North East Chamber of Commerce launches its first app

The North East Chamber of Commerce has launched its first app with the support of one of its members

Photo credit: Charlie Nettle from NECC (centre) with Adam Lee and Sam Whisker from Koodoo Creative
Charlie Nettle from NECC (centre) with Adam Lee and Sam Whisker from Koodoo Creative

The NECC has launched its first app with the support of one of its members.

Web design agency Koodoo Creative has launched Mobile to cater for growing demand among businesses for apps amid increased levels of mobile web usage.

NECC is using this service to provide an NECC news app to keep its members updated on NECC and fellow member news.

Charlie Nettle, NECC’s head of marketing, said: “Having an app that delivers content and real-time information is key as mobile usage is increasing year on year and we want to be at the forefront of this technology so that we can deliver the best service to our members.

“We are aware that many of our members are keen to make use of app technology for their own businesses, so it’s great that Mobile offers fellow members preferential rates so they can get their own app up and running.”

Being a North East born and bred business, Mobile is keen to find ways to support its local community. As part of its commitment to this, Mobile will be donating to local charities 10% of all Mobile revenues generated from providing apps to fellow NECC members.

Aside from NECC, Mobile has already landed several other major clients including volunteer organisation Evolution Darlington, recruitment group Westray and waste management business Harpers.

The new online tool allows businesses to build apps and mobile versions of their websites quickly and for a fraction of the price charged by most digital agencies. The app features include social media integration, cloud storage, multiple page listings and a bespoke booking form.

Mobile is now aiming to hit the 500-sign-ups mark by July 2014.

Adam Lee, who owns Koodoo Creative with his business partner Sam Whisker, said: “More than half of the visits to your website or views of your business content will come from a mobile device. This is the next big thing.

“If you as a business do not have a mobile presence, you are missing out on a huge amount of inquiries. Having a mobile app for your business encourages repeat usage of your services due to convenience and accessibility.

“What makes this service different to others is that clients build the app, they are in control and they don’t need to be a developer. Given that most bespoke apps on average cost between £10k-£15k, companies can make huge savings with the online tool.”

Following the launch of Mobile, the company has added an intern from Teesside University and a senior sales executive to its team – with more new jobs likely to be created in the coming months. To download NECC’s app visit the App store or Android store and search for NECC.


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