The latest news, case studies and blogs from Sunderland Software City and the region’s tech community.

UK first for North East as Apprentice Hub aims to narrow IT skills gap

The UK’s first IT apprentice hub, aimed at closing the well-documented skills gap in the sector, is to launch in the North East. Dynamo, the region’s IT network, has partnered with Baltic Training Services for the initiative, which offers a 15-week Rising Stars programme preparing young adults for roles in

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Getting creative with funding

CREATIVE and digital businesses looking to fund their ventures can get the low-down on some of the options available at a special free event later this month. Organised by creative and digital finance specialist Transmit Start-Ups and sponsored by leading North law firm Ward Hadaway, the Funding Your Creative or

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Sunderland software company doubles staff numbers during bumper year

One of the North East’s fastest-growing tech companies is celebrating another successful year as it looks forward to further growth and the launch of a new product in 2015. Sunderland-based Remarketing specialists SaleCycle have created 50 new jobs in 2014, almost doubling the size of its UK team. During the

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Crowd fund campaign launched to deliver takeaway savings across the UK

A Sunderland digital marketing company has launched an ambitious crowd funding campaign to roll out their innovative takeaway price comparison website across the UK. Takeaways Online, the company behind the online ordering and takeaway comparison website Fast Eat are launching a Crowd Cube campaign to raise £200,000 to help them

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New hub launched to meet demand for digital skills

A new initiative designed to plug the shortage of digital skills in the region has been launched. The North East Tech Skills Hub is a joint venture between Sunderland Software City and the Tech Partnership, the government backed organisation taking forward the work of e-skills UK. The Hub is a

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WorkCast provides the technology for CBI’s flagship annual conference

The CBI, Britain’s premier business lobbying organisation, held its annual conference on Monday, featuring many of Britain’s leading business voices as well as all three main party leaders.  David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband all took to the stage for a keynote speech and the event received wide spread

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North East Fastest Growing Region in UK Knowledge Economy League Table

38% Composite Growth in north east of England Knowledge Economy 25.4 % rise in Knowledge Economy Start-Up Businesses (2010-2012) Third largest knowledge economy in the UK, just behind London and South East The 2014 Knowledge Economy Index has revealed that the North East of England has the fastest growing knowledge

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Digital Agency shortlisted for Living Wage Award

Sunderland digital agency Consult and Design has been shortlisted by the Living Wage Foundation for the Living Wage Champion Award 2014. The award recognises employers that have made great contributions to communities and industries by implementing and celebrating the Living Wage, an hourly rate of pay calculated according to the

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Regional business leaders join together for free master-class in innovation

Over 20 entrepreneurs attend the Innovation Elevator programme at Sunderland Software Centre to learn how to grow their companies. The free two-day business master-class, courtesy of the Business & IP Centre Newcastle, was held in Sunderland. Delegates joining the event participated in six in-depth training sessions from leading experts in

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