New year, new staff as website agency adds to its workforce

Three specialists have been recruited by a north Northumberland-based agency, doubling the size of its workforce in the process.

Having only made the transformation from a freelance consultancy to a hiring firm in 2011, Colin Harris Web Development, in Amble, has rocketed into the new year by hiring a trio of recruits.

With more than 20 years of industry experience in leading companies such as Bradford and Bingley and Rook Matthews Sayer, newly-appointed sales manager Deborah Lowdon joins the company to further its growth and development.

Deborah, 50, from Newcastle, said: “I have always admired the work ethos and creative ability of the Colin Harris Web Development team.

“I am thrilled to be joining the company as it enters this new phase of growth.”

Antonia Edwards from Morpeth, has been appointed as PR and marketing manager.

The 22-year-old will be responsible for directing the company’s corporate PR services, social media accounts and marketing campaigns.

Having previously worked for an award-winning North East PR agency assisting on a range of business and consumer accounts, Antonia has built up excellent regional, trade and national press contacts and will be fostering relationships on behalf of the company.

Robert Ryder, 27, from Worcester, joins the team as a PHP website developer.

It follows three years of extensive experience in the field, after graduating with a BA in Interactive Digital Media from Worcester University.

Colin Harris, 36, and owner of the company, said: “All three appointments bring a new dimension to our company, and it’s very exciting to be entering 2013 with three new team members.

“Due to a growth in client and prospect enquiries the past month has seen us be very active with regards to recruitment.

“This expansion is representative of the plans and developments we hope to continue over the next year.

“We are very lucky to have such a thriving business – we offer a reputable yet affordable service which in this economy I feel is essential for success.”

With a diverse range of skills and expertise, the agency offers a range of web-related services such as website design, e-commerce, SEO optimisation and content management.

It has managed website development projects from small site build to 150-day super structures.