ZPG refinances its debt following recent business buying spree

first_imgZoopla parent company ZPG has revealed that it is to restructure its debt by raising £200 million through a bond or ‘senior notes’ issue.ZPG says the bonds will become due for repayment in five years’ time and will help it refinance its debt by securing more “attractive interest rates” until 2023.This gives it a further three years of breathing space – its existing debt, which is part of a £325 million facility, is due for repayment in 2020.In ZPG’s most recent financial report for 2017, the company says it spent £97.5 million repaying debt, up from £52.5 million during 2016.The bond issue, which will not be public and will be offered to investors through different financial channels, follows a significant spending spree by the company which has seen it acquire several businesses.Expensive acquisitionsThis has included most recently – and expensively – the acquisition of financial products website Money for £80m and Dutch property data firm Calcasa for £26.5 million.Within its latest results published late last year, ZPG revealed that it had a net debt (borrowings minus cash in the bank) of £191.5 million, up from £146.5 million in 2016, although its total borrowings and loans stood at £266.9 million.During 2017 ZPG extended its credit facilities by £125 million and raised £74.3 million through a share placing.“The proposed new debt package is expected to strengthen the Company’s financial position by offering it increased financial flexibility, providing a more stable and appropriate capital structure and allowing it to secure attractive interest rates for the next five years,” a ZPG spokesperson says.Read more about ZPG money.co.uk bond issue Calcassa debt refinancing Zoopla ZPG January 8, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » ZPG refinances its debt following recent business buying spree previous nextProducts & ServicesZPG refinances its debt following recent business buying spreeAfter total debt rises to £267 million, Zoopla’s parent company decides to refinance itself with a bond issue.Nigel Lewis8th January 201801,041 Viewslast_img read more

U.S. Navy Ships Popular Draw during Navy Week

first_img U.S. Navy Ships Popular Draw during Navy Week Share this article Training & Education View post tag: ships View post tag: Popular View post tag: Draw View post tag: Navy View post tag: during View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today U.S. Navy Ships Popular Draw during Navy Week View post tag: U.S. View post tag: News by topic U.S. Navy ships were a popular draw during Navy Week, which ended today with the departure of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln​…(dailynews)[mappress]Source: dailynews, August 2, 2011; View post tag: week August 2, 2011last_img

Fresh twist for breakfast

first_imgDélifrance UK is capitalising on the popularity of chocolate and vanilla flavours among UK consumers with the launch of a Vanilla Plait a twist on the traditional breakfast pastries. The plait is ready to bake from frozen in less than 20 minutes and comes in packs of 60.It joins an extensive summer collection from the firm, featuring savouries, patisserie and ’added-value’ pavés.The plait is also available in chocolate and maple & pecan varieties.last_img

Purple stays popular for wedding cakes

first_imgA Derbyshire bakery has revealed purple to be on trend for wedding cakes this year.Luke Evans Bakery, founded more than 200 years ago, has also found elegant and vintage styles, with intricate designs, are becoming increasingly popular among 2012 brides, following on from the royal wedding last year.Sharon Dance, who has created wedding cakes at Luke Evans Bakery for 18 years, said: “Last year purple became popular as a colour, and that’s continuing in 2012. Round is the most popular shape of cake, and many couples are opting for brighter, bold designs.“Trends in wedding cakes tend to go round in circles. It’s like fashion. When they come back round, the younger generation haven’t seen them before so they appear to be fresh and new. Having said that, there are always new designs, ideas and influences, so each wedding cake is individual and unique to a couple.”The American style of tiers of cake without the use of pillars or stands continues to be in demand, with round being the most popular shape of cake. In addition, modern alternatives to a traditional cake, such as cupcake wedding towers, allow newly-weds to have a range of different flavours of cake and endless choices when it comes to design.Dance added: “The wedding cake is traditionally the centrepiece of the wedding reception. The possibilities for style, design and decoration are virtually endless, and then of course there’s the type and flavour of cake. Many brides and grooms opt for a three-tier cake, with one tier of fruit cake, another tier of Madeira cake and a third tier of chocolate cake. This means they have something to suit everyone.”last_img read more

