An initiative from @LondonTechWeek and UK Tech Cluster Group highlights the critical levelling up taking place across the UK #Tech ecosystem showing how these regions are playing an increasingly important role.
- New reports from London Tech Week highlight how the North East, Yorkshire & Humber, Scotland and Northern Ireland are fast becoming vibrant and thriving tech hotspots, with Yorkshire & The Humber Driving EdTech Innovation
- These first four reports lead the charge on LTW’s new ‘12 Clusters of Tech’ initiative, which is mapping the UK tech sector in its entirety for the first time
- As well as championing the country’s tech movers and shakers, the initiative serves as a unique resource for investors, the media and other stakeholders in tech
The North East of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Yorkshire & Humber are fast becoming new powerhouses for UK tech innovation.
Leading global tech brands are choosing to set up in these areas, which are also now fertile breeding grounds for some of the very best startups and SMEs in the sector.
The encouraging geographical shift is highlighted in the first four reports from the ‘12 Clusters of Tech initiative’, which is definitively mapping the whole of UK tech.
These reports are the first in a series of twelve, which together will show key technology trends and provide an invaluable guide to every corner of Britain’s tech community.
The reports show the rise of different types of tech across the regions. In the North East, AI and immersive tech are flourishing. In Northern Ireland, HealthTech and Fintech are dominating and in Scotland cyber security and mobility as a service are growing fast.
Recent research from GP Bullhound highlights that the fastest-growing northern tech companies are well distributed across the whole of the region — but particularly in the North West and Yorkshire.
Additionally, according to a recent survey, London and Manchester are neck and neck as the top destinations when it comes to tech workers choosing where to locate, with 18% and 15% respectively settling for the two locations — demonstrating that London is no longer the automatic choice for tech in the UK.
To date, there are over 12 technology businesses which have been founded in the North that have reached unicorn status, including e-commerce giants The Hut Group and Boohoo.
Digital Minister, Caroline Dinenage, said:
“It is great to see the growth of the tech sector across the UK’s regions and nations helping to create jobs, attract investment and drive economic recovery.
“The 12 Clusters of Tech Report gives valuable insight into our regional tech specialisms and will help us develop effective policy as we work to make the UK the best place to start and grow a digital business.”
London Tech Week Festival Director, Suzy Pallett, said:
“This initiative is all about shining a spotlight on the whole of the UK and celebrating the very best of tech, to take our understanding of what this country has to offer a stage further.
“The first four reports make fascinating reading and show clearly that every part of the UK we have visited so far has something impressive to offer. There is much to be proud of and a genuine depth of talent, which will no doubt play a key role in helping rebuild our economy during these difficult times.”
Dr David Dunn, Chair, UK Tech Cluster Group, said:
“I am delighted we have partnered with London Tech Week on the development of 12 Clusters of Tech. We are highlighting some of the amazing companies from across the UK and showcasing technology to the rest of the world.
“From exciting startups to established employment powerhouses, there is a lot to revere across our ecosystems and we are proud to tell the story of UK tech by spotlighting the businesses leading the charge.”
12 Clusters of Tech Reports will follow for:
- North West (January)
- Wales (February)
- West Midlands (March)
- East Midlands (April)
- East of England (May)
- London (June)
- South East (July), and
- South West (August)
Tech businesses, large or small, who are passionate about the sector and interested in being featured in upcoming reports should get in touch.
YORKSHIRE AND THE HUMBER REPORT (click here to download full report and quotes)
While often seen as the heartland of traditional industries, Yorkshire and the Humber is also a hotbed of disruption, where technology is transforming everything from healthcare and transportation to energy and professional services.
The region is the birthplace of global success stories spanning verticals from games and education to telecoms and hardware. International brands such as Rolls Royce, Boeing, McLaren, Nestle, Siemens, Reckitt Benckiser and Channel 4 have all come to the region to take advantage of local expertise.
The spirit of innovation in Yorkshire and the Humber is also evidenced by a vibrant pipeline of technology start-ups, along with a variety of incubator and accelerator programmes. Recent start-up successes encompass the Internet of Things (IoT), cyber-security, data analytics, virtual reality, robotics, machine learning and AI, and sensor technology.
Crisp – Leeds-based Crisp is a global leader in providing 24/7/365 early-warning risk intelligence for leading brands, global enterprises and social media platforms, protecting over $4.5 trillion of market capitalisation worldwide.
