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Adyen was founded in 2006 by a group of entrepreneurs, including Pieter van der Does and Arnout Schuijff.

The existing payments technology consisted of a patchwork of systems built on outdated infrastructure. With the aim of helping businesses grow, the co-founders set out to build a platform capable of meeting the rapidly evolving needs of today’s fast-growing global businesses.

Adyen’s founding team called the business Adyen – Surinamese for “Start over again” – and focused on building a modern infrastructure directly connected to card networks and local payment methods across the world, allowing for unified commerce and providing shopper data insights to merchants.

The Adyen platform enables merchants to accept payments in a single system, enabling revenue growth online, on mobile devices and at the point of sale.

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Our purpose at BigCommerce is to power success for brands. That goes beyond creating the best commerce platform on the market; it means revolutionizing the way people shop, work and live.

2009 – Year founded
$17B+ – In merchant sales
200m – In funding
500+ – Employees
5000+ – Apps & design partners
120+ – Countries served

We’re dedicated to our merchants, guided by our values and powered by our people. That has let us rapidly grow from a 2-person startup to a global team of hundreds that has helped retailers make billions of dollars in sales.

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Space 48

Space 48 is an award winning eCommerce agency that specialises in the Magento eCommerce platform. They work with serious retailers to take their brands online and their business global.

The company has a range of specialists who offer design, development, strategy, digital marketing and critical support. Everything big retailers need to be successful online.

As an active member of the Magento and digital community in Manchester and beyond, they believe in community-driven services and fostering meaningful relationships with both their customers and partners.

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Smartebusiness is now one of the largest Magento exclusive agencies in Manchester. Founded by two brothers in 2003, with over 24 dedicated Magento specialists.

We focus exclusively on Magento with all our main Magento developers being Magento Certified. We’re proud to say the majority of our larger clients (some have 9 figures annual incomes and are household names in both the UK and abroad) have been with us for many years, so we have a tremendous amount of experience in how to grow a Magento eCommerce business. We enjoy making our clients grow online, that’s what we do! We know that if you do well we do well and so we consider it less of a supplier/client relationship than that of a business partnership.

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Founded in 2008, Vaimo is the global leader in delivering award-winning digital storefronts, omnichannel solutions and mobile apps.
Their only focus is to accelerate B2B and B2C sales for their brand, retail and manufacturer clients. With 15 global offices across EMEA and APAC and over 350 employees, Vaimo provides an international presence that allows them to cultivate close, long-term relationships with their clients. With a focus on driving digital innovation, their services cover the full spectrum of your commerce needs ranging from strategy, design, development, optimisation, cloud services, all the way to wherever merchants’ commerce initiatives reach. They deliver solutions around B2B, B2C, Omni-Channel, PIM, Order Management and Business Intelligence.

Every year, Vaimo wins awards in recognition of their commitment to technical excellence, innovation and satisfaction. Among others, they have received the Gazelle Award (6 consecutive years), been listed as Econsultancy’s Top 100 digital agencies (2 consecutive years) and Magento has recognised Vaimo’s leadership by selecting them as a Global Elite Partner in 2017, Commercial Partner of the Year in EMEA in 2017, Omni-channel Partner of the Year in 2016 and EMEA Partner of the Year in 2015.

What Do We Offer?
– eCommerce
– Strategy & Consultancy
– Omnichannel

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Technology permeates every aspect of our lives and is now essential for companies seeking sustained growth.

BusinessCloud aims to demystify tech for a business audience – covering everything from the Internet of Things and Big Data to AI and the UK’s digital clusters.

The business produces a quarterly magazine, nationwide programme of events, daily newsletter and website.

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GC Business Growth Hub

The North West is a hub of innovation, with a heritage built on invention and entrepreneurialism. From industrial beginnings, the region’s businesses have evolved to become pioneers in a number of key growth sectors, which include manufacturing and engineering; creative, digital and tech; health and life sciences; and green technology.

GC Business Growth Hub, established in 2011, has a passion to help businesses and we are committed to making sure the region’s SMEs have the tools to realise their ambitions. We support businesses at all stages in their life cycle and offer a broad range of services, including accessing finance, product innovation, eco-innovation, harnessing digital technology, and exporting. We have a team of experts on the ground with extensive knowledge of the regional market and an ability to make vital introductions that facilitate business growth.

Our passion for business and deep-rooted understanding of the challenges that business owners face allows us to deliver the best possible support. We also leverage local resources and tap into our extensive networks to unlock growth opportunities both in the UK and global markets.

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eCommerce Nation

E-commerce Nation aims to be the essential meeting point for all e-merchants who want to learn more about their activities, but also to develop themselves with the right tools and knowledge. Some even call us “The e-commerce bible”!

