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3BL Media Acquires RealWire, Expands ESG News Distribution in UK and Europe

Lincolnshire, England, company is eighth acquisition for 3BL Media
NORTHAMPTON, Mass., April 27th /3BL Media/ -- 3BL Media, Inc., the leading environmental, social and governance (ESG) content distribution and analytics platform for purpose-driven companies, announced today the acquisition of RealWire Limited, the online press release distribution service, expanding audience and reach in the United Kingdom and Europe.
The acquisition is the eighth for 3BL Media since 2009. Terms were not disclosed.
“Companies worldwide are committing themselves to ESG performance and transparency, and the combination of RealWire with 3BL Media will provide greater reach to stakeholders including online news outlets, journalists and investors,” said Dave Armon, CEO of 3BL Media, adding that previous UK acquisitions included Ethical Performance and ReportAlert.
Based in Lincoln, in England’s East Midlands region, since launching in 2000, RealWire specialises in increasing the online impact of press releases while cultivating positive relationships with business and trade journalists. RealWire’s editorial and client services team, led by Managing Director Emily Gosling, will enhance 3BL Media’s distribution network by providing concierge service to the growing journalist corps covering climate and sustainability topics.
“Historically, RealWire has been an important B2B communications platform for technology, telecoms and healthcare businesses,” said Gosling. “We have seen ESG rise on our clients’ agenda, so joining 3BL Media will enable us to reach new audiences immediately on a global scale while we apply our unique model for micro-targeting to B2B journalists who opt into our distribution network.”
“Of the more than 8,000 reports and stories on ESG topics that 3BL Media distributed last year, environmental topics generated the most volume and audience interest”, said Armon. “Diversity, equity and inclusion was the top content category in the first quarter of 2022”.
Climate-related disclosure will be mandatory for publicly traded American companies under a proposal announced by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in March. Regulators across the globe are strengthening reporting requirements as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports “it’s now or never” to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.
About 3BL Media
3BL Media’s unrivaled distribution platforms and Brand Studio promote the ESG initiatives of leading companies, private equity firms, nonprofits and NGOs to a global audience.
About RealWire
RealWire is an award-winning online press release distribution service with over 20 years experience and is first choice for many of the UK’s top agency, freelance and in-house PR professionals.

VRAI Simulation win High Growth Award

Virtual reality (VR) simulation training company VRAI have won the Muckle ScaleUP High Growth Award from the Startup Awards North East. VRAI are based in Gateshead’s Proto centre and combine virtual reality & artificial intelligence to provide data driven simulation solutions to the aerospace, defence and offshore wind industries.
The award recognises VRAI’s successful establishment in the region working with high profile customers such as MoD’s Defence & Security Accelerator, RAF X in Leeming & partnering with Durham University on an Offshore Wind Growth Partnership.
The High Growth Award was presented to VRAI by Alex Craig, CEO, Muckle and highlights VRAI’s success to date. VRAI intend to continue their growth and are currently raising £2m in investment to fund that. This investment will go to creating up to 20 new high value jobs in the North East in the next 18 months focussed on data engineering, data science and software development roles.
VRAI also hope to inspire other startups to follow their example in adopting a triple bottom line, that is they measure their success not only on financial metrics, but also on people and planet metrics. VRAI have adopted a B Corporation company constitution and show leadership in diversity, inclusion and sustainability in business.
Startup Awards North East shines a spotlight, celebrates, and connects ambitious, early stage founders to life changing opportunities and experiences. A collaboration between all 5 regional universities, enterprise agencies and the region’s business ecosystem, the awards champion inclusive entrepreneurship and ambitious early stage founders so that sustainable startups and jobs are created for North East communities.
Pat O’Connor, co-founder and managing director of VRAI commented on the Award saying:
“We are proud to have received the ScaleUP High Growth Award from the Startup Awards North East. We are committed to the continued development of our technology and talent in the region. We believe that the North East has a great opportunity to be a leader for data innovation in the UK, leveraging the great local universities, innovative SMEs and the National Innovation Centre for Data (NICD).
Charlotte Windebank, MD & Founder of FIRST said,
“Since 2014 the North East has had the opportunity to access 437 million of EU funding to support local SMEs and individuals to develop skills and grow either personally or through their business efforts. Many applicants from Startup Awards North East have gone on to access this funding through our incredible partners such as NEL Fund Managers and PNE.
On the flipside to this, because the awards were digital this year, we can now share the incredible talent within the region on a global stage. We have never done this before and are excited to see what inward investment this attracts both nationally and internationally to our region.”
About FIRST
FIRST is an accredited learning and development agency specialising in leadership experiences and progression skills for young people, early stage founders and professionals. Working alongside education, local authorities, business and community organisations, we seek to respond to the region's high unemployment and low business startup rates by connecting, celebrating and empowering individuals to explore ideas and opportunities within employment, entrepreneurship and professional development.
About VRAI:
At VRAI we create data driven VR simulation training for high hazard environments. We combine Virtual Reality & Artificial Intelligence to make simulation training more authentic, memorable and measurable.
We are focussed on helping customers in aerospace, defence and offshore wind, working with the UK RAF, Irish Defence Forces Air Corps and Army, and OEMs in the respective markets.
Our insight is that VR, as well as being a great way of presenting data to a user, is also an incredible way to capture, measure and predict performance by collecting and analysing the users performance in VR.
We believe in creating shared value for our customers, investors, employees and community by adopting the ‘Triple Bottom Line’ and the B Corporation constitution. This means our company has a legal obligation to focus not only on profit, but also on people and the planet.
https://vraisimulation.com/
Info on Startup Awards
Startup Awards North East shines a spotlight, celebrates, and connects ambitious, early stage founders to life changing opportunities and experiences. A collaboration between all 5 regional universities, enterprise agencies and the region’s business ecosystem, the awards champion inclusive entrepreneurship and ambitious early stage founders so that sustainable startups and jobs are created for North East communities.
The Awards support early stage founders at each stage of their startup journey:
  • SkillUP- for people who are curious about starting up a business and want to explore ideas and opportunities but have not registered with Companies House as a sole trader or business.
  • StartUP - for sole traders or registered businesses of less than three years, with a turnover of less than £50,000 and who are looking for resources to give their business a boost.
  • ScaleUP – for ambitious sole traders or registered businesses of less than three years, who want to grow their business and have a turnover of over £50,000.
FIRST - www.youarefirst.co.uk
Startup Awards North East www.startupawardsne.co.uk
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Bwtech joins the Google Cloud Partner Advantage Program