As a result, Crisp contributes to the safe, daily online experiences of over two billion users, covering an estimated 450 million children.
Zoo Digital helps its clients to successfully navigate the challenges of distributing content on a global scale. Backed by a proprietary ecosystem of production and management platforms, ZOO delivers the end-to-end localisation and media services required to ready content for audiences around the world. ZOO provides these services, such as dubbing, subtitling, audio description and media processing, to the biggest names in global entertainment including Disney, Netflix and ViacomCBS.
KCOM’s Ultrafast broadband (Lightstream) had already contributed nearly half a billion pounds to Hull and East Yorkshire’s economy, when the provider announced the completion of its initial full fibre broadband rollout in 2019. KCOM’s £85m project had put Hull on the map as the UK’s first full-fibre city. In January 2020, KCOM announced ambitious plans to invest a further £100 million to deliver the benefits of Ultrafast broadband to tens of thousands more homes and businesses across the Humber region.
At the heart of Yorkshire’s many success stories is their ability to innovate across a wide range of industries. This is supported by centres such as the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre in Huddersfield, the AMRC and AWRC in Sheffield, C4DI in Hull and Science City York, where the Digital Creativity Labs bring together over 100 partners and 30 researchers from multiple disciplines to deliver impact from research in the games and media industries. Similarly, Leeds has a cluster around data, where organisations such as Data Mill North, the Open Data Institute and Leeds Institute for Data Analytics are harnessing the power of big data.
The Data Shed is an award-winning consultancy specialising in data integration and analytical projects. Focused on driving value and insight, they create technical solutions which enable clients to make better informed decisions.
3Squared’s mission is to enable the transportation sector to become safer, greener and more efficient through digitalisation. The multi-award-winning company has grown to become a major player in the railway market, providing a range of software to the industry via its RailSmart suite of applications, which cover areas such as train operations, compliance, safety and performance monitoring. The firm is now increasingly involved in the use of machine learning and data analytics for making performance gains.
Sauce has become one of the outstanding success stories of Hull’s C4DI incubator, growing from a loose collection of three friends to a rapidly-expanding team of 30. The Sauce team are experts in deploying Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and developing serverless infrastructure to capture data to power Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other advanced applications. Sauce specialises in working with large, traditional businesses as their in-house digital disruptors, enabling global corporates to keep ahead of the technology curve.
Ones to Watch
The entrepreneurial spirit is strong in the region, supported by a network of specialist accelerators (such as IoT Tribe in Barnsley) and programmes to link start-ups with research expertise within universities. All of the cities and larger towns have hubs that provide flexible workspaces and co- working, backed up with business support offers to help new ideas get off the ground. Across the region there is a strong “Tech for Good” ethos, with new companies and social enterprises addressing problems around wellbeing, clean energy and climate change.
Calbot is an enterprise meeting scheduler, enabling users to arrange meetings in seconds. Created by Leeds University graduate Taras Lanchev, Calbot is a simple and intuitive tool which privately and securely brings everyone’s availability into one unified view and uses AI to determine the best time to meet, even taking into account different time zones.
Mina Energy aims to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles by making it easier for fleet operators and individual owners to manage the cost and logistics of charging their cars. By providing simple, subscription-based services together with the latest home charger technology, Mina radically simplifies energy payments and encourages users to charge cost- effectively.
NFire Labs is a leading product design and rapid manufacturing company supplying some of the world’s largest brands with rapid prototyping, advanced manufacturing and development of bespoke 3D printers. Founded straight from school by Young Engineer of Great Britain Alex Youden, the team has grown rapidly as their products and services are used by Reckitt Benckiser, GSK, Nestle, Siemens and more. NFire Labs has also been working on innovative products to combat Covid-19.
Hotspot specialities identified in the report for this region include Edtech, HealthTech and Smart Manufacturing.
Edtech – in just 10 years, Twinkl has grown from an evening “side project” into the largest repository of digital teaching materials in the world. Supporting teachers, nursery workers, home educators, parents and more, Twinkl’s high-quality resources are estimated to be used by over 200m children each year. The educational publisher now has more than 710 team members worldwide with headquarters across two Sheffield offices and an Australian base in Wollongong. The firm is also a pioneer in using Augmented Reality to enhance learning experiences.
