This week, Twile’s Paul Brooks and Kelly Marsden attended a council meeting of members of ALVA – the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions – at Wembley Stadium in London.
As well as a great opportunity to rub shoulders with leaders of some of the UK’s leading tourist attractions, we had a chance to tour England’s national football stadium and sample some truly fantastic food! We were made extremely welcome and are very much looking forward building on the relationships we started there.
ALVA represent some of the top UK attractions to Government, media and business and lobby for support for the sector, as well as providing valuable networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities for their members.
Twile were introduced to ALVA through our relationship with Pitch@Palace, the startup competition founded by Prince Andrew, the Duke of York. The Pitch@Palace team felt there was a natural connection between Twile’s mission around family and history and the goals of ALVA’s members, which include museums, palaces, galleries and heritage trusts. All members have rich histories, perfect for viewing on a timeline.
We were delighted to have the opportunity to introduce Twile and look forward to long and prosperous relationships with ALVA members.
Every year, Creative England reveals their CE50 – a list of the fifty best up-and-coming, innovative companies in the creative industries in England. Twile are delighted to be one of this year’s 50!
The list includes some of the most exciting startups in the film, music, gaming and digital spaces. It’s a very broad range of companies, reflecting and celebrating the success and diversity of British creativity.
Creative England have supported Twile since we first launched in 2013 and it’s an honour to be among their top companies. We’ve changed a lot since our early days and have evolved Twile into a uniquely innovative offering in the family history space – they’re still there supporting us as we grow and our place in the CE50 must mean we’re doing something right.
While the tech industry in the North of the UK never seems to get the attention that London does, some recent successes for Northern startups show that innovation is alive and well outside of the capital.
Last night, Twile was one of 42 UK startups that attended Pitch@Palace at St. James’s Palace in London – at the invitation of Prince Andrew, the Duke of York. Pitching in front of The Queen and a room full of high profile investors and entrepreneurs, the overall winners were Drenched (first place) and Mobile Power (second) – both from Sheffield – and the People’s Choice award was won by Manchester-based OfferMoments. As a Yorkshire business, we were immensely proud to see our fellow Northerners take the top prizes!
Meanwhile, the grand final of the Northern Stars competition is about to take place in Manchester on 17 November, showcasing some of the most innovative early-stage tech startups in the North of the UK. Run by TechNorth, with finalists in a wide range of sectors – from eCommerce to finance to education – the competition is proof that the North has a lot to add to Britain’s technology economy.
In October, I was one of a small group of Northern entrepreneurs that joined TechNorth on a trip to the US west coast. We visited San Francisco and Seattle to raise awareness of our region’s tech industry and learn a little about how things are done across the pond. While San Francisco is the undisputed centre of the tech world, it was clear from this trip that the UK’s North is able to generate businesses that can compete on every level with those that spring up in Silicon Valley. The ambition, creativity and potential of the startups I travelled with were really quite inspiring – and we felt more than comfortable among the entrepreneurs and investors we met along the way.