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 […]

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. Established in 1969, Northgate […]

Digital ID becomes £20m-turnover business with key acquisition


Manchester-based ID card company, Digital ID, has acquired Smart Card Store, a £2.5m turnover Brighton-based business that specialises in the supply of smart ID cards to both end users and trade customers. Guy Hudson will remain as managing director of the East Sussex Smart Card Store, following the acquisition, and the newly acquired company will continue to […]

Millgate partners to help businesses with upcoming GDPR


Sheffield IT services firm Millgate has teamed up with cloud and endpoint cybersecurity company Bitdefender, cyber security and data protection firm Forcepoint and consultancy training provider IT Governance to educate and assist businesses still unpicking and understanding the implications – and potential impact on their business – of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements and […]

Microsoft invites York’s PowerOn into its Elite Partner team


IT automation specialist PowerON, has become one of only a few firms in the world to join Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) Elite Partner Team, and will now assist the world’s largest software maker in developing both new and existing products. The invitation only team of partners consists of just 70 companies globally and […]

Secarma appoints new managing director


Manchester cybersecurity consultancy Secarma has appointed a new managing director as part of wider plans to “challenge the biggest players”. Paul Harris has re-joined the UKFast group of companies following a three-year spell as marketing director at UKFast from 2009. Since leaving the cloud provider in 2012, he has held the role of UK marketing director […]

Cyber security firm ECSC Group appoints new CFO


ECSC Group, the Bradford-based cyber security specialist has hired Stephen Hammell as its new chief financial officer (CFO) and director. Prior to joining ECSC, Hammell was group finance director of eBECS, an international IT consultancy. Hammell was also director in corporate finance at Grant Thornton and has held corporate finance roles at PwC and Yorkshire Bank. […]

Exertis to distribute award-winning ESET solutions

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Global provider of award-winning anti-malware and multi-layered security solutions, ESET has announced a distribution agreement with Accrington-based Exertis, one of the UK’s leading technology distributors. Malcolm Tuck, Country Manager at ESET said, “We are looking forward to a long and successful business relationship with Exertis, they have an established presence in the B2B sector and […]

Security high on agenda at IP Expo Manchester


IP EXPO Manchester opens its doors tomorrow in Manchester, and will be full of speakers on AI, AR, VR and automation technologies. For its 2017 event, IP EXPO Manchester will provide access to an unprecedented group of influential speakers and brands across central themes of Cloud, Cyber Security, Networks and Infrastructure, DevOps, Open Source and a brand […]

Top tech firms in the North hit £1.9 billion revenue

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The top 100 fastest growing technology companies in the North generated £1.9 billion in revenue in 2016, according to tech investment bank GP Bullhound. Hugh Campbell, managing partner of GP Bullhound, commented: “After years of huge potential, Northern tech companies now command the valuations and deals worthy of international recognition. “The tech sector in the […]

Smart home security startup Cocoon raises £2.46m on Crowdcube


Smart home security system provider Cocoon has raised £2.46m in equity crowdfunding on Crowdcube, with support from 1,117 investors and reaching a $15m valuation. The startup launched on crowdfunding site Indiegogo in November 2014 and went on to raise $250,000 (approximately £198,000)It has also attracted £2.69m in strategic investment from Aviva Ventures and Breed Reply […]

Cyber Security business ECSC hails progress after IPO

Bradford cyber security business ECSC has revealed strong organic revenue growth and the proceeds from last year’s float will accelerate company growth. ECSC counts Barclays, GCHQ and Virgin East Coast Trains among its high profile clients, and already looks after around 10 per cent of the FTSE 100. Earlier this week, the company reaffirmed its commitment to Yorkshire, […]

Entry deadline extended for the UK’s longest running digital awards

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The deadline for submissions for the Big Chip Awards until 5pm on Monday 20th March to enter. The Big Chip awards have celebrated excellence in digital and technology companies, organisations and individuals across the region for almost two decades – in areas including animation, search, user experience, eCommerce and digital transformation. Businesses, individuals and students from […]

BT seeking 180 new apprentices and graduates in North West


BT is creating 1,700 new apprenticeship and graduate jobs as it continues to equip young people with the skills and training needed to meet the challenges of the evolving jobs market. In the North West, BT is to create about 180 apprenticeship and graduate jobs.  The new recruits will be across the company’s sites in […]

Manchester IT provider King of Servers celebrates record profits in 2016


Manchester’s IT solutions provider King of Servers celebrated yet another record-breaking year in 2016 as sales revenue increased by 26%, reaching almost £3m by the end of the year. Their average monthly profits also increased by 160% from 2015 to 2016. King of Servers has high hopes for an even stronger 2017 as they have branched […]