Success for VFM in London’s new Blake Tower development

ESRG Group celebrates further success this month amongst its investment portfolio., with top rated performance progress from Vision Fibre Media (VFM).

VFM provides an unparalleled state of the art fibre optic broadband services, with a prestigious list of installation locations to date.

The Blake Tower development, in the heart of London’s Barbican, is now complete – VFM broadband was pre-sold, with a reported 100% take-up by residents. This is an exceptional result and reflection of the service VFM provides with speeds of up to 1000mb (1gb) supplied by the fully fibre service – one of the fastest residential services in the UK.

Similarly, ESRG is pleased to announce the completion of another high profile upgrade by VFM. Hanover House, a boutique hotel for business professionals  within London and the City. VFM has completed a full upgrade of the broadband and WIFI services, which will allow all residents to receive a service of 1,000Mbs (1gb) and benefit from instant network access speeds will allow all guests to continue working remotely, use video conference calling reliably, and make comfortable use of their free time, being able to stream 8K TV services and use online gaming to a high standard.

Commenting on behalf of ESRG Group, Executive Chairman David Evans  said “VFM has proven itself to be a worthy addition to Group investment portfolio; it has a very bright future, meeting and exceeding expectations so far, and is forecast to sustain this level of success in its next stage of expansion. We are delighted to support the company through such an exciting period in its growth”.

Jordan Nobbs

ESRG Ambassador & EMERGE athlete Jordan Nobbs named Vauxhall England Player of the Year 2016

Huge congratulations to ESRG Ambassador and EMERGE Sports Management athlete Jordan Nobbs, who was named Vauxhall England Player of the Year 2016 at last weekend’s FA Women’s Football Awards.

The 23-year-old vice-captain beat teammates Karen Carney, Steph Houghton and Jill Scott in a public poll to win the award.

The Arsenal Ladies’ midfielder has already secured 33 senior caps for her national side and played a central part in the team’s unbeaten Euro 2017 qualification campaign, which saw the Lionesses’ top their group with seven wins from eight and scoring 32 goals, conceding just once.

The team will now face Scotland, Spain and Portugal in the group stages of the tournament, which kicks off in the Netherlands on 16 July.

Managed by EMERGE Sports Management, the female-focused talent management agency launched by ESRG Sport & Leisure earlier this year, Nobbs has enjoyed a successful 2016 both on and off the pitch.

In February, she signed a new contract with Arsenal Ladies whilst playing an integral role in the side’s Women’s FA Cup campaign, which resulted in a 1-0 win over rivals and holders Chelsea to win the final in May.

Off the field, EMERGE brokered a new long-term sponsorship deal with Nike for the international midfielder; ESRG Group also extended its sponsorship agreement with Nobbs, which sees her continue in the role as ESRG Group ambassador into 2017.

Voted for by the public, the Vauxhall England Player of the Year Award is one of several accolades that make up the FA Women’s Football Awards, which celebrate the best of international and domestic football including player, manager and club achievements across The FA Women’s Super League (WSL) and FA Women’s Premier League (WPL).

Commenting on her award, Nobbs said: “It’s a real honour to be named player of the year, especially as so many of my team-mates played so well this season.

“I’d like to thank everyone who voted for me and for everyone’s support for the England team this year. We have a massive year ahead of us and we’re determined to go to the Euros next summer in the best possible position to do well and make all of our supporters proud.”

ESRG Group CEO and EMERGE Chairman Tony Copsey said: “Jordan has had a fantastic year and we’re delighted for her to see her hard work and achievements being recognised by the public.

“Jordan was up against some tough competition so to win the award is a huge accomplishment. She’s an incredibly talented footballer and her attitude and dedication to the sport is reflected both on and off the pitch and we are very proud to work with her. Huge congratulations to Jordan on behalf of everyone at ESRG!”

For more information about Jordan Nobbs visit www.jordannobbs.co.uk.

UGIC

ESRG Investment company Df2020 Ltd is granted a Registered Trademark for the Intellectual Property of UGIC™

Representation of the mark:

UGIC

Has been registered by the Intellectual Property Office, Great Britain & Northern Ireland in respect of: Classes 35, 36, 41, 42 and 44.