Synap is an intelligent online examination and revision platform that helps organisations deliver personalised, effective and engaging training at scale. The Leeds-based EdTech company began life as a simple quiz app created by two students, and has grown to work with a range of clients from high growth start-ups to international names including The University of Law, The Medical Defence Union, and Daimler. In response to the challenges to traditional examination methods posed by Covid, Synap developed its software to be used for high stakes remote exams.
Healthtech – building digital technologies to transform diagnostic healthcare is at the heart of X-Lab’s company ethos. For 15 years, X-Lab has prioritised efficiency, patient-safety, cost-reduction, data quality, speed of care, and provision at scale, by delivering outstanding software as a service. With 90% UK market share and their core proven-product, Labgnostic (or NPEx in the UK), mandated for the UK’s COVID-19 testing response, X-Lab have plans to offer their unique and crucial product to the worldwide diagnostics community.
MyPathway – Originally set up as an innovation agency by Yorkshire Forward in 2006, the company won its first contract in 2007 and became independent in 2010. It has since developed a variety of digital communication products for healthcare. Its MyPathway application provides a secure way for patients to connect with clinicians and services, making the patient’s healthcare journey much easier to manage.
The revolutionary Moodbeam allows users to log how they feel through its self reporting technology. The information transfers to a companion app or multiple user dashboard, giving the individual user, or organisation if within work, a real time wellbeing score. Having gone through two funding rounds, the team is now about to launch a new exciting model for organisations which reflects their traction within a broad range of sectors from front line medical staff to construction site personnel.
Smart Manufacturing (Industry 4.0) – Elements Technology is a multi-award winning software developer that creates software products for manufacturing SMEs. It enables manufacturers to become more organised and agile businesses from shop floor to top floor, using apps that transform phones and tablets into simple and inexpensive tools to track, view and manage production, allowing manufacturers to digitise their factories without disruption. The company won investment from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.
Tribosonics – Tribology is the science of wear, friction and lubrication. Addressing friction and wear in manufacturing and industry increases productivity and reduces energy consumption and CO2 emissions. Tribosonics develops and employs innovative ultrasonic technologies to measure and monitor a wide range of engineering applications in the fields of power generation, Formula One, manufacturing, nuclear, medical, petrochemical, aerospace and civil engineering.
Pagabo is a framework and technology provider that makes procurement quicker, simpler and more effective. Pagabo is committed to driving real change for communities, with works procured through its frameworks contributing almost £3bn of SV to date. They are leading an industry-wide ‘The Future of Construction’ initiative to pioneer fresh ideas and innovations that embrace new technology and advanced manufacturing methods.
NORTH EAST REPORT (click here to download full report and quotes)
The North East is home to an exciting array of world class tech companies and distinguished technologists and boasts enviable expertise stretching right across the region.
“The region’s five universities, combined with its lower cost of living and a range of business hubs attracting investors, accelerators, mentors and business support facilitators, mean that the North East’s startups, scaleups and established leaders are together transforming the face of the region and having a sustained impression on the world,” said Carolyn Dawson, Managing Director of Informa Tech (London Tech Week).
The North East repeatedly proves itself as an attractive inward investment destination, with the likes of Nissan and Ubisoft choosing to headquarter their European division in the region.
Established leaders in the region also include those who started their life in the North East and have since grown into some of the biggest tech companies in the UK. The report highlights Sage – a FTSE-100 software giant launched by graduates almost 40 years ago, Sunderland-based tombola – Britain’s biggest online bingo tech company and Durham-based Atom Bank, one of Britain’s most innovative FinTech forces.
North East tech scaleups operate across a diverse range of sectors and localities, from robotics in rural Northumberland to software innovation in Gateshead’s immersive quarter. The 2020 Northern Tech 100, which showcases the one hundred fastest-growing firms in the north of England, saw the North East punch above its weight, with fifteen companies featuring on the list.
The report highlights Sunderland-based SalesCycle (with clients including Dyson, Hertz, Interflors and Puma) as a key success story, which attributes the region’s talent pool and tech community to its ability to scale. Newcastle-based product sampling pioneer SoPost’s is also highlighted – the company’s 99% revenue growth rate saw it ranked in the 2020 Northern Tech 100. Middlesbrough-based digital entertainment firm Double Eleven is also called out, which is working with world-renowned IPs (including Minecraft Dungeons with Microsoft and Prison Architect with Paradox) and publishing the highly anticipated Rust Console Edition.
