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AMSOURCE ADVENT: 24 NORTHERN TECH COMPANIES

Wednesday 28th November 2018

We're celebrating some of the most exciting and innovating tech organisations in the North, in our Amsource Advent calendar. 

Each day we will be showcasing an organisation that is contributing to the vibrant tech landscape in the North of England. Check them out below...

VET-AI


Based in Leeds, Vet- AI is leading the way in bringing AI to the global pet market, that is worth approximately £100 billion! Using groundbreaking technologies, Vet-AI are developing innovative products and services that will reshape the animal health industry. They are the first company in the world that use AI to support the good health of our pets. Their evolving team consists of leading experts in a range of different sectors, and their partners include some of the biggest in the pet care industry.


BJSS


The BJSS journey started back in 1993 in Leeds. 25 years on, BJSS now operates in numerous other locations – Manchester, Bristol, Nottingham, London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, New York and Houston Texas with over 1000 talented workers.

Over the last 25 years BJSS has built a name for themselves in the tech sector, being renowned for technical excellence, cost effective delivery and their proven ‘BJSS Enterprise Agile Approach’.

Notable highlights in the BJSS journey include their rebuild of the NHS spine, alongside the HSCIC in 2014 (which took place in Yorkshire).

The NHS Spine (commonly known as ‘the electronic backbone of the NHS’) is relied on by thousands of care organisations, health professionals and patients. The upgrade to ‘NHS Spine 2’ by BJSS, has improved the efficiency of the system and is able to support more capabilities that are instrumental in helping the NHS run smoothly. (Find out more here)

Even more recently, BJSS was awarded the prestigious Queen’s award for enterprise, in the innovation category for their enterprise software delivery approach.

NHS Digital

Tech innovations are at the heart of NHS. Over the last 70 years tech has revolutionised the NHS, from ground breaking treatments, patient care to the way the NHS is managed behind the scenes.

NHS Digital is head quartered in Leeds. Their Yorkshire base is responsible for some of the most exciting tech innovations taking place in the NHS today. 

Hazel Jones is head of apps and wearables, in a recent blog post she commented on some of the exciting change taking place in her area at NHS Digital in Leeds: “We’re setting up a framework to enable holistic testing of apps and digital technologies, meaning that we can help signpost citizens to the digital tools that we know will help them. These apps have detailed evidence based outcomes and meet the standards around clinical and patient safety, as well as the technical wrap-around such as the security of the data collected and how it will be used.

We’ve got 70 apps out there already, from sleeping aids to self-managing diabetes. We’re in the process of scaling that up so that in the future we can offer even more choice to patients and citizens.”

Force24


Force24 are a Marketing Automation company which 'enable enterprise clients to create personalised, meaningful and and revenue generating conversations with their customers.'

In a recent article with BQLive, MD Adam Oldfield said "In a sector crowded with American ‘software as a service’ platforms, our intelligent, UK built and managed technology stands out because it’s supported by our very own marketing experts. So, rather than ‘plug’ a client in and leave them to their own devices – one of the reasons why marketing automation can fail – we share our own best practice knowledge and experiences to help ensure clients’ strategies work."

Adam Oldfield added when speaking to Prolific North: “We’ve invested £5m in our platform, which has led to it becoming one of the largest UK-built and managed marketing automation solutions.

“It is feature rich and packed with the tools that marketers really need to do their jobs quicker and savvier than before – we’re currently seeing client ROI increase 12-fold as a result.”

2019 is set to be another big year for the firm, with a 30% Net revenue increase expected by the end of the year!



TruNarrative are pioneers in protecting companies from fraud risk.

Founded  in 2016, their mission is: to make safe commerce simpler! TruNarrative is Head quartered in Leeds but also has offices in London, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore.

DAZN


DAZN is a video streaming service part of Perform Group. The service is dedicated to sports, offering live and on-demand streaming of events from various platforms. It first launched in Austria, Germany, Japan, and Switzerland in August 2016, followed by more recently Canada, the USA and Italy with plans to launch in Brazil early next year!

