IT companies Firstnet and Select Data Centres announce merger


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

Iain Finlayson, Senior Technical Test Engineer, Edge Testing Solutions

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 […]

Revenues jump at managed services and cloud integrator Sysgroup


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 […]

FHL joins forces with Kyriba to deliver secure cloud treasury solutions


Kyriba Corp. a provider of cloud-based treasury, cash and risk management solutions, has announced a channel sales partnership with cloud solutions provider, FHL, a provider of NetSuite products in Europe and NetSuite’s EMEA Partner of the Year 2017. FHL’s 150+ NetSuite customers now have access to Kyriba’s cloud-based solutions. Security is a growing issue for treasury and finance professionals, […]

Business profile – TechSparx talks to FHL

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Crewe business FHL kicks off our new series where we profile regional tech businesses. Andrew Peddie, MD of FHL tells us all you need to know about FHL in one comprehensive interview. Tell us in one sentence what FHL offers? “Best in class” cloud business systems. How is your service different from competitors? There is an […]

Accenture growing Newcastle-based workforce


IT services giant Accenture is adding 60 people to its Technology and Consulting workforce in the North East to work with healthcare and public sector clients. The jobs will cover a variety of levels and are part of the company’s initiatives to increase UK consulting resources outside London. Mark Larsen, managing director for Accenture Newcastle, confirmed the company’s strong […]

New recruit set to help Lancaster IT firm grow

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Lancaster IT firm Q2Q IT has hired Laura Sharkey as a business development manager to support its ambitious growth plans. Laura joins the company with experience in business development, sales and marketing for organisations such as Training Qualifications UK. Her role at Q2Q will concentrate on identifying and maximising business opportunities, as well as account […]

IT services company Intrasource targets 50 percent workforce expansion

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An East Yorkshire-headquartered IT services company is set for rapid growth and expansion that will result in a 50 percent workforce expansion in 2017 following a £150,000 investment from UK Steel Enterprise. No information on present size of the company was given in the official press release, and Chairman John Collings and Operations Director David […]

Advanced boosts digital skills development with new apprenticeship fund


Software and services company Advanced has pledged its commitment to introduce 60-70 apprenticeships per year focused on developing digital skills. Advanced’s apprenticeship fund will be circa £500,000 per annum and the company wants to ensure the technical training focus for apprenticeships will support its regional hub strategy. This aims to attract local talent with high […]

Newcastle tech firm ION expanding with support from three high-profile investors


Newcastle-based ION has been providing Salesforce CRM (customer relationship management) software and cloud computing solutions to clients since August 2016. It has now secured an injection of private investment from Neil Stephenson, former CEO of Onyx Group and chairman of Redu Group, Alistair Waite, CEO of Altec Engineering and Fiona Cruickshank, founder of The Specials Laboratory […]

Lancaster’s Ubertechs named Apple Premium Service Provider


Apple service and support business Ubertechs has been named as an Apple Premium Service Provider for the year, after receiving positive customer feedback on speed, and accuracy. One of only five IT firms in the country to receive this annual award, Ubertechs is now listed on Apple’s website as a premium provider . Owner Mike Dent […]

Salford and Liverpool city councils plan IT trading venture

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Two councils in the North West have teamed up to sell technology and services commercially. Salford – home of MediaCityUK and the BBC’s Northern HQ – and Liverpool City Councils plan to establish a trading entity within the next 12-18 months to both compete against and collaborate with firms in the private sector. A third, Barnsley, may […]

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 […]