Samantha Kilford

Tech PR

United Kingdom

PR & Communications professional currently working in the B2B tech space.

Professional Wealth Management
Wealth managers weigh up balanced portfolios

[FIS] With so much focus on alternative assets, what has happened to the traditional portfolios of equities and bonds allocated in the 60/40 format made famous by the late Nobel Prize winner Harry Markowitz?

Nigeria crypto usage growing further, report says

[Chainalysis] Cryptocurrency usage is growing in Nigeria as Africa's largest economy grapples with a weakening currency and soaring inflation, New York-based blockchain research firm Chainalysis said in a report on Tuesday.

Crypto crime is falling - CityAM

[Chainalysis] Blockchain analytics platform Chainalysis has revealed that crypto crime is significantly down in 2023, but ransomware crime is up.

The Times
'The focus on unicorns needs to shift to female founders'

[National Women's Enterprise Week] The government should shift its focus from creating the conditions for tech "unicorns" to thrive to supporting more women to run their own businesses, a leading female entrepreneur has said.

Future of Payments 2023 - Raconteur

[Fireblocks & FIS] Page 5, Fitcoin? What Nigeria's digital currency roll-out can teach us & will there ever be a britcoin?

Crypto Industry Asks UK to Think Globally as Government Closes Consultation on Proposed Rules

[Fireblocks] Countries around the world have been looking to construct rules for the burgeoning crypto sector, and with MiCA in its final stages, the pressure is mounting for countries to decide on their own approach. The U.K.'s plan is to regulate crypto under the Financial Services Markets Act and have an authorization regime for digital asset companies.

DL News
How hackers turn stolen crypto into cash

[Chainalysis] Cybercriminals steal billions of cryptocurrencies every year through ransomware attacks, exploits and hacks. But theft is just the first step in illicit crypto activity. Perpetrators then use a web of crypto mixers, chain-hopping services, scam tokens, and exchanges to launder their loot, hide their tracks, and eventually cash out.

Europe passes landmark crypto regulation

[Chainalysis & Fireblocks] The European Parliament passed landmark crypto regulation, the Markets in Crypto-Assets (MiCA), on 20th April, 2023 becoming one of the world's leading jurisdictions for crypto asset regulation.

Evening Standard
Psychedelic compound found in toads tested as alcoholism treatment

[Beckley Psytech] London scientists are to trial a psychedelic compound found in toads as a potential treatment for alcoholism. The researchers at King’s College London will examine the possible therapeutic benefits of a new synthetic drug made from the psychedelic compound Mebufotenin.

Could psychedelic drugs treat alcohol use disorder?

[Beckley Psytech] A new clinical trial is hoping to show that treatment with a psychedelic drug in development at UK startup Beckley Psytech could help people battling alcohol use disorder (AUD).

Coinbase SEC warning shows regulators are coming for crypto

[Fireblocks] US crypto exchange, Coinbase, is facing regulatory scrutiny in the wake of financial contagion in the crypto industry - following the collapse of US crypto exchange FTX and crypto lending bank Silvergate. Today's (23rd March) warning by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) identified potential violations of US securities law, demonstrating a commitment to greater regulation of the largely unregulated crypto industry.

Russia-Ukraine war: How both sides of the conflict have used crypto to win

[Chainalysis] In the Russia-Ukraine war, both sides of the conflict have been leveraging cryptocurrencies to achieve the upper hand. Pro-Ukraine causes have collected around $200 million from crypto donations, showing how borderless and uncensorable money could be useful in time of emergency.

Infosecurity Magazine
Dark Web Market Revenues Sink 50% in 2022

[Chainalysis] Revenues generated by underground marketplaces experienced a double-digit decline in 2022, thanks to the closure of the popular Hydra Market in April.

Infosecurity Magazine
Ransomware Payments Fall by 40% in 2022

[Chainalysis] Ransomware payments fell by over 40% in 2022 compared to 2021, with victim organizations increasingly reluctant to pay their extorters, according to new findings by Chainalysis.

Infosecurity Magazine
Record $3.8bn Stolen Via Crypto in 2022

[Chainalysis] North Korean state-backed hackers and insecure decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols helped to make 2022 a record year for cryptocurrency heists, according to Chainalysis.

City AM
A digital pound looks on the cards, despite BoE concern

[FIS] The winds of fortune appear to be turning in a favourable direction for the prospect of creating a digital pound, de- spite the best efforts of the Bank of England’s Governor to nip the idea in the bud.

