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EIE18: From Scottish Startup To Global Scale

15 April 2018

EIE 2018 is Scotland’s premier showcase for start-ups in the digital technology sector. DIGIT spoke to the founders and CEOs of three of Scotland’s up-and-coming companies, to find out how EIE helped them.

2018 marks the tenth anniversary of EIE. Over the last decade, the event has featured some of Scotland’s most innovative and successful startup companies. From early stage start-ups to companies scaling globally, the country’s tech sector has benefitted from having a platform which allows them to showcase their products and services to the world.

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Criton gives hotels the platform to develop apps for guests

29 March 2018

Edinburgh-based Criton is tapping into the guest experience market by helping accommodation providers build their own branded app.

It takes, as its starting point, the desire to replace the hard copy, teacup-stained, poorly-designed and not-that-useful-anyhow “guest directory” which is as anachronistic in today’s hospitality world as the in-room telephone or trouser press.

Providers use a WordPress-like platform built by Criton to design, test and publish their apps.

Guests can use the app on-property to source whatever information the property owner or GM has inputted into the app. It allows the guest to contact room service and reception where appropriate.

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DIY hotel app builder Criton appoints product manager

21 March 2018

Criton, provider of a DIY app builder platform to the hospitality sector, has appointed Roz Hewitson in the new role of product manager.

Hewitson will help Citon manage its growth, maintain a competitive advantage and respond to the changing demands of the market, Criton said.

She was previously a senior project manager at Realise, where she managed multimillion pound projects for a wide range of clients.

Julie Grieve, founder and chief executive of Criton, said: “This is a very exciting time for Criton as we build a strong team with extensive industry experience to meet our global ambitions.

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Criton appoints Roz Hewitson as product manager

21 March 2018

UK: Criton has appointed Roz Hewitson to the new role of product manager as the company continues to expand.

She will be instrumental in ensuring that the development of the UK’s first DIY app builder for the hospitality sector maintains its competitive advantage and responds to the needs of the market.

Hewitson was previously a senior project manager at Realise, where she managed multimillion pound projects for a wide range of clients; from business transformation to large scale UX, design and technical builds.

Criton appoints new Product Manager

21 March 2018

Growing travel tech firm Criton has appointed Roz Hewitson in the new role of Product Manager as the company continues to expand.

Roz will be instrumental in ensuring that the development of the UK’s first DIY app builder for the hospitality sector maintains its competitive advantage and responds to the needs of the market.

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Product Manager for travel tech firm Criton

21 March 2018

Travel tech firm Criton has appointed Roz Hewitson as product manager.

Ms Hewitson will be instrumental in ensuring that the development of the UK’s first DIY app builder for the hospitality sector maintains its competitive advantage and responds to the needs of the market.

Ms Hewitson was previously a senior project manager at Realise, where she managed multimillion pound projects for a wide range of clients; from business transformation to large scale UX, design and technical builds.

Criton appoints Roz Hewitson as new Product Manager

21 March 2018

ASAP Business Partner travel tech firm Criton has appointed Roz Hewitson in the new role of Product Manager, from her previous role as Senior Project Manager at Realise where she managed multimillion pound projects for a range of clients.

Criton enables property owners to digitise their guest information and publish their own fully customisable, white labelled app.

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BHN caught up with Criton’s Business Development Manager, Sadiah Mir. This video was filmed at Hotelympia 2018.

15 March 2018

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Criton announced as headline sponsor of Scottish Hotel Awards 2018

14 March 2018

Scottish travel-tech company, Criton, has been announced as the Headline Sponsor of this year’s ‘Scottish Hotel Oscars’, taking place at the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa in Edinburgh on Sunday 22 April.

Now in their 15th year, the awards have been developed to highlight excellence and distinctive character in hotels, guest houses and other establishments. To win, hotels are reviewed extensively and must show a commitment to continuous improvement. 

Julie Grieve, CEO and founder of Criton, said: “An authentic and high-quality guest experience underpins the success of the Scottish hospitality sector and we are delighted to support the Scottish Hotel Awards to showcase the very best of the industry.”

Criton announced as headline sponsor of Scottish Hotel Awards 2018

13 March 2018

Scottish travel-tech company and ASAP Business Partner Criton has been announced as the Headline Sponsor of the 15th ‘Scottish Hotel Oscars’, the Scottish Hotel Awards, taking place at the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa in Edinburgh on Sunday 22 April.

Criton is the UK’s first DIY app-builder for the hospitality sector, and since it was founded in 2016, has grown rapidly, attracting leading players in the hotel and serviced apartment industry.

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Staying Cool opts for Criton app builder

13 March 2018

Serviced apartment operator Staying Cool has teamed up with Criton Apps to launch phase one of its digital concierge service for guests.

