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Leeds cyber security firm wants to be “tech powerhouse” following MBO


Smoothwall has announced plans to expand its operations in Leeds.

It comes just months after a multi-million pound management buy out, supported by private equity firm, Tenzing.

The company says it will be expanding its technical operations, software development and service support, with around 20 new recruits.

“This year really represents a step-change for us, as we look to draw on the extremely talented pool of technology experts in Leeds and beyond. For years, many technology companies have focussed their efforts on London, but there is a growing, buzzing community of tech experts here and we’re thrilled to be opening up even more of our doors to them,” explained Douglas Hanley, Interim CTO at Smoothwall.

“As we look to grow our team of software engineers in the Leeds office, I can really see the company become a technology powerhouse for the region – there’s never been a more exciting time to work in this industry.”


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Smoothwall is behind a market-leading web filter and monitoring solution for schools. It currently operates in 32% of primary schools, 37% of secondary schools and 15% of independent schools.

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