Ones to Watch
Newcastle-based pioneering EdTech startup globalbridge is highlighted as one to watch. The company saw 15,000 new students sign up to their talent platform connecting young people with employers, apprenticeships and universities since the beginning of the first lockdown.
Newcastle University spinout Changing Health is another rising star having been chosen by NHS England to develop its Healthy Living service, a free digital programme for the 3.4 million people living with Type 2 diabetes in the UK.
Darlington-based Paid is also called out. The company is working with some of the UK’s largest companies to redefine how they work with suppliers and has its sights set on world-wide potential for redefining how business is done.
The North East’s tech hotspot specialities identified in the report include AI, Immersive and Industry 4.0 (smart manufacturing).
In AI, the region is seeing the likes of Newcastle’s Caspian using AI to automate financial crime investigation processes. Partnerize, also based in Newcastle, is using AI alongside machine learning and analytics to help leading companies optimise their online advertising. Meanwhile, Gateshead-based Wordnerds is combining AI with old-school linguistics to make sense of the millions of online content written about – and by – big brands and their competitors.
The North East’s immersive cluster of expertise is characterised by a large number of video game companies and immersive developers working on international contracts – the likes of Sunderland’s Coastsink, Newcastle’s Zerolight and Animmersion based in Middlebrough.
Plus, the North East is home to PROTO, Europe’s first centre for emerging technology and featuring the region’s first immersive lab. The region is recognised as a magnet for the latest tech startups and SMEs who have moved to these spaces to collaborate on large contracts. Plans are also underway for an immersive tech incubation space and a state-of-the-art arena and conference centre.
The North East has always had strong roots in the manufacturing and construction industries and is recognised within the report for its expertise in Industry 4.0 (smart manufacturing). Companies including Sunderland-based Hyperdrive Innovation, Blyth-based Tharsus and Tascomp in Stockton-on-Tees are just three called out as leading the way in this space.
SCOTLAND REPORT (click here to download full report and quotes)
Scotland’s data, digital and technology industries are called out within the report for leading the accelerated commercial development of deep technologies like 5G, artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum computing.
The region boasts top universities and innovation centres, which are ensuring the very best expertise and talent. Plus, Edinburgh was recently named the UK’s top city for start-ups and attracts more foreign investment than any other tech cluster in the UK outside of London.
Investors from around the globe are coming to Scotland to explore new and emerging opportunities; Microsoft, JP Morgan and Amazon to name only some.
There are also established home-grown leaders, like Edinburgh’s FreeAgent. One of the UK’s largest and most popular online accounting services, the company cites the region’s great transport infrastructure, affordable business premises costs, talent, training and tech incubators as draws.
Outplay, which develops and publishes games for social and mobile platforms, chose to establish its global headquarters in Dundee over America and Europe for similar reasons, and also calls out the region’s high quality of life and support from Scottish development International and Scottish Enterprise.
Similarly, Leidos – a strategic supplier to the UK and Scottish governments and leader in IT solutions to the national security, transport, logistics and energy sectors – has chosen to be headquartered in Glasgow.
Scotland benefits from an exceptional network of informed angel investors, and a range of early stage funding such as SMART awards and Scottish Edge grants.
There are three scale-ups recognised for making waves and standout moves in the region; Condatis (a StieKit Company) based in the Isle of Skye, which specialises in identity solutions, Incremental Group in Glasgow which helps organisations to undergo digital transformation and Edinburgh’s Dayshape, which was named Scotland’s fastest-growing tech company last year by Deloitte’s Fast50.
All three call out Scotland’s wealth of high-calibre talent and capabilities, which they attribute to its world-leading universities. They also cite the region’s training programmes, start-up community and support from organisations like ScotlandIS as contributing to their growth and why they are choosing to stay in this hub of digital innovation and collaboration.
Ones to Watch
There is plenty of support in Scotland to attract and help startups. The region is home to a great range of technology incubators including CodeBase and Elevator, and accelerators like SeedHaus and CivTech. The region’s new business support and advice services, experienced mentors and investors, a highly talented workforce and access to financial capital is allowing Scotland to capitalise on the innovation Scotland has been rightly famous for.
