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Is Artificial Intelligence the Future of the Financial Sector?

Human hand and artificial hand touch each other


The world of artificial intelligence is becoming less a sci-fi movie plot and more an everyday reality. Defined as the science of designing computers which are capable of carrying out tasks requiring human levels of intelligence, artificial intelligence (AI) technology systems have been developed at an astounding rate since their arrival in the 1980s and are now ready to be rolled out into many sectors of public life, especially banking. Barclays bank has famously stated that they are actively pursuing this technology, with others sure to follow.

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Men, take 1 small action on International Women’s Day

“The fastest way to change society is to mobilise the women of the world” (Charles Malik)

I like Malik’s quote; it’s simple and common sense.  That is, immobilising 50% of the population is not common sense.

From a business perspective another one-liner caught my attention recently:
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Laudale raise over £2500 for RMCH at the Great Manchester Run!

The Laudale team, clients, candidates and supporters ran the Morrisons Great Manchester 10km Run on Sunday. It was wonderful to experience the fantastic atmosphere in Manchester. We also enjoyed some pre-event Breakfast and lunchtime canapés, provided by the fantastic staff at Grindsmiths on Deansgate.

Many personal bests were achieved and for several of us it was our first 10km run – a fantastic day all round!

Most importantly, we successfully raised over £2500 for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. If you’d like to donate & show your support, you can do this via one of our JustGiving pages.

A massive thank you and well done to all those that took part; Andy, Joanne, Ann, Kim, Alan, John  & Alec!

Drive transformational change in the city of Manchester

Laudale are the appointed recruitment consultants acting on behalf of Manchester City Council to recruit a new Senior ICT Leadership Team.
Roles include; Chief Information Officer, Head of Service Operations, Head of Delivery & Test, Head of PMO & Governance, Head of Enterprise Architecture and Strategic Business Partners (x3).
Click on the images below to learn more about the roles and to apply.
If you would like more information/background about the role please contact Alec Laurie for an informal confidential discussion on 0161 850 0830.
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Head of Delivery & Test Head of PMO & Governance

Laudale run the Great Manchester Run


Laudale run the Great Manchester Run!

The Laudale team, clients, candidates and associates are taking part in the Great Manchester Run on Sunday 10th May 2015 and we’re all raising money for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

The Great Manchester Run is Europe’s largest 10K running event, with over 40,000 people taking part. Starting in the centre of Manchester it takes in many of the sights and sounds of Manchester city centre including; the city centre, Old Trafford and the Imperial War Museum.

Training is already underway, with many novices picking up their running shoes for the first time, and more experienced runners targeting their personal best!

We’ll be keeping you updated of our progress on the blog over the next few weeks, so be sure to keep checking back.

In the meantime, if you’d like to donate you can see our JustGiving pages here.

Girls in IT, North West

Tonight we’re hosting the North West’s Girls in IT orientation evening from our King Street office in Manchester.

It’s the start of a superb initiative led by CIO Development that’s proven highly successful in the South East and London.

Along with CIO Development, and our friends and associates Doris IT, we’ve gathered an outstanding group of female IT professionals to act as role models, with the objective of encouraging more secondary school aged girls to consider a career in IT.

There’s a huge amount of interest from some of our region’s great businesses, and if the initial feeling of enthusiasm is anything to go by, it’ll be even more successful ‘up North’!

Here’s a brief intro from CIO Development:

“Like many other nations, the UK has a largely untapped IT talent potential in the form of girls and young women. Also, like many other nations, the UK needs to develop and muster as much talent as it can into 21st century tech-based careers. Our female youth is currently not choosing to come into corporate IT careers in large enough numbers, which is a missed opportunity for them and a major weakness in our technical workforce. The reasons for this may be complex and deep-rooted, but at the local level they are at least in part due to the lack of exposure and access to corporate IT of the girls themselves and of the people who guide them in their career choices. Companies can help to fix this at the local level, which creates a great opportunity both for the local girls and for themselves.

The primary goal of the “Girls in IT” initiative is simply to present 11-14 yr old schoolgirls with female role models able to inspire them by speaking from the heart but with authority about their own careers in IT. This is designed to open the eyes of the girls to the many attractions of information technology as a career before they are asked to make their GCSE choices. Evidence to date suggests that the initiative is very effective in achieving this.

There are also positive side-effects: the female role models in the scheme report that giving these presentations to 11-14 yr old girls (and boys inevitably) is both fulfilling and developmental to themselves. The process of engaging and working with schools forms a relationship that both the schools and local employers can use positively.

Finally, the initiative is run on a not for profit basis and is staffed entirely by volunteers doing real jobs in commerce and industry.”

If you would like to get involved moving forward, or would like a last-minute invite to attend, please contact:

Rachel Onder at CIO Development – rachel.onder@ciodevelopment.com


Alec Laurie at Laudale – alec.laurie@laudale.com See:

Brinley Platts, CIO Development

Helen Toogood, CIO Development

Chris McHugh, Doris IT