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KeTech has offices in Nottingham and Preston.

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Glaisdale Drive East
Bilborough
Nottingham
NG8 4GU

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Eastway Business Village
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Fulwood
Preston PR2 9WT

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Rail Technology Open Day A Success

Rail technology Open Day a success

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The team at KeTech Systems would like to say a big thank you to all who came along to support our Rail Technology Open Day. It was good to see so many faces, both old and new.
Visitor numbers exceeded expectations which added to the atmosphere and it was a great opportunity for KeTech to showcase their current products.

Amongst the visitors on the day were Virgin West Coast, Thales, Porterbrook, Unipart, Angel Trains & Linbrooke. The feedback from the day was very positive, especially comments on KeTech’s enhanced Passenger Information System, Keinform500;  a multi-faceted, wireless, real time passenger information system which offers flexible, accurate and consistent information to Rail Passengers.

KeTech will be hosting further Technology days in the coming months in various locations across the UK, where we will be showcasing innovative customer information systems and solutions.

If you would like us to arrange a more tailored demonstration of any of our products to your colleagues or stakeholders, at a location and time to suit you, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

For more information, event please contact us on info@ketech.com and a member of our team will get back to you.

 

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Another World First for KeTech!

Another world first for KeTech and the KeInform500 Darwin Passenger Information System! Now rail passengers have the additional benefit of integrated Flight Departure Information for train services into airports.

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Press Release - Appointment of Mike Tebbutt as Group Managing Director

KeTech, specialists in rail communication and information systems, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Tebbutt as its new Group Managing Director.

Commenting on his new role, Mike said: “It is a real honour for me to take on the MD role at such an exciting time for KeTech. The reaction we have had to the launch of KeInform500, our real-time passenger information system, has been fantastic and our reputation as the only provider of fully-integrated on-train and on-platform, real-time passenger information solutions has been significantly enhanced over the last 12 months. I am also very enthusiastic about our product development pipeline and we look forward to the opportunities to bring new and enhanced products to the market in the near future”.

Commenting on the new appointment, Richard Moon, Chairman said: “Following Steve Berg’s retirement, I am pleased to announce that Mike Tebbutt has been appointed Group Managing Director of KeTech with immediate effect. Mike has been CFO for the last 6½ years and the Board has every confidence in him stepping up to his new role. Working together as the two Executive Directors, Mike and Denise Lawrenson will lead KeTech through its next stage of growth and I am sure you will join me in congratulating Mike on his new appointment.”
 

Biography

Mike has over 20 years of experience in senior finance roles within a variety of sectors including computer software, construction, pharmaceuticals, FMCG and retail. Mike has held Finance Director roles in both major plc environments, including Boots plc, and privately-owned, VC-backed businesses. Mike has amassed significant experience and knowledge of the rail market over the last six years and has been heavily involved in the development of the new strategic focus of KeTech. He was also responsible for the recent refinancing of the business which resulted in a £5m development capital investment from YFM Equity Partners.

 

Press Release - Hull Trains roll out KeInform500 Real-Time PIS to whole fleet.

Following incredible feedback from passengers, Hull Trains has now become the very first train operator in the UK to roll-out up-to-the-minute passenger information screens on all their units.

Hull Trains, in partnership with KeTech Systems trialled the screens last year, before taking the decision to install them on every vehicle.

The High Definition screens display live real-time train running information fed from a system known as ‘Darwin’. Passengers can view accurate arrival and departure times during their journey as well as information from connecting stations and services.

In addition to current train running information, passengers are shown supplementary information including departure boards when approaching interchange stations, underground status updates and even the weather at their destination. They will also be informed of any impending engineering works as well as promotional offers and services.

Since the trial last year, the system has now been enhanced even further. Jon Plowright, Head of Engineering at Hull Trains says: “The supply of real time running information data during journeys is a significant step forward in terms of passenger information and customer service. Hull Trains’ passengers will now be fully informed about all aspects of their journey both prior to departure, on-board the train and also on arrival at their station for planning onward journeys. The state of the art equipment is an innovative solution to meeting the information needs of today’s customer.”

The project is a collaborative scheme involving various partners including Hull Trains, ATOC, Angel Trains, Alstom, KeTech and Icomera.

KeTech’s Technical Manager Mike Dixon says: “KeTech is very proud to be at the forefront of passenger information technology in the UK rail industry. We are fortunate to have been able to work with Hull Trains, a customer focused and forward thinking organisation that has engaged, supported and enabled KeTech to deliver its revolutionary Keinform500 system. Hull Trains’ passengers are now the most well informed on the UK rail network.”

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KeTech Receives Government Backed Cyber Security Accreditation

KeTech Systems Ltd has recently been accredited with the Government backed Cyber Essentials scheme.

Cyber attacks are now the biggest threat to UK businesses, with 90% of large businesses and 60% of small businesses suffering some kind of IT related security breach in 2014. 

KeTech takes the security of its data and the security of its customers' data seriously, and so has invested heavily in ensuring its IT systems are meeting recommended, Government approved standards for Cyber Security.

 

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Press Release - Rail Business Awards 2016 - KeInform500

Rail Business Awards 2016 - KeInform500

KeTech Systems Ltd received an industry nomination at the Rail Business Awards held last Thursday 25th February 2016 at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane for Keinform500, the first on-board Passenger Information System (PIS) to use the National Rail Enquiries’ Darwin system.