Df2020 a pioneering technology provider which empowers people and organisations to script their own Chatbots for measurable conversations today announced that they have been granted a registered TradeMark for the Intellectual Property of UGIC™.

It is now becoming widely accepted that the enterprise will adopt Chatbots in the same way they are currently embracing mobile and IoT platforms. Imagine empowering every person and every organisation on the planet to script, publish and measure their own Chatbots for conversations with over three billion people. Welcome to User Generated Interactive Content (UGIC™) to script know-how, such as policies and procedures, into Chatbot conversations with others at the point of need. UGIC empowers users to publish their own Chatbots or co-develop Chatbots with software programmers to develop dialogue-driven workflow for productivity reinvention to achieve more.

The UGIC™ approach and the Df2020 suite of Apps not only allow you to script your own Chatbots but the real commercial value lies in the business intelligence it generates. By capturing the data patterns from the user journeys combined with their contextual feedback it now enables this knowledge to continuously evolve and set new benchmarks compared to their peer group.

Freddie McMahon, thought leader at Df2020 commented, “UGIC™ is a paradigm shift across all services to use scripted Chatbots for productivity reinvention to achieve more through dialogue-driven workflow.”

John Rawlings, CEO at Df2020 continues, “We are delighted to have a registered trademark for our revolutionary concept. The world of Chatbots is one which is rapidly evolving and with our years of commercial experience we are fully aware of how crucial it is to ensure that key assets, such as our IP, is fully protected.”

SportsMed

SMG Technologies announces the integration of its SportsMed software into World Rugby.

ERSG Group investment company SMG Technologies have announced a significant step forward with the integration of its SportsMed software into World Rugby. This follows a highly successful use of the head injury assessment system during the Rugby World Cup 2015. The SportsMed platform and app provide a way to standardise and simplify the recording and management of injuries; invaluable to both team and independent medics.

SportsMed provides an innovative system for use across a broad range of sporting sectors; an elite athlete software solution for professional sports teams, individual athletes and the everyday elite consumer. Cloud-based, it can be accessed from anywhere, on any device, at anytime. The data analytics engine is incredibly powerful, with SportsMed being the only company in the world to provide this as an athletic, health and wellness solution. SportsMed can monitor and measure all sporting operations such as nutrition, physical performance, medical interactions, finances and risk trends. The platform then uses predictive analytics to identify trends, mitigate risks, improve results, maximise potential and build champions.

SportsMed is completely unrivalled in terms of customisation options and its user-friendly approach. Another bespoke version of the software is also due for imminent completion, for the National Rugby League, with requests also in place from the English Premier League and RFU amateur rugby. The company has also been approached by a major insurance company, recognising the potential of SportsMed’s hardware within the insurance industry.

ERSG Group director TONY Copsey commented “The ERSG Group continues with its full support for, and belief in, the SportsMed platform. These latest developments simply reinforce our high regard for the business; SportsMed is a strong element within the Group, fully expected to go from strength to strength”.

 

 

Evermix launches DJ app

Evermix launches revolutionary DJ recording app on Apple Store

ESRG Media’s investment company Evermix this month announced an exciting step forward, with the launch of its DJ app on iPhone and iPad. ESRG Media’s initial investment interest in August 2015 was intended to fund this progression, and Evermix has fulfilled its projection of success, with the free app download now readily available, following a flawless test period in closed beta.

Evermix is a new platform, designed to allow live mixes to be shared online directly from the DJ’s smartphone, and encouraging fans to interact socially with the music long after the event. The Evermix DJ app allows DJs to connect the mixer via a range of analogue-to-digital audio interface devices directly to their smartphone to capture live sets, edit them via the Evermix DJ app and upload them wirelessly to their very own Evermix DJ page. Full control is given to the DJ, who can use the Evermix DJ app to choose and edit what they publish and to where, with integrated social sharing on Facebook, Twitter, MixCloud and SoundCloud.

Until now the Evermix DJ app has been in closed beta, tested by artists including Gorgon City, Bondax, Rudimental and Doorly, as well as global electronic music brands such as Toolroom, Ibiza Rocks and Cream. Evermix is now moving out of beta, open to all DJs and Club Promoters seeking to join the platform, which is fully licensed in the UK through PPL & PRS.