Vulfpeck’s Cory Wong Announces New Solo Album, ‘The Optimist’

first_imgCory Wong Upcoming Tour Dates6/27 – Durango, CO – The Animas City Theatre7/7 – Chicago, IL – Live in Lincoln Park8/15 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern8/16 – Virginia Beach, VA – Shaka’s Live8/17 – Pittsboro, NC – The BIG What?8/18 – Asheville, NC – Taproom at Sierra Nevada8/19 – Knoxville, TN – The Concourse (at The International)8/21 – Atlanta, GA – Aisle 58/24 – Indianapolis, IN – HI-FI Indy8/25 – Fort Wayne, IN – Two EE’s Winery10/7 – Madrid, Spain – Sala Clamores10/10 – Cologne, Germany – Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld10/11 – Berlin, Germany – Gretchen10/13 – Den Haag, Netherlands – Mondriaan Jazz Festival10/14 – Stockholm, Sweden – Stockholm Jazz Festival10/16 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Bitterzoet10/17 – Rotterdam, Netherlands – BIRD10/19 – Zurich, Switzerland – Moods10/20 – Fribourg, Switzerland – La Spirale10/21 – Milan, Italy – Blue Note10/25 – Live Oak, FL – Suwannee Hulaween11/17 – Denver, CO – Ogden TheatreView All Tour Dates Cory Wong is quickly becoming one of our favorite guitarists in the live music scene. A frequent collaborator with fan-favorite minimalist funk ensemble, Vulfpeck, Wong is known for his pristine and rhythmically-oriented lead guitar style, his animated performances, and his charming onstage demeanor. Outside of Vulfpeck, the guitarist keeps himself busy with his work with Vulfpeck spin-off The Fearless Flyers as well as his own solo career touring with the Cory Wong Band.Today, Cory Wong has announced that he’ll be releasing his sophomore solo album, The Optimist, on August 17th, with pre-order going on now via his website here. The album comes on the heels of his decision in 2017 to step out on his own with the release of his critically acclaimed self-titled debut album.As detailed in a press release,Why The Optimist? At age 16, after suffering a concussive head injury, Wong had been told he had two weeks to live. Or maybe he would be fine. The doctors honestly weren’t sure why his right arm kept going numb, but following a month-and-a-half of visits and tests and second opinions, their best guess was that he had a blood clot with the potential to reach his brain at any moment. If that happened, death would be nearly instantaneous. … Wong survived, of course, and while his symptoms eventually faded away, the relentlessly defiant brand of optimism he cultivated that summer never did. In fact, nearly two decades later, it forms the bedrock of his ecstatic new album, The Optimist. Recorded in spontaneous sessions with a series of all-star lineups, the collection showcases both Wong’s prodigious instrumental virtuosity and his broad emotional reach. The songs are profoundly funky, infectiously joyful, and as playful as they are peerless. Paired with his quirky music videos, the tracks feel retro and futuristic all at once. At a time of bitter political strife and deep cultural divisions, Wong has crafted something truly unifying: an album that delights in the pleasures of human connection and revels in the limitless possibility of artistic collaboration.As Wong explains about the creation of The Optimist, “I got a call one day from Ricky Peterson, who’s played organ with David Sanborn and George Benson. He was coming to town, so I told him I had some tunes I was working on and we should get together and record them the following week. The only problem was I didn’t actually have any songs and I didn’t have a session booked.”However, in keeping in the name of his forthcoming album, Wong made it work. In just six days, the funky guitarist wrote a number of brand-new tunes and put together a rhythm section to record the album featuring his longtime mentors from Prince‘s band, drummer Michael Bland and bassist Sonny Thompson. After a successful initial recording session, Wong curated a totally different lineup of musicians for another recording day in Minneapolis, then added a third recording session in Nashville with the Ben Rector Band backing him.With the initial tracks laid out, Cory Wong sent the tracks off to a number of collaborators around the world. German star Marti Fischer recorded for the album from Berlin, and British singer KATIS contributed from London. Wong also sought out a number of special guests stateside, including friend and fellow Vulfpeck collaborator Antwaun Stanley, Ripe frontman Robbie Wulfsohn, and Prince’s legendary horn section, The Hornheads.Explains Wong,The Hornheads are best known as Prince’s horn section, and their leader, Michael Nelson, did most of the horn arrangements for Prince. The guys are all 20-30 years older than us, but we fit right in as friends because they love seeing young musicians with such passion. Michael told me that after Prince died, it was really fun for him to find a new artist to work with on stuff like this, and it’s been a great community-building thing. We even have a musicians’ racquetball club together now.Make sure to stay tuned for more information about Cory Wong’s new album, which is due out August 17th. You can also catch Cory Wong on the road this fall, so check out his tour dates below. For more information on the album or ticketing, head to Cory Wong’s website here.last_img read more