An app has been created which guests at Staying Cool’s Rotunda property in Birmingham can download before their visit to access a range of services, from guides and video information to recommendations to enhance their stay. The information on the app is written by the Staying Cool guest relations team, using the self-build app platform from Criton.

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 Apartment hotel operator Staying Cool launches digital concierge with Criton app

Friday 09 March 2018

Boutique apartment hotel operator Staying Cool has launched phase one of its digital concierge service for guests.

An app has been created which guests can download before their visit to access a range of services from guides and video information to recommendations to enhance their stay.

The information on the app is all written by the Staying Cool Guest Relations team for an authentic local experience and quality service.

The app has been created using the self-build app platform, Criton, which also gives Staying Cool the ability to update information easily, add additional functions including online check-in and an events database.

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Staying Cool releases concierge app

Friday 09 March 2018

Boutique apart-hotel operator Staying Cool has launched the first phase of a new ‘digital concierge’ app for guests.

The app, built on the Criton platform, can be downloaded for free ahead of a stay for access to a range of guides, video information and recommendations to enhance a guest’s experience. All the information is written by the Staying Cool guest relations team.

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Recharge 2018 interviews: Julie Grieve, Criton

31 January 2018

Criton CEO Julie Grieve tells SAN that technology should not replace people in hospitality, but should enable them to do their jobs more efficiently. Filmed at the 2018 Serviced Apartment Summit Recharge event in Amsterdam.

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Criton adds PWA functionality for areas with poor digital coverage

20 February 2018

UK: App developer Criton has added progressive web app functionality to its offer, aimed at hotels in areas where digital signals are unreliable.

Operators wanting a mobile-friendly way of presenting their venue and location information are now able to publish a progressive web app (PWA) using Criton, the UK’s first DIY app builder for the hospitality sector, which works offline.

Criton has developed a content management system which allows property owners to publish their own fully customisable, branded app. Once published they can update and add information whenever they need to, with these changes publishing instantly. The latest functionality now means that it is possible to create and distribute a PWA that gives offline access to the information, working even where network signals are poor and guests are out and about.

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Russell takes marketing role at Criton Apps

13 January 2018

Criton Apps has stepped up its expansion plans with the appointment of the former marketing manager of Festivals Edinburgh to spearhead its international sales drive.

Susan Russell (pictured) has been integral to the promotion of Edinburgh as the Festival City globally for the past nine years.

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CRITON APPS APPOINTS SUSAN RUSSELL AS HEAD OF MARKETING

11 January 2018

Criton Apps has stepped up its expansion plans with the appointment of the former marketing manager of Festivals Edinburgh to spearhead its international sales drive.

Having secured a £5m investment boost, the traveltech company launched by CEO Julie Grieve in December 2016, has brought in Susan Russell, who joins the company this month (January 2018).

Susan, who has been integral to the award-winning promotion of Edinburgh as the Festival City globally for the past nine years, will be responsible for ensuring Criton achieves the traction it needs within the tourism and hospitality market to become an major player. Her extensive industry experience also includes Women in Tourism, where she is both Founder and Chairperson, and VisitScotland.

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Hospitality hiring: Growing travel tech firm reveals appointments

11 January 2018

Criton Apps is expecting staff levels to hit 20 by the end of next month from 14 currently after unveiling the hire of the former marketing manager of Festivals Edinburgh to spearhead its global sales drive. The firm, which offers a self-build guest app service to hotels and serviced apartments and recently secured a £5 million boost, said Susan Russell (second left) joins as head of marketing. She starts alongside business development managers Karina Ogunyemi (left) and Sadiah Mir (right). Julie Grieve (second right), founder and chief executive of Criton Apps, said: “This is a very exciting time for the business.”

Criton Apps appoints new head of marketing

10 January 2018

Criton Apps has stepped up its expansion plans with the appointment of the former Marketing Manager of Festivals Edinburgh to spearhead its international sales drive.

Having secured a £5m investment boost, the traveltech company launched by CEO Julie Grieve in December 2016, has brought in Susan Russell, who joins the company this month (January 2018).

Susan, who has been integral to the award-winning promotion of Edinburgh as the Festival City globally for the past nine years, will be responsible for ensuring Criton achieves the traction it needs within the tourism and hospitality market to become an major player. Her vast industry experience also includes Women in Tourism, where she is both Founder and Chairperson, and VisitScotland.

Criton Apps wins prestigious ‘HOSPACE2017 Best Entrepreneur’ competition for suppliers to the hospitality industry

Friday 8 December 2017

The prestigious annual ‘HOSPACE2017 Best Entrepreneur’ competition for suppliers to the hospitality industry has been won by Julie Grieve, Founder and Chief Executive of Criton Apps.

