Aberdeen is Scotland's third most populous city, one of Scotland's 32 local government council areas and the United Kingdom's 37th most populous built-up area, with an official population estimate of 228,990.

Nicknames include the Granite City, the Grey City and the Silver City with the Golden Sands. During the mid-18th to mid-20th centuries, Aberdeen's buildings incorporated locally quarried grey granite, which can sparkle like silver because of its high mica content. Since the discovery of North Sea oil in the 1970s, other nicknames have been the Oil Capital of Europe or the Energy Capital of Europe. The area around Aberdeen has been settled since at least 8,000 years ago,when prehistoric villages lay around the mouths of the rivers Dee and Don. The city has a long, sandy coastline.

The city's two universities, the University of Aberdeen, founded in 1495, and Robert Gordon University, which was awarded university status in 1992, make Aberdeen the educational centre of the north-east. The traditional industries of fishing, paper-making, shipbuilding, and textiles have been overtaken by the oil industry and Aberdeen's seaport. Aberdeen Heliport is one of the busiest commercial heliports in the world and the seaport is the largest in the north-east of Scotland.

IT Companies and all that: what is happening in Aberdeen?

Over the next two weeks we will be publishing a series of articles and nutshells on IT companies in Aberdeen. The nutshells focus on people who are kicking off new business, and those that are growing their established business.

We recently updated our infographic on IT companies in...

Looking at the Tech Nation 2017 Digital tech economy map, it looks like Scotland stops at Dundee: there's so much more in Scotland.

Company Connecting has researched the majority of IT companies registered in Scotland. We have maps for Scotland, by Council and by city as well as infographics on skills and company size. Glasgow and Edinburgh are by far the largest centres of IT with 518 and 516 IT companies respectively. Next up is Aberdeen with 195 IT companies, and Dundee is in fourth place with 75 companies.  Over the past year we have published infographics on all of the areas in Scotland. There are significant differences in the ski

Scottish IT Companies: The 2017 Infographic Series

Company Connecting spent a  time researching, curating and tagging the 2,400 Scottish IT Companies in it’s directory, and it is Scottish companies which are the focus of this latest infographic.

Company Connecting is the authority on Scottish IT SMEs. We start 2017 by releasing a new infographic settign the digital scene for Scotland

Company Connecting Graph of Scottish IT Companies by sector

Why do Start-Ups go Bust?

Pearl Onion specialise in training and consultancy for business and aim to bridge gaps between key business knowledge and practical business implementation.

There are a myriad of straws that can break start-ups backs. Usually they boil down to time and money or more specifically timing and lack of money.  Compounding issues of gaps in the management’s business skill set often add to a devil’s brew.

Clock and papers accompanying the article. the time is ticking for start-ups. Company Connecting article. Why do Start-Ups go Bust? by Keith Wilson

This is the first in our series of articles on students and graduates who are studying or working with IT, digital, and technology. We begin our series with Annabelle MacLeod who we have previously featured in a Nutshell. 

Annabelle is a student at RGU in Aberdeen, and is currently doing a one year placement at Total in the business application team. It sounds like she is getting loads of very relevant and interesting experience.

 IT Graduates and students: An interview with Annabelle MacLeod of RGU

Continuing our focus on Aberdeen IT people and companies, we are taking a look at the IT companies providing services and products in the Oil & Gas sector.  About 40% of the IT companies in the Aberdeen area work with the Oil & Gas sector, and about 52% of the total number of IT companies working in Oil & Gas are located in the Aberdeen area, leaving 48% located throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK.

GRaph of the other sectors that IT companies who work in the Oi & Gas Sector also work in - another Company Connecting Insight

In a Nutshell with Craig Buchan of Qpal

Today we continue our series on what's happening with IT companies and people in the Aberdeen area. Craig Buchan is the Founder and Managing Director of Qpal. Qpal brings a cashless event experience to the events industry and delivers bespoke data analytics solutions. Craig launched Qpal in...

This week and next we are concentrating on what is happening in the Aberdeen area.  We are taking a closer look at the data we have in the Company Connecting database and publishing several ‘Nutshells’ on some interesting entrepreneurs working in technology.

Autumn picture of the RGU campus accompanying the article What is happening in Aberdeen? Loads  of interesting technology.