This Watford company made headlines in May when the House of Commons selected it as a potential replacement for Zoom, allowing up to 400 MPs to appear virtually in the chamber — but the contract did not materialise. StarLeaf, founded in 2008 by Mark Loney, 51, William MacDonald, 55, and Mark Richer, 56, designs and develops cloud-based video-conferencing software for desktops, mobile devices and company meeting room systems, and says it saw a 950% increase in calls from January to April. In 2017 the business raised $40m (£30m) from investors, including Highland Europe and Grafton Capital, helping it to expand in America by opening offices in New York and Chicago. Sales last year hit £23.2m.
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