Newcastle-based Notify Technology has developed a platform to allow organisations of any size to manage worker health and safety. The startup has just secured £500k in funding from the North East Venture Fund (NEVF), with participation from the European Regional Development Fund and Mercia Fund Managers.
Notify was founded in May 2017 by Duncan Davies and Andy Dumbell. The duo recognised that technology would make it easier to identify and predict risks, and reduce the incidence of workplace accidents.
Notify’s software enables workers to record accidents and near misses on a mobile device. Managers can use the platform to track outcomes, actions and trends on a real-time dashboard. The startup plans to use the new funds to step up its sales and marketing activities to attract new customers.
Notify is already used by clients including Travis Perkins plc, Thyssenkrupp, Bournville Village Trust, Alexandra Palace and Pinewood Studios. It also provides a free near miss reporting app ‘NotifyIt’ which aims to help businesses worldwide to improve their health and safety culture, and has already been downloaded in 58 countries around the globe.
Duncan Davies, the CEO of Notify Technology, said: “Notify aims to create a safety revolution. In most cases, incidents happen well beyond the reach of a desk-bound computer, and reporting risks is still a manual process. Notify makes risk reporting and identification simple and efficient. The data can then be used to identify where risks are highest so people and organisations can be better forewarned.This investment is crucial in allowing us to get our message out, within the UK and globally, and to push forward with our technology roadmap to help make workers safer and healthier wherever they are in the world.”
Jan Oosthuizen, Investment Manager with Mercia, said: “Duncan and Andy have brought a fresh approach to the field of health and safety. Notify allows organisations to streamline their processes and create a cultural change in their approach to health and safety; making it easier to comply with new regulations which take a risk-based approach. Ultimately, it will help to reduce the enormous human and financial cost of accidents at work and to save lives.”