Nottingham firm Esendex set to test new Google technology

Nottingham telecommunications company Esendex has been selected by Google to support its development of a new generation of mobile technology so advanced that most companies using it won’t need mobile apps. The system is being rolled out on Android phones from early 2018 and is being hailed as a huge leap forward in smartphone technology. For […]

NEC acquires Northgate Public Services for £475 million

NEC Corporation has announced the acquisition of UK-based IT services company Northgate Public Services Limited (NPS), accelerating the expansion of its international safety business. NEC is buying NPS for GBP 475 million from leading international private equity firm Cinven. This acquisition is expected to be completed by the end of January 2018. chainlink-690503_1920Established in 1969, […]

Innovation Birmingham Campus companies raise over £10 million in 2017

Innovation Birmingham Campus companies raised over £10m, driving growth and innovative product development in 2017. Amongst the tech talent based on the Innovation Birmingham Campus, three companies closed successful investment rounds towards the end of 2017, including optometry business Aston EyeTech securing £5m in November to launch its latest product range. The company builds hardware […]

10 Embedded Systems Industry Predictions for 2018

2017 certainly was another eventful year in the embedded systems industry – 2017 saw far-reaching DDoS and ransomware attacks such as WannaCry; the continuing forward momentum of driverless cars, with greater uptake of trials around the world; further mega-mergers of semiconductor companies and much more… So, what can we expect over the next twelve months? […]

Beech Tree acquires cloud data company Redstor

Birmingham-headquartered Beech Tree Private Equity has acquired a fast-growing provider of cloud data management software and services – Redstor. The private equity firm had been looking to invest in a company with exposure to the rapid growth in data generated by businesses and selected Reading-based Redstor, which also has operations in South Africa, thanks to the company […]

3i infrastructure completes acquisition of Solihull’s WIG

  3i Infrastructure has increased its equity ownership of Wireless Infrastructure Group (WIG), which is Scotland headquartered with offices in Solihull, in a deal announced on 27 December. The deal to invest a further £186m in WIG has now completed and 3i Infrastructure chairman, Richard Laing, said: “We are delighted to be taking majority ownership of WIG. […]

Mercia ploughed £48m into growing businesses last year

Mercia Technologies, a Warwickshire-based investment group, invested almost £50m in growing businesses UK-wide last year. During 2017, Mercia Technologies also opened new offices in Birmingham, Sheffield and Leeds as it continued to expand its growing team. Chief executive Mark Payton comments: “During 2017 Mercia has continued to strengthen its regional presence, build its investment portfolio, its team […]

Global manufacturer chooses Coventry as its UK base

Portuguese manufacturer, AMOB, has set up its UK base (AMOB UK) at Pilot Trade Centre in Coventry, to facilitate its move into the UK market. A manufacturer in metalworking technologies, AMOB UK provides one of the biggest ranges of specialised equipment for the tube and pipe bending industry worldwide, and has a worldwide network of 70 […]

WarwickNet issues first DCMS fibre broadband installation voucher

WarwickNet, a provider of broadband solutions, has announced the issue of its first Gigabit fibre broadband voucher in Coventry and across Warwickshire as part of the first stage of the government-backed Gigabit Voucher scheme, which offers grants of up to £3,000 for SMEs to upgrade broadband in selected pilot areas of the UK. Launched last […]

Leicester technology company 3T Logistics’ revenue surge

A Leicester-based company that specialises in developing technology for the logistics sector has reported an increase in turnover of about 50 per cent over the past four years. 3T Logistics is Europe’s largest independent 4PL, managing over £200 million in transport spend across Europe and the US. Based at Grove Park in Enderby, Leicestershire, the […]

Mayor backs govt proposal for West Mids tech innovation

West Midlands’ Mayor Andy Street has backed a series of proposals that the Government that will boost innovation and technology industries across the region, including creating a new tech hub in Birmingham and digital technology investment. The proposal will see the number of tech visas being offered to UK businesses double, while a £2m pilot scheme will be […]

Ideagen signs deal providing software to global packaging firm

Nottinghamshire-headquartered Ideagen has signed a deal to provide its software to global packaging business, Multi Packaging Solutions, which has its UK headquarters in Nottingham, in support of MPS aiming to standardise its quality management processes across each of its 70 global sites. MPS is a part of the US-based WestRock Company and has contracts with brands including Nike, […]

Bromsgrove’s Juniper Systems opens office in Austria

Bromsgrove-based Juniper Systems, which manufactures handheld computers, has opened a new office in Austria, thanks to recent growth. Simon Bowe, General Manager of Juniper Systems, said: “As Juniper Systems has grown in recent years, the need has grown for an office to serve our German-speaking partners and customers in Austria, Germany, and other Eastern European […]

Birmingham Airport service for real-time flight news via Twitter

Birmingham Airport sees more than 13 million people fly through it every year and, at this busy time of the year, passengers and those expecting them will be pleased to know that they can access and keep track of flight departures, and arrivals, in real-time thanks to a new service called FlightSmart. Using the @FlyBHX handle, […]

Mercia backs Manchester’s Intechnica with £3.5m investment

Investment group Mercia Technologies has completed a £3.5m direct investment into a Manchester-based software specialist Intechnica as part of a £5m funding round. With revenue growth of more than 150 per cent during the last three years, Intechnica has already developed a high-profile client base that includes Ted Baker, AO.com, Pets at Home and Avis. […]