Digital agency launches recruitment drive to double workforce in three years

Shout Digital, based on Newcastle Quayside, has increased its staff headcount by 20%

The new starters at Newcastle-based digital agency, Shout Digital

A North East digital media agency has expanded its workforce by 20% in the latest stage of a rolling recruitment programme.

The Newcastle-based Shout Digital, which specialises in web design and digital media services, was recently voted North East Marketing Business of the Year for the third time running and was the runner-up in the category of Digital Agency of the Year at the Mi Awards in Manchester.

Now, it has appointed five new employees, taking total headcount from 21 to 26, in the first round of a recruitment drive that will double its existing workforce within three years.

Among the new starters at the agency, whose North East clients include NOVA, Sage and Bond Dickinson, is industry expert Michael Dunbar who will become part of the senior management team in his role as head of web development.

Dunbar, who has more than 10 years’ experience, will be joined at Shout Digital by fellow new starter Dr Michael Batty, who brings more than 15 years’ experience to his role as application developer.

A former mathematics lecturer at some of the UK and Ireland’s top universities, Batty is an established web developer, researcher and author, his work on The Utopia Enquiry being nominated for a BAFTA Television Craft Award 2014.

In addition, Mark Pattinson, who has worked with high end brands such as Hugo Boss and Mulberry, has been appointed creative designer, while Michelle Ward has been recruited as senior account manager. Shane Appleby, meanwhile, joins the firm as mobile app developer.

Shout Digital chief executive Gary Boon said: “All our new starters are exceptional in their particular fields and our clients, here in the UK and internationally, will benefit considerably from their expertise and experience.

“This has been a good year for us in terms of bringing in new customers nationally and internationally and the recruitment so far is really just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the skills we require.

“We’ll be looking to recruit maybe another 10 to 15 people in 2014.”

He added that, while it was difficult to determine a single factor responsible for the firm’s growth, initiatives such as Go Digital Newcastle - bringing high speed broadband to 97% of the city - had brought the digital issue into the limelight. Businesses coming out of the recession were also looking to invest in their digital offering.

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