PLANS UNVEILED TO KICK START £24 BILLION BRITISH SPORTS ECONOMY FOLLOWING COVID19 OUTBREAK

CYBER TECH COMPANY DEVELOPS DIGITAL HEALTH PASSPORT TO KICK START RETURN TO FOOTBALL CRICKET RUGBY GOLF HORSE RACING & THE F1 SEASON

VSTE COMMITTED TO WORKING CLOSELY WITH UK GOVERNMENT & MAJOR STAKEHOLDERS TO DEPLOY SAFE & TRUSTED TECHNOLOGY SOLUTION 

VST Enterprises Ltd (VSTE) the British cyber security company founded by tech entrepreneur Louis-James Davis (31) has today announced a ‘sports health passport’ style app to help kick start attendance at all British sporting events over the coming months as Britain emerges and recovers  from Covid-19.

VSTE and its partner Redstrike are committed to working alongside the Government and other major stakeholders to ensure that the technology can be deployed responsibly whilst fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Using its VCode® cyber technology it intends to support the economic recovery of Great Britain and kick start the UK sports economy and be part of the solution in  helping to move everyone out of isolation as soon as possible.

The ambitious and bold solution comes after all sporting events and fixtures across the UK were cancelled as part of the Governments lockdown procedure to tackle COVID-19. The lockdown has decimated the sports industry and the future of many football and rugby clubs in particular hangs in the balance. Many major golf tournaments and major sporting events like the F1 Grand Prix are left with lost revenues and sponsors threatening to withdraw financial support. It is feared that hundreds of millions of pounds in revenues, sponsorship and advertising rights will be lost across all sectors of British sport with catastrophic losses in revenue and income. Such catastrophic losses across British sport events could take years to get back to normal.

The concept was conceived by Louis-James Davis CEO of VSTE and REDSTRIKE the sports marketing agency founded by former Manchester United Football Club International Managing Director Mike Farnan, Collaborating together Louis-James Davis and Mike Farnan have formulated a digital app to get the British sporting industry back on track as it recovers from the virus lockdown when the phased lifting of restrictions takes place over the coming weeks. The passport style app can be used at all major sporting events including football, golf, tennis, rugby and F1.

VSTE CEO Louis-James Davis said; 

“The ‘V-COVID™’ digital health passport is a truly unique way in which all football and rugby clubs, major sporting events and sports governing bodies can implement a simple and highly effective universal system to ensure fan safety at sporting events following the gradual phased lifting of restrictions. Using the health app in conjunction with an official Government /Department Of Health   sanctioned Covid-19 testing kit, a series of authentications and permissions are acknowledged to 

validate the test results. In doing so it will not only allow the safe and gradual return of sports fans to sporting events but it will do so in a safe and controlled way. Most importantly it will help all clubs, sporting organisations and events to re build after this unprecedented event.”

Football and rugby clubs in the Premier and Football League can issue the ‘V-COVID™’ digital health passport  app (or an App that uses the VCode® technology for the purposes of the Health Passport) to all fans through their existing fan database channels and social media,  signing up for the app which would be free. This will in turn get fans back attending key fixtures and events in a gradual and staged process, with the emphasis on safety at all times. “

Redstrike MD Mike Farnan said; 

“The Premiership and Football league as one example have been decimated by this unprecedented event. Major sporting events such as the F1 calendar are also thrown into disarray and hundreds of millions of pounds potentially lost in sponsorship and revenue streams. 

The survival of Premiership and Football league clubs – which are great British institutions, part of the community and every day British life – is vital. The ‘V-COVID’ digital health passport app will become an important passport and interaction tool between fans and their football clubs or sporting events. It will also ensure that fans return to sporting fixtures and events in a safe and controlled manner.  Let me make this clear, we are not claiming a magic solution here or expecting to fill stadiums, it will be a gradual and phased return for fans attending sporting events.  But we do need to have a plan that revives the British sports calendar and its key events. British sports contributes £24 Billion to the UK economy every year.

However we are fully conscious that it is vitally important for us to balance the desire for sporting fixtures to resume in the UK, but with all sports clubs, sports event organisers and governing bodies taking a serious and responsible approach to public health and safety with this life threatening virus.”

THE FAN JOURNEY 

The ‘V-COVID™’digital health passport app (powered by VCode®) would be issued by the sports club, sporting organisation, event organiser or governing body as an officially recognised digital health passport. 

The app would be used in conjunction with a Government/Department Of Health  approved COVID-19 testing kit administered by a Doctor or healthcare professional that confirms and validates whether the holder has been tested “negative” or “positive” for the Corona Virus or has the antibody present. In the future it will include confirmation that they are vaccinated.

Once the test has been completed, the results will be updated to the fans digital passport. Once vaccinated it will be permanent proof of being virus free and protected.

Providing the fan has tested negative they will be allowed to proceed and purchase a ticket for the event by validating their ‘V-COVID™’ digital health passport. This 

VCode® is unique to the fan and authenticated using its various security permissions, protocols and authorisations.

The fan attends the event observing the 2 metre social distancing safety guidelines where an event official scans their smart phone or Printed VCode®. The technology  however can give an optimal scanning distance achievable from 100 metres (80:1 distance to size ratio). 