Julie’s presentation on her company’s self-build guest app service to hotels and serviced apartments won the most delegate votes at the recent annual HOSPACE2017 Conference and Exhibition of HOSPA – the UK’s leading educational organization for those involved in hospitality finance, revenue management, marketing and IT.

Criton Apps announces new tech partnership with Benbria’s Loop platform

Wednesday 29 November 2017

ASAP Business Partner Criton Apps, the first DIY app builder for the hospitality sector in the UK, has signed a reseller agreement with mobile messaging and engagement solutions provider Benbria® allowing new applications to be embedded into the Criton Apps guest experience.

It follows a similar arrangement with Bubbl, the location-based push notification technology that aids hotels to promote offers and promotions to guests depending on their location. The two signings offer Criton’s client base of hotels, serviced apartments and other holiday destinations additional functionality to create affordable branded apps to allow direct communication with guests and localised product offerings.

Criton Apps lands £5m investment to add staff and expand internationally

Thursday 26 October 2017

Scottish traveltech start-up Criton Apps has secured a £5m investment that is expected to lead to a five-fold increase in staff numbers as it prepares to expand overseas.

The company has landed the money from a single private investor who wishes to remain anonymous. It follows a number of high-profile customer wins with clients such as the Auchrannie Resort and Crieff Hydro.

Julie Grieve: Let’s build more travel tech in Scotland

Monday 14 August 2017

Scotland has proven itself to be a technology powerhouse. As a nation we have created two tech unicorns in Skyscanner and FanDuel, our expertise is on show at the Turing Festival, and CodeBase, the tech incubator, has provided a successful model for the nurture of talent and development of new ideas.

Founder Interview: Julie Grieve, CEO and Founder of Information Apps

Monday 3 July 2017

It’s been my ambition for as long as I can remember to have my own business (I blame my parents who have been mostly self employed!), I had lots of ideas but none that I thought had the potential to be a sustainable business. Having worked as MD for Abbey Business Centres and more recently as CEO for Lateral City, I felt ready to start up my own business.

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The Knight Residence launches Criton Mandarin app

Sunday 18 June 2017

Colin Stone, commercial director of Mansley Serviced Apartments, which owns and operates The Knight Residence, has responded to the Edinburgh Tourism Action Group’s (ETAG) China Ready campaign to maximise the opportunities presented by the growing numbers of Chinese visitors to the city. In partnership with Edinburgh-based travel tech company Information Apps, Stone has created a Mandarin version of the digital guest information book available for his 30 city-centre serviced apartments.

The time to innovate is now | Scottish Enterprise

Monday 10 April 2017

By applying innovative practices to your organisation, you can gain the competitive edge. Julie Grieve, from Information Apps, discusses her company’s journey. Watch the video below.

‘Mobile concierge’ app keeps growing

Tuesday 21 March 2017

A TRAVEL tech start-up has marked its first three months with a boost for its “mobile concierge” app that allows holiday accommodation hosts to create their own app for guests.

Tech start-up encourages travel trade to embrace digital to enhance customer service as Scottish Tourism Week begins

Wednesday 15 March 2017

A TRAVEL tech start-up has marked its first three months with a boost for its “mobile concierge” app that allows holiday accommodation hosts to create their own app for guests.

Digitising Scotland’s Travel Industry

Friday 27 January 2017

ScotHot finalist, Julie Grieve CEO and founder of Information Apps, says that the dominance of online travel agents (OTA) is a lesson for the tourism sector, which must now focus on using technology for the best customer experience.

Scotland’s travel industry receives welcome boost.

Wednesday 25 January 2017

With help by a grant from Scottish Enterprise, Julie Grieve has launched Criton, the UK’s first self-build app service for the hospitality and travel industry. Inspired by Julie’s own experience of writing guest information books and the constant updating needed to ensure the guests’ experience was the best it could be, she designed and launched a ‘digital concierge’.

Criton Introduces First Self-Build Digital Concierge for Travel Sector

Friday 16 December 2016

Travel tech start-up, Criton, is launching a digital concierge for the UK’s thousands of property owners and small businesses offering holiday accommodation to transfer the guest information book into a branded app.

Digital concierge for hospitality sector

Thursday 24 November 2016

Travel technology entrepreneur Julie Grieve is launching a digital concierge for Scotland’s hospitality and holiday industry. Criton goes live at a tourism conference in Edinburgh today and is the UK’s first self-build app service for the sector.

‘Digital concierge’ app targets holiday properties

Thursday 24 November 2016

A “digital concierge” is launching in Edinburgh today, targeted at property owners and small businesses offering holiday accommodation to “close the information gap” for guests.

New Scot tech start-up, Criton, introduces first self-build digital concierge for travel sector

Thursday 24 November 2016

Edinburgh-based business women, Julie Grieve, is launching a digital concierge for Scotland’s many thousands of property owners and small businesses offering holiday accommodation.