A company making software to help pharmacies find locums at short notice has won funding of more than £500,000.
Locate a Locum in Belfast has been given a financial boost by TechStart NI, which supports early-stage tech firms, as well as private investors - including Northern Ireland business angel network Halo. Since it was set up around a year ago, it has signed up thousands of pharmacists around the UK, and now pairs them with around 8,000 pharmacists, including Boots.
Chief executive Jonathon Clarke - who co-founded the company with Michael Budden - said: "The NHS currently spends £4bn per year on agency fees. Locate a Locum can save the NHS an average of £105 per day for each temporary member of staff by using our efficient software solution."
Alan Watts, Director of Halo, added: "Jonathon and Michael are two promising entrepreneurs who have found a real gap in the market."