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Lancashire software provider triples workforce

A Lancashire childcare software provider has tripled its workspace in a move designed to help create 30 jobs.

Private investment of £2.5m has allowed Connect Childcare to spend £260,000 on the premises, people and products required to forge ahead with its growth plans.

The move to a 9,000 sq ft open plan office on the Lomeshaye Industrial Estate in Nelson has already proved to have a positive impact.

Founder and chief executive Chris Reid said: "Our former home was just over 3,000 sq ft and we really were working on top of each other, which wasn't good for staff morale, and we couldn't wait to move.

"For us, the important thing was to bring the team together as one and encourage collaborative working, yet in a fun, modern, fit-for-purpose environment."

The company is now in the process of developing its existing platforms to ensure future-proofed technology for existing customers and to expand its reach within the sector in coming years.

Reid added: "To date, our focus has been on the enterprise market but with 81,000 childcare providers in the UK, there is a wider audience yet untapped.

"Investment enables us to continue the development of platforms and to retain and attract staff who are fundamental to our growth."

Connect Childcare received investment from The North West Fund in 2012. 

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