Mobile News
Ofcom service rebuke - communications service providers must be more proactive

[MaxContact] UK regulator, Ofcom, recently warned that the quality of service provided by Britain's communications service providers has shown no signs of improvement this year. Businesses need to being adopting a proactive approach to customer service to better support and retain valuable customers.

Customer Experience Magazine
Why proactive customer service is crucial during the cost-of-living crisis

[MaxContact] Britain's cost-of-living crisis is worsening. Many consumers are left wondering how they will manage soaring bills as the cold months draw closer. Earlier this month, the UK's Big Six energy firms urged customers to contact them ahead of the winter.

Business Leader
Leading in a recession: how to build success in adversity

[MaxContact] In this guest piece, Ben Booth - the CEO of MaxContact, explores how businesses can continue to succeed even during a cost of living crisis and rising inflation and interest rates. As we all know, life is getting more expensive. So is business.

Employees are more loyal than ever

[iCIMS] Research by iCIMS found that 87% of 1,000 UK workers and 70% of 1,000 US workers care about the how long they can stay with their employer. Find out why flexible working is not the only priority.

Education Business
Digital divide still commonplace in education

[Qualcomm] Southampton University has launched a report, commissioned by Qualcomm Technologies, analysing how digital exclusion is being fuelled in classrooms by a lack of access to devices and connectivity.

Tech Advisor
Qualcomm's new mobile gaming hardware could end the console wars for good

[Qualcomm] When most people think about gaming, they either envision playing on a console or a gaming PC - but not Qualcomm. Instead, the company says, the future of gaming is mobile, with the mobile gaming sector growing much more rapidly than any other - even during the pandemic.

Training Journal
Beating financial stress

[Ceridian] With UK inflation set to rise to 6% or more in April, financial stress is at an all-time high as households face the biggest income squeeze in a generation. Even before the economic uncertainty of the pandemic, the average UK employee was living payslip-to-payslip, and it's no wonder the start of the year is already taking a heavy toll.

Supply Management
How procurement can beat mass burnout

[Ceridian] A prolonged period of crisis response has left many procurement professionals at breaking point. According to Ceridian’s survey, 79% of UK workers are experiencing some form of burnout, with the three main causes being increased workloads, mental health challenges and pressure to meet deadlines.

How to drive employee optimism in 2022

[Ceridian] Employees are optimistic about the future of work, but they want better from their employers. Find out why Ceridian thinks financial wellbeing is the solution.

Reward Strategy
54% UK employees feeling optimistic on work life in 2022

[Ceridian] 2022 looks set to host a whole set of new challenges for employees, as inflation, National Insurance and the cost of living all continue to rise. Despite this, new research from Ceridian has found that 54% of the British workforce are optimistic about their work life this year.

Blue Monday: Wellbeing opportunities for employers

[Ceridian] Whether you believe in the pseudoscience surrounding the third Monday of the year or not, the so-called 'Blue Monday' gives employers an opportunity to realise and address the ongoing wellbeing obstacles their staff are faced with, particularly two years into the Covid-19 pandemic.

Experts discuss EWA this Blue Monday

[Ceridian] Find out why earned wage access is an important need for employees, and why Blue Monday may be the perfect catalyst for changing payroll systems.

One of UK's biggest government agencies re-commits to RPA

[NICE] Earlier this month, NICE-which markets RPA under the term 'Advanced Process Automation'-confirmed that one of its biggest government customers, a major public sector agency in the UK and which it also claims was one of the first significant robot users at scale in the world, had renewed its contract with the firm.

HR Magazine
'Perfect storm' responsible for Great Resignation

[Ceridian] A majority (61%) of UK and Irish workers are seen to be 'flight risks', as a combination of endemic burnout, a rapidly expanding talent pool and lack of provision for flexible working cause workers to look elsewhere.

Sustainability Mag
Vodafone & Dreamlab seek new partner for climate research

[Vodafone] Vodafone Foundation has launched an international hunt for climate change research partners to help expand the focus of its award-winning DreamLab smartphone app. Developed by Vodafone Foundation, DreamLab is a specialist crowdsourcing app that accelerates scientific research by using the combined processing power of dormant smartphones while users charge them. DreamLab-powered research has already contributed to COVID-19 research and cancer research.