The social distancing will be reduced over time as the phased lifting of restrictions takes place.

Uniquely the ‘V-COVID’ digital health passport is not just confined to the sport of football, but can also be used across all other major sporting events including golf, rugby, tennis, Formula 1, to horse racing. Both Mike Farnan and Louis-James Davis also plan to approach the IOC (International Olympic Committee) to help with getting the 2021 Olympics and Paralympics back on track by using the ‘V-COVID ™’ digital health passport.

Many football and rugby clubs are in serious financial trouble with gate receipts for matches non existent, advertisers and sponsors withholding rights income from major events and there are grave concerns that many clubs could collapse.  Already the ‘V-COVID’ digital health passport app has been welcomed and is being hailed as a lifeline to help revitalise the British sporting calendar.  

The groundbreaking VCode® and VPlatform® technology which powers the ‘V-COVID ™’ digital health passport works as a secure digital passport within a scannable app. The technology can be integrated into existing sporting and healthcare apps using the software development kit but will also be rolled out alongside Corona Virus (Covid-19) testing kits.

VCode® and VPlatform® the operating technology which powers ‘V-COVID™’ digital health passport represents the gold standard and next generation of code scanning technology – an evolutionary step forward from traditional barcodes and QR Codes. Using military grade encryption it has over 2.2 Quintillion variations of codes. The codes become ultra-secure as user login, time, facial recognition, touch ID, geo-fences, handset brand and number of scans are just some of the factors that change what information the VCode® links to at the point of scanning.

VCode® in its own right has an infinite range of applications and capabilities from secure identification and ID, to geo location and geo fencing, asset tracking, authentication and permission based authorisations. It’s unique technology means that the ‘V-COVID ™’ digital health passport can also be used for the same validation and authentication process to be used in tests for other viruses such as Ebola, Sars and Mers. It will also help strategically to ensure that with regular updates and testing there is a reduced chance of a second wave of Corona Virus infections.

VSTE is currently using the same technology to work with the UNITED NATIONS as part of their SDG Collaboratory (Sustainable Development Goals) program – to provide a wide range of technology services to 9 Billion people by 2030 and which will be announced in the coming weeks.

For information on how to integrate the ‘V-COVID™ software into your existing system visit www.vcode.it/developers.

About Redstrike & Mike Farnan

Mike Farnan is the former International Managing Director of Manchester United Football Club and is a 25 year sports marketing veteran.  During his career Mike has promoted sports brands worldwide including Manchester United, Atletico Madrid, Williams Formula 1, Jordan Formula 1, Sheffield Utd and Sunderland FC. A highly skilled sports marketeer, Mike has worked with blue chip brands including Vodafone, Heineken, Red Bull, Air Malta, Visa, FIFA, DHL, Umbro, Coca Cola, Porsche, Nivea, Pepsi, Budweiser and Cadburys. 

Redstrike was founded in 2013 by MD Mike Farnan and is now regarded as one of the elite sports marketing consultancies in the UK across Football, Motorsports, Golf and Rugby. The company which has offices in London, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, Romania, Auckland and Sydney is a motorsport race promoter and golf talent manager. Redstrike is also the driving force behind a major football academy in Vietnam where it has secured the services of former Manchester United players Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes as ambassadors.

For more information please visit www.redstrike.com

 

CYBER TECH COMPANY DEVELOPS CORONA VIRUS DIGITAL HEALTH PASSPORT WITH VCODE®

GAME CHANGER ‘V-COVID™’PASSPORT WILL ALLOW HEALTHCARE TRUSTS & BLUE LIGHT EMERGENCY KEY WORKERS RAPID RETURN TO THE FRONT LINE

VST Enterprises Ltd (VSTE) the British cyber security company founded by tech entrepreneur Louis-James Davis (31) has today announced that it has developed a unique digital health care passport in the fight against CoronaVirus (COVID19). 

‘V-COVID™’ (powered by VCode®) will not only help rapidly speed up the process of getting key critical care workers within the NHS and Health Care trusts and blue light emergency services returning to the frontline, but also ensure that they do so safely and securely.  

VSTE are in talks with several leading medical equipment and service providers and are hoping to accelerate discussions with the NHS, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other health care trusts around the world.

VST Enterprises Ltd which is based in Manchester are also in discussions to form a joint venture with international medical equipment company, Prometheus Medical – the UK’s leading supplier of pre hospital medical equipment and medical training courses- to provide its VCode® and VPlatform® technology.  

Kevin Gallagher Group Chief Executive Officer for Prometheus Medical said;

“We are extremely excited to be working with Louis-James Davis and VST Enterprises developing the VCode® and VPlatform® technology and how it could improve the life-changing medical equipment that Prometheus Medical provides worldwide.”

The groundbreaking VCode® and VPlatform® technology works as a secure digital passport within a scannable app. The technology can be integrated into existing healthcare apps using the development kit, but is looking to be rolled out alongside Corona Virus (Covid-19) testing kits..

The VCode® technology can support test result reporting back to the NHS or the Healthcare Trust where the key worker is employed. The ‘V-COVID™’ digital health passport can then be used on a regular basis for ongoing monitoring and reporting.

