2021 tech predictions: from COVID-accelerated opps to new jobs


No-one can argue that the pace of change in 2020 was accelerated due to the pandemic, with companies unable to rely on traditional business strategies they’d set up at the start of the year from March onwards. But, up here in the North of England, technology companies implemented a whole host of innovations to ensure […]

Manchester named as fastest-growing tech city in Europe


Manchester has been recognised as the fastest-growing tech hub in Europe, measured by the rate of increase in venture capital funding, with investment jumping from 48 million pounds ($59 million) in 2018 to 181 million pounds in 2019, industry body Tech Nation said. As well as Manchester, Britain had four other cities in the European […]

New app that will help passengers find out ‘realtime’ train information


Web-based rail experts Realtimetrains.co.uk has teamed up with Northern rail to give its customers live information about its trains. Know Your Train will allow Northern customers to find out, in realtime, what model of the train they will be catching, how many carriages it has, and what facilities will be on-board – including whether the train […]

Software platform fissara receives fresh £250K investment

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Software platform fissara has secured a £250,000 boost on the back of an NPIF Maven Equity Finance-led funding round. Fissara allows clients to plan, manage, schedule and track their mobile workforce as they move, and its technology is used by the likes of O2, Motorola, Clarke Telecom, OM-3 and Peel Land and Property. The investment will allow […]

Pentest People partners premier league Leeds


Cybersecurity consultancy, Pentest People, has announced its digital partnership with premier league Leeds United Football Club. This is the first year that the Leeds-based employer has partnered the club and signals its growing investment in the area. Pentest People provides businesses with vulnerability testing services, conducted by a team of expert consultants, who provide guidance […]

Edge and Commissum align services to thwart hackers and eliminate software failures


Manchester software testing firm Edge Testing and Leed’s cyber security company Commissum are aligning their services to deliver total software assurance Since being acquired by Eurofins Digital Testing, Edge Testing Solutions, one of the UK’s fastest-growing software testing companies, and Commissum Associates, a world-class information security services provider, are now working together to provide complementary services […]

Royal Preston Hospital wins FotoWare Media Management Award 2020

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The Royal Preston Hospital has won this year’s Media Management Award, which recognises individuals and teams whose work with media assets and demonstrate innovation and positive impact. The award attracted applicants from various countries and industries and the hospital was recognised for its efforts to reduce patient contact while still delivering media imagery across all […]

The 2021 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards open for nominations

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The annual FDM everywoman in Technology Awards have opened for nominations for 2021. The awards aim to celebrate the tech industry’s most exceptional talent, from the UK and beyond, creating role models to inspire the next generation of tech stars. Companies and individuals are invited to put forward candidates for categories recognising all stages of […]

Funding extension secured by Mobile Tornado


Mobile Tornado, a Harrogate-based mobile applications business, has secured additional funding through an extension to its revolving credit facility. The facility with InTechnology has been extended for a further 12 months until 26 September 2021 and provides a maximum principal amount of £300,000. Mobile Tornado has also revealed that that Hubbcat, its partner in the […]

Six-figure investment to boost green energy plans for Sunderland solar specialist


Power Roll, a North East solar film developer, has landed a £250k investment from Finance Durham Fund, which was established by Durham County Council and overseen by Business Durham. Invented by the firm’s chief scientist Dr Alexander Topping, Power Roll’s solar film technology aims to produce ultra-low-cost green electricity. The new investment, which is managed […]

ClearCourse buys CRM platform provider FLG

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ClearCourse has bought a Burnley-headquartered CRM platform FLG that helps SMEs manage sales leads and automate processes. Founded in 2007, FLG adapts and integrates into a company’s legacy systems to provide workflow services designed to allow for the automated management of up to one million leads. Clients include Creditfix, Etico Group, and TFS Loans. It […]

Seaham cyber security firm CyberWhite looking to expand following success


CyberWhite has won contracts to create bespoke security plans for more than 35 new clients since March 2018. Their client base includes charities, law firms, universities, blue light services, energy management providers, the NHS, housing associations and software developers. The Seaham-based cyber security firm has reported a surge in revenue during the 2020 financial year […]

Sheffield EV charger start-up Mina secures investment from NorthInvest


A Sheffield-based electric vehicle (EV) technology start-up has secured seed investment from angel investor platform NorthInvest in a deal which values the business at £2m. Mina has developed EV charging software to support the management of electric vehicle fleets. It was established in December 2019 by founders Ashley Tate, formerly founder of utilities management service […]

Leeds NorthInvest-backed healthcare start-up gets funding from Innovate UK


Vital Signs Solutions, based in Cambridge, will adapt its PocDoc platform to digitise any Covid-19 antibody rapid test assay and embed this within an app available on smartphone and tablet. The app will be able to collect additional data to help track and analyse the spread of the virus and its impact on the presence […]

Arden Software completes buyout of US software firm


Stockport’s Arden Software has completed the acquisition of American software company Cimex Corporation. Arden specialises in CAD and CAM software for the packaging sector, with its Impact packaging design software being used on a global scale. The Arden Group of companies, which also includes Arden Dies and Arden Engraving, has offices around the world, including […]