Scotland’s tech hotspot specialities are identified as data, cyber and mobility as a Service (MaaS).
Scotland’s thriving data sector is set to be worth £20 billion over the next five years. Data is the engine behind all IoT and AI solutions and is the focus of the Edinburgh-based Data-Driven Innovation initiative, which aims to position Edinburgh as the data capital of Europe.
Deepminer, based in Aberdeen, is a key player. The company has built a pioneering, AI disrupting search engine that is pushing the boundaries of Natural Language Processing and computer science. Glasgow-based simulation software company Simul8 was born out of a tech hub in Glasgow and remains there today, citing the city as being an amazing place to be an international business. Similarly, Ecometrica, an award-winning environmental software-as-a-service provider based in Edinburgh, is turning the vast and growing streams of observation data from space, air and land into actionable insights for business, government and society.
In cyber, Scotland is considered a pioneer boasting more than 200 cyber security companies in the region. It also has one of the most advanced cyber security education programmes in the world – the first Ethical Hacking degree in the world was offered at Abertay University, and over 70% of Scotland’s universities now offer cyber security courses.
Key players within this tech cluster include Glasgow-based Adarma, named in the Financial Times 1000 Europe’s Fastest Growing companies report in both 2019 & 2020. Edinburgh-based Cyan Forensics is also a leading player having had its work described by the Home Office as ‘game changing’. Similarly, CREST accredited, independent IT security testing company 7 Elements, based in Linlithgow, is called out for having grown from a regional startup to a leading UK consultancy.
MaaS is viewed as a dominant force in the future of travel and the region boasts the likes of Edinburgh-based Third Platform Technologies – an IoT solutions aggregator, consultancy and managed service provider that focuses on the entire ecosystem of the IoT. Urban Tide, based in Glasgow, is working to create a sustainable world with AI and Perth-based Miconex is pioneering the use of both local currencies and payment-linked loyalty solutions.
NORTHERN IRELAND REPORT (click here to download full report and quotes)
A stellar list of international tech companies and a vibrant cluster of local start-ups, university spin-outs and supportive R&D programmes have combined to establish Belfast as one of the top ten tech cities of the future, according to the FT’s fDi Intelligence unit.
It is estimated that one fifth of Belfast’s workers, around 60,000 people, are already employed in the digital tech sector and interest in the region is growing as both local and global businesses benefit from Northern Ireland’s highly skilled workforce and rich talent pool.
The region has a big opportunity to grow with the key clusters of fintech, healthtech and cyber and has already started to carve out a reputation for itself on the global stage.
Leading financial services players including PwC, Deloitte and Visa have chosen Belfast as the home for their technology centres, contributing to a growing fintech cluster that is also being supported by the region’s leading banks.
Cyber security is another specialist sector for Northern Ireland, with the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (of Queen’s University Belfast), providing a base for global cyber players and ingenious startups to work together on some of the most complex and challenging threats to global security.
Northern Ireland has a long tradition of innovation that stretches back to inventions such as the portable defibrillator, ejector seat and pneumatic tyre to modern-day success stories. So it should come as no surprise that Northern Ireland is the second fastest growing knowledge economy of any UK region outside London and home to a number of homegrown companies who have established themselves as leaders in a diverse range of technology disciplines.
Where once Belfast was known for its shipbuilding prowess and industries such as linen and ropemaking, today thousands of people are employed in Northern Ireland’s tech sector, which is worth approximately £1bn, across 1,200 companies.
The report highlights the following companies – kainos Group, an IT provider, across two specialist business areas, Digital Services and Workday Practice.
Longstanding fintech services company First Derivatives has the world-leading intellectual property in ultra-high-performance analytics in capital market systems and technology. Randox designs, manufactures and markets a vast range of high- quality products for laboratory medicine. They employ more than 1500 employees of 44 nationalities.
An increasing number of Northern Ireland’s tech companies are succeeding in accessing external funding to scale to the next level from venture capital and private equity funders in Dublin, London and the US, with several funding rounds of between £1m and £10m successfully closed in the past year. In fact, investment in Northern Ireland tech companies increased by over 50% last year, with both the number of deals and average value of each investment rising, according to Catalyst’s NI Deal Tracker report.
