but we are looking forward to have our own space and own meeting rooms to get creative in. Plus some cool new gadgets too, did someone say ping pong?


Job Vacancies!

Our new space is much larger than our current home, and with more space comes more room to grow, which is why we are currently on the hunt for great digital talent.

We have three job vacancies open at the moment. You can find out more about the roles and apply using the links below:

PHP Programmer –
UX/Web Designer –
Graphic Designer –

Better Still, A New Addition…

12360006_10153645753215432_3913342047920593181_nLast, but by no means least, we’d like to pass on our congratulations and best wishes to Zoe & Jonathan who are expecting their first child in January.

Zoe our Senior Graphic Designer has been with adeo group for over 10 years and will be leaving us to for 2016 to enjoy maternity leave. Jonathan, who has been with us for 6 years will be joining her at the end of January for two weeks for paternity leave.

All the best to you both!

See You in 2016

From everyone at adeo group we hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you in 2016!

Adeo Group HQ Are Moving Office!

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

We have some exciting news…

In January 2016 we will be leaving our home in Newton Terrace and setting up camp in a new premises.

Work is underway to get everything sorted. Here’s some shots of the new space and progress so far…

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The #GlasgowtoCapeTown Adventure Begins!

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Untitled design (2)Earlier today some of the Adeo Group team headed down to Nelson Mandela Place in Glasgow to cheer on Bruce and Susanne as they began the amazing #GlasgowtoCapeTown challenge.

For those of you not in the know, E-Bike Africa is a global awareness raising action on climate change, organised by The Purple Heart Network and lead sponsor Pedelec Adventures with Susanne Bruesch.

E-Bike Africa is a 20,000km expedition from Glasgow to Cape Town that will be carried out on a pedal-assisted e-bike. E-Bikes use a combination of human effort and electric power to help the rider go further and last longer.

On the expedition Bruce and Susanne won’t have direct access to renewable mains power in Africa, so, as they wish to minimise their carbon footprint as much as possible, will instead generate power using a custom-designed solar trailer. The trailer will harvest the sun’s energy throughout the day allowing the two to charge the e-bike batteries and other electrical equipment.


Adeo Group web design Glasgow were lucky enough to be involved in the project, designing and launching the E-Bike Africa website earlier this year. We are excited to follow the 20,000KM journey to highlight climate change and excited to see more photos as the journey continues.

Here’s a video of the team as they set off this morning…

From everyone at Adeo, we wish Bruce & Susanne the best of luck on their trip.

To find out more about E-Bike Africa, the #GlasgowtoCapeTown challenge and how you can help visit the website

Windows 10: A Universal Solution for the Average Consumer?

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Windows 10Microsoft have unabashedly shoved aside number nine, and hopped straight to the tenth version of the world’s best-known operating system. Perhaps it is a deliberate move to distance themselves from what some know as the troublesome and awkward affair that was Windows 8. Others believe the name choice is to do with coding confusion with 95 and 98, whilst another group argue that due to the large presence Microsoft has in Japan it was best to avoid the number nine, which is unlucky in Japanese culture.

So, What’s New With Windows 10?

Regardless of its name, Windows 10 has made a splash, with around 50 million devices now running it. The main, key improvement is that version 10 is significantly more user-friendly than 8, bringing back dependable features that were inexplicably absent on the last system design. What many people have been particularly happy to hear about is the return of the classic Windows start menu.

A search box is also integrated into the task bar, making looking for things significantly easier than it was before. Finding particular files is also extremely simple thanks to the invigorated “File Explorer” function – where you can pin/unpin any folders you like. The app menu hasn’t gone forever eithe. Instead it now pops up alongside the start menu for maximum convenience, and mercifully no longer feels like the irritating obstacle it did in version eight.

A Multi-Platform Universal Operating System

Whilst the team at Microsoft appear to have held their hands up and acknowledged the removal of important features, the latest version of this operating system can’t simply be considered a throwback to the days of old. In fact, it’s considerably more advanced than previous systems and represents a step forward in terms of technological prowess.

Microsoft are branding the latest version as “universal”. What this means is that it can be installed and used on a wide variety of electronic appliances – not just on desktop PCs or laptops. This variety of appliances include tablets, smartphones, and even gaming consoles like Xbox. There’s also a feature known as continuum included, which allows users to switch between PC mode and tablet mode at the click of a button.

New multimedia apps are also included in the new system, simply named “Music” and “Movies & TV”. These are easy to use and are both connected to the Microsoft Store to allow you to purchase fresh content for download quickly and simply. The system has been widely described as being suitable for the ‘average consumer’ which has disgruntled some tech-savvy Windows fans, but ultimately makes sense for targeting a wide audience of varying technical competencies around the globe.

It’s unfortunate that Office doesn’t come as part of the system, but chances are that you will have already purchased a bundle and can transfer your existing Office programs onto 10 without encountering too much trouble.

Cortana Makes the Jump

The latest version of this operating system also incorporates features that you’d ordinarily find on Windows phones – such as the personal technology assistant known as Cortana. You can simply type a question in the “ask” bar, and she will help. This is pretty useful, especially when you’re initially feeling your way around the system. As you become more confident it is easy to use Cortana to do things like set yourself reminders and obtain directions to a certain place.

Windows 10 is easy to use but perhaps the most exciting facet is the fact that it is ripe for upgrades. Microsoft have plans to continue to make gradual improvements to the system over time, soothing the pain of the technological teething problems and creating the world’s most advanced and capable operating system for the average consumer.

If you currently use version 7 or 8 as an operating system, upgrading to version 10, for now, is absolutely free.

