Internet Entrepreneur Buys Ellion Ltd of Tonbridge

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Internet Pioneer and equity investor, Mike Hardcastle, has bought a controlling interest in local development company Ellion Limited.

The Kent-based business, founded by local entrepreneur Mark Scott eight years ago, has quickly established itself as a leading provider of web-based software and services. In that time the company has built-up an impressive client portfolio which includes Bourne Leisure, Haven Holidays, Butlins, Warners and Wanderlust in the travel sector, insurance firms Lutine and Cassidy Davis as well as a number of local organisations such as Kent County Council, TickTock Publishing, and Unipar Services.

Jane Knight, Technical Director at Ellion said: "I am delighted to welcome Michael to the team, and look forward to working with him to develop and invest in our developer community here at Ellion."

Mike Hardcastle, has had previous success with Densitron Technologies a family built global PLC which he drove through the dot com boom building the share price from around 50p to well over £5. He was also involved in building the famous friendsreunited site which sold to ITV in 2005 for £150 Million.

Fergus McCloskey, Marketing Director at Ellion stated; "I am looking forward to moving Ellions' London presence to prestigious offices in the heart of Covent Garden through Mike's relationship with SUPINFO the French Technical Institute."

Plans include expansion of the development team within Tonbridge, the creation of several overseas partnerships to enhance the technical capability of the existing Ellion team and the launch of several new web-based products and services.

For further information please contact Fergus McCloskey on +44 (0) 8981 9222, email fergus.mccloskey(at) or visit


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Ellion was formed in January 2006 by the merger of technology firm Mitsu-W Ltd and media agency Template. The new company has its headquarters in Tonbridge, Kent but also has offices in Central London.

The Ellion Group comprises a number of divisions which are dedicated to helping our clients exploit new and emerging technologies. Core skills include consultancy, development ,data integration and project management in the following disciplines: customer centricty, marketing automation and web. Services are pertinent to all vertical sectors although we have particular experience in the travel, leisure and insurance industries.


The International Institute of Information Technology, also called "SUPINFO", is the new name of the "Ecole Superieure d'Informatique" de Paris, formerly called "E.S.I".

SUPINFO is today a worldwide higher school in Computer science thanks to its own international network dedicated to information technology. SUPINFO has become in France the first higher school in Computer science in term of trained student number and also in term of national coverage. SUPINFO is one of the few higher education schools where information systems training is at the core of postgraduate courses from the very first year of the programme. The Academy provides a general IT training covering all the latest technologies used in today Information Technology industry: software engineering, systems and networks, artificial intelligence, data analysis, internet and intranet technologies, business intelligennce, ERP, multi-media, etc.


Please contact: Fergus McCloskey

Tel: +44 (0) 20 8981 9222 Fax: +44 (0) 870 094 1067 Email: fergus.mccloskey(at)


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