A TYNESIDE digital media agency has hired eight new staff after seeing its turnover increase by more than a third in only three months.
Shout Digital, whose North East clients include Nova, Sage and legal firm Bond Dickinson, formerly Dickinson Dees, says it is on course to double its workforce in the next three years and hit a turnover target of £3m by the end of 2015.
But despite its continued success, which has seen the Newcastle-based firm expand three times in as many years, and the recent opening of a London office, chief executive Gary Boon said the firm has no desire to leave the region. “Although 52% of our business now comes from outside the North East my commitment to the region is absolute,” said Boon, whose company is based at Keel House, in the Garth Heads area of the city.
“From the outset it’s been my intention to create a business for the long term that isn’t just about making money but that puts something back into the economy in terms of jobs and expertise.
“In my view, the future prosperity of the region is dependent on strong businesses in sectors, such as digital, that will stand the test of time.”
In 2012, Shout was voted Best Marketing Business in the North East for the second year running by leading industry figures at the MiAwards, led by marketing publication The Drum.
The company, which specialises in delivering end-to-end digital strategy services for business, was also shortlisted for Digital Agency of the Year and Managing Director of the Year and now hopes to secure a place in The Drum Digital Top 100 UK Agencies by 2015.
Last year it also joined Apple, Microsoft and Facebook as a member of W3C, the international committee spearheaded by internet founder Tim Berners-Lee that is dedicated to protecting the future of the internet.
“I know from working with Shout that they are exceptional at what they do,” said former Sage chief executive Paul Walker, “which is why I decided to invest in the company.
“Moreover, its increasing profile outside the region and within the industry makes it an excellent ambassador for the North East and is proof that Shout Digital is at the very forefront of this fast moving and competitive industry.”