The Rail Business Awards has become firmly established as the most prestigious business event for the UK railway industry, celebrating and rewarding success in the many aspects of today’s railway. The KeInfom500 system, which has attracted much industry interest, includes 21" high-contrast displays in each carriage providing passengers with service information including Calling Points, Journey Progress, Next Station Departures (with platform numbers), Expected Time of Arrival and Delay Information. Finishing in the top 3, in the category 'New Product to Enhance Passenger Experience’ for the introduction of the most successful new idea into the on-train passenger environment, was a huge achievement and KeTech was pleased to be a finalist and runner up to the DfT  & Thameslink.

The evening was as ever a great success and KeTech would like to congratulate all the winners & nominees and look forward to the 2017 Awards. 

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KeScan Nuctech XT2100 Hold Baggage Scanner Gains ECAC Approval

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KeTech is proud to announce that the KeScan Nuctech XT2100 Hold Baggage Scanner meets the ECAC performance requirements for EDS Standard 3. The scanner is a dual energy X-Ray CT Inspection system, ideal for airport hold baggage scanning. It can also be used at events, prisons, high security buildings and other applications. The KeScan XT series also includes the ECAC approved Nuctech XT2080 and XT2080AD. 

Press Release - KeTech receives £5m development capital investment

YFM Equity Partners invests £5m to grow rail
communications and detection products business KeTech


KeTech, a Nottingham based provider of rail communication systems and
security products is receiving a £5m development capital investment from funds managed by YFM
Equity Partners. The investment is being made by YFM Equity Partners’ British Smaller Companies
VCT funds and YFM Equity Partners 2015 Co-investment Funds. As part of the deal, Richard Moon is
joining as Chairman.
KeTech was founded in 1999 and employs 65 staff across its Nottingham head office, in Preston and
London. For the financial year ending 31 August 2014, KeTech grew sales by 76% to £10.2m. It is
currently working on a £7.2m contract to provide on train driver information systems for
Bombardier/Crossrail. KeTech has also secured recent contracts from the UK Ministry of Defence,
Japan’s Ministry of Defence, London Underground, Northern Rail, Thales, the German Federal Police,
and Gatwick Airport.
CEO Steve Berg, CFO Mike Tebbutt, and MD (Rail) Denise Lawrenson have led the KeTech business
for the past five years. They will be joined by Richard Moon as non-executive Chairman. Richard is
currently non-executive Chairman of Seven Technologies (a YFM Equity Partners portfolio company)
and he brings a wealth of experience in the technology and defence sectors.
Commenting, Steve Berg, CEO of KeTech said: “The new investment from YFM Equity Partners
comes on the back of a strong year of growth for KeTech. YFM Equity Partners is known for growing
UK manufacturing and technology businesses. We look forward to working with Richard and the team
as we cement our UK growth and push for larger international contracts.”
Ian Waterfield, Investment Director at YFM Equity Partners who led the deal, added: “Growing rail
passenger numbers and continued security threats all signal strong market opportunities for KeTech’s
products. We will partner with the management team to address increased demand for the company’s
products from the UK and overseas.”
David Neate commenting on the transaction for Springboard Corporate Finance said; “KeTech is a
good example of a successful and innovative UK manufacturing business. Under the stewardship of
Steve, the company has delivered an impressive track record of growth and has become a leading
player in its chosen markets. Access to this additional funding from YFM will enable the business to
accelerate its development and to capitalise on the growth seen in its markets international. I am
confident KeTech will continue to go from strength to strength.”


Advisors details:
David Neate from Springboard Corporate Finance advised the management team in relation to the
transaction and introduced the deal to YFM Equity Partners;
Richard Cox from Browne Jacobson provided legal advice to the management team and Mark
Rutherford from Gateley plc provided legal advice to YFM Equity Partners;
Julian Clough and Adam Foster at Mazars provided financial and tax due diligence;
Mike Stiles at The Quinn Partnership provided management due diligence; and
Iain Wright of Claritas Tax provided tax advice in relation to the transaction.

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Media enquiries contact: Ingrid Tighe on 07962 276580 or Ingrid@pivotpartners.co.uk


Notes to Editors:
YFM Equity Partners
www.yfmequitypartners.com
YFM Equity Partners has a 30 year business history of investing in and transforming growing small
UK companies. We invest up to £10 million of equity in established UK businesses across all sectors.
Through our regional office network, we are dedicated to working alongside management teams to
create transformational growth and success.

Recent deals include the exit of President Engineering and its £2.5m investment in Ness.


YFM Equity Partners invests through its subsidiary YFM Private Equity Limited which is registered in
England and Wales, Co No: 2174994. Registered Office: 5th Floor, Valiant House, 14 South Parade,
Leeds, LS1 5QS. YFM Private Equity Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct
Authority, FRN: 122120 and is ultimately owned by YFM Equity Partners LLP.


About Springboard Corporate Finance
Springboard Corporate Finance was established in 2005 to provide high quality, independent and
professional corporate finance advice to dynamic entrepreneurs, management teams and corporates
across the UK seeking to sell, buy or raise finance for their business. As an award winning mergers
and acquisitions advisor, Springboard operates in the lower mid M&A market with transactions
typically falling in the £1 million to £30 million deal size range. Operating from Birmingham,
Nottingham and London, Springboard employs 12 staff.

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