A key worker can present their smart phone with the displaying the ‘V-COVID™’ app with their latest test result – which can be scanned outside the 2 metre safe distancing zone – to any official to confirm and authenticate their current health status based on a traffic light system.

VCode® and VPlatform® represents the gold standard and next generation of code scanning technology – an evolutionary step forward from traditional barcodes and QR Codes. Using military grade encryption it has over 2.2 Quintillion variations of codes. The codes become ultra-secure as user login, time, facial recognition, touch ID, geo-fences, handset brand and number of scans are just some of the factors that change what information the VCode® links to at the point of scanning.

VCode® has an infinite range of applications and capabilities from secure identification and ID, to geo location and geo fencing, asset tracking, authentication and permission based authorisations.  

VSTE is currently using the same technology  to work with the UNITED NATIONS as part of their SDG Collaboratory (Sustainable Development Goals)program – to provide a wide range of technology services to 9 Billion people by 2030 and which will be announced in the coming weeks.

Commenting on the technology and development of ‘V-COVID™’, VST Enterprises founder and CEO Louis-James Davis said; 

‘V-COVID™’ is a game changer in rapidly speeding up the process of getting critical care key workers and frontline staff back into the NHS and in our hospitals. As a digital healthcare passport it will also be a critically important asset in getting our other key workers in the blue light emergency services such as police, fire and ambulance services and the military returning back to operational duties quickly and effectively. At the same time this will also help to alleviate  the pressure off the NHS and emergency services.” 

Fundamentally once ‘V-COVID™” has been used to get the critical care health workers back to work , then it can be used under strict guidelines to gradually bring back other essential workers and the rest of the UK workforce whilst continuing to observe the safety guidelines of social distancing. This will help the Government organise a gradual “back to work” campaign and staged relaxing of the current lockdown restrictions. In doing so this will also help to minimise any secondary wave of the virus occurring and the lockdown measures being reintroduced which could cripple the UK’s fledgling economy with further stringent measures put back in place.”

It’s unique technology means that ‘V-COVID™’ can also be used for the same validation and authentication process to be used in tests for other viruses such as Ebola, Sars and Mers. ‘“V-COVID™” can also be used to authenticate vaccinations given to the frontline key worker and confirm other key information such as their underlying health issues, ICE details, medication and PPE authorised to the key worker.

Most importantly ‘V-COVID™’ can be used as a health passport for regular screening and testing of all viruses.  It will also help strategically to ensure that with regular updates and testing there is a reduced chance of a second wave of Corona Virus infections.

Louis-James Davis continued;

“Working in tandem with the testing kits ‘V-COVID™’ will not only give the Government a unique digital health passport for key workers and the public, but will also help assist with knowing how many people have tested negative and positive in key regions. It will also help to deploy resources into hotspots with a heat map in areas where tests have recorded positively. This will also assist the Government, the NHS and Health Care Trusts to manage and deploy their resources and assets in a more effective way.”

Critically ‘V-COVID™’ will also help with a staged re integration of the lockdown being lifted with key infrastructure staff in financial services, banking, transport, travel and supply chain services returning to work. Eventually all UK citizens would take the corona virus test with ‘V-COVID™’ and then either remain in self isolation or return to work. The metric data would also help the Government to ascertain precisely how many people were still presenting symptoms, remaining in isolation and how many had tested negative and returned to work. 

For information on how to integrate the software into your existing system visit www.vcode.it/developers.

About Prometheus Medical 

Prometheus is a leading supplier of pre-hospital emergency medical equipment and high-quality medical training courses for a wide audience.

Our specialist team has expertise in providing medical support under the most challenging and unique circumstances. Our in-depth knowledge, experience and credibility within both emergency medicine and the military environment means that we can offer our clients the best solution to their needs, from consultancy and strategic advice to the latest medical equipment and medical training.

Whatever sector you belong to, whatever service you are looking for, our internationally respected medical consultants can provide you with cutting-edge advice, tailored to your exact requirements. 

For more information 

www.prometheusmedical.co.uk

VST ENTERPRISES HIRES SONY PLAYSTATION PIONEER TO ITS BOARD

TECH INNOVATOR & ANGEL IAN HETHERINGTON TO JOIN THE VST ENTERPRISES LTD BOARD AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

VST Enterprises Ltd (VSTE) the British cyber security company founded by tech entrepreneur Louis-James Davis (31) has confirmed that the former MD of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and tech pioneer Ian Hetherington has joined the board of VSTE as an executive director.

In what the Manchester based tech company describes as a “major game changer,” Hetherington will join the company with the specific remit of scaling the current infrastructure and business globally. He will also be responsible for opening up and developing strategic business channels as well as providing mentoring advice and guidance. 

Hetherington is widely regarded as one of the forefathers of tech, a mentor, pioneer, angel investor and incubator of talent. He was pivotal to Sony’s entry into video gaming with their world famous Playstation console. Hetherington also founded the legendary games company Psygnosis which produced amongst other global cult computer games “Lemmings” and “Wipeout” 

VSTE is the cyber security company which has developed VCode® and VPlatform®, the cyber security equivalent of human DNA. VCode® is a unique coding technology that can be used to provide ultra secure financial transactions, virtual mobile wallet payments as well as providing secure identification services and authentication.  The unique VCode® and VPlatform® technology allows users to authenticate themselves in a secure and encrypted way. The company is paving the way in FinTech, counterfeiting, anti piracy, financial authentication and secure ID services.  

