Colburn-based software design company making name in events industry

Just six months out of university and local software developer Andrew Emmett has already set up his own company that’s making a name for itself in the event industry.

It is an online ticket sales and scanning company called We Scan Tickets which provides a simple, secure way for event organisers to sell their tickets online and later verify them on the door with a scanning feature that is accessed via a smartphone app.

The software for the whole system was developed by Andrew, 23, from Richmond, during his time at Teesside University from where he graduated last summer with a first class honours degree in computer science.

I have designed We Scan Tickets to provide a simple way of selling tickets online for event organisers,” he said.

“It also has a range of advanced features for organisers to use if they want, but the emphasis has always been on ease-of-use because, at the end of the day, organisers are looking for the smoothest, simplest ticket sales and scanning system.”

And Andrew should know. We Scan Tickets emerged out of the first Mighty Dub Fest organised by his father, Bruce, in 2011.

Although a roaring success in itself, this weekend-long VW and music event at Alnwick Castle in Northumberland flagged up the need for a better, more efficient ticket sales and distribution system, so Bruce commissioned Andrew to find a solution.

Andrew duly obliged by creating the software to sell, distribute and scan tickets which launched successfully with Mighty Dub Fest 2012.

Since then, Andrew has re-engineered parts of the system and introduced new platforms and technology to improve its functionality and user-friendliness.

The result is a growing list of satisfied customers organising a variety of events, large and small, around the country – from car shows, 10K runs and music festivals to business events, gymnastic competitions and bicycle races.

Close to home, this includes Richmond Live, the live music event which celebrates its 20th anniversary on August 3 and 4 this year.

The system really couldn’t be easier,” said Andrew, who attended Richmond School.

“Customers can drop a checkout box on their website or social media pages and start selling tickets in minutes. Payment is made direct to their account and everything can be monitored along the way.

As far as the event is concerned, our app offers a secure, easy and reliable way to scan and verify tickets which can be done either on or offline depending on internet access. If you are online, you can even scan tickets and continue to sell tickets in real time, it’s that flexible.”

For more information about We Scan Tickets, visit or follow the business on most social media platforms. The company is based at IPS Innovate, Colburn Business Park, Catterick Garrison.