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It’s child’s play for Connect as it launches new products

Fund: Venture Capital

Established childcare systems developer Connect Technology is experiencing rapid growth following an investment from The North West Fund for Digital and Creative...

Founded in 2004, Connect Technology is a specialist in the supply, installation and support of management software, time and attendance and security systems to the UK childcare sector. The firm boasts over 1,750 public and private sector users across the UK, and provides continual development to ensure its technology complies with the latest legislation.

The North West Fund investment has enabled the development and release of two new products, iConnect, a gateway for nursery staff to view key room and child profile information; and ParentZone, an innovative smartphone app that displays a Facebook-style timeline of a child's day in nursery.

Since the 2012 investment, the business has moved from its 1,500sq. ft. premises to a new 3,000 sq. ft. office in Burnley. Connect Technology has also boosted its headcount, growing from 13 to 40 members of staff, including a number of senior hires. This has enabled the business to increase turnover.

Chris Reid, CEO at Connect Technology, said: "We are delighted that the investment we received from The North West Fund helped us to bring forward and expand upon our growth plans. The investment enabled us to employ additional, highly skilled staff who have been instrumental in bringing our new innovations to the market for existing and new customers.

"ParentZone and iConnect have already made a big impact on the childcare industry and we are proud that our innovative products have been recognised with some prestigious industry awards.

"Our latest developments have been key to helping us secure contracts with many of the UK's largest nursery chains. We are really excited about the future growth possibilities for our products and company following the investment from The North West Fund."

 

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