Commenting on the appointment VSTE CEO Louis-James Davis said; 

“We are beyond excited to have such a legendary figure in the tech world joining VSTE. Ian’s credentials and reputation as a tech innovator are world class. Single handedly, he changed the face of the computer gaming industry when Playstation was launched and he was a major part of its global success story.  Ian not only brings a wealth of experience across the tech and gaming sectors with a brilliant mind, he is someone who also provides guidance and mentoring of talent and the development of technological innovation. That level of knowledge is invaluable to us at VSTE.  Ian will add a very important strategic element to the growth and scalability of VCode® , VPlatform® and VSTE globally.”

Hetherington is a renowned figure in the games industry and a lifelong tech pioneer.  Post the acquisition of Psygnosis by Sony he was  appointed MD of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.  Ian helped design and implement the hardware and software for the Playstation and oversaw the development of its European launch. The global impact and success of the Playstation and the contribution of Psygnosis developed content needs no explanation.

Commenting on his appointment to the board of VSTE, Executive Director Ian Hetherington said; 

“It is a real privilege to be working with Louis-James and the team at VSTE with such an exciting future ahead. My greatest belief is that successful tech companies are driven by talent, passion and a constant quest for innovation. VCode® and VPlatform® are unlike anything I have ever seen in all my years of tech. I am hugely excited to be able to play a part in the development of this technology working closely with Louis-James who is a uniquely gifted talent. For VCode® and VPlatform® there is no perceptible limit to what can be achieved and how far this business can scale.” 

Hetherington has created over £500m of tech company exits during his career.   His current interests include mobile gaming, 3D mapping, VR, and game based language learning to enable global mobility.  He also sits on the Advisory Board of the UK/Lebanon Technology Hub and the British Games Institute.

The appointment of Hetherington will also see VSTE deploying its technology into computer gaming, film and television. In December 2019, VSTE announced a world first when it teamed up with Velvet Film Productions to use VCode in the new STAR WARS Origins Film ahead of the major cinema release of THE RISE OF THE SKYWALKER

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VST Enterprises Ltd CEO Louis-James Davis or Executive Director Ian Hetherington

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CYBER TECH POWER COUPLE CHAMPION CODE BREAKERS & CODE MAKERS OF THE FUTURE

CYBER TECH POWER COUPLE CHAMPION CODE BREAKERS & CODE MAKERS OF THE FUTURE

VST ENTERPRISES LOUIS-JAMES & NICOLE DAVIS APPOINTED AMBASSADORS FOR MANCHESTER BASED CODE NATION

LOUIS-JAMES DAVIS and NICOLE DAVIS the tech power couple and entrepreneurs behind Manchester based cyber tech security company VST Enterprises Ltd (VSTE) are to champion a campaign to find the next generation of computer coders, programmers and code breakers. 

The Manchester based power couple are to become ambassadors for CODE NATION, the digital training business set up by ex PwC/ KPMG Partner David Muir and Andy Lord, former founder and CEO of talent firm The Rethink Group Ltd. 

As two leading lights in the Manchester Cyber Tech eco system, both Code Nation and VST Enterprises Ltd are flying the British flag for cyber tech and innovation as Manchester is rapidly becoming the UK centre of excellence for computing coding and programming.  

Manchester is now leading the way as Europe’s leading tech hub. Last year the Manchester digital tech industry turned over £4.9 Billion to the UK economy. Manchester now has the largest number of digital workers in the UK outside of London. The Government’s signals intelligence agency GCHQ has also located in the region tapping into the rich vein of cyber tech talent.  

As Code Nation ambassadors, both Louis-James and Nicole Davis will drive a campaign to encourage young adults and mature students into computer coding and cyber technology as a career, particularly encouraging those from disadvantaged backgrounds who would otherwise not have the traditional pathway through a University degree. As a “tech power couple” they are keen to debunk the myths and “geek” stigma, making cyber technology an attractive career path. 

Louis-James will focus on encouraging a broad spectrum of male and female students from 17-57 into cyber tech, while Nicole will focus on spearheading a campaign to encourage young female adults into computer coding and breaking the male only “stigma” in science technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Both Louis-James and Nicole will actively look to encourage and promote software development and cyber tech through their ambassadorial roles with mentoring sessions, inspirational public speaking, networking events and coding masterclasses. 

Commenting on the new appointment; VSTE CEO and Code Nation ambassador Louis-James Davis said; 

“Nicole and I are thrilled and delighted to be working with Code Nation to help raise the profile and awareness of the amazing work being done in Manchester, Chester and Cambridge. Code Nation is flying the tech flag and showcasing the world class coding and programming talent we have in Manchester. We were very impressed with the brilliant work that David and Andy are doing here at Code Nation ,which is vitally important to bridging the UK skills gap and developing the very best British tech talent of the future. 

The workplace environment has changed rapidly and Britain is fast becoming a world class leader in cyber technology. Therefore it is vital to have a coding school of excellence such as Code Nation that gives the opportunity for those wanting a career in cyber and tech.” 

