AI start-up Grid Edge completes funding round

An AI technology start-up founded by three friends from Aston University has completed a Series A funding round, led by BP Ventures. Grid Edge is a developer of AI technology that enables customers to predict, control and optimise a building’s energy profile. Its cloud-based software can help commercial consumers to reduce their energy costs, as well […]

Birmingham Tech Week unites all sectors via education, promotion and celebration

The first Birmingham Tech Week will take place between 7 – 13 October 2019 and will touch on many different themes and topics that range from AI to voice, big data, 5G, digital products and about everything else in between. Birmingham Tech Week is a not-for-profit community initiative (CIC) which aims to raise the profile […]

LightwaveRF secures £650,000 boost for IoT devices

Birmingham-based home automation technology company LightwaveRF has secured a £650,000 funding boost. The listed company has signed an agreement with Exertis Supply Chain Services Ltd (ESCS) to provide funding for its current inventory and new stock purchases up to the value of 65 per cent of its stock holding. The agreement, which will be phased […]

New Chairman for Manufacturing Technology Centre

Former Motorola and BSI chairman move to Coventry’s Manufacturing Technology Centre. Sir David Brown, who was formerly chairman of both Motorola and the British Standards Institution, is all set to take on that same role at MTC. He will start his new position on 1 October, succeeding Alex Stephenson who has been chairman since 1 October 2016. Sir David said: “I have […]

OGL and Intequal launch new Technical Sales Apprenticeship

OGL Computer, a growing IT and cybersecurity services provider based in Kidderminster, designs, delivers and supports the IT backbone of hundreds of businesses across the region. With ambitious expansion plans, the company needs to recruit the next generation of aspiring salespeople.    Lee Reece, Head of New Business, commented: “I joined the business through a similar scheme almost 20 years […]

Aurrigo completes first ever public autonomous pod trial in Canada

Coventry-based driverless vehicle company Aurrigo has completed its first ever public autonomous trial in Canada, opening up new opportunities for expansion in North America. Aurrigo has partnered with the Ottawa L5 powered by Invest Ottawa and the Kanata North Business Association to give more than 350 local people the opportunity to ride in two of […]

JLR developing 3D tech to make driving safer

Jaguar Land Rover is developing technology which will beam real-time safety information in front of the driver and allow passengers to stream 3D movies direct from their seats. Engineers are working on a new 3D head-up display to project safety alerts, such as lane departure, hazard detection, sat nav directions, and to reduce the effect […]

Warwickshire county council deploys Microsoft cloud productivity suite

Teams, Office 365 and other cloud-based tools are being rolled out to give Warwickshire County Council (WCC) staff greater flexibility. The council has rolled out Microsoft 365 as part of an 18 months transformation programme, which will lead to improved efficiency of the local authority. During the programme, WCC plans to develop a new operating model […]

Purple Frog wins major data security contacts with businesses worldwide

Purple Frog Systems in Telford has launched a software called Power BI Sentinel, and it’s been adopted by businesses across a range of industry sectors around the globe. The software has been developed over a number of years, and is designed to enhance security and accelerate disaster recovery for businesses that are already using Microsoft’s […]

Data protection firm Protecture snapped up by Thomas Thomas & Co

Shropshire-based Thomas Thomas & Co has invested in data protection company, Protecture. Protecture is a data protection & GDPR consultancy providing support, tools, advice, audit and training. The company supports over 200 clients from SMEs to large institutional clients across the country with their data protection issues. As Protecture has grown, the board recognised that […]

OGL Computer’s SalesVision supports Cablecraft’s global expansion

Kidderminster based OGL Computer’s SalesVision sales analysis software is supporting Cablecraft‘s goal of targeting more UK and global sales following its recent rebranding. An international supplier of cable marking systems, accessories and management products, Cablecraft makes an annual turnover of £16 million and supplies a range of over 28,000 cable and wiring accessories, and management products to […]

Double award nomination for Digital Balance

Stoke based Digital Balance develops human engagement software solutions that help organisations’ manage and engage with their workforce and has been nominated for leading personnel awards. Earlier in the year, Digital Balance was shortlisted for a Sentinel Business Award in the ‘High Performing Team of the Year’ category.  The company has now received two nominations […]

Over 300 tech staff return to Birmingham council with Capita JV ‘largely ended’

Birmingham City Council’s 13-year joint venture with outsourcer Capita has now “largely ended”. The authority has issued a statement claiming that, following the completion of a four-month programme of transition, most of the services covered by the agreement have now successfully been “brought back in-house”. 167 staff were last week transferred from Capita to the […]

Warwickshire Council seeks chief transformation and digital officer

Warwickshire County Council is seeking a chief transformation and digital officer to deliver savings by revamping the authority’s business processes and service delivery.   The council currently employs a contractor to lead its transformation efforts. With this person moving on shortly, Warwickshire wishes to bring in a permanent leader on a two-year contract. “It is recognised that […]

Digital Balance becomes MyCleverGroup’s second acquisition

MyCleverGroup has acquired 100% of the share capital of talent management software developer, Digital Balance. MyCleverGroup’s second acquisition, as it looks to buy and build out its digital and cloud-based platforms to make it easier for organisations to embrace technology, incorporates Digital Balance’s team of 15. Digital Blue specialises in the development of software solutions that help […]