Tech investment network extends strategic partnership with law firm

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Digital and tech start up investment network NorthInvest has extended its strategic partnership with Leeds and Bradford-based law firm Gordons, following a successful three-year relationship.

Gordons has worked with NorthInvest’s senior management team since 2018, supporting its goal to identify, connect and develop early-stage tech start-ups throughout the North of England and enable them to fulfil their potential.

The partnership has now been extended by NorthInvest until 2024.

As sole legal adviser, Gordons advises investors and provides guidance to start-ups to help make sure their business is ready for investment.

With the support of Gordons, NorthInvest has achieved significant growth and helped tech and digital start-ups across in the north to raise angel investment and access crucial support.

Last year alone, NorthInvest facilitated £9m worth of investment in 19 companies.

NorthInvest founding director, Helen Oldham, said: “The last 18 months have been challenging, but it’s been fantastic to see both the motivation of founders and the appetite from angels continue through those difficult times.

“NorthInvest is about enabling start-ups and innovators across the North to access funding, gain recognition and realise their potential.

“Over the past three years, Gordons have supported the achievement of our objectives with their legal expertise and excellent connections throughout the region.

“It therefore makes perfect sense for us to extend the partnership to support our ventures and investors in the North for a further three years.”

Gordons employs 170 people and its emerging companies clients include film production company HTYT, marketing technology platform ContentCal and bid and construction industry software producer C-Link.

Amy Pierechod, who leads Gordons’ relationship with NorthInvest, said: “The North remains a key area for tech and digital talent and our work with NorthInvest demonstrates the potential for this region.

“We work with NorthInvest investors to help make the deal process as streamlined as possible and we are incredibly privileged to be able to help connect northern investors with start-ups at a critical stage in their development.

“We’ve worked with some fantastic businesses already, including award-winning organisations with real potential for growth.

“This renewal for another three years shows our continued commitment to emerging companies and the tech sector in the region.

“Leading the partnership from our side, I’m also keen to help nurture female founders and empower more women to try angel investment.”