Electronic components firm relocates Manchester office


Supplier of electronic components Arrow Electronics has relocated its Manchester office as part of a restructure of its UK locations. Arrow Electronics has taken a five-year term at Trafford House, moving from its previous base at New York Street. US-owned Arrow has three divisions, including Arrow Enterprise Computing Solutions in Harrogate and Arrow Components in […]

Sheffield NHS Trust seeks electronic baby tagging supplier

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One of the UK’s busiest maternity wards plans to implement an electronic baby-tagging system for newborn children. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is looking to install the technology at the neonatal unit of the Jessop Wing Maternity Hospital, which is part of Royal Hallamshire Hospital near the city centre. The trust is seeking a […]

SoundChip moves into new office at Sci-Tech Daresbury


Swiss-headquartered wearable sound technology firm, SoundChip, has opened a new office space at Sci-Tech Daresbury, a National Science and Innovation Campus in the Liverpool City region between Runcorn, Warrington and Manchester, where it has been based since 2011. Thanks to strong appetite for its system-level audio solutions, which are used by global brands including Panasonic, […]

Government launches £68 million AI and robotics fund


The Government has announced more than £68 million of investment from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) for a programme of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) projects aimed at improving safety in extreme environments. The programme will develop robots and artificial intelligence to take on jobs in the freezing depths of the North Sea, dealing […]

Wakefield supercomputer startup raises £3 million funding


Technology start-up Optalysys Ltd based in Wakefield and Nevada, US, has raised more than £3 million from angel investors in order to manufacture its first commercially available product. The company has raised £3.05m ($3.95m) from undisclosed angel investors to manufacture the first commercially available high-performance computing (HPC) processor based on its patented optical processing technology. […]

Nomad Digital appoints new US East Coast sales manager


Nomad Digital has boosted its employee numbers in America after recruiting new sales manager Greg Holmes. Mr Holmes brings 17 years of experience in the freight and passenger rail market, including on-board signalling sales and project delivery experience. His work around implementing complex on-board communication management and PTC management systems will bring significant benefit to […]

Electronics firm Filtronic announces ‘robust’ result predictions

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AIM-listed electronics manufacturer Filtronic has confirmed that it is expecting to post revenues of £35 million for its financial year. The Leeds-headquartered business designs and manufactures microwave electronics products for wireless telecoms infrastructure projects expects to report revenue of approximately £35.4m, more than double 2016’s total of £13.6m, following its audit. The results for the […]

Industrial IoT firm Prismtech expands Gateshead presence


Industrial IoT firm PrismTech has taken space at a refurbished building on Gateshead’s Team Valley. PrismTech supplies data connectivity and IIoT platform solutions, tools and professional services its customers need to build Industrial IoT systems. PrismTech has twice been named a ‘Cool Vendor’ by Gartner. Now, it’s moved to a property formerly known as Talipot […]

New finance director joins electronics firm Stadium Group


Technology company Stadium Group has appointed a new group finance director. Winston North will officially start on 15 May, and has also been made company secretary. Stadium Group offers fully integrated design-led electronics technology solutions and global manufacturing and fulfilment solutions. North joins Stadium Group, which has operations in Reading, Hartlepool, Eastleigh and Norwich from, from […]

Top tech firms in the North hit £1.9 billion revenue

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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 […]

Nomad Digital wins contract to provide WiFi for ‘next generation’ trains in Netherlands

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Alstom-owned train wifi business Nomad Digital has won a contract to deploy passenger WiFi across a new fleet of trains being built for use in Europe. Newcastle-based Nomad is working with parent company Alstom to deploy its tech across the new 79-strong Intercity Next Generation (ICNG) fleet. As well as providing WiFi for the trains, […]

Petards wins £4.3 million contract with Swiss rail manufacturer

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Team Valley’s Petards specialises in advanced security and surveillance systems, and has secured a £4.3m agreement with a Swiss train manufacturer that is building trains for new UK services. AIM-listed Petards’ systems are used for defence, rail and emergency services, and the firm has recently started to target the new-build train sector, in tandem with the introduction of […]

Smart home security startup Cocoon raises £2.46m on Crowdcube


Smart home security system provider Cocoon has raised £2.46m in equity crowdfunding on Crowdcube, with support from 1,117 investors and reaching a $15m valuation. The startup launched on crowdfunding site Indiegogo in November 2014 and went on to raise $250,000 (approximately £198,000)It has also attracted £2.69m in strategic investment from Aviva Ventures and Breed Reply […]

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 […]