Have you upgraded to Windows 10? If you’re a technical expert or consider yourself the “average consumer” we’d love to hear what you think in the comments below.

Why Should You Build a Brand Story for Your Small Business?

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

brand storyWithout a unique story, customers can often struggle to distinguish your business from others which offer a similar service. In an ever-increasingly competitive marketplace it is important that your business finds a way to rise above the pack and stand out. If you can make people care about your business and what you do, your product and/or services will become elevated and a bond will be created with customers.

What is a Brand Story?

A brand story helps a customer to understand what your business offers and what the business’s background, motivations and aims are. This helps your customers align themselves with your brand values and helps develop brand affinity and loyalty. Once you have created an effective brand story your business can become stronger and more streamlined and you will have paved a way for future developments of your marketing plans. Brand loyalty will help your customers become repeat-purchasers and advocates who will in turn promote your brand both through word of mouth and through social media.

Why Is It Important to Build a Brand Story?

Brand loyalty begins when consumers feel a connection with your company and trust your service above that of your competitors. You can initiate this connection by explaining what your business does and what you stand for. Here are four ways to build a compelling story, which communicates effectively with an audience and helps your business to grow.

1. Show your customers what you’ve done, don’t just talk about it

Rather than using dry descriptive content on your webpage, take the opportunity to give examples of how you’ve helped people and made a difference to their lives. You can include quotes from past customers, plenty of quality images and descriptions that provoke an emotional response. Ensure that each example you use follows a linear structure – start with someone who had problem or concern, introduce your product or service, and then finally explain how you were able to help them.

2. Be aware of your audience

When you’re writing for the web you have a potentially global audience, but in order to access the consumers who might be interested in what you offer, you need to know them. Think about what your customers can relate to, the things they enjoy doing and their aspirations. This puts you in a better position when explaining how your product can make their lives better, or easier.

3. Stay true to the real benefits of your brand

Consumers are barraged by numerous advertisements every day, they know when sales patter is starting and often will turn off when they feel they are being manipulated. Instead of using a hard-sell it can be more effective to be open and honest about what your business is doing – by keeping your branding authentic you’ll earn more respect. Better still, you will avoid the kind of complex and confusing messages that can kill a product or service. There is nothing wrong with a little creativity, so long as you always stay true to your company’s ideology.

4. Make it sharable

If people love your brand and want to pass on the good news to others, social media is an ideal platform. The most relatable and human stories will be shared many times or could even go viral; it’s free advertising and can create a huge amount of interest in what you offer. To have an impact on social media, consider how your brand story will be received, does it make people feel good and will you be seen the way you’d like to be seen? The market place is highly competitive, but if you can identify a way of making your service meaningful, your audience will respond by sharing it out to the people they love and care for.

Do You Need Help With Your Small Business?

Many businesses, examples include TOMS shoes and Red Bull, have built compelling brand stories that fully engage their customers. They have used their brand stories to help elevate their business to the forefront of their market and are able to further their narrative with new products launches and marketing campaigns.

If you currently operate a small business, or are looking to begin a start-up, then you may feel overwhelmed by the amount of work involved in creating a full brand, website and online presence and establishing yourself in your marketplace. Adeo Group have over 10 years’ experience in web design and development. Our team offer on-going support to ensure our clients can adapt to market and economic changes. To find out more about our services and how we can help you, contact us today.


‘Critical’ Security Flaw Found in Adobe Flash

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Flash security flawRecently leaked documents indicate a serious security vulnerability within Adobe Flash software.

The new information shows how hackers have the ability to take over computers with even the possibility of following password keystrokes. Following the news, and after various attempts to fix the issue, Internet giants Mozilla and Google have ceased support for the plugin on their browsers, Firefox and Chrome respectively.

What is Adobe Flash?

Many websites now use a markup language (HTML 5) to display multimedia on the web. However Adobe (Shockwave) Flash was once the prominent software for displaying such multimedia items including video, animations, games and graphics. HTML 5 has proved to be a more secure and advanced system that does not require plugins, which are prone to security breaches.

The movement away from Flash has progressed since 2010 when then Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, noted that the platform was “no longer necessary.” YouTube also made the switch to HTML 5 as its default player earlier this year.

Why is Adobe Flash Software Vulnerable to Hacking?

A cyberattack on Hacking Team, an Italian government-sponsored group, leaked documents which show how flaws in the Flash software could be utilised to hack into people’s accounts and take over their computers. More worryingly, it is thought that these exploits have been active for at least four years. Due to the fact the software is a plug-in, it requires updates regularly, which leaves it open to potential security breaches.

How Can the Security Flaw Affect You?

After information from these leaked documents was made public, many have noted how potential hacking and cybercriminals can take advantage of the flaws. The security lapses can be utilised by cybercriminals in a number of ways including installation of malware of PCs, stealing personal details and even the ability to monitor keystrokes.

Adobe have released a series of updates to Flash Player since the news was made. They have also released news that they will be partnering with browsers to improve Flash Player security and to help support HTML5 and JavaScript.

How Can You Remove Flash From a Computer?

Disabling or removing Flash from your PC can effect certain websites and you may find that you are unable to use particular features on these websites without it. However many security researchers are suggesting that this is the best path until the issue is patched.

If you are looking to remove Flash from your PC you can simply go to your Start Menu, type Programs and Features and in right click and uninstall Adobe Flash Player from the list. For Mac users, there are different uninstallers depending on which OS X version you are using. As mentioned previously both Google and Mozilla have already seemingly blocked the plugins for the time being.

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