Hi-tech video firm sets up in Sunderland

Cornerways founder David Copple (left) and city council leader Coun Paul Watson outside the E-volve centre.
Cornerways founder David Copple (left) and city council leader Coun Paul Watson outside the E-volve centre.
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Bespoke software company Cornerways Consulting has laid down foundations on Wearside.

The firm, set up by IT professional David Copple, has won its first major contract that will see the company develop a complex software programme to allow video content to be tagged and referred to quickly and easily.

Software is a high growth sector, and with innovative ideas and a skilled development team, both of which Cornerways has, we believe that we can grow the business quickly.

David Copple

The project, commissioned by newly-formed Newcastle business Refract, will allow meetings and presentations to be video recorded, and key moments in time can be tagged, allowing the user to play back the clip and jump straight to sections of the recording that they can discuss.

The company, based at the E-volve business centre in Rainton Bridge, will develop a range of software products - initially bespoke solutions to meet clients’ needs - and plans to grow its team and develop its own products.

“Software is a high growth sector, and with innovative ideas and a skilled development team, both of which Cornerways has, we believe that we can grow the business quickly,” said David Copple.

“The work we do initially is very much about building a strong track record as a business, and from there, we believe we can start to develop some of the software solutions we have already started to think about. This is where we see significant growth potential for the business.”

Cornerways has already taken on a team of four, and the intention is to add to the team this year, as the business secures more projects.

David worked on numerous national and global projects over a 15 year career, most recently as CTO of The Test Factory, which was sold in August 2014 to assessment company GL Education Group.

The company has been supported to date by Sunderland City Council, as well as Sunderland Software City.

City council leader Coun Paul Watson said: “Cornerways is a really exciting start up, headed up by an individual who has a proven track record in this field.

“We are delighted the company has chosen Sunderland as its base and we hope to continue to support the business, at every stage of what we hope will be a fast growth trajectory.”

For information about support for software and digital businesses setting up in Sunderland, visit www.makeitsunderland.com, follow @MAKEitSund, e-mail info@makeitsunderland.com or call 0191 561 1194.