Michael Common founded Nivo Solutions to help secure and simplify communications between customers and service providers.
Tell us all about your business, in 100 words or less...
We are bringing the convenience and efficiency of messaging to service providers, allowing people to connect with service providers like banks with ease.
And how would you explain it to your Grandma?
You know how you’ve started sending text messages Grandma? Imagine if you could do that securely with your bank, your mortgage provider, your wealth manager, your pensions company, your insurers, your accountant, your solicitor, the local council, your local doctor's surgery and more. No more trying to find phone numbers and sitting on call waiting. And they'll stop filling your house with all that paperwork. It will all be electronically stored on your phone where you can easily find it.
Where did the idea come from?
What motivated you to start your own business? We saw demand for a service like this when we were working at Barclays. Starting a business has always been my ambition.
Have you raised finance so far? If so, how?
We were well-connected from our previous roles and we also went through the prestigious Barclays Techstars Accelerator which linked us into a lot of places.
What are your most and least favourite parts of your job? My favourite part of the job is the opportunity to operate at speed and go for an opportunity that can really make a difference to people's lives. The worst part of the job is dealing with all the admin!
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
How did it feel to be crowned one of TechNorth’s Northern Stars?
Fantastic, it was a great line up so it was a real honour to win.
Which of the prizes do you think will be of most value to you and your business?
The links into local industry and other technology companies like the other winners.
What’s next for you, and where do you see your business in a year?
We are going to launch shortly. In a year we plan to have a number of service providers and their customers using the platform with strong signs of growth. We'll use this to raise more funding to expand and accelerate the client base.