Galactic Shows The Fonda Theatre That L.A. Is ‘Already Ready Already’ For New Orleans Jams [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images As collectively eclectic as the jam scene has become, be it in Los Angeles or across the country, those outfits hailing from New Orleans still stand apart, as much for their typically brassy instrumentation as their funky, jazzy Bayou beats. And as much as Louisiana has lent its signature sound to L.A., no band fits both settings quite like Galactic.With Con Brio and Fishbone warming (and then riling) up the crowd on a Friday night, March 29th, in Hollywood, Galactic made its triumphant return to the Fonda Theatre. And while neither Chali 2na nor Trombone Shorty made cameos this time around, the main event was no less of a foot-stomping, hip-shaking celebration of the Crescent City’s yearly descent on Southern California.Since this was the Already Ready Already tour, it only made sense that Galactic would lean heavily on tracks from the new album of the same name. The band began with the LP-ending “Ready Already” jam. That afforded bassist Robert Mercurio, drummer Stanton Moore, saxophonist Ben Ellman, trumpeter Shamarr Allen, guitarist Jeff Raines and Richard Vogel on keys to shine a bit before the biggest star of the show, vocalist Erica Falls, seized the spotlight.EXCLUSIVE: Stanton Moore Talks Galactic’s New Album, Buying Tipitina’s, & “Playing Like You Own The Place”The New Orleans native brought to life a slew of songs that have only just begun to work their way into Galactic’s regular catalogue. She got people shimmying through “Clap Your Hands”, evoked a more pop-R&B-friendly groove through “Going Straight Crazy” and perfectly replicated her own recorded performance on “Touch Get Cut”.As the featured singer on this and most nights of Galactic’s ongoing tour, Erica put her own spin on all of the group’s other vocal arrangements, as well. She combined a feathery lightness with her incumbent power to hit the highest notes on “Higher and Higher”, got people clapping and tapping a la Ms. Charm Taylor for “Right On,” infused her tones with more than a touch of David Shaw’s rock sensibilities on “Hey Na Na” and “Dolla Diva”, did justice (and then some) to Cyril Neville’s turn on “You Don’t Know”, filled Macy Gray’s shoes alongside Con Brio’s Ziek McCarter on “Into the Deep,” needed no help doing her best Irma Thomas impression on “Heart of Steel”, and flipped the script for “Never Called You Crazy” to close out the main set.As much as Erica did to elevate the evening, she left ample opportunity for Galactic’s stirring instrumentation to bring the audience to a full funky froth. From “Fabuloso” and “Doomed” to “Tiger Roll”, “Coolin’ Off Medley”, “Big Whiskers”, and “Baker’s Dozen”, there was no shortage of tight, titillating jams—as if this bunch would ever allow anything less.Such is the majesty of the confluence of funky jazz that continues to ooze out of New Orleans. There is equal respect paid to every element of the band because each member’s talent and energy demands it. Galactic’s latest foray into L.A.’s musical milieu only further solidified that reputation and, in all likelihood, set the stage for more toe-tapping good times in the months and years to come.You can check out a gallery of photos from the show below courtesy of photographer Brandon Weil.For a full list of Galactic’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website here.Galactic w/ Fishbone, Con Brio | Fonda Theatre | Los Angeles, CA | 3/29/19 | Photos: Brandon Weillast_img read more

