Ascendant Solutions Limited


St Catherine’s House,
Woodfield Park,
Tickhill Road,

Contact Details

Tel: 01302 543157

Winners Of

  • 2023 Innovation

Ascendant Solutions Ltd is an award-winning software development company, responsible for producing a range of cloud-based, data driven software solutions.

The company was awarded the King’s Award for Innovation in recognition of the ground-breaking work it delivered to reduce the administrative burden faced by local authorities at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. Today, Ascendant’s Apply4.Online® system has been adopted by nearly a third of all local authorities operating in England, helping to reduce the amount of time taken to process a range of grant applications.

The innovative software cross-checks and analyses data from a range of sources, resulting in a 70% reduction time in processing. Achieving an error rate of just 0.8%, it has successfully prevented ineligible applications totalling more than £400m.

In addition to its core Apply4.Online® technology, which has been successfully used to support the delivery of energy relief subsidies, business rate rebates, and sponsor families under the Homes for Ukraine initiative, Ascendant has also pioneered a range of innovative cloud-based software solutions designed to support businesses and public sector bodies.

Examples of work undertaken includes helping organisations to identify potentially vulnerable customers and helping them overcome the challenges they’re facing; reducing fraud; helping local authorities manage routine property inspections, as well as managing council tax registrations effectively.

Darren Kelk, MD, says: “Data impacts upon all of our lives in different ways. The challenge facing many organisations is whether the data they hold on file is accurate and up to date. At the height of the pandemic, local authorities were under considerable pressure from Government to distribute the Covid-19 grants as quickly as possible; however, there clearly needed to be controls put in place.

“The success we’ve achieved is a real David vs Goliath story and illustrates the vital role small businesses can play when it comes to bringing innovative solutions to market. The King’s Award for Innovation is one of the highest accolades any business can receive, and the success we’ve achieved illustrates the vital role small businesses like Ascendant Solutions Ltd has within this market.”

Ascendant Solutions was founded in 2016 by Darren. The company achieved ISO:27001 and was awarded the Cyber Essentials Plus Certificate in 2022.