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CipherSent launches


C4DI member David Ripper has been working on a very exciting project called "CipherSent". What has been really interesting is that other members have been involved and the project only happened with the help of the C4DI member team! We are seeing this happen more and more with people collaborating on client work and also startup ideas. So, what is Cipher Sent? Have a read below!

"Secure Matters Ltd, a software solutions company based at C4DI in Hull, has just released its first service. CipherSent makes secure file transfer simple. You can transfer sensitive data securely, simply, and quickly. To anyone, anywhere."

David Ripper, the founder of Secure Matters, explained that having worked with a few organisations that were struggling to make sure sensitive data was transferred securely he decided that there was a simpler way. “Existing solutions can be time consuming because there are a lot of manual steps in the process. They can also be insecure because either the manual process leaves room for error at different points, or because they’re relatively complex to use. This can lead to people ignoring the system because it’s too onerous.”

CipherSent makes the process simple by automating it as much as possible. People just login, upload the files to be transferred, and then enter the details of the recipients. Files are always encrypted from the moment they start uploading. Strong one time passwords are automatically generated and sent to the recipients via SMS. A link to the files is sent via email. Files are automatically restricted so only the recipients can access them, and they’re automatically deleted from the service after no more than 30 days.

Secure Matters has used local companies to help with the creation of the service. Fellow C4DI members have been commissioned to develop the service and design the web site. David says “It’s important to us to use local skills where we can. Keeping the supply chain local means we can work closely with our suppliers to deliver high quality services in a short timeframe. C4DI is a great environment to meet other startups and small companies involved in the technology sector. As a member we were able to easily access the right skills and experience to take CipherSent from an idea to a live service.”

If you want to learn more about CipherSent visit the website at, call them on 01482 240770, or drop them an email at hello at

The New C4DI - Member Preview


Last Thursday afternoon we opened the doors to the new building for a special member preview of the ground floor of our new home. Over 100 people attended the event, including a few journalists and over 150 scrumptious C4DI branded cupcakes (thanks to Anna from Nibble - the new @TheDock Café). After donning a pair of 'trendy' blue booties our members were guided through the ultra-modern reception area and unleashed; free to explore the different areas making up the ground floor. Cupcakes at the preview dayPreview Que






Taking a left at the reception takes you through to the meeting zone, outfitted with comfy sofas and stylish meeting booths this area is the perfect place to have a quick meeting, coffee break or chat.

Meeting zone - chairs Meeting zone - booths

Straight through the meeting zone is the bored room. Unfortunately Jon, with his army of cupcakes, won't be a permanent fixture however, with a generous seating capacity and a great view of what will be the amphitheatre area the bored-room doesn't fail to impress.

John Bored room

Quiet zone - previewOn the other side of the meeting zone is the co-working space. A fantastic open area that is perfect for the type of collaboration that form the building blocks for great startup ideas. There's also a separate quiet zone - for those time you need a bit of space to really focus, as well as a large studio space for events, keynotes and startup - pitches.

Dane Mortimer, Insight Lead at Force-7, a youth marketing and research agency said; "First impressions of the ground floor area is that the design looks to me as if it will lend itself to harnessing the collaborative spirit of working that has been established at C4DI beta.

We're really looking forward to using the studio spaces to supplement the work we do."

During the preview the new building really came into its own, springing into life and warmly accommodating all the guests - it's a great insight into how the building will feel when the doors officially open later in November and we all really look forward to moving in (some members have already made themselves very comfortable!).

Co-working space preview Jim in the co-working space







If you love the C4DI culture and want to know more about us or are thinking about joining please don't hesitate to get in touch with me on

Welcome to WP Engine!


We are delighted to welcome WP Engine as our latest supporter!

WP Engine is a leading SaaS content management platform for websites and applications built on WordPress, trusted by over 27,000 customers worldwide. We power thousands of websites and apps built on the WordPress platform delivering a fast, reliable, secure web experience. All levels of users including bloggers, marketers, SMB, and large corporations rely on our platform to keep their websites up and running. Here are just some key points that set us apart from other hosting providers:

  • Our EverCache technology runs WordPress on average, 4-6 times faster, improving page loads and SEO ranking
  • Customer security/performance rules sets with over 4,000 WordPress specific active scanning rules
  • Always on, world class, technical support 24/7/365 via live chat, tickets and phone
  • Speak with experts. Every support technician is specifically trained for WordPress, it’s all we do

C4DI is a great client of ours and we’re excited to announce a special incentive for all their members who are new to WP Engine to use for their own sites… $20 off each month for your first three months on our either our Personal, Professional or Business monthly plans.

Ebuyer Partnership with C4Di


Another development in busy month for the C4Di! We are delighted to announce a new partnership between the C4Di and The aim of the partnership is to continue our work with new businesses in the area and encourage the formation and growth of tech start-ups. The partnership will enable us to eventually offer start-ups the chance to work with the ecommerce company and place products on the Ebuyer website.

C4Di members will be able to showcase their product directly to the ebuyer buying team giving them direct access to a major retailer, and a crack at the ecommerce market.

We will work closely with ebuyer to offer exclusive workshops, talks, and additional support to C4Di members.

Over the next few months ebuyer and the C4Di/ Hull digital will put together events and meetings to help kick-start the partnership.

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