Businesslife.co, the Channel Islands’ business and lifestyle magazine and website, with the support of JT has launched a free business news App for Android, Apple and BlackBerry devices.
The App offers daily news updates from businesslife.co allowing users to stay up to date with the latest developments in the Channel Islands’ business world. Meanwhile, the search feature allows users to search the entire online back-catalogue of news, making this a very powerful research tool.
Carl Methven, Co-Founder of businesslife.co, commented: “We have been at the forefront of distributing Channel Island business news both within the islands and, more importantly, outside of them since we founded the business in 2009. Developing the App was a natural progression from the daily business news email we distribute, which is highly successful and read worldwide. We believe the App will complement our existing news distribution perfectly, with the aim of also bringing a new audience to businesslife.co and the companies we circulate news about. We are delighted that a company of JT’s calibre has recognised the potential of our digital strategy and agreed to support our App as we embark on the new phase of our business expansion.”
Tamara O’Brien, Head of Marketing, Brand & Distribution at JT, commented: “News-on-the-go is a pre-requisite in a digital age and the businesslife.co App will help people stay fully connected with the latest Channel Islands’ business news. We look forward to seeing how it is activated and the reaction from the business community.”
She added: “Our vision for JT is to become the partner of choice for global telecoms innovation and therefore when businesslife.co approached us to power this exciting new App, we were pleased to get involved. As the leading communications operator in the Channel Islands we are actively involved in the business community in both islands and therefore helping support businesslife.co in connecting to that community is a logical partnership. Our aim is to provide our customers with a balance of local expertise with global connections, and partnership with businesslife.co on this App is another good way of demonstrating JT’s excellence in both technology and service provision.”
The businesslife.co App has been developed by Mattched IT Ltd and powered by their Cloudeware CMS platform, which was also used to build the businesslife.co website. Matt Chatterley, Director of Mattched IT, said: “We’ve been discussing a mobile App with the businesslife.co team for some time, based on the success of their website and magazine. This is an important step in making the content more readily available and more interactive – it is the Channel Islands’ first business news app with search capability.
He continued: “For businesslife.co to be supported by JT, who are at the forefront of technology on a global scale, is a huge endorsement of what we want to achieve. While the first version of the App is relatively simple, it’s a foundation for us to build on and we have exciting plans for the future.”
The businesslfe.co App has been developed using Adobe Phonegap, a framework designed to allow web applications to be prepared for and deployed to a wide range of mobile devices. It is available now from iTunes, Google Play Store and BlackBerry App World and for Android, the new Amazon App Store.
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