Digging It: Bills Unveil New Wrinkle In Opening Against Jets

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image by Bill Wippert/BuffaloBills.com.ORCHARD PARK — The day Stefon Diggs has been waiting for since March has finally arrived. It’s time for the receiver to make his debut with the Buffalo Bills.“It’s time for a new beginning,” Diggs tweeted on March 16, a day before Buffalo a cquired the sixth-year player in a trade with Minnesota. Nothing has changed since.“I would say since I got traded, I haven’t stopped thinking about playing ball,” Diggs said as Buffalo prepares to open the season by hosting the New York Jets on Sunday.“Definitely something I’ve been carrying a big chip on my shoulder,” he added, before explaining this is no different from any other season for a dynamic play-maker who still feels slighted for being selected in the fifth round of the 2015 draft. “I’m looking forward to it, especially with a new journey, a new challenge each and every year. I’m eager. I’m ready.” For a team considered to have an early season edge in returning mostly intact following a coronavirus-altered offseason, the Bills gave up a first-round draft pick to land Diggs to add a spark into a Josh Allen-led offense that struggled to score points.Buffalo managed 20 or fewer points 11 times last season, including a 22-19 overtime loss to Houston in an wild-card playoff.Diggs, who has topped 1,000 yards in each of his previous two seasons, provides Buffalo an established trio of receivers, rounded out by 2019 free agent additions: John Brown and Cole Beasley.The Jets, by comparison, feature numerous questions marks in opening against the Bills for a second straight year.New York’s offensive line has been reshuffled from a season ago. Their group of receivers are limping. And the Jets defense — one of the few bright spots last year — is without linebacker C.J. Mosley (opted out) and star safety Jamal Adams, whose contract complaints led to him being traded to Seattle for safety Bradley McDougald.General manager Joe Douglas opened the week aware of the knocks directed at a team in the midst of a nine-year playoff drought.“We see the things that are said. We see the things that are written. You know it angers a lot of people,” Douglas said. “I know that there’s a lot of hungry guys that want to go out there and just prove a lot of people wrong.”SHUFFLE UP FRONTNew York is the fourth NFL team since the 2010 season to start five different players on the O-line in Week 1 from the five who started the opener the previous year.Center Connor McGovern, right tackle George Fant and right guard Greg Van Roten were all signed in free agency, and left tackle Mekhi Becton was taken with the No. 11 overall pick in the draft. Left guard Alex Lewis is the only holdover, but he didn’t start right away.MEMORIESAllen is far more comfortable preparing for his second season-opening start than he was a year ago, when Buffalo overcame a 16-0 deficit in a 17-16 win at the Meadowlands.Buffalo’s opening two drives ended with a fumble and Mosley returning an interception for a touchdown. Allen sealed the win with a 38-yard TD pass to Brown with 3 minutes left.“I wouldn’t call it night and day, but I do feel really good about myself going into the game,” he said, emphasizing a need for a better start.MEMORIES PART IISam Darnold, who like Allen was one of five quarterbacks selected in the first round of the 2017 draft, had a different take on last year’s opener. The Jets combined for four first downs and 54 net yards on their final four possessions, and Darnold was diagnosed with mononucleosis a few days later.“Thanks for reminding me,” he said with a laugh, noting he’s reviewed the game film. “I think it was good because you look back and see all the improvements we made throughout the year. … I am going to take that experience and run with it.”GORE STILL GOINGFrank Gore is on the other side of this AFC East rivalry this year, now with the Jets after playing with the Bills last season.The 37-year-old running back, the third-leading rusher in NFL history has impressed his new teammates with his work ethic. He’s routinely at the facility long before most of the other Jets players.“I can’t really go into each and every detail what he does because I’ll be here all day,” fellow running back Le’Veon Bell said. “Just know he does a lot for me. I don’t think he knows or realizes all the things he does.”Gore finished with a career-low 599 yards rushing, and eventually lost playing time to rookie Devin Singletary last year.RE-UPPEDBills cornerback Tre’Davious White, last weekend, joined coach Sean McDermott and left tackle Dion Dawkins in signing contract extensions this summer.“I’m feeling blessed, but it’s behind me now.,” said White of a four-year, $70-million deal that locks him up through 2025. “Honestly now, I want to focus on the Jets and try to have the best season yet.”last_img read more

