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A partnership with Teesside University has helped a Tees Valley company develop a new suite of software products.

Nicander Ltd, based in Billingham, has taken part in a Knowledge Exchange Internship (KEI) programme with the University in order to develop a flexible range of software products which it can offer to customers.

Nicander provides innovative and effective software solutions, from simple desktop applications and apps for mobile phones through to complex software systems. In order to appeal to new ITS markets Nicander wanted to consolidate and modularise its software to provide a flexible product suite which could be adapted to a customer’s needs and budget. Through Innovate Tees Valley, Teesside University provided Nicander with part-funding for a Knowledge Exchange Internship.

Teesside University graduate Peter Southward joined the company and, under the supervision of Tyrone Davison from Teesside University’s School of Computing, played a key role directing and supporting the development of the new software product suite which delivered a secure web service and mobile application to fully integrate the management of items such as incidents, events, assets, faults, personnel and reporting into a single solution.

Derek Lister, Directorof Nicander

It’s been great to work with the University. We are always willing to explore new ways of doing things. Being part of such a fast moving industry means it is critical we keep abreast of the latest innovations and approaches.

Tyrone Davison, Principal Lecturer, Computer Science & Information Systems, Teesside University

Working alongside business and industry helps inform our teaching and ensures our graduates are equipped with the right skills for the workplace when they leave the University.


European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)This project is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government, securing £300m investment.

The project will make a major contribution to the ambition of the ERDF Competitive Programme 2007-13 and by increasing the numbers and survival of business start ups in the region and increasing business productivity.

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