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A revolution in computing

Alasdair Greig from NorthStar Equity Investors with Paul Beaumont of the Broadband Computer Company
Date 14 Sep 2007
Author The Editor
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Alasdair Greig and Paul Beaumont celebrate Braodband's success

A groundbreaking computer system is set to transform the way homes and businesses use PCs. The Broadband Computer Company, which is based in Newcastle, has developed its own purpose built hardware and software to make computing as simple as possible. It provides users with all the capability and functions they require without the responsibilities of setting up, managing or maintaining a PC.

The product is to be trialled by 200 users this month with a view to hitting the UK market in January next year. A business version of the product will also be launched early next year and there has already been interest from several international markets. The Broadband Computer Company received funding of £750,000 from NorthStar Equity Investors (NSEI) through its Co-Investment Fund. The investment formed part of a £1.5 million funding round with the rest of the money coming from private investors.

Paul Anthony Beaumont, chief executive at the Broadband Computer Company, said: "This is computing at its simplest and most effective. All users have to do is switch on the machine and identify themselves. We’ll do the rest, from setting up and maintaining the system to making sure the user has the latest software. "Work is saved automatically, there are no problems with licenses or viruses and the user interface is very, very intuitive and fun to use. Gone are the days of the complicated PC, welcome to tech free computing."

Alasdair Greig, investment manager at NSEI, added: "This is an exciting development in computing that has huge potential in both the domestic and business markets. It could make computers more accessible to a far wider range of users. "The Co-Investment Fund has been set up to help ambitious businesses reach their potential and The Broadband Computer Company certainly comes into this category. It’s another example of cutting edge technology that’s being developed here in the North East and we’re proud to be involved."

For more information about The Broadband Computer Company, visit www.broadbandcomputer.com. For more about the North East Co-Investment Fund, visit www.northstarei.com or contact NorthStar Equity Investors on 0191 211 2300.

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