Investment helps Bowe Digital work with big players

£80,000 from NEL Fund Managers allows Bowe Digital to expand in the bakery and manufacturing sectors

Jane Siddle of NEL and Karen Bowe of Bowe Digital
Jane Siddle of NEL and Karen Bowe of Bowe Digital

A technology provider based in Kingston Park, Newcastle, is targeting bigger contracts with bigger companies after securing new investment from the Finance For Business North East Growth Fund.

Bowe Digital turned to regional fund management firm NEL Fund Managers for an £80,000 investment to help it put the necessary resources in place to drive the business’s planned expansion.

The new capital is already having impact on the company’s operations, with discussions now taking place with a number of potential new customers.

Originally founded in 1992, Bowe is a Sage-accredited developer which specialises in the provision and installation of accounting and manufacturing software, and providing effective IT solutions tailored to clients’ individual needs. It supplies, supports and installs any hardware, software and peripheral equipment that business customers require, from a simple PC workstation to complex Wide Area Networks, and has a variety of clients both within and outside the North East.

Around a quarter of Bowe’s customers operate in the bakery and food manufacturing industries, a sector in which it is now looking to enhance its presence, particularly through its Bakery and Production System (BaPs) software, for which a web ordering module has been released, allowing bakery customers to maintain their own orders online.

The manufacturing sector is another key area for growth, via implementation of the Swan Manufacturing ERP Software, for which the firm has an exclusive licence in the UK.

Two new recruits have recently been added to Bowe Digital’s eight-strong team and more jobs are expected to be created as the firm’s expansion plans are executed.

Managing director Karen Bowe, who took over the business in June 2011, said: “The company has grown successfully by creating and installing technology solutions which greatly improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of clients’ operations, and we reached a point where we felt we wanted to quicken the pace of our development.

“Bigger companies tend to require more from their suppliers in terms of resource, reporting and service guarantees, and we knew that addressing the sorts of opportunities that they offer would require us to enhance the capacity we have to meet their needs.

“The expansion we’ve enjoyed in recent years has very much been organic, but the new systems and resources we now have in place will help accelerate this growth by targeting the commercial opportunities that we know are there for us.

“NEL offered the most suitable sort of finance provision for our particular needs, and we’re already seeing an enhanced flow of new business openings coming our way as a result of the resource investments we’ve made.”

Jane Siddle, investment executive at NEL Fund Managers, said: “Bowe Digital’s management team have a clear vision for how they want the company to develop, and it’s pleasing to see the immediate impact that our investment is making on their operations.”

Aimed at regional businesses at a development and growth stage, the Growth Fund forms part of the wider Finance for Business North East Fund. Managed by North East Finance, it will see £125m of investment capital injected into the region.

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