Digital Union’s news from the North East

Digital Union’s news from the North East

We catch up with members of the North East’s Digital Union, to find out what’s making the news in their world.

New man at helm of tech innovator

An ambitious tech company has appointed a new CEO to drive its international growth.

Technically Compatible, a Sunderland Software Centre based business that helps recruiters make better hires and CTOs build better teams, has announced that sales director Mike Rohan, who was appointed earlier this year, will step into a new role as chief executive officer, as the company looks to exploit international opportunities, following support from North Star Ventures.  

Councillor Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: "Technically Compatible is a trailblazing business and it is clear that Mike has made a huge impact since joining its expanding team. 

“The expansion seen by the business is hugely impressive, and the fact that it is exporting around the world, and with that, taking the name of Sunderland far and wide, is fantastic.”

The Last Druid comes first, thanks to Everything Different

Everything Different has helped first time author Glen Hall, hit the top of the book charts in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada with his debut fantasy novel trilogy, 'The Last Druid'. Glen Hall became the only indie author to break the top 100 with the first book in the series, The Fall.

Glen asked Newcastle based creative marketing group, Everything Different to help make the most of social media channels to promote the book and raise funds for Cash for Kids, the charity which will receive proceeds from the sales.

An innovative digital social media video and on-line fan network campaign has helped Glen build on his strong Facebook following and expand into other channels including Twitter, build engagement and manage the release of his first novel both before and after launch. The campaign focused on building relationships with followers and tapping into existing fan networks within the sci-fi and fantasy communities. Everything Different provided know-how for the first time author to connect with influencers to maximum effect.

Newcastle-based software team empower micro-businesses with new free app

Development studio Powerhouse Software have launched an app which aims to change the way bookkeepers and accountants interact with their small business clients.

Available exclusively on the App Store, the app, aptly named ‘ins+outs’ has been designed to easily track income and expenditure, giving users a glance of their business profit and loss at any time on their iPhone.

The company's research into its latest innovation found that keeping an eye on business income and expenditure can be a headache, and for some; a complicated task that repeatedly prevents small businesses focusing on what they do best.

When asked about the reason behind the app, Creative Lead - David Todd, explained: "Many bookkeeping solutions claim to help smaller businesses, but more often than not, companies are priced out with some basic plans starting at over £20 a month. We've designed the app especially for the micro-businesses, sole traders, clubs and associations.”

Local tech​ firm​ ​bet​ on​ ​Junior​ ​Swimming​ ​Champion ​Emily​ ​

Bede​ ​Gaming,​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​fastest​ ​growing​ ​tech​ ​firms​ ​in​ ​the​ ​North​ ​East,​ ​has​ ​thrown​ ​its​ ​backing behind​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​region’s​ ​junior​ ​swimming​ ​stars.​ ​Emily​ ​Large​ ​is​ ​the​ ​European​ ​Junior Champion​ ​for​ ​200m​ ​Butterfly,​ ​in​ ​which​ ​she​ ​also​ ​holds​ ​the​ ​British​ ​record​ ​for​ ​her​ ​age​ ​group, which​ ​she​ ​set​ ​at​ ​the​ ​European​ ​Junior​ ​Swimming​ ​Championships​ ​in​ ​Hungary​ ​last​ ​year. 

The​ ​hugely​ ​talented​ ​Ponteland​ ​teenager,​ ​who​ ​swims​ ​for​ ​Newcastle​ ​Swim​ ​Team​ ​and​ ​is coached​ ​by​ ​Ryan​ ​Livingston,​ ​is​ ​a​ ​rising​ ​star​ ​in​ ​the​ ​swimming​ ​world​ ​with​ ​two​ ​other​ ​British short​ ​course​ ​records​ ​to​ ​her​ ​name​ ​in​ ​the​ ​200m​ ​Butterfly​ ​and​ ​400m​ ​Individual​ ​Medley.​ ​She​ ​is the​ ​current​ ​British​ ​National​ ​champion​ ​for​ ​her​ ​age​ ​group​ ​in​ ​50​ ​/​ ​100​ ​/​ ​200m​ ​Butterfly. 

EGGER come on board as new Enigma Interactive client

After a string of new client wins and new additions, Newcastle digital agency, Enigma Interactive, has added another company to its list of great organisations their working with in a bid to improve its digital presence.

EGGER is a global company founded in 1961 in Tyrol, Austria, and they specialise in wood-based panel products and are one of the world's leading manufacturers of chipboards, MDF and laminates.

EGGER's marketing team approached Enigma with the idea of creating a website as a fun and informative way of disseminating derails of the benefits of their products to their network of sellers.

Enigma Interactive is currently building an interactive education website that uses gamification to help them highlight the features and benefits of their products.


Blu Sky Chartered Accountants Unveil Free Educational Videos

The North Shields based Blu Sky say its passion is to help ambitious businesses achieve success and growth. As Xero platinum partners, it has vast experience of cloud accounting and how to gear finance processes to support a business as it scales up.

Blu Sky has helped continues to help businesses in process design, coaching and mentoring, financial planning and forecasting, corporate finance, exit strategies and business valuations.

In its bid to give something back, it has released three videos this month to highlight how they work with start ups, growing businesses and the third with experienced businesses.


Domaincheck appoint new head of business development

Domaincheck have handpicked a new Head of Business Development. Kevin Richardson, an IT graduate, previously worked for the company as Systems Administrator and has re-joined the Newcastle team.

After 5 years working in business development in China and Asia, Kevin has returned to the UK and is keen to be part of Domaincheck’ s vision to help people transition from traditional poor performing shared web hosting to new Cloud Servers, offering more growth potential, power and security all with good value and great expertise.

Domaincheck has been delivering premium Internet services from its Newcastle base for over 22 years. Its team specialises in applying expertise to its clients’ headaches; and take the time to work out the best solutions using a collaborative approach. Domaincheck provides Cloud Servers, Domain Names, Website and Email Hosting, Datacentre Services and Web Security to fit any budget.