Business leaders back Northern Powerhouse recommendations

North West business leaders have welcomed recommendations outlined in the first official Northern Powerhouse Partnership report. The plan highlights improvements to skills training, infrastructure and broadband provision as key areas the region must address to fulfil its economic potential. The partnership, chaired by former chancellor George Osborne, concludes that the North stands to ... Read More...

Digital skills academy to open in Liverpool

A new £2.5 million digital skills academy is to open in Liverpool this September. Jointly funded by the City of Liverpool College and the government, the facility will offer courses in coding, software development, online marketing and games design. Providing qualifications from level 1 through to higher degree and also catering for ... Read More...

Burlywood Capital’s £97m Football Pools acquisition falls through

Sportech has confirmed that its proposed £97.25 million sale of The Football Pools has collapsed. The company was in talks to offload the long-running betting game to Burlywood Capital LLP, but has today (1 November) revealed that the buyer was unable to complete the transaction. Ian Penrose, Sportech chief executive, says: "Burlywood was unable ... Read More...

Merseyside tech firm secures major investment

Merseyside technology company Vast Visibility has secured significant investment from a European private equity group. The Liverpool-based firm has sold a strategic stake in its business to HgCapital, which has previous involvement in financial technology investment through its ownership of Sequel Business Solutions, Intelliflo and Relay Software. Founded in 2016, Vast Visibility provides custom-engineered software and aggregation ... Read More...