ESRG Media will see further advances for Evermix in June 2016, with the release of Mixbox, Evermix’s own recording hardware device.

Commenting on the app launch, ESRG Group CEO David Evans draws attention to the “successful design, formation, testing, and subsequent full launch of this unique concept. Evermix has already proven its worth, and is continually growing, from strength to strength, with the full support of experts and leading lights from within the industry”.

Click here to download the app or find out more at www.evermix.fm.

 

CRH Racing

The ESRG Group and Kicca announce GT Cup sponsorship of CRH Racing

The ERSG Group, in collaboration with its investment venture Kicca, are pleased to announce a new high profile sporting sponsorship venture, The GT Cup . An 8 event/23 race championship, the Cup is held at tracks throughout the UK from April to September, and features a phenomenal range of entrants. For 2016, ERSG and Kicca will provide sponsorship to the renowned CRH Racing team.

Team drivers Jonathan Evans and Tom Bradshaw are predicted to take the event by storm, with an impressive catalogue of motorsport and driving experience between them, and the sleek performance of CRH’s car of choice, the Porsche 977 GT3 Cup car. AFF has a near perfect reliability record; participation in the Porsche Club Championship for the last three years has given a showcase for the team’s expertise.

The GT Cup is the highest level UK amateur sports car racing, and receives a fantastic level of public interest. Coverage of the event has featured on primetime television and in national newspapers and motorsport publications. An increasing social media presence allows for further levels of exposure, including live race reporting via Twitter, and an almost 50% increase in interest via Facebook in 2015.

Such a well regarded and popular event is seen by The ERSG Group as “a perfect sponsorship opportunity. CRH Racing is a dedicated and flawless team, to which ERSG and Kicca are proud to add their association.” (David Evans, ERSG Group).

First Sports Management

New additions for First Sport Management

The ERSG Group is delighted to announce a number of significant deals and additions for investment company First Sports Management. Rapidly becoming an industry leader in sports representation, the company is owned and managed by sector experts Paul Mullaly and David Rodwell. Following the investment deal in August 2015, First Sports Management joined an already substantial range of sports-based interests within The ESRG Sports & Leisure Group, including Kicca, Urban Fitness, and SportsMed.

First Sports Management was joined by expert scout Bryan Glover in December 2015. Having over 25 years experience as a recruitment scout/Football Development Officer at West Ham United, Bryan can contribute a huge wealth of experience and knowledge, in addition to firm opportunities and links within the club. The ERSG Group’s David Evans sees this as “a valuable addition to First Sports Management, which reflects its already high credence within the industry”.

First Sport’s company ethos is to provide young sportspeople with an all-encompassing support and representation service, allowing them to concentrate on maximising their potential within their chosen sport. First Sports Management reaches far above and beyond a traditional management service, with dedicated managers supporting young sportspeople and their families, at the onset and throughout their careers, to a level almost parallel to a family relationship. Services include financial management (banking, pensions, insurance, etc), career planning, public relations and media training, commercial and sponsorship deals, 24 legal advice, crisis management and post support, and concierge services. First Sports’ expertise extends across a wide range of sports, and it is actively extending the business model into other sports such as golf, cricket, rugby league and rugby union. Working with First Sport Management, The ERSG Group is here able to invest invaluable connections and experience, in addition to financial backing.

With in-house expertise dedicated solely to football, the First Sports team holds a wealth of experience advising clubs, players and FIFA agents on a range of issues that face domestic and international footballers. They also work in an intermediary capacity with player exchanges and transfers, and have built up a myriad of contacts at all levels of the game both in the UK and internationally. Ryan O’Reilly, former Republic of Ireland U17s player and Stoke City U21s defender for the past four years, recently joined the client list, with the company managing his on-loan transfer to Wrexham AFC, agreed to the end of the season. The move is intended to bolster Wrexham, the team having seen three injured players; O’Reilly will provide a valuable addition to the teams defence in the wake of these injuries.