Colombian Military Hospital Expands Prosthesis Program

first_imgBy Yolima Dussán/Diálogo March 01, 2017 Anti-personnel mines used during the armed conflict in Colombia over the past 20 years have left 3,600 amputees from the security forces, according to the Central Military Hospital, the entity responsible for providing medical care to patients from the Armed Forces who have lost limbs. Located in Bogotá, the Central Military Hospital’s Amputee and Prostheses Service has more than 50 years of experience providing high-quality care and satisfaction to its patients. But faced with the high concentration of amputee soldiers in several other cities, its mission had to be expanded and decentralized in order to provide care to injured soldiers returning home after being discharged. That’s how the Mobile Health Unit program originated. The amputee patient program is a joint effort between the Colombian Army Department of Health and the Central Military Hospital. The Ministry of Defense invests almost $3 million annually in providing healthcare to injured soldiers. Two phases of medical care in each city Lieutenant Colonel Héctor Manuel Orjuela, an orthopedist and trauma specialist who is coordinator of the Central Military Hospital’s Amputee and Prostheses Service, told Diálogo the program will be transferred to other cities in two stages. In the first phase, the entire interdisciplinary team of specialists will evaluate the patient, create the prosthesis, and make the mold. In the second phase, the teams will deploy the mobile health unit again to assemble the components of the prostheses. The patients will try them out, and adjustments will be made until they are satisfied. “Finding out that we have so many mine victims and amputees led me to devote myself to these patients,” said Lt. Col. Orjuela. “There are many difficult cases, but the most important ones are the ones who haven’t been able to be rehabilitated or adjust to the prostheses in previous years, and my goal is to see them walking.” The mobile health unit is outfitted for manufacturing, alignment, and assembly of prostheses. Two specialists, including one therapist and four prosthetic technicians, are part of the team traveling around the country. The first mobile health units went into service in 2017 providing care to 109 amputee patients and distributing 64 new prostheses. The goal is to provide care to 500 patients annually. The majority of the Armed Forces’ amputees became disabled during their military service. Most were between the ages of 18 and 35. Ninety percent of these troops had their lower limbs amputated, while 10 percent lost their upper limbs. Although the number of victims decreased 90 percent in recent years thanks to the peace process, hundreds of mines remain scattered throughout Colombia. According to the Colombian High Counsellor for Post-Conflict, Human Rights and Security, Rafael Pardo Rueda, the national government began clearing 22 million square meters of land in 2017. “This means that there were mines throughout 40 percent of Colombian (territory). It was being cleared of mines for 25 years so we could get to our goal of having a Colombia free of anti-personnel mines by 2021,” Pardo said. Life stories Eulises Viáfara, a soldier who lost a limb in 2006, is one of the patients who received care from the Medical Battalion at the Central Military Hospital’s Mobile Health Unit in Cali last February 9th. He remembers feeling like his entire world had fallen apart and the only thing he could think about was his lost youth. Today, he is a success story. After accepting his situation, he understood that he needed to move forward and began attending school and working. “Now I’m a cell phone, camera, and computer technician. Adapting to the prosthesis was easy for me thanks to the medical care they give us in the mobile health unit. Today, I can manage my prosthesis without any problems,” he explained. From amputee to prosthetic technician Jesús María Izquierdo is a 35-year-old professional soldier. Eight years ago he was participating in a security sweep of the border area between the departments of Meta and Caquetá when he stepped on a mine. In an instant, a microsecond, his life changed forever. Today, depression, rage, hopelessness, and pain are a thing of the past. He has completely adjusted to his prosthesis. He is an athlete. After he became an amputee, his new life’s project began – helping his fellow soldiers who have lost limbs. With the help of his superiors, he trained to be a prosthesis assistant. Now he is an orthopedic technician and is getting ready to study Orthotic and Prosthetic Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. “You have to go through this yourself to understand what it means for an amputee soldier to have the mobile health unit arrive in the city where they live, knowing that they are coming just for them, to take care of them, to improve their condition. I’ve been to various brigades, and it is a huge joy for them and for me because I’m the same way. It also sends a message of rehabilitation,” Izquierdo told Diálogo. Lt. Col. Orjuela shared some unforgettable stories. “In Carepa, Urabá, I came across soldiers that had never walked with a prosthesis but they do now, thanks to this comprehensive, mobile medical attention. This process has to do with infrastructure, with decisions from the Army’s high command, with human talent, with experience, but also with heart and soul, persistence, and having a call to service.” Another case that illustrates the importance of bringing medical attention to amputee patients is a soldier in Cali who lost a limb 50 years ago and had his prosthesis for 38 years. He had never gotten it changed since he was unable to travel to Bogotá. “The one he had, weighed 7.5 kilos. He had difficulty walking, but new technology meant he could be provided with one that weighed 1.5 kilos. We brought it to him. A complete change in his quality of life,” Lt. Col. Orjuela said. Nothing else needs to be said.last_img read more

