Grant Cooper, 33, was born in Port Elizabeth and educated in South Africa before moving to Newcastle College to study for a degree in applied computing. After graduating he worked with a Tyneside-based web agency before joining Waymark, a bespoke software development company based at the Metro Riverside Park in Gateshead.
Grant said: “I love that people in the North East are so relaxed and friendly, which is exactly how I’ve found everyone at Waymark. When I first moved over I really struggled with the accent – it was almost like learning a new language, but I’m used to it now. The other adjustment I had to make was getting used to snow – I’d never seen it before.
“I’d heard of Waymark on the grapevine, the company has a great reputation so I was delighted to join the team.
“The company is using the very latest technologies and I’m already expanding my skillset and developing myself. I’ve settled in very quickly and I’m really enjoying myself.”
Waymark managing director David Brophy said he was delighted Grant had joined the team: “We’re a busy, ambitious company and our ambitions were met by Grant who I’m sure will be a great addition to our growing team. There are eight of us now, but we’re still recruiting.
“Our client list is growing as is the number of sectors we’re working in – and the range of services we can provide.”
As well as bespoke software development, Waymark also works in mobile development and web development. The company began by developing software for utility services, but has since expanded into the education, health, logistics and commercial sectors, working with more than 30 clients. It recently expanded into bigger offices at the Metro Riverside Park.