Yorkshire public sector procurement body opens £400m framework

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Public sector procurement body YPO opens framework for  data centres, cloud hosting and security, worth £400 million Public sector procurement body Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation (YPO) has opened its £400m framework for data centres, cloud hosting and data security. Owned by 13 local authorities in the north of England, YPO supplies products and services to councils, schools, […]

Fast-growing RotaCloud has ambitious plans to expand

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The sky is the limit for fast-growing software developer, RotaCloud The staff scheduling and attendance platform started out as a side-project in 2015, with co-founders, David Brandon, Joel Beverley and James Lintern, working from their shared home in York. Pooling their skills and cash, amounting to just £500, they used that to get the business off […]

Manchester Metrolink gets contactless payments technology

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Travellers using Manchester’s trams can now complete their journeys using contactless payment Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has introduced a contactless payments infrastructure to its tram network, as research reveals the technology has transformed user experience. Travellers on Manchester’s trams can now use bank contactless bank cards to tap when they get on and off […]

Northern Powerhouse role for York transport tech company

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YORK-based transport technology company Incremental Solutions has become a member of the government’s Northern Powerhouse Partnership Programme. The appointment comes after its recent royal recognition of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, as well as several industry awards for its innovative solutions. Incremental Solutions, based at York Science Park, uses data analysis, innovative thinking and technology […]

Lancaster Uni enhances student engagement with cloud-based chatbot

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Lancaster University is using Amazon Web Services to enhance the development of a voice-enabled “online companion” with machine learning and artificial intelligence to improve student engagement. The university launched a trial of Ask LU, a chatbot running on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud, delivered via mobile phones and Amazon smart speakers set up in […]

Manchester seeks partners for £35m full fibre rollout

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Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) seeks to install a network over which it has usage rights for 20 years The authority has issued a contract notice seeking to “procure the design, implementation, maintenance, and support” of a full-fibre network to serve the needs of public-sector entities across Greater Manchester. The potential £35 million four-year contract, which […]

Trio of appointments to aid Burnley IT firm’s continuing growth

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A new trio has been hired by an East Lancashire technology firm to deal with a growth in business. Burnley-based Holker IT has welcomed three fresh starters across the board. Simon McGowan and Jordan Woodwock have joined the Phoenix Way outfit as account manager and service desk engineer respectively, and Martina Giles Kusakova as business administrator. […]

Leeds-based specialist takes over family-run York tech firm

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A York telecoms solutions company has been taken over by a Leeds-based firm. Established, family-run Clifton Moor business to business telecoms provider, Local Telecom Service (LTS), has been acquired by telephony, mobile and internet specialist The Technology Group for an undisclosed sum, with the acquisition set to add £1.5million to Leeds-based The Technology Group’s turnover. Following the acquisition, […]

Greater Manchester invites bidders for public sector broadband

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£32m tender request will enable ultrafast full-fibre connectivity to more than 1,300 public sector sites in Greater  Manchester Greater Manchester’s local authorities have come together to invite tenders for a £32m full-fibre broadband network project that will connect 1,300 public sector sites to a newly-built 450km network, with access guaranteed for 20 years to come. The project […]

Co-operative Bank creates over 100 IT jobs in Manchester

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The Co-operative Bank is looking for talent to support its digital strategy and previous banking and IT experience is not a necessity Co-operative Bank has announced new jobs to support the online and digital services it is developing for customer services. The bank said the IT and digital jobs will be based at its north-west […]

Cyber security firm ECSC revenues grow to £5.4 million

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Bradford-based ECSC helps to foil cyber attacks which could wreck its clients’ finances and reputation. Over the last year, ECSC has benefited from the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation, which places strict rules on how personal data is handled by businesses and organisations. The company said that the “continued incidence of high-profile cyber security breaches” […]

AO.com to recruit 50 tech experts in Bolton and Manchester

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AO is looking for software developers, UX designers and business analysts to commercial IT analysts to support its future growth Online white goods retailer AO.com has launched its biggest ever recruitment drive. The company has pushed the button on recruiting over 50 new staff in IT roles across its Bolton and Manchester offices over the […]

Turnover and profit improvement for Gateshead IT firm

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A Gateshead-based IT consultancy is looking ahead to a “bright future” after edging turnover towards the £20m mark in another profitable year. ITPS provides IT support, data centre and telecoms services for a range of clients, employing more than 120 employees and operating an additional office in London. Turnover for the year ending 31 May […]

AccessPay raises £9m funding to develop software platform

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AccessPay, a Manchester, UK-based fintech firm, raised £9m in funding, in a round led by Beringea, with participation from True Ventures and Route 66. The company intends to use the funds to expand its sales, marketing, and engineering teams and further develop its software platform. Founded in Manchester in 2012 and led by Anish Kapoor, AccessPay […]

Tech company APD Comms becomes part of global IT giant

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A supplier of software to the emergency services, public safety, and control room markets has been acquired by a subsidiary of IT giant NEC Corporation. Hull-based APD Communications has been bought by Hemel Hempstead-based Northgate Public Services (NPS), which was itself acquired by NEC in January 2018. APD provides mission-critical communications and control systems to more […]