Ignite accelerator programme back in Newcastle after three years

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A popular start-up accelerator programme is returning to Newcastle for the first time in three years to work with tech firms needing investment. Ignite was the first accelerator programme to be launched in Newcastle in 2011. The scheme proved successful with the local tech scene and helped support many of the entrepreneurs that now run […]

Mercia Fund Managers hits £20m Northern Powerhouse investment


Mercia Fund Managers has invested more than £20m through the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) to date, new figures show. Since the NPIF launched in February last year, Mercia has created more than 250 jobs across Yorkshire, the Humber and Tees Valley by providing loans and equity investment for 71 businesses. Companies to have secured […]

Top ranking Leed’s VAR snapped up by MXLG Aquisition


A Leeds-based technology business has been acquired by a new joint venture company. Leeds-based SICL, an IT infrastructure and network specialist which provides a range of on-premises, cloud and hybrid services to customers, has been bought by MXLG Acquisition – a joint venture between listed technology-focused adviser and investor MXC and Liberty Global Europe 2. […]

Pennine is in the game to win more public sector contracts


Communications, data, and networking specialist Pennine has been selected as a supplier on two procurement frameworks by the Scottish Government and Crown Commercial Service. The procurement frameworks function as an agreement between buyers and providers allowing them to place orders for services without having to go through lengthy tendering processes. After satisfying stringent criteria the firm will […]

North Yorkshire receives £11m government support for rural broadband


North Yorkshire has been awarded £11.15m to bolster its connectivity infrastructure. The money will go towards the recent £20.5m deal the authority signed with BT to complete phase three of its Superfast North Yorkshire initiative. The first two phases of the programme have taken superfast broadband penetration to almost 90%, and the goal of the […]

Australian software firm launches UK headquarters in Stockport


An Australian software firm has set up its UK headquarters in Stockport. Sydney-based shipping software provider SmartFreight is part of the IFS Group and has offices in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Ireland. It provides innovative software solutions to 3,000 companies around the world, helping cut their distribution costs and enhancing their supply chain operations. For […]

Newcastle’s hedgehog lab reveals success secrets


Newcastle digital consultancy hedgehog lab has experienced major growth since it was founded in 2007 by Sarat Pediredla and Mark Forster. The company aimed to double its turnover every year, and has succeeded in opening offices in London, Copenhagen, Boston, Austin, and Hyderabad. It seemed like the app developer would experience another surge of growth after […]

Pennine establishes partnership with European AI developer Xdroid


Bury-based technology firm Pennine, has secured a partnership with a leading European artificial intelligence developer. Pennine, a communications, data and networking specialist has signed the agreement with Hungarian voice analytic software company Xdroid. The deal will give Pennine’s UK contact centre clients access to automated speech technology which can detect emotions such as displeasure, happiness […]

FHL Cloud Solutions selected as an approved G-Cloud supplier


The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has announced FHL Cloud Solutions (FHL) as an approved G-Cloud supplier on the Digital Marketplace, opening up numerous public sector opportunities. The Digital Marketplace supports the government vision of a public sector ‘Amazon’ meaning that FHL, as a fully-compliant supplier, is able to deliver services to Government departments across the UK. Launched […]

Is Newcastle about to become UK’s smartest city?


Newcastle City Council has put forward proposals designed to create “the UK’s leading smart city”. A meeting taking place on Monday will ask the council’s cabinet members to approve two proposals, the first of which is that they will “endorse Newcastle’s aspirations and ambitions as a technologically innovative and smart city”. The second, more detailed […]

Hull City Council gets dirty with new smart bins initiative


Hull City Council and technology company Connexin have partnered to launch a groundbreaking new pilot project which will introduce sensors in smart bins across the city. Hull City Council hopes pilot will show potential to make bin collection routes and timetables more efficient, while the use of smart bins can provide real-time data on waste. A total […]

10 technology recruitment agencies in the North West


Summer is the perfect time for you to think about a new job opportunity, whether you are a graduate or already a tech specialist. We decided to help you out and list 10 recruitment agencies that specialise in technology in the North West. They have offices in all of the big cities and companies that […]

IT firm Tranquil PC snapped up by US/French company 2CRSI


IT firm Tranquil PC has been snapped up by US/French company 2CRSI. Tranquil is a family owned company based in Trafford Park and manufactures low energy IT systems. Founded in 2005 and with headquarters in San Jose, California and Strasbourg, France, 2CRSI Corporation designs and manufactures storage systems, high-performance computing (HPC) and customised IT appliances. […]

MirrorWeb awarded contract to archive the history of Wales


Manchester’s MirrorWeb has been awarded a three-year contract by the Welsh government to digitally archive the nation’s online presence, preserving the government’s web-published content in both English and Welsh on all websites of historic and national significance, including Twitter accounts. This will open up full accessibility for the Welsh Government’s Information and Archive Services team. […]

Edge Testing’s first ever Manchester DevOps event


Software testing company, Edge Testing, which is a part of Eurofins Digital Testing, is holding its first ever testing event in Manchester, at Malmaison on Wednesday 11 July. The breakfast seminar, which kicks off at 8.30 am, will offer insights into testing as part of DevOps while discussing the unique solutions available to help organisations […]