A DIGITAL marketing firm is on course to double its workforce since moving into bigger premises after securing £200,000 via The Journal's Let's Grow campaign.
Mediaworks, which won a share of Regional Growth Fund Money, plans to create around 45 jobs in the next two years and has also set itself an ambitious target of increasing its turnover to £10m by 2014.
The firm, started in 2007 by managing director Brett Jacobson and currently employing 45 people, has just moved from its 2,500sqft Team Valley industrial estate offices into a 7,500sqft office complex a few hundred yards away.
The premises were previously the home of US-owned video games firm Midway Games, which was closed in 2009 with the loss of 74 jobs. The building had been empty since then and Mediaworks has invested a six-figure sum in improving the offices, which have room to house 150 people.
Northumbria University graduate Jacobson said: “Having doubled our workforce in the last 12 months we really needed a move to facilitate our ongoing expansion. This move gives us that and there’s even extra room to grow in the adjacent buildings. In the last office, integration between teams was a bit of a problem and we felt we wanted to build more of a family feel to the place.
“We’ve certainly got this with our new HQ, which has been developed with an open-plan layout.
“We’ve also installed all the latest video conferencing technology in state-of-the-art meeting rooms to enable us to service our global clients more efficiently.”
Mediaworks works with clients that include Eastern Airways, Jessops, Brantano, Cruise, TSG, Eversheds and Alfred Dunhill, to improve their online presence.
In the last year it doubled its turnover to around £4m and is now aiming to add more major national and international brands to its client portfolio.
In addition to recruiting in the North East, Mediaworks is currently putting together a small London-based sales team, where it also plans to open a satellite office in the first half of the year.