A company has been helped to develop innovative new software for business thanks to the support of Innovate Tees Valley.
Tad Web Solutions, based in Commerce House, Middlesbrough, is a digital agency which develops and designs websites and software systems.
Thanks to the support of Innovate Tees Valley, the company was able to expand its capacity to enable it to build its own software applications, allowing it to respond to customers’ needs more quickly and efficiently.
Innovate Tees Valley, led by Teesside University, works with companies to help them try new things in their business and create and improve services, products and processes.
It is formed from a partnership of Teesside University, DigitalCity, Nepic and MPI with funding from the European Regional Development Fund.
The Innovate Tees Valley graduate placement scheme part-funds the salary of a graduate for up to six months, and Tad Web Solutions used it to recruit Teesside University BSc Web and Multimedia graduate Chris Tyerman as a Front End Web Developer.
Chris joined fellow Teesside University alumni and BSc Computer Science graduates Zak Durrani and Raheel Rabbani who both work as web developers at the company.
The team worked to produce new bespoke software which can be adapted for use in multiple applications, saving the company the need to build new applications from scratch for each of their customers.
Managing director Ian Elcoate, who also is also a Teesside University MSc Information Technology graduate, said: “As a result we’re able to save our customers’ time and money and be a lot more responsive to their needs.
“Getting the support from Teesside University and Innovate Tees Valley has been really helpful
“One of the things that I’m trying to do here is to create opportunities for young people.
“We’re all very proud of this area and we really want to keep talented people in the region and so having the support to enable us to do that has been fantastic.”
Suhail Aslam, Innovate Tees Valley project manager, said: “We are delighted to have been able to support Tad Web Solutions.
“Not only has the company been able to develop exciting new products, in doing so it has been able to grow and create excellent graduate employment opportunities.”
For more information on Innovate Tees Valley visit www.innovateteesvalley.co.uk
• Pictured above (left to right): Zak Durrani, Raheel Rabbani, Ian Elcoate and Chris Tyerman of Tad Web Solutions.