FHL reports revenue increase during year of great change


FHL Cloud Solutions saw a single digit revenue increase for financial year ending 31 March 2018. This is despite a year of significant change, with FHL becoming part of RSM UK in November 2017. The combined FHL and RSM businesses has formed the largest and leading NetSuite provider across Europe. With the backing of RSM – […]

Leeds tests super-connected self-driving ‘pods’ over 5G


Telecoms operator aql, Gulf Oil and the University of Leeds and Leeds and Bradford city councils unveiled plans to trial self-driving PODs in Leeds city centre later this year. The ‘super-connected’ PODs will be deployed in a controlled environment on the South Bank and aql will be conducting real-world testing of newly-developed software systems. As […]

IT support and cyber security specialist recruits following relocation


IT support and cyber security specialist Jupiter IT has taken on new staff following its relocation to new premises in Hessle. The company has already welcomed a new senior IT engineer after relocating to an office overlooking the A63 at Redcliffe Road and further recruitment is planned. Jupiter was launched in 2007 by Dan Gladstone […]

£27 million awarded to Mercia to support North East firms


A total of £27m has been awarded to Mercia Fund Managers to support businesses across the North East. The money forms part of the £120m North East Fund, supported by The European Regional Development Fund. Mercia will also open a new office in Newcastle, its ninth in the UK, and the fund will be available […]

Manchester entrepreneur invests in anti-phishing start-up


Launched this year, Manchester startup, Purplephish helps organisations address the growing challenge of cyber security, shifting corporate focus to crime prevention rather than post-crime detection and its costly aftermath. Combatting what is now recognised as one of the biggest threats to business, Purplephish provides software-based security awareness training and a simulated phishing platform, allowing business to […]

Investment secured by software provider The Access Group


The Access Group, a provider of integrated business management software, has secured strategic investment from private equity firm Hg. The deal gave the business an enterprise value of approximately £1 billion. Current majority shareholder TA Associates will retain joint control of The Access Group. The Access Group, which has an office in Macclesfield, targets UK […]

Newcastle’s Performance Horizon named top tech firm in the North and Scotland


Eleven North East businesses have been named in a list of the 100 fastest growing tech companies in the North. Newcastle’s Hedgehog Lab was revealed as the fastest growing tech firm in the North East, placing ninth overall in the list compiled by tech investment firm GP Bullhound. Car battery manufacturer Hyperdrive Innovation were also found […]

Intelligence organisation GCHQ to set up shop in Manchester


GCHQ is to set up a site in Manchester in 2019, which the agency claims will bring “hundreds of new jobs” to the area. The secure site will benefit from “cutting-edge technology” and “technical ingenuity” to identify and disrupt threats to the UK. Jeremy Fleming, director of GCHQ, said the Manchester site will create hundreds […]

NETPark opens £7.4m Explorer facility to attract tech firms to region


A new £7.4m development designed to be a home for high tech businesses has opened in County Durham. The new Explorer facilities were officially opened by Stuart Martin, chief executive of the Satellite Applications Catapult, who visit the centre at its base at the North East Technology Park (NETPark). The Explorer building has already proven to […]

New chief executive appointed at IT Services firm SysGroup


Liverpool-based IT services provider SysGroup has appointed a new chief executive, Adam Binks. He joined the company in 2014 and was appointed to the board in 2017, and has now been promoted from his role as chief operating officer. Binks has been tasked with leading SysGroup through its next stage of growth, which will incorporate acquisitions […]

Computing launches Cloud & Infrastructure North in Manchester


In a couple of week’s time industry magazine Computing will be bringing a host of expert speakers to Manchester on the 18th of April for the inaugural Cloud & Infrastructure Summit North. The Cloud & Infrastructure Summit in Manchester will be covering: • The future of the cloud; • Implementing cloud culture; • The role of AI, IoT and […]

Three businesses selected to make Manchester a smart city


Three new trial projects from companies with big ideas to help make Manchester city centre smarter are being launched through CityVerve – the UK’s smart cities demonstrator. The three companies responded to a market consultation exercise that took place in late 2017.  The consultation provided an opportunity for companies to address current challenges within Manchester using digital solutions and […]

New IT jobs to be created as Waterstons moves to Aykley Heads


Business and IT consultancy Waterstons is moving to Northumbria House at Aykley Heads in Durham. Waterstons’ switch from its current base at Belmont Business Park has been sparked by growth of nearly 30% last year to turnover of £9.4m, and this year the group expects to see growth of around 20%. The company, which also has […]

GDPR research: 5 leading ERP and CRM systems tested


Testing top 5 application package vendors reveals vast scale of data discovery challenge Metadata discovery software vendor Silwood Technology has conducted research into five of the largest and most widely used application packages to understand the scale of the challenge encountered by their customers when locating personal data for GDPR compliance. It is vital to perform this […]

Skills shortage: North has 1.4 job vacancies for each digital worker

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In the north of England, there are 1.4 job vacancies for every digital worker in the region, according to a study by professional services provider EY and Tech North. The research found that 712,750 digital technology vacancies were advertised across the north over the past three years, but there are currently only 168,671 digital tech […]