Credit unions, CUSOs fighting fraudsters

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit unions across the country are on high alert for scammers looking to take advantage of members during the pandemic and are stepping up fraud prevention efforts as a result,” according to PYMNTS’ April Credit Union Tracker® done in collaboration with PSCU.Detailing warnings recently issued by New York’s Sidney Federal Credit Union and the City of Boston Credit Union, among many others, credit union (CU) members are the target of cyberattackers posing as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and other legitimate organizations publicly associated with the pandemic response.The fact that fraudsters use tragedy for their own gain is nothing new, of course. But attack vectors and sheer COVID-induced mayhem are ideal conditions for cybertheft, and CUs are in the crosshairs of several familiar scams that have rapidly spread, much like COVID itself.Analyze and StrategizeCUs have taken heat for not following tech trends or digitizing fast enough. Ironically, the fact that many CUs have undertaken core systems upgrades can make them a more visible target, although one that has been hardened against just these kinds of cyber raids.last_img read more

Digital (R) evolution 3.0: Croatia needs drastic changes

first_imgYesterday, the third edition of the most visited conference of the HUP-ICT Association called Digital (R) Evolution 3.0 was held in Zagreb’s Lauba, which was one of the best organized conferences, both in terms of production, narrative and content. Dejan Ljuština, partner in PwC Croatia and PwC’s Head of Telecommunications, Media and Technology for Central and Eastern Europe and an expert with many years of experience in this field pointed out the gap that exists between companies that are aware of technological opportunities and actively involved in the 2020 digital revolution. they don’t even think about it yet, he added: “Artificial intelligence will make a big technological shift in almost every industry. Monetization of artificial intelligence will expand the value chain and help companies create and market high-quality, personalized data-driven products and services, as well as strategically guide companies through the simulation of new business models and the necessary strategic decisions. At the same time, artificial intelligence will destroy, but also create jobs, imposing changes in the workforce, but productivity growth and increase company revenue. VIDEO: We definitely recommend you watch the presentations Ognjena Bagatina from the Bagatin Polyclinic as well as examples of digital transformation Camp Polidora and Bluesun Hotel The working motto of this year’s edition of the conference was Talents, Agility and Technology who at the same time emphasized the importance of all the components necessary for the successful implementation of the digital transformation. However, the next step, which is extremely important and crucial for Croatia, is investment. “It is necessary to invest in digitalization, it is necessary to find appropriate investment and financial resources to implement new technologies that will lead to higher productivity, and then we will consequently have GDP growth. It is critical for Croatia at this time to prepare well for the next financial programming period of EU funds from 2021 to 2027. This is an opportunity we must not miss, if we miss it we will ruin the Croatian economy in the next 10 or 15 years. “, concluded Boris Drilo, President of the HUP-ICT Association. The aim of the conference was to raise awareness of all participants in economic life in Croatia about the importance of change brought by digital transformation and why it is important to use the opportunities brought by technology to improve the business environment and all other segments