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. […]

£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 […]

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 […]

Britbots launches the second British Robotics Seed Fund

Founder of Britbots Dominic Keen. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Britbots, the organisation dedicated to promoting U.K.-based robotics companies, and Sapphire Capital Partners, a specialist manager of tax-efficient funds, have announced the launch of the second British Robotics Seed Fund. The new fund follows the success of the first fund, which has now been fully invested, leading the seed rounds of six high-potential robotics and AI […]

Digital Lab launches for hands-on experience with emerging tech


The Digital Catapult North East & Tees Valley (NETV) has opened the Immersive Lab at the Northern Design Centre in Gateshead, which will also allow companies to test out any new hardware on offer. Non-digital businesses will be able to attend events and demonstrations designed to teach them more about the industry. Access to the […]

Wakefield supercomputer startup raises £3 million funding


Technology start-up Optalysys Ltd based in Wakefield and Nevada, US, has raised more than £3 million from angel investors in order to manufacture its first commercially available product. The company has raised £3.05m ($3.95m) from undisclosed angel investors to manufacture the first commercially available high-performance computing (HPC) processor based on its patented optical processing technology. […]

Tech North Angel Network launches with series of workshops


The Tech North Angel Network programme will kick off this autumn with a series of events across the North. The aim is to build a strong, open network of tech investors that is easy to access and open to pan-Northern collaboration. Tech North is working with a variety of partners on this, including UKBAA, GP Bullhound, Angel Academe, Dow Schofield […]

Manchester named the third most active tech innovation city


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


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 […]

Jake Berry named as new Northern powerhouse minister


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 […]

New Leeds Tech Hub drives investment boost for digital sector


Four projects supporting the growth of businesses in the Leeds digital sector have been awarded a cut of nearly £2.7 million of funding. One of the schemes to be given the green light includes the creation of a new Tech Hub created at Platform, above Leeds railway station. Once open, the new Tech Hub will […]

Maven’s new Preston office to support Northern Powerhouse fund


Maven Capital Partners is opening an office in Preston following its appointment by the British Business Bank as fund manager for a new £57.5m Northern Powerhouse fund. The private equity firm said that its new office is ideally suited to provide additional investment and administrative resource for Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) investments and the […]

Leeds digital festival doubles in size


The 2017 Leeds Digital Festival has experienced a huge increase in the number of events compared to its first year in 2016. This year’s festival, will run to 29 April and involves approximately 115 events, up from 56 in 2016, with more than 10,000 attendees expected Hundreds of Leeds-based firms and speakers will be taking […]

Data firm Personalyze to compete for data start-ups $50K prize


Personalisation marketing tools provider Personalyze is heading to Portugal next week. The firm hopes to secure a $50,000 funding prize from Unilever after being nominated as one of the world’s top data start-ups. Andrew Ko from Personalyze is heading to the I-COM Global Summit in Porto, Portugal next week after his company was recognised by the […]

Cheshire East Council sets up taskforce to promote digital economy


Established technology firms are being used by Cheshire East council chiefs as a model to inspire small creative and digital firms. Barclays’ Global Technology Centre, in Radbroke, and the Warner Bros-owned TT Fusion, in Wilmslow, are among the companies hailed by Cheshire East Council’s Skills and Growth Company following the creation of a new taskforce to promote the […]