Sunderland educational game start-up backed by £245K cash boost


A Sunderland start-up that develops educational game applications has secured a £245,000 investment to help launch its platform. WordPlay was founded by Jonathan Karlsen, who identified a gap in the market to provide language programmes that helped children learn English in a fun and engaging way, with the company’s product geared towards primary-aged children who […]

Northern Tech awards winners revealed


European technology investment bank GP Bullhound has revealed the winners of the Northern Tech Awards 2017. The awards recognised the entrepreneurs and businesses leading growth of the northern digital economy over the past year. The winners were selected by a panel of high-profile judges, including Richard Flint, chief executive of Sky Betting and Gaming, David […]

Fintech company Quint secures £10 million financing deal

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Quint Group, the fintech company behind price comparison site, has secured a £10 million financing deal with Manchester’s Tosca Debt Capital. Quint Group is based in the Macclesfield and will use the eight-figure boost to fund its recapitalisation. Established in 2009, it owns a portfolio of consumer credit business, including lending platform Monevo, Monevo Data Services […]

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 […]

Sage MD steps down after seven months


Newcastle tech firm Sage’s executive vice president for Northern Europe Jacqueline de Rojas is stepping down from her position at the end of the week. Ms de Rojas was appointed to lead the software giant’s Northern Europe operations in July 2016, with over 25 years experience in the industry, and the most influential woman in the […]

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 […]

DriverNet secures innovation award for logistics app


DriverNet’s app helps delivery drivers optimise the exchange process, and has claimed February’s Merseyside Innovation Award. DriverNet was founded in St Helens by logistics professional Ant Chisnall. Having spent 15 years working across the sector in operational and senior management roles within small fleet and multinational hauliers, he identified a weak point in the logistics […]

Stockport app developer closes £2 million funding round


SurveyMe, a Stockport based mobile survey app developer has closed its initial £2 million funding round in partnership with Chester-headquartered investment manager Deepbridge Capital. The funding was raised via Deepbridge’s Technology Growth EIS proposition, and has enabled the app developer to open an office in California as part of a move to target the US […]

Leeds smart home security business to crowdfund £1.5m


Leeds smart home technology company Cocoon Alarm is looking to raise £1.5m in its latest fundraising bid on crowdfunding platform Crowdcube. The company has looking to secure a £2.5m round by 4 March 2017, with original investors Aviva Ventures and Breed Reply Investments already committing £1m. It will use the latest investment to reduce unit […]

Manchester-based retail tech startup DigitalBridge raises £700,000


DigitalBridge, a home decor retail tech platform, has raised a £700,000 Seed round from a series of private investors. Based in Manchester, the firm’s machine learning platform enables consumers to ‘try on’ home decor products and furniture in their own home. Investors included Stuart Marks, founder of early-stage investor and corporate innovation firm L Marks, who […]

Manchester fintech business acquired by Newcastle rival


A Manchester’s claims management company ConnectedClaims has been acquired by a rival firm for an undisclosed sum. Newcastle based fintech company Allay, provides claims processing services to the growing claims management industry via in-house web and app-based processing platforms. The firm employs approximately 200 staff across its offices in Newcastle, Haydock and Wales. The purchase marks a period […]

How a focus on digital skills could deliver 25,000 local jobs, according to Teesside Uni report


Increasing the digital skills of Teesside’s workforce and businesses is the best way to improve the local economy, says Teesside University. As the Prime Minister Theresa May announced her Government’s industrial strategy, the university has published its blueprint for the local economy. The five-point plan aims to support targets to increase start-ups by 25% and […]

hedgehog lab launches with new office in Denmark before Brexit bites


Newcastle app developer hedgehog lab has opened an office in Denmark as the tech firm looks to grow its business in Europe and ensure access to the Single Market following the Brexit vote. The Copenhagen office has initially launched as a sales and customer centre but the tech firm hopes to further develop the site […]

UKFast shrugs off Brexit doubt to deliver 40% job growth


Manchester-based cloud and managed hosting specialist UKFast has created 100 new jobs, despite Brexit uncertainty, with headcount rising across the firm’s associated brands from 250 to 350 in less than one year. CEO Lawrence Jones, a prominent Remain campaigner, insists that despite unanswered questions surrounding the triggering of Article 50, his firm and Manchester’s digital […]

Age Partnership acquires web tech firm

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HEBDEN BRIDGE agency The Marketing Lab has been acquired by Leeds-based retirement specialist Age Partnership.The Marketing Lab’s seven strong team of developers and project managers will join the equity release specialist, led by the former managing director Dan Otterburn. Mr Otterburn is to join Age Partnership’s senior team as head of web development. The Marketing […]