Bernie’s software success stories

Sunderland Software City CEO Bernie Callaghan
Sunderland Software City CEO Bernie Callaghan
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BUSINESSES are getting connected at an event designed to help them turn their innovative ideas into reality.

Sunderland University and Sunderland Software City are teaming up for a seminar that will demonstrate the range of support available to help businesses innovate.

Attendees at the event at the David Goldman Informatics Centre at the university’s Sir Tom Cowie Campus on Thursday, will hear from Software City boss Bernie Callaghan, a founding director of the Leighton Group of companies, who will offer an insight into the issues affecting the North East’s software sector.

“Events like this are a great way of helping local companies take advantage of the vibrant software community being developed on their doorstep,” said Bernie.

“The right software can have a big impact on profits and productivity for every kind of company, and the University of Sunderland and ourselves have a great track record of connecting them to it – with one firm saving more than £250,000 every year following a collaboration with the university as part of Sunderland Software City.”

Businesses will also hear from Claire Harvey, head of Archive at Aframe Ltd, which offers an online service for storing, finding and managing moving image media. Claire will discuss research which has real world impact.

The event is being staged as part of Universities Week 2011, June 13-19, a national campaign demonstrating the benefits of universities within UK society by highlighting the impact universities have on both individuals and the business community, as well as improving the country’s future prospects.

Vince Robson, business development manager at the university, explained the thinking behind the event: “We are delighted to be hosting this event with Sunderland Software City.”

“Our am is to demonstrate to businesses how current research activity could make a real difference to their products, people and performance.”

The Exchange Innovation Ideas event is being organised with the university’s Department of Computing, Engineering and Technology.

To register, email: or call 515 3555.