Proudly northern July edition

30th July, 2018

We’re proud to be from the North. We’re equally proud to shout about other agencies, industry experts and others pushing the boundaries of courageous creativity and doing great things.

So, here’s a round-up of some of our favourites from July!

  • Leeds was announced as one of three cities shortlisted as potential locations for Channel 4’s new national HQ! This is obviously a fantastic feat as it could potentially create several jobs as well as solidifying Leeds’ status as a tech hub.
  • Manchester-based Northcoders, a Northern coding boot-camp, is urging North West businesses to consider taking on a software developer apprentice after it received almost 10 applications for every available place on its new apprenticeship programme that launched last month. Not so dissimilar to our over-subscribed ‘Finntern’ programme!
  • An urban farming company in Liverpool is boosting efficiency in food production across the region with its new smart sensor. Farm Urban installs and manages innovative, high-tech urban farms to produce low cost food in a sustainable and cost-effective way. The sensor then tracks the changes through a connected online server which displays how the plants are changing. This helps urban farmers to visualise the process and analyse the data to optimise crop yields and quality. A great example of a Northern business developing solutions to societal problems!
  • Keeping with our tech theme, Newcastle city council has announced that the city can become a world leader in the field of using digital technology to transform itself. The council’s cabinet has approved bold plans for a technological revolution on Tyneside, pledging to use digital sensors and data to revolutionise the way it deals with problems like parking and air pollution.

All in all, I think it’s safe to say that there’s some exciting stuff going on in the North and it certainly makes us proud to be a Northern agency!

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