Digital transformation firm set for growth thanks to £1.5m backing

Shaping Cloud - Maurice Disasi, Carlos Oliveira, Will Clark

A Manchester company which specialises in helping public sector bodies achieve digital transformation has secured a £1.4 million investment.

Shaping Cloud works with the NHS, local authorities and other government departments to adopt cloud technology to deliver their digital transformation strategies.

Around £750,000 has come from NPIF – Mercia Equity Finance, which is managed by Mercia Fund Managers and is part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund; £500,000 from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and £150,000 from internal management.

The company’s focus for growth is on its software business and SPINR product, which provides a platform upon which new digital services can be built without the cost of replacing existing systems.

Set up in 2010 by Carlos Oliveira, Shaping Cloud currently employs 18 people and serves clients including NHS Digital, Lancashire and Oxfordshire County Councils, Manchester City Council, the Universities of Sheffield and Nottingham, Homes England, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership and the Northern Care Alliance.

The funding will allow the company to continue to innovate and develop its cloud products and step up its sales and marketing activity.

It is expected to create a further 12 jobs in the coming months.

Chief executive Carlos Oliveira said: “Our ambition as a company is to be part of making digital transformation within the public sector a reality.

“With ambitious targets set out in the government’s transformation strategy and health and social care integration agenda, our experience and products, we believe, make us well placed to support these objectives and transform the digital services delivered by public sector bodies.

“This investment will therefore enable us to continually develop and promote our SPINR product so our customers can benefit from not only service improvements but cost, operational and efficiency advantages as well.

“The additional support will also allow us to invest in and grow the team and become part of the growing number of innovative businesses based in Manchester and driving change.”

Will Clark, Fund Principal at Mercia Fund Managers, added: “Public sector organisations face the challenge of trying to build digital services while running many of their core functions on legacy systems. Shaping Cloud helps them to deliver a modern front end solution whilst also increasing efficiency and reducing costs.

“This additional funding will allow the company to further develop its products and take advantage of the growing market demand.”

Jan Winstanley of Kuits provided legal advice to Shaping Cloud whilst the Fund was advised by Melanie Yeomans of Manchester-based Ward Hadaway.

The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund project is supported financially by the European Union using funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 and the European Investment Bank.

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