News | Round-up 10 January

On the Ryze 

Digital and brand design agency Ryze has been shortlisted for Best Website at the Northern Digital Awards this year. 

Based in Stockton’s Fusion Hive, the agency plans to double its team by the end of 2020. 

The company was set up in 2018 and has recently worked on a rebrand and new website for the North East’s largest independent recycling company, J&B Recycling 

Dave Smith, CEO at Ryze, said: “We’re really chuffed to be up for this award. We’re against some pretty well-known agencies and receiving great feedback from clients.” 

The updated brand reflects how the company has changed since it was established over 20 years ago – showcasing itself as an environmentally focused operation with a high standard of service to commercial and residential waste streams.

The brand update includes a new website, a redesigned logo and updating of the vehicle fleet branding. 

Dave said: “We have created a strong online presence with easy, accessible navigation to all sections of the website for J&B, making information easier to digest. 

Ryze uses a combination of strategy, brand, user experience, design and development to provide an experience for their client’s customers that will be attractive and successful. 

Applications open for the Digital City Accelerator Programme   

Know an early-stage digital and tech business founder? You better drop them an email now. 

Digital City is currently calling for applications to its Accelerator Programme  

The programme offers: 

  • A sevenweek workshop programme that gives digital/tech entrepreneurs everything they need to grow their businesses.
  • Bespoke mentoring from expert business coaches.
  • A business development grant of up to £5,000

The Programme is delivered one day each week over eight weeks and is open to digital/tech companies in the Tees Valley that have been actively trading for up to 18 months and have the potential to contribute to the future economic growth of the Tees Valley. 

The application deadline is Friday 14th February, with the Programme commencing on Wednesday 11th March. 

You can find out more about the programme, including the application pack, here.   


Kraken IM secures £100,000 from Boeing 

Woah, what a start to 2020 for Kraken IM 

The company has received £100,000 of investment from the ATI Boeing Accelerator programme, which aims to invest in start-ups in the UK aerospace industry. 

Based in Boho Five, Kraken IM was chosen as one of 10 companies from amongst 268 applicants for a place on the programme. 

The company aims to use funding to employ seven more staff members including software developers before the end of 2020. 

Congratulations guys! 

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