The 39-year-old was working in mobile as long ago as the late 90s when he worked on the Ericsson R380, the first phone to be marketed as a smartphone. He went on to co-found EMCC Software Ltd, which was turning over £4m by 2006, but after it unexpectedly went into administration in 2009, Partington and three colleagues set up Apadmi.
The 70-strong Manchester agency has since built a very strong reputation as an app developer, responsible for the award-winning BBC iPlayer Radio (3 million downloads at last count) and Guardian Witness apps. For the past two years, Partington has also been CEO of RealityMine, a mobile technology research company part-owned by Apadmi that now operates in over 15 countries. He founded Mobile Monday Manchester in 2011.