With its beautiful views, sunny weather and one of the best beaches on the continent, location is just one of the many reasons tech companies flock to Bournemouth. Nestling on the south coast of England, the town is also home to two universities: Arts University Bournemouth and Bournemouth University.
Both help sculpt an impressive talent pool, but it’s worth highlighting the National Centre for Computer Animation. This describes itself as being “at the forefront of computer graphics and animation education and research in the UK since 1989”.
Here are eight of the top tech companies based in Bournemouth.
Tech services companies in Bournemouth
WDS Mobile’s main goal is to help businesses provide fluid and efficient customer service. It believes that the more knowledge a service provider has about a customer’s problem, the more likely the customer will stay loyal. Its range of services include ‘Knowledge Management’ and ‘BotExpert’ (shown above). The former provides problem solving solutions and the latter uses automated bots to troubleshoot customer queries. And if you want further proof of its effectiveness, check out its clients, which include Virgin Media, EE and Vodafone.
Avius collects and measures customer feedback at places such as theme parks, airports and gyms to improve customer services for businesses. How? By installing touch-based survey kiosks for customers to provide feedback. This data is then relayed to the business to identify issues and help inform customer service decisions. Avius’s use of VoC (Voice of Customer) software combined with email alerts allows for problems to be potentially solved faster.
Passenger Technology Group
Passenger Technology Group is an IT services and consulting platform founded in 2015 with a focus on smaller bus companies and public transport users. Its app, myTrip, is currently used by eight different bus companies across the UK (including Transport for Wales, as the above image hints). It helps commuters locate buses through live tracking and allows passengers to buy and transfer tickets to others with ease. Passenger Tech also helps bus companies with their setup and marketing.
Venue Directory‘s name says it all. In short, it provides venue information for the UK’s MICE industry (MICE stands for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions). Its platform allows meeting planners and agencies to search, book and make reports on venues efficiently. Venue Directory offers almost 400,000 venues spanning 170 countries and 310 cities, including Amsterdam, Rome, London and, of course, Bournemouth.
We cover an air traffic control simulator in a moment, which ties in nicely with the “care story” above featuring a former World War II pilot. It comes courtesy of Nourish Care, a care-management platform with an emphasis on independent nursing and care homes. It uses customisable forms to give managers of care homes better flexibility, with a mission to make care digital and provide “person-centred care”. This includes personalised care plans, which give access to vital information without the need to be connected to the internet.
IT and hardware companies in Bournemouth
For over 20 years, 4Com has supplied telephone systems for SME (small and medium-sized enterprises) companies in the UK. Partnering with industry giants such as Panasonic and Samsung, 4Com’s software is designed to improve internal communications and impress prospective clients. It also provides a Google Certified business phone, the HiHi3, as picture.
4Com hosts a number of charity events for the Bournemouth community, helping the company to win ‘The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work for’ prize in 2017 (having placed in the top 20 for the previous four years).
Total Battery Solutions
Total Battery Solutions (TBS) provides custom lithium batteries that can be customised to suit any working environment. TBS specialises in batteries that are used in harsher environments such as cold climates and rough ocean waters.
Each battery pack is serviced, tested and evaluated to ensure only the best quality batteries land with customers. TBS also provides a detailed analysis of the construction of a battery pack should it fail to work.
Part of the Quadrant Group, which offers aviation simulation and training worldwide, Micro Nav specialises in Air Traffic Control simulators. Its two founders were both air traffic controllers who, back in 1988, saw how PCs could be used for affordable air traffic simulation. And the company has been innovating ever since. Micro Nav is a multiple time winner of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise (now King’s) and has partnerships with civil aviation authorities in over 30 countries, including The Netherlands, Brazil and Poland.
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