VSTE Director & Co Owner and Code Nation ambassador Nicole Davis said; 

“We are delighted to be joining Code Nation as ambassadors to help raise awareness of the fantastic work that is being done at the school by Andy and David who are both passionate about creating employable talent.  It is vitally important that women in tech are represented at the highest level to raise awareness and encourage young adult females into a career in tech. 

With only 15% of employees working in STEM roles in the UK being female, we need to address the gender imbalance which is one of the biggest issues facing the tech sector at the moment. Only one in five jobs in the digital and tech sector are occupied by females which clearly demonstrates the need to address the imbalance. We want to encourage young female adults and mature students to consider a career in coding and programming and to have parity with their male counterparts. As an ambassador, my role is to positively encourage and attract the female tech talent of tomorrow.” 

Code Nation was formed in 2017 by former PwC/KPMG partner David Muir and Andy Lord, former founder and CEO of talent firm The Rethink Group Ltd. The digital campus was set up to provide courses in coding, cyber security, data & analytics and iOS development. The school, which boasts campuses across the North West in Manchester and Chester and in the South in Cambridge, was set up with the objective of training and educating the next generation of computer coders and cyber entrepreneurs. Some two years on it has become one of the fastest growing digital education providers. In July of this year it reached a milestone having trained 500 coders and cyber security experts across its two campuses. 

Andy and David set up Code Nation having consulted extensively with businesses across the UK to service the clear need of generating more digital talent. Both have a passion and firm belief in educating and training people from all walks of life regardless of age or background, in computer coding and cyber technology. Through their training and mentoring, Code Nation produce a highly desirable skill set in the workplace and employable talent. What makes Code Nation unique is its ability to utilise its strong connections and foundations in business, commerce and industry to connect students with future employers in cyber and technology. It’s “Code Nation Pledger” programme currently has over 130 organisations and businesses pledging to find employment for Code Nation students within their organisations once they have graduated. 

Andy Lord CEO and founder of Code Nation said; 

“We are absolutely delighted to have both Louis-James Davis and Nicole Davis on board as ambassadors to help raise awareness of the work we do here at Code Nation and to give mentorship, guidance and share their knowledge of the tech world. Louis has achieved great things in cyber security technology and collectively we are putting Manchester on a world class stage for developing some of the brightest minds and talent in computer coding and programming. Nicole’s input will also be crucial in helping to break down the barriers, attract and encourage more women into the world of cyber and technology and show that it can be an exciting career path.” 

Louis-James Davis and Nicole Davis are the Manchester based tech entrepreneurs behind VST Enterprises Ltd (VSTE) through their family backed holding company Davis Company Holdings Ltd. Louis was the innovator who created the VCode® widely seen as the technology equivalent to human DNA for its unique traceability and secure encrypted application. The unique “VCode®” and “VPlatform®” technology allows genuine users to authenticate themselves in a secure and encrypted way across online transactions and interactions. The company is paving the way in financial technology, counterfeiting, anti-piracy, financial authentication and secure ID services.  

VSTE counts some of the biggest global brands and blue-chip companies in its client base in the banking and financial services sector, retail, fashion apparel and high-end luxury consumer goods brands. Each of these organisations and companies all use VCode® in their business to authenticate identity, financial transactions, supply chain management, marketing, sales and promotion campaigns. 

Last year, VSTE CEO and founder Hon. Louis-James Davis was named as the new Science & Technology Ambassador to the Zimbabwean Government by President Emmerson Mnangagwa. The ambassadorship was granted at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He will be presented to the President of Zimbabwe in an official ceremony later this year and which will be attended by Ministers and Government officials. VSTE is now actively providing technology in country to help with the economic recovery of Zimbabwe.

For more information www.wearecodenation.com 

VST Enterprises shortlisted for the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2018

Manchester, UK. 20thAugust 2018: VST Enterprises’ CEO and founder, Louis-James Davis, shortlisted for the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2018 in the category of Innovation Entrepreneur of the Year.

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Innovators are purpose-driven pioneers of change. This rare breed of entrepreneur is conspicuous for their modest talk and wealth of action; they pick up on the missed stitches in business to bring solutions that make our lives easier, faster and better connected.

Tenacious and analytical, innovators live outside the box and are guided by their entrepreneurial imagination. Free flowing ideas mean they naturally adapt to change and take the lead while doing so. They expect the unexpected and perceive opportunity in all facets of life.

The Innovation Entrepreneur of the Year will engender these attributes through unique alternatives that have improved their sector and disrupted the status quo.

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VST Enterprises

VST Enterprises (VSTE) is the company behind VCode and the VPlatform. Headquartered in Manchester, the company has international offices in New York, Reno, Hong Kong, Armenia, New Delhi and South Africa.

VCode represents the next generation of code scanning technology – an evolutionary step forward from traditional barcodes and QR Codes. A VCode can be scanned from over 100 metres, with a 70:1 distance to size scan ratio, at 160 degree angles, on and from moving objects, and upon any multimedia or television screen and even when they are microscopic on bank notes or minerals. This allows users to access exclusive content, check the validity of an item and make purchases while on the move.

