Hi-tech creative hub companies celebrate expansion at rapid pace

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TWO businesses at a creative and digital hub in Barnsley are celebrating growth.

Egress, an international provider of email and file encryption services and software, has been based at the Digital Media Centre since 2013, after expanding its London offices to Barnsley.

And after achieving record breaking growth, it has outgrown its office twice in two years and now employs 34 staff.

It achieved more than 100 per cent year-on-year growth in sales bookings, new customer acquisition, significant upselling to existing customers and a 100 per cent renewal rate of existing subscriptions.

John Goodyear, co-founder and chief technology officer, said: “We’ve had an extremely busy year seeing considerable business growth across the UK and North America.

“We needed a larger office to house our ever expanding team of developers, support and technical services engineers and knew straight away that we wanted to stay within the Digital Media Centre.”

Joining Egress in the celebration is video production company Visualised it.

The company recently moved into bigger office space this month after securing contracts for the television industry to film and edit broadcast content and TV adverts.

The Digital Media Centre has been headquarters to Visualised it since 2013 and has seen the business expand from a team of two to six this year.

“The Digital Media Centre has been a great place to base my business,” said Joada Allen-Booth, Head of Production at Visualised it.

“This month saw our second birthday and to mark the occasion we delivered personalised buns and cakes to the other businesses in the centre. Being so close to lots of other businesses is a real advantage for networking and developing new business.”