of everyday life. “When it comes to digital transformation, it is very important to point out that it is only partly related to new technologies. In the full sense, it also means a change in the way we work, a different approach to work and a different way of thinking. This of course requires more engagement and is significantly more demanding because it requires us to change our behavior. At all levels – from the highest to the lowest. Besides, digitization is not a one-time project – it is a continuity. Continuity of changes that we normally avoid in this area whenever we can. And the times we live in demand that we are ready for them every day. “, said Gordana Deranja, President of HUP at the opening of the conference. Camp Polidor i Bluesun Hotels they were proof that the digital transformation has not bypassed tourism and have shown how easy it has been to adapt to a dynamic market thanks to the use of the latest technologies. Air conditioning through her own examples from practice she gave an insight into the experience with digital transformation of internal and external processes. Iverpan Company with the help of Ascalia, it digitized business processes and thus achieved significant savings.  And at the conference, as many as nine excellent companies showed that successful digital transformation is possible in Croatia as well. For example Polyclinic Bagatin proved to be an efficient way of using artificial intelligence for X-rays, but also internal processes that can be applied by companies from other industries. With a demo showing the use of photo recognition used by the classifieds Sniffer gained real insight into the use of advanced technologies in business and how much they can make a company competitive. Tokic Car parts i Neostar through their business models have demonstrated the impact and results of the digital transformation in the automotive industry through which they have provided a better user experience and efficient internal processes. center_img In order to achieve digital competitiveness, it is necessary to fully implement the digital transformation with the greatest degree of cooperation between the real and public sectors, with the support of state authorities, which is now inevitable. And the conference revealed plans for Croatia’s digital future: “We will soon present a national plan for the digital economy with clear measures for faster implementation and development of digital solutions in Croatia. Last year we started the digital transformation of Croatian society, and this year we want an even stronger step forward because it is no longer a problem that the big ones will ‘eat’ the small ones, but that the fast ones will overtake the slow ones. “, Said Darko Horvat, envoy of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia, Minister of the Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts. The topic of the conference was prompted by the latest IMD survey on digital competitiveness, according to which Croatia fell by as many as 7 places, solely due to “low readiness for the future.” The intention of Digital (R) evolution was to raise awareness and encourage entrepreneurs to recognize the opportunities and benefits of digital transformation and to introduce new organizational models that technology enables. Through successful entrepreneurial stories, examples from practice and research analysis, the conference participants certainly received answers to many questions and dilemmas and learned that investment is indeed a key step for the continuation of a successful digital transformation. More than 600 strategists and creators of the digital economy, entrepreneurs and managers gathered in one place and took advantage of an excellent opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience and quality networking. Photo / source: HUPlast_img read more