South Shield’s Shoptimised secured several significant contracts


Shoptimised, a South Shields-based retail technology company, has announced plans to double in size over the next six months after securing several significant contracts and partnerships. The company provides a product feed optimisation platform and price comparison software for digital marketing agencies and retailers. It recently won new business from Newcastle-based menswear retailer END Clothing, […]

Durham tech firm honcho launches recruitment drive ahead of pioneering app launch


Honcho, the firm behind a new app designed to slash car insurance costs, is creating new jobs this year ahead of the product’s official launch. Honcho has moved from Newcastle to set up offices in Durham in preparation for the market release of the app, which backers say will be the UK’s first “reverse auction” marketplace for car […]

Cheshire start-up Ebb3 raises £1 million funding from Maven


Cheshire-based Ebb3, which specialises in the virtualisation of 3D graphical applications, has raised £1m from venture capital trust (VCT) Maven Capital Partners, which has also reserved up to £500,000 for follow-on investment in the supercomputing start-up. Mark Vickers, CEO at Ebb3, said: “We are proud to have secured Maven’s confidence and investment in Ebb3. We were able […]

Sheffield software developer acquired for undisclosed sum

Investment growth

A national accountancy software firm has acquired a Sheffield-based developer that specialises in the education market. IRIS Software Group acquired education software as a service specialist Results Squared for an undisclosed sum. Headquartered on Savile Street in Sheffield, Results Squared has developed software for school messaging apps that are used across the UK. Founded in […]

Hedgehog Lab and Fuse Telecom scale up at Generator Studios


Newcastle’s Hedgehog Lab has expanded its headquarters at the Generator Studios after posting a huge rise in sales. The technology consultancy, which boasts offices in London, Boston, Austin, Denmark and India, has leased space extending to 7,500 sq ft having outgrown the initial 1,700 sq ft of space acquired in 2012. The additional space is a […]

Vimto Out of Home selects Portech for workforce management


Warrington’s Vimto Out of Home (OoH), the 40-year veteran drinks industry supplier has consolidated its distribution, scheduling, billing and stock management with Portech Systems’ Field Service Executive (FSE) workflow management system. Following Vimto OoH’s acquisition of frozen drinks supplier The Noisy Drinks Co. in 2015 the company had been operating a combination of paper-based job […]

Cheshire’s MPP Global raises £12 million in Series B funding

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Cheshire-based MPP Global has raised £12 million in Series B funding from investors including Albion Ventures and Grafton Capital. Headquartered in Warrington, MPP Global delivers digital monetisation services to media companies such as Sky, News UK and the Daily Mail Group. The investment will allow MPP Global to expand into new markets and continue the […]

VST Enterprises raises £11.4m

VST Enterprises Vcode

Cybersecurity firm VST Enterprises has closed its fourth funding round, securing 11.4m, giving the company a valuation of £220m. The Manchester-based startup, which was founded in 2012, secured the funding from private investors including serial entrepreneur Chris Lightbody and director at KPMG Guy Weaver. VST Enterprises has created a scannable code technology called VCode, which […]

Hedgeghog Lab enjoys strong start to 2017


Newcastle technology consultancy Hedgeghog Lab is on track to hit its growth targets after enjoying a tremendous start to 2017. The app developer has offices in London, Denmark, India and the US, won more work in the first quarter of 2017 than in the whole of 2015. The headcount during the first three months grew from […]

Who is Edge Testing?


Edge Testing is a leading expert in providing world-class software testing solutions. The award-winning company is typically engaged when organisations are implementing a new system or making significant changes to an existing system. It ensures that systems are fast, secure, available and work as expected in an increasingly complex IT landscape. Founded in 2007, Edge […]

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 […]

Top tech firms in the North hit £1.9 billion revenue

Award win

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 […]

Oak secures intranet project with American Golf


Gateshead software services provider Oak, formerly Orchid Software, has secured one of Europe’s largest golf retailers as a client with its Oak intranet software solution. American Golf is using Oak for intranet software provision as part of plans to overhaul its internal communications and enhance employee engagement. Graeme Kerr, retail implementation manager at American Golf, said: […]

Northcoders coding bootcamp expands on first anniversary


Northcoders, the coding bootcamp at The Sharp Project, Manchester’s digital and creative complex, has announced expansion plans as it celebrates its first year in operation. Due to strong demand for their intensive 12-week course, the company has doubled the size of each cohort and created a second classroom to accommodate the extra 20 students. The start-up […]