Digital agency to expand its team and its offices

A GATESHEAD-BASED digital agency is set to create jobs and move into new offices after securing a raft of contracts from across the North East.

Tony Olanipekun, Rob Mathieson and Kevin Reece at AYO

A GATESHEAD-BASED digital agency is set to create jobs and move into new offices after securing a raft of contracts from across the North East.

AYO Media may have been set up only three years ago, but it has already established a long list of clients, which have all benefited from the firm’s expertise in website development and digital marketing.

While marketing budgets have remained tight within both the public and private sector, AYO has seen a rise in work as companies look to save money in the long term by linking up their websites with their entire range of services.

Its expertise, which also includes process management and point of sale solutions, helps clients to improve efficiencies, profitability and allows them to measure their return on investment. This has helped the firm to grow its turnover by a third over the last year with its turnover also doubling to 13 members of staff over the same period.

The company now believes that it can grow to the same degree over the next 12 months as it prepares to move from its 800sqft offices in Mulgrave Terrace to new 2,500sqft offices within the Northern Design Centre, which is due to open in the Baltic Business Quarter early next year.

Rob Mathieson, managing director at AYO Media, said: “We have grown quite a lot in such a small space of time and I believe that is because of the range and quality of services that we provide.

“We don’t just market ourselves as website developers, as the sites we produce can be linked up to a specific network and used to help run entire businesses.

“We are just about to sign up two big clients, which will help us to continue our growth once we move into the Northern Design Centre.”

New contract wins include work with Gateshead College to redevelop its corporate website, which it has also incorporated into the college’s internal network.

The firm also recently picked up work from the British BMX Olympic team, which saw it install software at its site in Manchester that tracks lap times and top speeds as the team gears up for next year’s Olympic Games.

AYO said it was continuing to secure new work and expects to wrap up two large contracts in the coming weeks.

The firm is now looking to increase its portfolio of work outside of the North East, which also includes work for Leeds-based utilities company Zuva in addition to its work in Manchester. Mathieson said: “We have been able to grow within a challenging market with the help of expertise which allows our clients to make real efficiencies and cost savings by bringing many strands of their business together.”


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