DAZN expanded their HQ into Leeds this year which created hundreds of new jobs in the city and contributes massively to the vibrant digital sector in the city.

Panintelligence


Panintelligence have had a fantastic year!

Newly appointed CEO Zandra Moore won Entrepeneur of the year at the Women In Channel Awards and CEO of the year at the English Women's Awards.

2019 is set to also be another big year for the firm with more plans to grow and more services launching!

All Star Media

Allstar Media are a creative, digital agency in Leeds city centre. When it comes to the type of agency they are, in their own words 'think Banksy meets Alan Sugar'.

They established as a business in 2013 and since then have become specialists in app development, website design and digital marketing.

Their work has secured them a nomination at this year's Northern Digital Awards for 'Best Tool or Software'.

Synap

Synap is a unique learning platform designed to help students revise for exams by enabling them to create, practise and share education quizzes.

EdTech start-up Synap was brought to life by founders James Gupta and Omair Vaiyani while they were both at University studying Medicine.

What started out as an intelligent learning platform to help medical students revise for exams, has since expanded into other verticals, and is now delivering corporate training solutions across a range of industries including financial services, retail and transport.

Throughout it’s short four years, Synap has continued to succeed and grow, recently securing a six figure investment from Yorkshire funding and investment group Venturian!

The Data Shed

Anna Sutton and Ed Thewlis set up the Data Shed in 2014 .

The Data Shed collates and analyses data from a wide range of sources to give its clients a better insight into the needs and expectations of their customers. The idea stemmed from Anna’s frustration at getting insight from data within the organisations she was was working for. Anna and Ed discussed and decided they wanted to build a product that could help non-technical people process and analyse their own data sources. Their determination to be self-funded meant they had to find money from somewhere and so the consultancy was born!

FinancialForce




FinancialForce now has more than $100 million annual recurring revenue from subscriptions.

"We're excited to build on the company's explosive growth, exemplified by the bigger Harrogate offices, and look forward to additional global expansion." Letty Ledbetter, vice president, global communications of Financial.Force.com (Insider Media)

Along with providing an excellent service to all of their users across the world. FinancialForce have been commended year after year for the opportunities they offer their employees in terms of working environment and progression, winning numerous awards and rankings including ‘Best Workplace’ five years in a row.

iPortalis



iPortalis's main product helps IT teams manage over 30 applications from vendors including Cisco, Microsoft and Symantec.

This year iPortalis signed a multi-million pound investment deal with NorthEdge, creating the foundation for further success and development at the firm!

rradar



It's been a great year for forward thinking rradar!

They were the proud winners of small 'Tech Company of the Year' at this year's Business Tech Awards. They also won 'North East Disrupter of the Year' at the 'Spectators Economic Disrupter of the Year' awards in November!

The firm was launched in Hull in 2012 with 10 employees and reporting a year-end turnover of £800,000.

It now has additional offices in Leeds and Glasgow, employs more than 100 staff, and had a turnover of £5m at the end of last year.

VST Enterprises


Manchester based VST Enterprises are the creators of VCode®. Their product is the next generation of code scanning technology, utilised to authenticate and deliver bespoke, permission-based content and to protect against fraud in many sectors. From bespoke content, video and secure document delivery, end-to-end supply chain traceability, charitable giving transactions and content delivery, the VCode® is an entirely closed loop, permission-based code which provide full user analytics, managed from the VPlatform and API set.

2018 has been a great year for the VST team. They recently were announced as the winner of 'Best Technology/ Technology product' at the 'Talk of Manchester Awards'.

ViCardio


ViCardio delivers a continuous and highly accurate blood pressure reading.

It's been a fantastic year of success for ViCardio! ViCardio also beat global competition at the IDTechEX Awards in Berlin, winning 'Best New Wearable Device'.

Hark Systems



It's been a year of growth for Hark Systems.

CEO Jordan Appleson also found himself shortlisted for the 'Young Entrepeneur of the Year' award at this year's Business Tech Awards!

Infinity Works



Infinity Works helps businesses build large scale software.

