Emma with Stephen Hendy

Emma paid a visit to innovative and pioneering Wolverhampton technology business Data Developments (based at the Wolverhampton Science Park) and learnt how their software helps the third sector.

Data Developments provide software to help churches and charities keep track of donors and donations, and manage their accounts in line with the rules surrounding Gift Aid. During the visit, Emma saw the company’s latest innovation – a donation point which allows donations to be made quickly and easily with one tap from a contactless card. This will be crucial to charities as we move towards a cashless society.

Speaking following the visit, Emma said:

“I really enjoyed my visit to local tech company Data Developments. Computers have changed a lot since the company was formed in 1985. The family business has been ahead of the curve since then. They developed the first electronic databases for graveyards and the congregation of churches.

“In the 21st century, they have developed crucial software and a new contactless donation point. This is crucial given that the UK and other countries are moving towards a cashless society. More and more of us are carrying less and less cash, but still want to donate to good causes. It’s really easy to use and I know that many charities have already taken up this innovative solution to enabling people to donate easily and to use Gift Aid.”

Stephen Hendy, Managing Director of Data Developments, said:

“I was delighted to welcome our local MP, Emma Reynolds, to visit our company. We explained how we have moved from providing the first software to churches in the 1980s which enabled them to keep a record of burials in their graveyards, to providing churches and other charities a way to receive donations with a contactless point. As we move towards a cashless society, this is vital for the long term future of charities.”