Sunderland IT firm Affinity to launch new service after £100k fund

A regional IT service provider aims to create a new business strand after receiving £100,000 of funding

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A regional IT service provider aims to create a new business strand after receiving £100,000 of funding.

Set up in 2010 by Al Yong, Affinity Systems is a Sunderland-based IT installation specialist supplying the North East and partners include BT and Cisco.

The firm has received £100,000 from the Finance for Business North East Proof of Concept (POC) Fund, managed by Northstar Ventures, to be used to market a remotely provided IT service called Rymote, which acknowledges that for a significant number of IT services there is no longer a need for an engineer to be physically present at a customer’s site. Several jobs will also be created.

Al Yong said: “We recognised that there is a demand in the global market for accessible Cisco engineering skills and this is where the idea for Rymote stemmed from. This service means we can work with customers located anywhere from our Sunderland base. Affinity will be working closely with the University of Sunderland and creating skilled jobs in the local area. With a wealth of experience from the existing business we are position to introduce exciting new possibilities and make a huge difference to the IT industry.”

Rebecca Crawford, Investment Manager at Northstar Ventures, added: “This is a really interesting company to add to our portfolio. Affinity is on track to be a real success. The new staff are anticipated to be hired over the next 12 months as demand ramps up.”


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