North East tech companies: Building the future

September 3, 2020

Technology is key to driving our economy forward as we look to recover from COVID-19. Sunderland Software City proudly supports and champions technologists and innovators leading the charge

In the North East, many tech companies are disrupting markets and building futures in a range of innovative ways. From construction and manufacturing to education and transport, here are three you should know about.


SpecifiedBy is digitising the construction product research and specification process and now has the largest registered network of architects, specifiers and product manufacturers in the UK.

Founder Darren Lester explains: “The products and materials which go into the buildings we live, work, learn and socialise in every day have a huge impact on our safety and our health, yet, pre-SpecifiedBy, there were more digital tools to help you find the perfect pair of shoes than there were to help architects find which products and materials are best suited for their project.

“SpecifiedBy provides architects and specifiers with the simplest and most efficient way to find and compare construction products.”

SpecifiedBy is currently looking at its growth trajectory and how it can support
more stakeholders in the manufacturing and construction industries. One area of exploration is democratising access to technical information about construction products, to help combat the lack of transparency in pricing.


globalbridge is a pioneering EdTech platform that connects young people and education with employers, apprenticeships and universities.

The company provides young people with a digital, multimedia profile to evidence their skills, talents and qualifications, overcoming the limitations of a traditional CV. In addition, globalbridge is enabling universities and employers to present their opportunities to young people directly.

Founder Ben Mason says: “In light of the current landscape, we know that employers and universities have struggled to engage with young people. globalbridge not only connects talent to opportunity in a much-needed post-COVID environment, it greatly reduces time on the road for employers and universities.”

Since the beginning of lockdown, globalbridge has added just short of 15,000 new students to its platform. The startup continues to grow with the launch of a new app, which contains features for schools, colleges and students to be used at the start of the new academic year.

Nomad Digital

Nomad Digital provides connectivity solutions in rail through state-of-the-art products that improve passenger experience and creates reliability to operators. Nomad’s integrated solutions include the multi-award-winning Passenger WiFi, which enables seamless connectivity.

Global head of marketing Vicki Sloan says: “The capabilities of onboard connectivity are endless, and with the technology industry constantly reminding us to push boundaries of what’s possible, we’re excited to see what the future holds for our everyday rail journeys.”

Nomad’s current growth focus is on pioneering the concept of the Intelligent journey and the ‘Gigabit train’ by developing next-generation connectivity. Examples include its current Trackside Networks (TN) and Onboard Data Centre (ODC) services. TN provides high-speed, long-distance connectivity while the ODC helps integrate different train systems through an onboard data centre that uses cloud computing.

Sunderland Software City
Sunderland Software City helps drive the sustainable growth of the tech sector. To learn more about how SSC can help you, contact Lisa Van Heereveld (pictured) on: Lisa.vh@sunderlandsoftwarecity. com