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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