 Supporting the VCode app is the VPlatform – a secure, cloud-based portal that allows users to create VCodes and manage the content they lead to. The VPlatform also provides users with real-time analytics on who scanned their VCodes, and when and where the scans took place.

On top of this, the VPlatform enables push notifications and rewards to be sent back to individuals who have made VCode scans, offering opportunities for brands to significantly enhance engagement levels with their client base.

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30 UNDER 30: LOUIS-JAMES DAVIS, CEO AND FOUNDER OF VST ENTERPRISES

Manchester, UK, 13th July 2018 

A rare strain of pneumonia forced him to retire from professional drumming with international touring artists and very nearly killed him. While recovering, Louis-James explored new technologies to help share personalised music content. He hit upon a brand new and creative way of sharing secure content, completing transactions and ensuring traceability – VCode® and the secure cloud-based portal, the VPlatform®.

What’s your most significant accomplishment to date?

Since I can remember, I wanted to make a positive impact on the world. I started small – I was a sole trader in web development from 17 and ran my band’s website. Now, I’m rolling out my concept, VCode and VPlatform, which is set to revolutionise consumer interaction, security, and traceability in a number of industries. To me, my most significant accomplishment isn’t just one thing; it’s having my ideas being picked up around the world as we begin to work with companies from all around.

 Who/what inspires you?

I’m on the autistic spectrum so I sometimes get slightly obsessive, but it’s certainly not a bad thing. I’m motivated to be and do the best that I can. The business is growing and we still have a long way to go but I get up each morning ready for the next challenge.

How has living/working in Manchester helped you achieve your goals?

Being based in Manchester, with its thriving tech scene, we’ve been able to benefit from being surrounded by other up-and-coming businesses and technology companies, pooling our knowledge to support each other’s continued growth. I’ve loved seeing the tech community here grow over the past few years and I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes and being involved in it!

What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self?

I’d tell myself to try and see the light in every situation. Life can be hard, especially when you’re trying to break boundaries, so just do your best and make the most of what you have. Don’t give up.

What are your business goals for 2018?

We’ve got a great foundation in place, but now we’re ready to take VSTE further. I’ve recently been named Science and Technology Ambassador for Zimbabwe, where we aim to help rebuild the broken economy by bringing in systems to combat issues with counterfeiting, border control and tax collection. I hope to see a real impact being made in the country, and for this to be replicated with large technological integrations with major brands and governments in the near future.

Where do you see yourself in twenty years’ time?

I see myself leading VSTE from a creative standpoint. I’m an innovator and inventor by nature, so I can see myself as Head of Innovation. With hopefully more time on my hands, I’d also like to spend more of it helping other entrepreneurs to grow their concepts and expand my work with charities, such as KidScan Children’s Cancer Trust and Cancer Research UK, who I’m currently an Ambassador for.

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VST Enterprises boosts public sector procurement profile – Technology firm accepted onto government cloud services framework

Manchester, UK. 05 July 2018: VST Enterprises, which developed the technology allowing genuine users to authenticate themselves across online transactions and interactions, has been accepted onto the latest version of the government’s cloud services framework, G-Cloud 10.

The G-Cloud framework is an agreement between the government and suppliers who provide cloud-based hosting, software or support services. Public sector organisations use this digital marketplace to buy services more quickly and cheaply than if they had to enter into individual procurement contracts with each supplier.

Since the basic terms of use have already been agreed between the government and suppliers, public sector buyers can purchase services from VST Enterprises without running a full OJEU (Official Journal of the European Union) procurement process each time.

“There are several elements to our VCode/VPlatform that are valuable to public sector enterprises,”explains Melissa Henry, Operations Director of VST Enterprises. “The technology can be used to authenticate the identity of users and secure transaction data, increasing the security of personal information and confidential records. It also enables full traceability, helping authorities to tackle counterfeiting and piracy and improve tax and excise practices.”

In 2014, the EU commission passed legislation stating that all items entering the EU must prove their provenance. A report produced by the European Innovation Network identified VCode as the only standalone technology that could address this issue and VST Enterprises has received the EU Seal of Excellence for its solution.

Having a presence on G-Cloud is not a guarantee of winning public sector business. However,

VST Enterprises’ already has a number of deals in the works with those such as Isle of Man Post Office and York Council, proving the robustness of its offering.

One of the remits of the G-Cloud framework is to encourage smaller firms to pitch for business. As of the end of last year, almost half (48%) of the £2.85bn of sales generated went to SMEs.

This is clearly a healthy trend,” says Hendry. “By working with innovative UK companies like ourselves, the public sector gets access to a wider range of skills and expertise. A more diverse supply chain is a key element in achieving value for money in procurement as well as further developing the UK technology sector.”

For more information about VST Enterprises, go to https://www.vstenterprises.com/.

VST Enterprises Boosts Public Sector Procurement Profile

Manchester’s VST Enterprises accepted on to government G-Cloud 10 framework

VST Enterprises online authentication accepted on G-Cloud 10 framework

About VST Enterprises

VST Enterprises is the company behind VCode® and the VPlatform. Headquartered in Manchester, the company has international offices in New York, Reno, Hong Kong, Armenia, New Delhi and South Africa.

