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N-E software entrepreneur on China trade mission
12:29pm Monday 14th October 2013 in Business
A NORTH-EAST entrepreneur is taking part in this week’s trade mission to China, led by George Osborne.
Ross Linnett, chief executive and founder of Gateshead software company Recite Me Ltd, is among the busienss people accompanying the Chancellor on the visit.
Only 20 technology companies have been chosen to take part in the high profile trade mission, from a list of over a 100 leading British technology firms. Recite Me is the only web accessibility software producer and the only North East company on the trip.
Mr Linnett said: “I am delighted to be taking Recite Me’s web accessibility solutions to China and representing British industry. I believe the internet should be accessible to everyone and we offer a Cloud-based platform that works on any device anywhere in the world; an ideal solution for economies with developing infrastructure and a heavy reliance on mobile technology.
"The fact that Recite Me was chosen as part of the delegation shows that the British and Chinese governments are starting to take web accessibility seriously.”
There are around 285 million people with a visual impairment in the world, 10 to 15 percent of the world’s population has dyslexia and 774 million people cannot read or write.
Recite Me provides the software to make any website more accessible to millions of people, by reading out the content, changing the colour contrast settings or translating into one of 52 languages, including Chinese.
Mr Linnett added: “I founded Recite Me because traditional assistive technology wasn’t working for me. I have dyslexia and need to change the settings on my devices so I can read the content more easily, or better still, have it read out to me. I was frustrated because the solution offered to me only worked on one computer. Like everyone else, I wanted to access content on the internet on my tablet, my smartphone or my desktop.”
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