The consultancy were one of the Leeds based tech companies who were instrumental in the re-build project of the NHS Spine.

Over it's four short years of operating, Infinity Works has experienced impressive growth, launching in two new locations and employing over 160 staff!

Director Paul Henshaw provided some advice to other aspiring tech companies in a recent article with the Yorkshire Post “First up, hire great people with the right mentality and attitude. We hired fantastic people from the start and those same people now are pushing us on apace – so don’t stand in their way.”

DigiDentistry


DigiDentistry provides an advanced way of learning using augmented reality and animation, targeting all learning domains, offering a multi-language system and an intelligent E-learning platform. Enhancing and changing dental education for the better.

Founder Chloe Barrett's inspiring work at DigiDentistry has found her winning this year’s ‘Young Entrepreneur of The Year’ at the Enterprise Visionary Awards. Chloe was also a finalist at the Digital Entrepreneur Awards, UK Tech Founder Awards, Great British Entrepreneur and UK Business Tech Awards!

2019 is set to be another big year for the start-up. In a recent Q&A with Amsource Technology she said "2019 will be an exiting year for DigiDentistry, we are expanding the team, continuing to evolve our developments. I am really exited to show our new application features. We plan to continue to test our beta phase application in Europe and the US covering additional countries to really streamline our international expansion plans. We will continue to fundraise to support growth."

Answer Digital


Answer Digital are Leaders in Digital Transformation. Growing year on year since their journey began 19 years ago.

The company is still headquartered in Leeds (where it has been since establishment in 1999).

Back in 2017 the company opened an office in London and experienced a turnover of £4.5m (a 20% increase on 2016). 

In an Article published by Answer Digital, Founder Gary Parlett spoke about the growth of the company and what works for them, “I’m more interested in the company’s values and reputation for growing talent and the impact that we can create for our clients, rather than just numbers. We have long since stopped projecting growth targets in anything other than the effectiveness of our customer propositions. We are now much more than just a bunch of great techies, the company is structured to attract ambitious sector expertise to lead in areas of Health, Finance and Retail.”

RapidSpike


RapidSpike founded by Robin Hill and Andrew Mason had Tech entrepreneur Gav Winter join them in June 2018 to help accelerate growth. RapidSpike is a digital experience monitoring platform which interacts with online platforms as users do, pinpointing issues and improvements to increase with revenue conversion, user happiness and reduce their carbon footprint. The tool gives insight into website health, speed and performs structural audits, they also detect Magecart type attacks reducing attack time from an average of 12 days down to 5 minutes!

Signin



Founder George Biddle came up with the idea for the Signin app while at University in Leeds and experiencing the challenges posed by the saturated graduate marketplace as well as the trouble some universities have had implementing electronic registration systems for lectures.

George has shown entrepreneurial spirit since the age of 16 when he set up his first profitable venture running events for sixth formers at his school!

While studying at Leeds, he was also awarded a University of Leeds enterprise scholarship, supported by Harrogate internet business InTechnology, and a business start-up award.

2019 is set to be a big year of growth for George and the team, we're excited to see more from them!

Intuitive Learning


The investment from Andrew Cope will allow Intuitive Learning to continue their growth in 2019 including scaling nationwide across product development and sales coverage!

The company has launched its Cognito platform into the automotive sector and already counts large dealer groups and fleet operators amongst its customers. 

Cognito uses digital technology with AI that allows users to learn when and where they want on a device of their choice.

Users of Cognito, it says, see improvements in engagement and an average 38% higher knowledge attainment. 

KwizzBit



KwizzBit is an interactive smartphone quiz for pubs!

It's been a fantastic couple of years for the start-up! KwizzBit have been recognised in the 101 Yorkshire and Humberside based Tech companies!

Biorelate

Biorelate helps scientists solve the most difficult biomedical challenges of today!

Founded in 2014, the company uses AI technology to curate data and information. The companies can then use the data curated data to help in the early stages of drug discovery.

It's been a great year for Biorelate complete with new investment and funding! Their success will no doubt continue in 2019.


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