A Ramsbottom-based entrepreneur has launched Red Plane, an IT consultancy that hopes to revolutionise how businesses operate.

Red Plane will use emerging technology to drive productivity and profitability into businesses.

Mark Stokes, 35, has already secured Microsoft partner status for his new venture, having developed strong relationships with the software giant as a freelance consultant for national brands such as Unilever and Kellogg’s.

Mark said: “A lack of technological understanding is holding back firms from impressive growth because they are just unsure what productivity increases could be made by installing revolutionary software programmes. The latest hardware can also have a big impact on efficiency savings.

“For example, it is estimated that 15 per cent to 35 per cent of a workforce’s time is spent on searching for information. If that level of workforce stagnation was solved across the country, our economy would be booming. What I’m hoping to achieve is to go into businesses, analyse how they work and how they communicate and implement technology that will revolutionise the way they operate.”

Contact him on info@ redplane. co.uk