Leading Yorkshire software firm Adventoris set to spin out from University facility after decade in place

Leading Software as a Service company, Adventoris, is set to spin out of the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre (3M BIC) in Huddersfield, after 10 years, to move to larger premises.

Moving into the 3M BIC in 2013, Adventoris has since gone from a fledgling business to an international, innovative software provider. Over the last decade it has grown from a team of two to 50 and holds a client portfolio of over 200 businesses in the UK and overseas.

Commenting on the move, Adventoris’ founder and CEO, James Clarkson, said: “Adventoris’ growth hasn’t been straightforward, and we are extremely grateful for the support and flexibility we have received from the 3M BIC over the years, without which, we wouldn’t be where we are now.”

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The 3M BIC is part of the University of Huddersfield and offers office and lab space for growing businesses, meeting and conference rooms, hot-desking, as well as company address registration and event space discount via its membership scheme.

Left to right: Aman Shergill, CTO of Adventoris, Sue Cooke, CEO of 3M BIC and James Clarkson, CEO of Adventoris.Left to right: Aman Shergill, CTO of Adventoris, Sue Cooke, CEO of 3M BIC and James Clarkson, CEO of Adventoris.
Left to right: Aman Shergill, CTO of Adventoris, Sue Cooke, CEO of 3M BIC and James Clarkson, CEO of Adventoris.

Over the years, Adventoris has secured over £1.7 million in funding to enable commercial progress, including investment from the Northern Powerhouse Fund, through Mercia Technologies, as well as the Angel CoFund, a large investment fund that backs promising UK businesses.

Adventoris was established in 2012, when experienced corporate director James Clarkson teamed up with blue-chip system architect, Aman Shergill.

Adventoris set out to devise "innovative and competitive” platforms to enable businesses to increase sales, reduce costs and provide enhanced customer service.

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The firm also created SwiftCloud, which is now Adventoris’ flagship product. It aims to provide businesses with a B2B mobile app platform for customers to see products, communicate with the company and make orders.

3M BIC noted that Adventoris’ move marks a rare opportunity within the space, which has been almost full since it opened its doors over 10 years ago.

Several office spaces are now set to come onto the market, with the possibility of accommodating from two to eight people.

3M BIC’s CEO, Sue Cooke, said: “Adventoris’ journey epitomises what the 3M BIC is all about, supporting businesses to thrive and grow.

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"We are incredibly proud of the company’s evolution from a green field start-up to the global player it is today.

"It will be sad to see James, Aman and the rest of the team go as they have been a part of our community for so long, but we wish them every success for the future.

“Adventoris’ move means we will have numerous offices available, which is a rare opportunity at the 3M BIC, and we envisage they won’t be vacant for long.

"Businesses looking for their first office or to relocate are being encouraged to get in touch with our team to arrange a viewing as soon as possible.”

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As well as office space, the facility also houses expertise and technology for product design and development, product prototyping, such as 3D printers, product analysis, including X-Ray facilities, and digital design capabilities.

Several laboratories and office/ lab combos are also available at the 3M BIC for companies that require space for research and development.