VCode represents the next generation of code scanning technology – the technology enables users to access personalised information securely through a mobile phone or smart device. Each code is unique and matched to pre-set security parameters that vary the level of access and information per user. The technology can be adapted for a range of consumer, business and government applications, providing a secure means of verifying information.

A VCode can be scanned from over 100 metres, with a 40:1 distance to size scan ratio, at 160 degree angles, on and from moving objects, and upon any multimedia or television screen. This allows users to access exclusive content and make purchases while on the move.

Supporting the VCode app is the VPlatform – a secure, cloud-based portal that allows users to create VCodes and manage the content they lead to. The VPlatform also provides users with real-time analytics on who scanned their VCodes, and when and where the scans took place.

On top of this, push notifications and rewards can be sent back to individuals who have made VCode scans via the VPlatform, offering significant engagement possibilities for brands with their client base.

 

VST Enterprises welcomes new operations director to the fold

Manchester, UK, 7 February 2018 – VST Enterprises, the Manchester-based consumer technology and security company, has appointed telecommunications expert, Melissa Hendry as its new Operations Director.

With more than 14 years’ experience in telecommunications and technology, Melissa brings considerable expertise in the sector, making her an ideal addition to the VST Enterprises team. In her role, she will be responsible for the day-to-day operational management of the company, overseeing a wide range of processes, including security and risk auditing, policy creation, strategic planning and key project delivery, playing a vital role in securing future business growth.

Melissa comes to VST Enterprises from ZiMovi, a centralised video management, hosting and distribution platform, created to give video owners complete control over their entire video catalogue. While at ZiMovi, Melissa worked closely with VST Enterprises to develop an innovative new application for the company’s scannable technology, VCode®, called VStreams. With VStreams, a customer can effortlessly scan the VCode as a call to action or watermark embedded within the video taking the user to external content, or scan a VCode leading them to the video itself. Melissa will continue in an operations leadership role at ZiMovi, and will divide her time between the two companies.

Speaking about her new position at VST Enterprises, Melissa explained: “As a long-time technology security professional, I’m particularly excited by VCode’s potential. Founder Louis and his team are doing what no one else has managed to yet – what may seem a simple code is so much more than that. No other technology that I’ve encountered has come even close to VCode’s security applications, required in so many sectors.

“I’m looking forward to working more with such a game-changing technology, and playing a role in helping it to transform the technology and cybersecurity space.”

CEO and founder of VST Enterprises, Louis-James Davis, commented: “I first worked with Melissa at ZiMovi, and her work on building VStreams was truly impressive. It’s fantastic to have her join as the newest addition to the team. Her experience in digital security is second to none, and will prove a vital asset to VST Enterprises as we continue to introduce our market-disrupting technology to new industries around the world.”

To find out more about VST Enterprises and VCode®, visit: https://vstenterprises.com/.

 VST Enterprises

 VST Enterprises (VSTE) is the company behind VCode and the VPlatform. Headquartered in Manchester, the company has international offices in New York, Reno, Hong Kong, Armenia, New Delhi and South Africa.

VCode represents the next generation of code scanning technology – an evolutionary step forward from traditional barcodes and QR Codes. A VCode can be scanned from over 100 metres, with a 70:1 distance to size scan ratio, at 160 degree angles, on and from moving objects, and upon any multimedia or television screen and even when they are microscopic on bank notes or minerals. This allows users to access exclusive content, check the validity of an item and make purchases while on the move.

 Supporting the VCode app is the VPlatform – a secure, cloud-based portal that allows users to create VCodes and manage the content they lead to. The VPlatform also provides users with real-time analytics on who scanned their VCodes, and when and where the scans took place.

On top of this, the VPlatform enables push notifications and rewards to be sent back to individuals who have made VCode scans, offering opportunities for brands to significantly enhance engagement levels with their client base.

www.vstenterprises.com

@vstenterprises

 

VST Enterprises appoints new Managing Director at Manchester HQ

Manchester, UK, 7 February 2018 – Consumer technology and security company, VST Enterprises, has appointed expert sales and channel director, Paul Greaves as its new Managing Director.

Paul boasts a remarkable 25+ years’ experience scaling businesses, including developing and selling his company, Intercell, to United Utilities which went above and beyond projected revenue figures, now at £100bn and rising. Paul brings his expertise to VST Enterprises after being bowled over by the sheer size of the potential for the company.

VST Enterprises’ technology VCode represents the next generation of code scanning technology – an evolutionary step forward from traditional barcodes and QR Codes. VCode is being adopted to combat the supply of counterfeit goods in Hong Kong and China, eliminate the circulation of conflict minerals and currency counterfeiting in Africa, provide a virtual wallet for secure payments across mainland Europe from Armenia, as well as working with the Indian government to eliminate fraud from the benefits system.

Paul will lead the direction and strategy of the company through advances in technologies and strategic partners. To enable the business to live up to its mammoth potential, he will play a vital role in securing future business growth.

Paul joins VST Enterprises alongside his role as CEO of global cloud-based video platform, ZiMoviand will drive the growth of both businesses on a global scale. The two companies currently collaborate on VStreams, which uses VST Enterprises’ scannable technology, VCode®, to allow users to securely access personalised information, no matter where they are, via a smart device. With VStreams, a customer can effortlessly scan the VCode, either as a call to action or by scanning a watermark embedded within the video, taking the user to external content.

