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A Manchester digital company which helps businesses manage high and variable website traffic demands for customers such as ao.com and Ted Baker, has secured a £900,000 investment in a syndicated investment round.

Intechnica has been backed by Mercia Technologies PLC, the Greater Manchester Investment Fund and three business angels. Mercia completed the investment in Intechnica after being introduced to the company through its fund management subsidiary, Enterprise Ventures, which had previously invested in the company through the North West Fund for Venture Capital in 2013.

Founded in 2006 by Jeremy Gidlow and Andy Still, the company has developed its core product, TrafficDefender, which seeks to become the market leader in Traffic and Digital Experience Management. Core features of the product allow businesses to optimise both human and non-human website traffic, protect against automated threats and manage the effects of spikes caused by promotions and sales.

Intechnica employs 65 people and works with high-profile clients including Pets at Home, William Hill, and Avis.

In addition to focusing on the future development of TrafficDefender, the company has continued to build a strong services business that works with clients to improve application performance and deliver technical advisory and transformation services.

This latest funding round included investment from Charlie Sharland and Tony Bolland, who were the driving forces behind Appsense which was sold to US tech giant, Landesk, in early 2016 and also Mike Gibbons, founder and former Managing Director of Mobica.

Jeremy Gidlow, Managing Director of Intechnica, said: “It is exceptionally pleasing that our organisation continues to attract investors that demonstrate their commitment and belief in our innovative software and global ambitions. Our products and services provide solutions to the challenges of managing and optimising human and non-human web traffic, and this latest investment will help us tap into international markets as well as boosting our client base in the UK.”

Mark Wyatt, Investment Director at Mercia, said: “Mercia is pleased to support Intechnica as it continues to scale and build a solid product revenue stream. Intechnica has already secured an impressive customer base and we are really excited to see the business develop and expand further into international markets.”

A fast-growing Southport company which produces futuristic learning spaces for schools and training centres has secured £150,000 funding from The North West Fund for Venture Capital, managed by Enterprise Ventures, to help it expand.

Immersive Interactive was founded by technology experts David Salt and Chris Porter, who have been joined by four new staff members in the past three months. It is now exporting to Italy and the UAE and expects to double its turnover in the year ahead. This is the second round of investment by the fund, which also provided £100,000 when the company started trading three years ago.

Immersive Interactive’s products range from educational software programs to complete interactive learning environments which bring stories to life through the use of sound, smell and interactive visuals projected on to the walls.

These ‘immersive spaces’ have proved popular with the education sector, particularly special needs schools, and are now also being used in the medical field to simulate accident and emergency scenes and provide more realistic training for first aiders and paramedics.

The company, which is chaired by Matt Johnson, co-founder of Liverpool-based Mando Group, has clients throughout the UK and resellers in Spain, Italy, the Middle East, Hong Kong and Australia.

Will Clark of Enterprise Ventures said: “The market for educational technology is growing internationally. There is a demand for more immersive and engaging systems in schools, as the increasing use of tablets, touch screens and ebooks shows. Immersive Interactive has attracted international interest and is expanding rapidly. This funding will allow it to fulfil its current orders and explore opportunities in new markets such as the medical sector.”

Chris Porter said: “We are extremely grateful to Enterprise Ventures and The North West Fund. The initial investment enabled us to start up and develop our products, while this latest round provides additional support at a time of rapid growth.” 

The company was advised by Robin Hastings of Bermans and Nathan Heathcliff-Core of Verus while the Fund was advised by Harriet Sutherland of Ward Hadaway.

The North West Fund for Venture Capital is part of the £155m North West Fund and is financed jointly by the European Regional Development Fund and the European Investment Bank.

A Liverpool technology start-up which has developed a way to safeguard Wi-Fi networks and devices from cyber attacks has secured £350,000 investment from The North West Fund for Venture Capital, managed by Enterprise Ventures, to help bring its technology to market.

Traffic Observation via Management Ltd (TOM) was founded by telecoms expert Professor Alan Marshall of the University of Liverpool, who is leading a team developing a range of software and hardware products which can monitor Wi-Fi networks, report additional networks operating within the area and highlight abnormal activity. Their work is based on over a decade of earlier research carried out at Queen’s University, Belfast.

In 2014 the team hit the headlines worldwide when they demonstrated the first threat to Wi-Fi systems from viruses that could spread from site to site over the air.

The launch of TOM’s SpriteGuardTM range of products comes amidst growing concern about the security of public Wi-Fi networks and Wi-Fi-enabled devices such as point of sale terminals and handsets. An increasing number of organisations now offer free Wi-Fi – from cafes and pubs to banks, supermarkets and transport networks. However such networks are known to be vulnerable to malicious attacks and theft of data from users connected to them.

There have also been a number of high-profile incidents where customers’ credit card details have been stolen as a result of malware introduced via a point of sale terminal. Meanwhile a survey by BT found that more than 40% of UK businesses had suffered a security breach via work mobile phones over a 12-month period.

Professor Marshall, who is the university’s Head of Department for Electrical Engineering & Electronics, said: “Wi-Fi has now become ubiquitous, and is used in almost every aspect of our daily lives. Consequently ensuring the security of these networks and maintaining privacy for the clients that use them has become a key issue, particularly for public and open networks, where the challenge is to balance security against the convenience offered by Wi-Fi Internet access.”

Doug Stellman of Enterprise Ventures said: “TOM’s technology offers a proven and low-cost way for Wi-Fi providers such as hotels, banks and retailers to monitor and safeguard their networks. The company has already attracted interest from Wi-Fi equipment suppliers as well as companies that install and manage Wi-Fi systems for other companies, or which provide free Wi-Fi to customers directly.

“The funding will enable TOM to bring its SpriteGuardTM product range to market, develop pilot projects in all the key industry sectors, establish partnerships with Wi-Fi providers and licensees and attract further rounds of funding.”

The North West Fund for Venture Capital is part of the £155m North West Fund and is financed jointly by the European Regional Development Fund and the European Investment Bank.