The Yorkshire-headquartered firm has been appointed as a Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (Microsoft CSP), having signed a new deal with global distributor Tech Data. Read more here.
The partnership will spotlight quizzing as a force for good, bringing people together virtually to boost morale, mental health and social engagement at a critical time.
The Chase star Paul Sinha and leading quiz tech company SpeedQuizzing have joined forces to encourage more people to take up quizzing, in order to deliver a timely boost to mental health and social engagement. Paul, is currently hosting his own primetime quiz show for ITV called Paul Sinha’s TV Showdown featuring a host of well-known celebrities. Read more here.
eviFile’s agile digital data workflow solution is currently used by major contractors and service providers across the UK and has provided ground-breaking solutions for Network Rail, SPL, United Utilities, and Drax.
Founded in 2018, Cambridge-headquartered AI company Nodes and Links is backed by world-leading investors alongside prominent universities. Read more here.
Leeds-headquartered software and security specialist IDS Group has been accredited with the Government-backed Cyber Essentials Plus scheme certification.
Part of the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy — developed alongside the Information Assurance for Small and Medium Enterprises (IASME) — the endorsement demonstrates IDS Group’s commitment to protecting its products, services and clients against online security threats.
The Cyber Essentials Plus certificate is further supported by leading industry bodies including the Federation of Small Businesses and the CBI and is a government requirement for many contracts within the NHS, MOD and public sector. Read more.....
An award-winning social media agency has increased its client retention rate whilst also saving ‘heaps of time’, thanks to Beacon.
Founded in 2014, Shoo Social Media creates results-driven Facebook and Instagram advertising strategies to help its clients increase brand awareness and generate a strong Return on Investment [ROI]. With a vast amount of time consumed by reporting and analysis of advertising spend, the West Yorkshire-based firm wanted to provide in-depth analysis of client campaigns and enable the team to make well-informed decisions on ad spend.
Using Beacon, Shoo is now saving hours of valuable time on monthly reporting, enabling the team to add more value to each client with enhanced campaign planning and measurement, increasing retention as a result. Read more here.
Noel Kennedy has been recruited to the newly-created role at the Horsforth-based company, which designs, manufactures and installs digital, LED and retail displays for a range of clients across the UK and Europe.
UXG Managing Director Alistair Wright: “We’re delighted to have brought Noel on board as we set ourselves up for what is set to be a big year for UXG. His experience, knowledge and network of contacts are second-to-none, and I’m looking forward to working closely with him to build our presence within existing sectors and explore opportunities to expand into new markets.”
Read more: https://leeds.tech/digital-solutions-provider-uk-global-uxg-appoints-head-of-sales-and-marketing/
An innovative technology business based in Leeds has been chosen to advise the Government on a new code of practice to regulate competition in the industry.
Beacon, which has offices on Dock Street, has become part of the Digital Markets Taskforce [DMT], put together by the Competitions and Market Authority [CMA] to advise the government on regulating the behaviour of platforms that currently dominate digital markets, such as Google and Facebook.
This comes following growing concerns in the government and across the digital marketing industry about the unfair advantage of tech giants and will see the dedicated Digital Markets Unit work closely with regulators including Ofcom and the Information Commissioner’s Office to introduce and enforce a new code.
Read more: https://leeds.tech/beacon-chosen-to-advise-government-on-industry-regulation/
The digital divide has been exacerbated by coronavirus, with many school children lacking the means to join online lessons. With Leeds now under Tier 3 restrictions and thousands of pupils likely to be self-isolating in the months ahead, there is an urgent need for those from more challenging social backgrounds to be properly equipped to learn remotely.
More information about Leeds Tech Angels, including how to donate tech kit, can be found at tech-angels.net
Wolfenden strengthens board and makes two senior hires
Digital marketing agency Wolfenden has appointed Meghan Burton as Operations Director and Emma Barnes as Senior Data & Insights Strategist, in two senior appointments which have seen the agency widen and strengthen its offering.
Meghan Burton joins from Epiphany (now Jaywing) where she was most recently Production Director, having also been the agency’s Director of SEO for over four years.
Emma Barnes also joins the now 31-strong agency from her previous role as Senior Analytics Strategist at Edit.
Photograph is Ben and Daisy Wolfenden.
BUILD is a new entrepreneurship programme from Leeds City Region's MIT REAP (Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program), and we've just opened applications for early stage founders within Leeds City Region with business ideas that mix profit and purpose.
We're on the lookout for people who have brilliant business ideas to solve the big problems that matter to our community and to our world. Successful BUILD applicants will benefit from the shared knowledge of, and connections to, world class experts and over 30 of Leeds City Region’s most successful entrepreneurs. Read more on our News page here.
Starts 18 January 2021.
Duke Studios are offering students who are desk-based creatives 50% off co-working space, which means the cost is only £57.50 per month.
Working alongside like-minded folk in a safe yet inspiring space is crucial to creative learning, and some students will have missed that so far this year.
The contract on offer is a rolling monthly one and includes free meeting space as well as discounts at Sheaf St Bar & Cafe.
Any student who is a 'clean-use, desk-based creative' is warmly welcomed to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more and/or book a tour of the premises.
The re-branding and change of name of this Leeds agency pays tribute to its Founder Ben Wolfenden. When Ben started the company in 2011, he had already built and sold an agency to WPP in South East Asia. Wife Daisy joined him in the business in 2015, since when the company has doubled in size and now has a team of 26.
Wolfenden's main specialism is search marketing, which has produced strong financial growth this year and surpassed £1m in turnover, with revenue in recent months having increased by 45%. Quite and achievement in a year which is exceptional by other standards, too! Clients include Seasalt Cornwall, Kiddies Kingdom, Terrys Fabrics and Lakelovers.
Founded by Joshua Atkins in 2008 at the age of 15 after working on Messenger Plus Live! plugins and skins, Jublo has since grown into a digital technology company and expanded into global language translations in 2016. As a certified UK translation and digital technology company, we work with over 160 people across 39 countries and several time zones.Joshua previously worked as Head of Technology at Force24, before joining Sky Betting and Gaming as a Senior Engineer & Solutions Architect and moved into the full time role of Managing Director from April 2019. The company recently welcomed Laura Kenny on board to head up the marketing team at Jublo, as well as moving into Bruntwood’s SciTech Platform. Exciting times.Jublo is looking forward to getting more involved in the Leeds Tech community.
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Kane Fulton of Tech Nation reveals how the Leeds Digital Festival team is a leading example of the resourcefulness, resilience and dynamism of the tech community in the Leeds City Region. You can read the details over at Tech Nation.
Nic Redfern, Finance Director of Know Your Money, has identified Leeds' rising status as a Fintech hub, recognising the City as a viable alternative to London for those companies established in the sector or starting up.
With the uncertainties which remain post-Brexit, Nic recognises that, in the right location, tenacious tech companies can survive the initial years and thrive in the longer term.