Data analytics start-up Peak raises £2.5m to further develop AI

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Manchester-based start-up Peak sells data analytics-as-a-service to businesses and has raised £2.5m in its latest funding round. Its total funding has reached £3.5m with London-based venture capital firm MMC Ventures is the main provider of the latest injection of capital, which will allow Peak to continue to help companies of all sizes use data, machine learning and AI technologies […]

IT companies Firstnet and Select Data Centres announce merger

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Firstnet and Manchester-based Select Data Centres have formed a new business under the name of Firstnet Group, which will be headquartered at Firstnet’s base in Leeds, which includes a 20,000 sq ft data centre. The deal combines Select Data Centres’ specialist expertise in data centre design and construction with Firstnet’s expertise in connectivity, networks, managed IT, […]

Edge expands senior testing team with appointment

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One of the UK’s fastest growing and largest independent software testing company, Edge Testing Solutions has bolstered its expansion plans by appointing Senior Technical Test Engineer Iain Finlayson to boost expertise at the company’s UK Digital Test Hub. Iain is responsible for clients across a number of sectors, providing consultancy to evaluate existing testing processes and […]

Manchester named the third most active tech innovation city

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Manchester has been named the third most active tech innovation city in the UK behind London and Edinburgh. According to the UK Tech Innovation Index, Manchester also ranked second for creative industries, third for data innovation and health innovation, third for virtual reality, fourth for Internation of Things and fifth for artificial intelligence. Using data […]

Leeds co-working spaces get £848,000 funding boost

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Two Leeds-based co-working space providers have received a total of £848,000 from the Leeds Tech Hub Fund, a £3.7m investment pot set up to support the local tech industry. Duke Studios received £393,000 to fund the transformation of one of its spaces in the city, while, FutureLabs received £455,000 to boost its support of early-stage technology startup […]

Elitetele.com expands with acquisition of Nexus Telecommunications

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Elitetele.com, a Chorley-based unified communications provider, has taken over Leeds-headquartered Nexus Telecommunications in its largest deal to date. The acquisition is Elite’s 15th since 2008. It has bought £16m-turnover telecommunication business Nexus Telecommunications, creating a group with sales of £50m. Nexus will be rebranded under the Elitetele.com name and its 35 staff will remain at the business’ […]

Nomad Digital appoints new US East Coast sales manager

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Nomad Digital has boosted its employee numbers in America after recruiting new sales manager Greg Holmes. Mr Holmes brings 17 years of experience in the freight and passenger rail market, including on-board signalling sales and project delivery experience. His work around implementing complex on-board communication management and PTC management systems will bring significant benefit to […]

Edge Testing accepted onto G-Cloud 9 framework

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One of the UK’s fastest growing and largest independent software testing company, Edge Testing Solutions, has announced that it has been successfully awarded a place on the highly competitive G-Cloud 9 framework, the government’s cloud procurement framework. Following a rigorous procurement process, Edge  can now offer additional cloud services to public sector organisations, under the […]

Competition for developers ‘putting technology firms under pressure’

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Competition for skilled developers is putting firms under pressure and could potentially stifle the growth of the North West technology sector, according to research by the insolvency and restructuring trade body R3 in conjunction with Manchester Digital, the trade association for digital business in the North West. They say that the skills shortage is creating […]

Intechnica secures £900k funding from Mercia Technologies

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Manchester firm, Intechnica, has secured a £900k investment to develop its TrafficDefender product. The company has received the funding from Mercia Technologies, the Greater Manchester Investment Fund and three business angels – namely Charlie Sharland and Tony Bolland (who backed Appsense) and Mobica founder, Mike Gibbons. Its TrafficDefender product has been created to help businesses […]

Telecoms firm leads the way with durable thermal imaging phone

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Sunderland-based telecoms and IT company CCS is offering the world’s first thermal imaging smartphone helping businesses across a wide range of sectors and especially useful for public services such as fire brigades and police forces. The CAT S60, manufactured in the UK by the Bullitt Group under license from Caterpillar, allows users to see in complete […]

Revenues jump at managed services and cloud integrator Sysgroup

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Total revenues have jumped by two-thirds at Liverpool-based managed services and cloud integrator SysGroup, with chief executive Chris Evans hailing the company’s performance during “a year of both significant progress and change for the group”. SysGroup has posted total revenues including discontinued operations of £7.9 million for year ending 31 March 2017, which represents a year-on-year […]

Supercomputing startup Ebb3 gets £1 million funding

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Cheshire-based Ebb3 specialises in the virtualisation of 3D graphical applications, and has raised £1 milllion from Maven Capital Partners. Maven, a venture capital trust (VCT), has also reserved up to £500,000 for follow-on investment in the business. Ebb3 will use the money to hire more people and to expand its offering. Mark Vickers, CEO at Ebb3, commented: […]

Jake Berry named as new Northern powerhouse minister

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Jake Berry hase been named as the successor to Andrew Percy as Northern Powerhouse minister, the third MP to have taken the post since it was created two years ago. The MP for Rossendale & Darwen, Berry has replaced Andrew Percy, who stepped down from the role after less than a year in charge. Prime Minister […]

Electronics firm Filtronic announces ‘robust’ result predictions

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AIM-listed electronics manufacturer Filtronic has confirmed that it is expecting to post revenues of £35 million for its financial year. The Leeds-headquartered business designs and manufactures microwave electronics products for wireless telecoms infrastructure projects expects to report revenue of approximately £35.4m, more than double 2016’s total of £13.6m, following its audit. The results for the […]