mkodo, founded by MD Stuart Godfree and ED Sue Yoxall in 2001, specialises in mobile technology solutions for commerce, marketing and CRM. The Tech Hub will augment the 30-strong team based in Tech City, London.
Stuart Godfree, MD, comments: “We have already recruited 4 excellent team members into the Newcastle Office and have current job postings out for 4 further roles: QA Engineer, Project Manager, Product Marketing Manager and Sales Manager. Interested candidates should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. We are looking to grow the team further, in line with business requirements, through 2016.”
The launch event will see a strong presence from Newcastle Gateshead Initiative whose inward investment team, Invest Newcastle, were key to mkodo’s decision to base the Tech Hub in Newcastle. Invest Newcastle is a service delivered by NewcastleGateshead Initiative on behalf of Newcastle City Council to attract and secure new investment and jobs for the city. The team help businesses to locate, expand and flourish in Newcastle. They provide a range of bespoke, client led, support services for existing businesses and potential investors, enabling businesses to reach their ambitions for growth.
Sue Yoxall, ED, comments: “The assistance we received from the Invest Newcastle was invaluable in helping us decide where to locate our Tech Hub. They were able to give us sound business intelligence to form our business case and ultimately choose Newcastle as a place to build our team.”
Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle City Council said: “I’m delighted to welcome mkodo to the city and their move reaffirms Newcastle’s position as one of the fastest growing tech hub outside of London. Science Central is fast becoming our flagship site for science and technology, which clearly mkodo have recognised, and supports our ambition to bring investment to the city and creating more and better jobs. I wish mkodo every success for the future.”
Guests for the evening will be treated to local craft beer, cocktails and canapes provided by Bolden House, music by local group Nick Pryde and the Pimptones plus a showcase of mkodo’s latest iBeacon technology solutions for asset tracking, visitor research and event interaction.
The office launch coincides with the release to App Store of mkodo’s latest Sports Calendar App. The App, for sports fans everywhere, is fully designed for iOS9 on iPhone, iPad and iPad Pro devices. It is a What’s On App that intelligently finds and displays when and where major sporting events are taking place over the next 12 months. It is built using the latest UI design and navigation methods; has search, filter and favouriting options; enables social sharing and calendar integration. It offers split screen, offline and dual orientation support.