B-Secur is developing the next generation of biometric technology that uses your heartbeat to uniquely identify people and provide medical grade health and wellness insights.
Diaceutics is a data analytics and end-to-end services provider enabled by DXRX – a proprietary diagnostic network solution for the development and commercialisation of precision medicine diagnostics.
STATSports is the global leader in GPS tracking and performance analysis. With an elite client roster including Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, England, and Brazil, STATSports provide GPS monitoring software that provides teams and individuals with instant, real-time feedback on their physical performance.
Ones to Watch
Northern Ireland has an increasingly vibrant start-up ecosystem, bolstered by a range of mentoring programmes and accelerators geared towards helping early stage founders and aspiring entrepreneurs commercialise their ideas, test their markets and grow their ventures into viable, scalable enterprises.
Axial3D provides clinicians with the insight and confidence they need to create a surgical plan in the form of high-quality, patient-specific 3D anatomical models. These precision 3D models of specific parts of patient anatomy allow clinicians to better prepare for surgery and communicate with their patient.
BrainWaveBank makes it possible to measure and track brain activity and cognitive performance for anyone, anytime, anywhere. This easy-to-scale and distributable approach helps clinical professionals to transform our understanding of brain health and develop the next generation of treatments.
CATAGEN is a clean air–emissions data company who are market experts in providing best in class emissions data to the automotive industry, providing physical and virtual testing of services for most of the world’s leading car brands.
Health is a key tech hotspot. Northern Ireland is fast becoming a hub for healthtech and medtech, built on ever closer partnerships and collaborations between academia and industry, and investment in new research centres and incubation hubs.
Neurovalens is a medical device company that creates non-invasive neurostimulation products that can be used to solve some of the world’s greatest health challenges. Their key focus is on treating both metabolic diseases and neurological disease, ranging from Type 2 Diabetes through to Insomnia and Anxiety.
SiSaf is a commercial-stage drug development company that leverages its unique Bio-Courier® technology to overcome fundamental issues of bioavailability, stability and targeting that limit the full potential of therapeutic molecules.
Fintech has been identified as one of Northern Ireland’s primary growth opportunities as a range of local companies such as Automated Intelligence and Lightyear join global corporations like Citi, Allstate, CME and Liberty Mutual in expanding their operations in Belfast, and with FinTru firmly bolstering their footprint in Derry-Londonderry.
Lightyear is an intelligent Accounts Payable automation solution that automates the Accounts Payable process for SMEs up to enterprise-level companies.
Automated Intelligence is a cloud-based data management solution provider which transforms how organisations manage their unstructured data growth, mitigates against regulatory risk through a continuous data management strategy and facilitates digital transformation.
Cyber is an additional specialism. According to FT fDi Intelligence 2020, Northern Ireland is the #1 international investment location for US cyber security development projects, delivering expertise on threats to national security, critical infrastructure, capital markets, e-commerce and child safety online. The region has been ranked the number one international investment location for US cyber security development projects and is home to The Centre for Secure Information Technology (CSIT), part of Queen’s University Belfast and the UK’s largest cyber security research centre.
Nvidia (formally Titan IC) is the world leader in cutting edge Network Intelligence technology and analytics accelerators that are able to search and generate meaningful insights from data within cloud, storage, and networks. Titan IC (a spin-out from The Centre for Secure Information Technology ‘CSIT’, part of Queen’s University Belfast) has assembled a world-class team with technical expertise in cybersecurity made up of Ph.D. researchers and engineers. Their highly sophisticated RXP hardware network intelligence engine accelerates complex pattern matching and real- time Internet traffic inspection for advanced cybersecurity and data analytics applications.
Uleska is a cybersecurity company providing a platform product that automates and orchestrates software security tasks within fast-paced software environments. Digital Transformation has greatly accelerated the pace of software development, and companies can’t manage security testing, risk and compliance at speed & scale software is created. Uleska’s product automates security workflows in real-time, removing tedious, repetitive, manual tasks, empowering existing teams to do more with less.
Liopa is a spin-out from Queen’s University Belfast and the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT). They are one of the world’s only companies focused on developing automated lip-reading technology. Liopa is commercialising more than 10 years of research in the field of Speech and Image processing and has a particular focus on the fusion of Speech and Lip movements for robust speech recognition in real-world environments.