Speaking about his new position at VST Enterprises, Paul explained: “A lot of people talk about global opportunities for businesses, but in my 30 years scaling and managing businesses, I’ve never seen anything quite like this. The potential for VST Enterprises is phenomenal.”

“I first came to VST Enterprises as a JV Partner and I was thrilled at the potential. In my new role, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with multiple big-name partners and see an even more impressive company than I could have imagined. I’m happy to see that other partners are equally as excited as I am.”

Louis-James Davis, CEO of VST Enterprises, added: “Paul’s experience in this industry is unparalleled. We’re delighted to have him onboard, and his knowledge will prove invaluable to the company as we develop and grow our global footprint. The future is bright for VST Enterprises, and we’re excited that Paul will be an important part of rapid global growth.”

VST Enterprises is already based in every continent around the globe, having expanded exponentially over the past 12 months, and the company has big ambitions. To find out more about VST Enterprises and VCode®, visit: https://vstenterprises.com/.

 VST Enterprises

 VST Enterprises (VSTE) is the company behind VCode and the VPlatform. Headquartered in Manchester, the company has international offices in New York, Reno, Hong Kong, Armenia, New Delhi and South Africa.

VCode represents the next generation of code scanning technology – an evolutionary step forward from traditional barcodes and QR Codes. A VCode can be scanned from over 100 metres, with a 70:1 distance to size scan ratio, at 160-degree angles, on and from moving objects, and upon any multimedia or television screen and even when they are microscopic on bank notes or minerals. This allows users to access exclusive content, check the validity of an item and make purchases while on the move.

 Supporting the VCode app is the VPlatform – a secure, cloud-based portal that allows users to create VCodes and manage the content they lead to. The VPlatform also provides users with real-time analytics on who scanned their VCodes, and when and where the scans took place.

On top of this, the VPlatform enables push notifications and rewards to be sent back to individuals who have made VCode scans, offering opportunities for brands to significantly enhance engagement levels with their client base.

www.vstenterprises.com

@vstenterprises

 

A double win for Louis-James Davis – VST Enterprises’ CEO takes home the gold at the Made In Manchester Awards 2018

Manchester, UK. 2 February 2018: VST Enterprises’ CEO and founder, Louis-James Davis, had much to celebrate last night as he took home the trophy for Entrepreneur of the Year and the coveted Chairman’s Rising Star Award at the Made in Manchester Awards 2018.

The Made in Manchester Awards celebrate the best in young and local talent at a glamourous awards ceremony, recognising outstanding contributions in 14 categories, includingexcellence in innovation, entrepreneurial spirit, training and development and leadership.

Louis-James retired from professional drumming in 2009 after a rare bout of pneumonia took him away from mainstream performance. He turned his passion for technology into entrepreneurial momentum and went on to develop a completely new scannable code that’s making strides in the fight against counterfeit, fraud and money laundering: VCode®.

Louis’ entrepreneurial spirit, strategic vision and leadership has seen him create a multi-million pound business with worldwide presence in an incredibly short timescale – and it was this drive that saw him receive the Chairman’s Rising Star Award.

On his award win, Louis commented:“It’s a huge honour to have come away on the night with not one but two awards. I’m so proud of everything I’ve achieved with my team at VST Enterprises, and we’re looking forward to an even stronger year ahead.

 “The tech scene is growing up exponentially in Manchester at the moment. I’m happy to be showing the world what we have to offer.”

Chair of future pro-manchester, Claire Sofield,said: “The Made in Manchester Awards give us an opportunity to highlight and reward the amazing young professionals we have in Manchester.

“Manchester is full of ambitious talented individuals who want to work together to create a thriving economy and I think that makes Manchester a great place to do business.”

A dedicated philanthropist and proud Mancunian, Louis is committed to helping the next generation gain entrepreneurial skills whatever their background. As well as being a Creative, Digital & Health Care Technology Ambassador for the Manchester Metropolitan University & Ambassador for KidScan Children’s Cancer Trust, he’s also hosted a series of events, formerly known as In The City.

VST Enterprises (VSTE) is the company behind VCode and the VPlatform. Headquartered in Manchester, the company has international offices in New York, Reno, Hong Kong, Armenia, New Delhi and South Africa.

VCode represents the next generation of code scanning technology – an evolutionary step forward from traditional barcodes and QR Codes. A VCode can be scanned from over 100 metres, with a 70:1 distance to size scan ratio, at 160 degree angles, on and from moving objects, and upon any multimedia or television screen and even when they are microscopic on bank notes or minerals. This allows users to access exclusive content, check the validity of an item and make purchases while on the move.

Supporting the VCode app is the VPlatform – a secure, cloud-based portal that allows users to create VCodes and manage the content they lead to. The VPlatform also provides users with real-time analytics on who scanned their VCodes, and when and where the scans took place.

On top of this, the VPlatform enables push notifications and rewards to be sent back to individuals who have made VCode scans, offering opportunities for brands to significantly enhance engagement levels with their client base.

http://www.madeinmanchesterawards.co.uk/winners