Another recent signing for First Sports Management is Italian player Lorenzo Minerva. The 18 year old striker has already proven his talent within Italy, and has now chosen First Sports to identify and match him with a team following his recent family relocation to the UK. Representing Minerva will encompass far more than securing him a team position; true to the First Sports model, a range of ‘off the pitch’ support will also be provided, with longevity in mind.

ESRG Investment Company signs digital distribution deal with Hasbro Studios

 The ESRG Group is delighted to announce a significant deal from MoMedia, the digital distributor/VoD content-management company in which ESRG Media holds a significant investment. MoMedia has secured distribution rights for key titles from Hasbro Studios – the global content leader and producer of TV shows based on Hasbro’s world class brands, including  ‘My Little Pony’, ‘Littlest Pet Shop’ and ‘Family Game Night’.

When asked to comment, Patrick Bird of ESRG Media stated “I’m thrilled with news of the collaboration; my wholehearted congratulations to Lucas and the team. Seeing another major brand coming on board MoMedia serves to highlight the exceptional company growth – quite simply unstoppable, from strength to strength.”

As part of the distribution campaign, MoMedia will repackage and distribute major animated TV franchises from Hasbro Studios in multiple languages, including ‘Transformers: Rescue Bots’ and ‘G.I. Joe: Renegades’.

MoMedia will manage the digital distribution across transactional VoD platforms worldwide (excluding the USA, Australia and New Zealand). This distribution will be supported with social media, marketing campaigns and in-platform promotions. MoMedia will provide Hasbro Studios with real time analytics, monitoring live information on content sales performance and other key data via a proprietary web based dashboard tool.

MoMedia currently operates in USA, Canada, UK and Australia/NZ, in addition to aggregating localised content for France, Germany, Italy, Greece, the Nordics, Benelux and CEE territories such as Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. Its content distribution includes documentaries, kids TV programming and localised Hollywood content, across major global and local VoD platforms, including iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Instant, Xbox, Samsung and Hulu.

“Momedia’s goal is to disrupt the current industry model and create a new standard in digital distribution and marketing. We’re delighted to announce this major deal with Hasbro Studios to monetize their highly successful franchises” commented Lucas Bertrand, CEO of MoMedia.

Representing Hasbro Studios, Finn Arnesen, SVP of Global Distribution, said “Our goal is to bring our beloved and iconic brands, such as ‘Transformers’ and ’My Little Pony’, to kids and families anywhere they are consuming content, through immersive storytelling across multiple platforms. We’re very excited to be working with MoMedia to help to continue and accelerate our global distribution strategy”.

Dreamworks

ESRG Investment Company MoMedia signs digital distribution deal with DreamWorks Classics

The ESRG Group is very excited to announce the latest news from MoMedia, the digital distributor/VoD content-management company in which ESRG Media holds a significant investment.

MoMedia has secured a deal to distribute titles from the DreamWorks Classics’ TV catalogue, which will see the repackaging and distribution over 20 series and 800 episodes of DreamWorks Classics TV content to VoD platforms worldwide.

As part of the distribution campaign, MoMedia will use social media marketing and promotional activity to resurrect classic and contemporary DreamWorks Classics such as Postman Pat, Noddy, Tinga Tinga Tales, Casper the Friendly Ghost, and He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. The company will also provide DreamWorks with real time analytics, monitoring live information on content sales performance and illegal torrent data via a proprietary web based dashboard tool.

MoMedia currently operates in USA, Canada, UK and Australia/NZ, in addition to aggregating localised content for France, Germany, Italy, Greece, the Nordics, Benelux and CEE territories such as Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. Its content distribution includes documentaries, kids TV programming and localised Hollywood content, across major global and local VoD platforms, including iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Instant, Xbox, Samsung and Hulu.

Chloe van den Berg, VP, DreamWorks Distribution Ltd, said of the deal with Momedia and CEO Lucas Bertrand – “Partnering with MoMedia is an important step for us in the ongoing distribution of our Classic titles. Lucas and the team have a strong model and we look forward to working with them to bring our beloved characters to an ever growing audience.”

ESRG Media is “delighted to have an affiliation with MoMedia, particularly at such an exciting stage in its growth. The collaboration with Dreamworks Classics is a fantastic opportunity, one for which MoMedia holds the absolute skills and experience to create ongoing success.”