London group launches Northern tech hub

ClearCourse, a group of technology brands providing software solutions and an embedded payments platform, has opened a Northern tech hub in Preston.

The group also announced that it will be investing more than £1m in hiring new talent, learning and development as well as upskilling existing staff at the hub.

The Northern tech hub houses three tech firms, EKM, FLG and BrightOffice, all part of the ClearCourse group, which will create ClearCourse’s first regional hub for the development of tech innovation and talent.

The move will see an initial total of around 150 employees across the three businesses working at the site.

It follows the opening of a ClearCourse office in Manchester in August 2021, with its finance and shared services centre, which was set up to support ClearCourse’s businesses and new acquisitions, developing and implementing finance best practice solutions.

John Antunes, ClearCourse’s Group managing director, said: “The new Northern Tech Hub is an exciting next step in ClearCourse’s growth. We’ve always been keen to work with companies across the UK, and we’re establishing the Northern Tech Hub in recognition of the amazing firms in the area, in support of the government’s levelling up agenda. The Hub will help to encourage really exciting sharing of ideas and experience between our firms and will be testament to the huge potential of the North as a really exciting centre for tech growth. We’ve historically had great success in the North West, and we want to continue to expand our footprint across the North and the whole of the UK.”

Julie Gordon, ClearCourse chief people officer, said: “Our £1m investment into people and skills in the North West illustrates the great potential and opportunities that can be found in the region and across the country. Our hub stimulates engagement among employees, fosters collaboration, and enables us to attract the best talent that the region has to offer. The last few years have shown how employees value flexibility and a culture that supports hybrid working. ClearCourse prides itself on an environment that is sociable, creative and active, and we believe that our Northern Tech Hub gives rise to new ideas as well as makes it an attractive concept for talented locals, graduates and apprentices to come and be part of.”