Big increase in hi-tech companies

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THE number of businesses in the North East taking advantage of cutting-edge computer packages has “rapidly increased” in the last year.

Web search giant Google said the region saw a 167 per cent year-on-year rise in companies adopting “cloud computing”, with its Google Apps suite of web-based communication and collaboration tools.

The increase in the North East was ahead of the national average of 135 per cent year-on-year growth, with many places experiencing exceptional rises. The system involves delivering a range of services, including high-speed web access.