Since the beginning, we have had a collaborative philosophy to develop the project. For us, it is important to give visibility to everyone through our site and to support e-commerce according to their needs.

To do this, the E-commerce Nation team puts all their experience on this site. Therefore, you will find advice, solutions, but also practical cases to support you in e-commerce, logistics, online marketing or internationalization.

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Elite Business

At Elite Business, we’re passionate about championing new business. Providing fresh perspectives and representing disruptive solutions, we’re interested in the startups and SMEs that are spearheading Britain forward. From tech unicorns to entrepreneurs transforming healthcare with AI, we cover the movers and shakers making enterprising exciting.

Every issue covers up-to-the-minute content and presents a unique angle on the things enterprises need to know, from maximising the potential of mobile to setting the world alight on social media. We also gather the best and brightest voices in the community to share their experience.

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Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Greater Manchester Chamber is the largest Chamber of Commerce in the UK. We provide first-class business support through a range of tailored services and networking opportunities and use our influence with local and central government to lobby on behalf of our members as the voice of the Greater Manchester business community.

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Glug MCR

Based around a series of talks and informal networking, Glug has become one of the most exciting, credible and well-attended creative events around.

We started in 2007 as a handful of mates talking shop and showing their work and reels off in an East London pub. Twelve years later and we’re an international movement with events in many cities around the world.

We’ve had names such as Anthony Burrill, Brendan Dawes, Design Studio, Turner Duckworth, Facebook, Future Deluxe, IDEO, Google Creative Labs, I Love Dust, Jason Bruges Studio, ustwo, Social Chain, Animade, Noma Bar, Uber, Wolff Olins and many more.

Alongside our regular Glugs, we’ve also run events in conjunction with BIMA, Cannes Lions, Microsoft Surface, D&AD, Adobe, WeTransfer, PickMeUp and charities such as Shelter. We like to have fun.

So there it is, get yourselves down! New Gluggers are always welcome to come along and see what we’re all about, so bring a friend and get networking with us.

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Innovate Finance

Innovate Finance is an independent membership association that represents the UK’s global FinTech community. Founded in 2014 and supported by the City of London and Broadgate, Innovate Finance is a not-for-profit that advances the country’s leading position in the financial services sector by supporting the next generation of technology-led financial services innovators.

More than 250 global members have joined the Innovate Finance ecosystem to date. These companies range from seed stage start-ups to global financial institutions and professional services firms. All benefit from Innovate Finance’s leading position as a single point of access to promote enabling policy and regulation, talent development, and business opportunity and investment capital.

By bringing together the most forward-thinking participants in financial services, Innovate Finance is helping create a global financial services sector that is more sustainable, more inclusive and better for everyone.

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M3 Publishing

Attracting target customers for your business, through high-quality, focused content and events.

What happens if, instead of content coming from you, it’s about you?

This is one of the key principles behind our magazine publishing. We’ve devised a platform for you, where we can position you as an expert using powerful, third-party content.
Our portfolio of digital magazines focus on different sectors but also include general business commentary, news and stories. This way, we can cover a broad range of issues and appeal to many different audiences, which is ideal for you.

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Search Leeds

SearchLeeds is back for 2019 and we’ve got a jam-packed day of learning planned for you. Free to attend, SearchLeeds is a one-day search marketing event taking place at the biggest venue we could find in Leeds – the first direct arena.

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Sheffield Digital

Sheffield Digital is the organisation for businesses and individuals involved in Sheffield’s digital industries.

Our aim is to help develop the best possible environment for setting up, working in and growing digital businesses in Sheffield and the surrounding region.

To do this, we:

CONNECT – bring together the people and businesses that are Sheffield’s digital industries, to foster collaboration and learning and to have fun.

REPRESENT – provide a single, powerful voice for the digital community in order to influence policy makers and educators.

PROMOTE – shout about our digital businesses and their capabilities locally, nationally and internationally.

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Tech Returners

Tech Returners provides real skills development and practical training which is helping to redefine and change the face of careers in tech. We are a positive learning community which will help you to take control of your future career in tech, build a network, learn new skills and ultimately reach your potential.

Our mission is to empower you to define your own journey into tech. We will equip you with the necessary personal development and technical skills, so you can choose your own career path.

Our work is focused on providing a platform for returners – those who have been on a career break for reasons relating to raising families, career changers and more. We offer a flexible, accessible way to use the experience and transferable skills that you already have, in order to build your career in tech.

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techUK represents the companies and technologies that are defining today the world that we will live in tomorrow. More than 900 companies are members of techUK. Collectively they employ approximately 700,000 people, about half of all tech sector jobs in the UK. These companies range from leading FTSE 100 companies to new innovative start-ups. The majority of our members are small and medium-sized businesses.

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