A LANCASHIRE entrepreneur has raised his stake in a tech firm specialising in a transport and mobile workforce app.

Matt Newing was impressed with the app's potential after being introduced to DriverNet's Ant Chisnall via an old school friend.

And the boss of Chorley-based Elite Group has now opted to extend his interest in the St Helens based outfit.

Mr Newing said: "I saw the huge potential in Ant's app as he had first mover advantage in the mobility market.

"I'm keen to support new tech that will make a difference to other organisations.

"It's tough for start-ups, particularly now with the uncertainty of Brexit, and it’s good to be able to help with the next phase of investment to ensure DriverNet continues its impressive growth."

Mr Chisnall founded DriverTech in 2017, after working in the logistics industry for 17 years.

Even in its first short life the company has accumulated a host of innovation and tech prizes, including awards from the European Space Agency, Merseyside Innovation and Future of Mobility awards.

Mr Chisnall added: "I'm very pleased to have Matt on board. His initial backing and support enabled us to launch to the market.

"As a result, we are now working with some of the biggest councils in the UK, the NHS and private health care providers to help improve their logistics and transport capabilities. We can't wait to see what developments 2020 brings with this further investment."