Hebburn-based software company recruit to help expansion target

A fast-growing software development company in South Tyneside has recruited four new members of staff to help it with its plans for further expansion into new markets

Helen Lee and Andy Walton of software company Nine
Helen Lee and Andy Walton of software company Nine

A fast-growing software development company in South Tyneside has recruited four new members of staff to help it with its plans for further expansion into new markets.

Hebburn-based Nine creates bespoke software solutions for companies across a range of sectors who can’t find a suitable off-the-shelf option on the open market.

The name comes from the idea of ‘a stitch in time saves nine’, illustrating how Nine works with its clients and takes the time to understand their exact needs in order to deliver the best possible solution.

Since being established in 2011, Nine has experienced tremendous year-on-year growth in turnover, and these latest appointments bring the team to 12 full-time members of staff.

As well as its work with public- sector organisations including the NHS, and a variety of companies in the engineering and oil and gas sectors, Nine has recently seen growth through working with clients in the utilities and retail sectors.

Now the team has been boosted with the appointment of Helen Lee, brought in as business development manager to play an integral role in the company’s impressive continued growth.

Lee has a strong commercial background having worked for SMEs, educational institutions and large corporates in the region including Ward Hadaway, Barclays, Sunderland University and Narec.

She said: “Nine is a fantastic example of some of the world-class and truly innovative work that is taking place right here in the North East, and I jumped at the chance of becoming part of the team.

“Nine is growing at a phenomenal rate, it’s an exciting place to be; working alongside a hugely talented team and some great clients.”

Nine managing director Andy Walton added: “This is a really exciting time for Nine, which is reflected in the rate at which we’ve been growing.

“We’re now in the position where we can move into a number of new markets and with her impressive track record, Helen will play an important part in bringing that about.

“Because we focus solely on creating truly bespoke software solutions for our clients, the strength and depth of our team is critical.

“Investing in our team and recruiting high-calibre people means we are in a strong position to work on an exciting range of projects for clients around the world.”

The company has also added to its technical expertise with the appointment of Jason Watson, David Loxham and Gary Emery as software developers.

Watson has joined Nine after relocating to the North East from Preston. He has a Masters degree in computer science and will focus on software and Apple iOS development for a number of Nine’s public sector clients such as the NHS and various housing associations in the region.

Loxham comes to Nine with a background in developing software and mobile apps targeted at financial advisers and their clients, while Emery has more than five years’ experience of developing innovative software applications.

Their experience in complex software solutions will be used in developing solutions for Nine’s customer base in the oil and gas sector.

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