Six-figure funding boost for educational technology specialist

From left: Adam Husband, Owen Napier, Keith Wilde (Computeam)

Up to 20 jobs will be created by Stockport-based Computeam after a six-figure investment from NPIF-FW Capital Debt Finance, managed by FW Capital and part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.

The funding boost will support the firm’s growth strategy, which plans to achieve 40-45% year on year growth this year.

The investment will support Computeam’s bids on a number of major government supply contracts into the education sector, most notably for schools taking advantage of the Department for Education’s Connect the Classroom project.

The programme provides funding for schools in eligible areas to upgrade their wireless network infrastructure.

Computeam provides IT services and products to help schools and multi-academy trusts inspire learners and improve educational outcomes.

Services it provides include IT support, internet connectivity, network installation, audio-visual technology and Cloud technologies, including both Microsoft and Google platforms.

Employing more than 80 staff, Computeam operates from its headquarters in Stockport and has offices in Taunton.

The investment was provided by Adam Husband, senior investment executive at FW Capital.

Computeam CEO, Owen Napier, said: “In the short term the funding is helping us support schools who are taking advantage of the Department for Education’s Connect the Classroom project.

“By upgrading network technology pupils can benefit from faster and more reliable access to online resources which will enhance their learning.”

He added: “The projects we are undertaking present a substantial uptick in our growth. This year we are aiming for 40-45% year on year growth and, long term we aim to double our business by 2025. The working capital from FW Capital is making a key difference in supporting our plans.”

Adam Husband said: “Computeam are trusted specialists in the sector and work in partnership with a variety of education providers across the UK.

“Computeam’s ethos is centred on improving educational outcomes using technology and this investment will help drive this further.”

Keira Shepperson, at British Business Bank, said: “Investment into the education of children, particularly in terms of digitalisation, is both a long term and worthy venture.

“During the pandemic, the benefits of digitalised classrooms became prevalent, yet it was apparent that a digital divide existed across schools in the North of England. Funding from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund into Computeam will help address these issues, playing a role in providing children with a better overall education and enhanced opportunities for their future.”

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