Google Cloud migration makes Assurance Platform NetChart ready for massive 5G networks
London (UK), Belo Horizonte (Brazil), 6/30/2021. Bwtech, a leading provider of end-to-end performance monitoring and optimization solutions for the mobile communication industry, announces it has joined the Google Cloud Partner Advantage Program. As a Google Cloud global build partner, Bwtech moves its network assurance and optimization platform NetChart to Google Cloud’s platform.
With the migration, NetChart will be moved to a future-proof refactored architecture, allowing extreme scalability to handle mobile network data at the volume of petabytes. The new architecture improves data reliability and integrity, while increasing fault tolerance. Other advantages are the reduced latency, allowing network monitoring in almost real time, and the increased performance for end users.
The migration to Google Cloud’s platform will be completed in Q3 2021. At the end of the process, NetChart will be compatible with other applications, including Google Cloud native products such as BigQuery, Dataproc, AI Platform, and Data Studio. Bwtech’s integrations will allow its customers to enjoy new business opportunities, performing machine learning at scale and advanced BI analytics for visualization, reporting, and monetization of the network data collected by the platform.
“Mobile network sizes are growing at the speed of light, especially once 5G technology is introduced. With the new architecture based on Google Cloud, NetChart platform will be able to handle a huge amount of performance, configuration, alarm, call trace, MDT, and CDR data and offer near-real time analytics at a higher performance. In addition, the adoption of CI/CD pipelines will bring significant agility to our deployments, allowing us to meet increasing demands at speed,” says Flavio Buratto, CEO of Bwtech.
Bwtech’s NetChart platform allows automation of service assurance by correlating different data sources for all network domains, using machine learning to identify root causes of network issues. With the refactoring and migration to Google Cloud’s platform, Bwtech’s platform becomes more scalable, secure, robust, and easier to integrate with other solutions – a platform ready to support MNOs in the task of monitoring and assuring massive 5G network deployments.
This new product upgrade is an additional step toward NetChart’s vision to simplify mobile network monitoring and optimization.
About Bwtech
Bwtech is an innovative provider of end-to-end performance optimization solutions for Mobile Operators, Managed Service Providers, Telecom Regulators, and MVNE/Os.
Bwtech’s main product, NetChart, is a web-based solution developed for end-to-end optimization and assurance of mobile networks covering the RAN, Backhaul, Core, IP, and VAS. NetChart’s modules include Configuration Management, Performance Monitoring, Fault Management and Geolocation for 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G, and IoT Technologies.
Several Telecommunication Providers trust Bwtech solutions for mission- critical activities, such as real- time Network Monitoring, Network Quality reporting, NOC and SOC operations, Capacity Planning, and E2E Network Optimization.
For more information, visit www.bwtech.com or contact us at hello@bwtech.com.

Lonsdale Rail Awarded £8m Paddington Square fit-out

Mace has awarded Lonsdale Rail, part of the Michael Lonsdale Group, the MEPFC LUL fit-out for the Paddington Square development.
Works will integrate London Underground's existing Bakerloo Line tube station at Paddington, with a new entrance underneath the Paddington Cube building. The new tube entrance is part of a £65m investment in transport and public realm on the Paddington Square development.
John Kennedy, Project Director at Mace, is "delighted to have Lonsdale Rail on board with Mace at Paddington Square for the complex area of the LUL demise MEP. Michael J Lonsdale's experience with LUL will be a significant contribution to the success of the project."
The 360,000 sq ft Paddington Cube building will sit on a three-storey podium 12m above the newly created 1.35-acre public realm, connecting it directly to the London Underground network.
Lonsdale Rail will complete the design from RIBA stage 5 and fulfil the manufacture, delivery, offload, distribution, installation, testing and commissioning for the mechanical, electrical, fire, public health and communications fit-out packages. London Underground, Mace and all stakeholders will benefit from a bespoke collaboration blueprint developed by Lonsdale Rail to ignite a more efficient way of working together. Lonsdale Rail will also provide dedicated in-house design, logistics and commissioning teams taking a proactive role in managing the entire M&E process.
Works will commence in November 2020, with site works proceeding in April 2021, looking for project completion in May 2022.
Michael Lonsdale Group
The Michael Lonsdale Group is the UK’s leading multi-discipline building, engineering and M&E services provider – it is our job to bring buildings to life by creating the right environment.
Lonsdale Rail
As part of our continued growth, we have recently launched Lonsdale Rail. Focused on the rail sector, we continue to target projects with an emphasis on quality and engineering led solutions. We have a core team of Project Managers, Engineers and Supervisors who are experienced in delivering projects to the highest standards set out in this sector. The team are supported by our integrated direct labour workforce. We are fully RISQS audited/verified and Sentinel/PTS accredited enabling us to take on trackside (on/near the line) as well as ‘high street’ (station) works.