IT firm marks mile­stone with more growth

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS - KAREN BRIT­TON

AN IT com­pany is cel­e­brat­ing 10 years in busi­ness and con­tin­u­ing to ex­pand with four new re­cruits.

Sigma, which has its head­quar­ters in Mac­cles­field, spe­cialises in im­prov­ing the us­abil­ity of dig­i­tal prod­ucts in­clud­ing web­sites, in­tranets, mo­bile apps and soft- ware.

The agency was first es­tab­lished in 2007 by Hi­lary Stephen­son to pro­vide a range of ser­vices in­clud­ing re­search, de­sign, devel­op­ment, train­ing and sup­port. Her orig­i­nal re­mit was to es­tab­lish a pres­ence in the UK and de­velop key re­la­tion­ships for Sigma’s Swedish par­ent com­pany, Sigma IT Con­sult­ing.

Over the past 10 years, the com­pany has grown into a 40 strong team, with a sec­ond of­fice in Cam­bridge and a turnover of £3 mil­lion. Sigma’s client base in­cludes Sport Eng­land, In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Ho­tels Group, The Univer­sity of Manch­ester and Cit­i­zens Ad­vice.

As part of its on­go­ing growth plans, the firm has re­cently taken on four new em­ploy­ees. Steve O’Con­nor, Rick Read and Shirley Sarker will be join­ing the Mac­cles­field of­fice, while Lou Shack­le­ton joins the Cam­bridge team.

Steve comes on board as a se­nior de­signer fol­low­ing six years with Air­source, a Cam­bridge­based de­vel­oper of mo­bile apps.

Rick, who has worked in soft­ware and web devel­op­ment for the last 10 years in­clud­ing at McCann Manch­ester and Read­ing Room, has been hired as a se­nior soft­ware de­vel­oper. Shirley is a re­cent grad­u­ate of Hy­per Is­land and former Art Direc­tor at Chan­nel 5.

Af­ter a decade of com­mu­ni­cat­ing com­plex ideas through an­i­ma­tion she will be help­ing to build Sigma’s prod­uct and ser­vice de­sign ca­pa­bil­ity as a user ex­pe­ri­ence de­signer.

To com­mem­o­rate a decade in busi­ness, col­leagues from Mac­cles­field, Cam­bridge and Swe­den went out for a Swedish-themed meal to mark the oc­ca­sion.

Hi­lary Stephen­son, man­ag­ing direc­tor, said: “Our 10th an­niver­sary marks an ex­cit­ing time for us here at Sigma.

“Last year we ex­panded through strate­gic hir­ing in our Cam­bridge of­fice and we plan to con­tinue our growth by adding up to 10 new mem­bers to the team in 2017.

“At­tract­ing for­ward think­ing in­di­vid­u­als that are pas­sion­ate about user ex­pe­ri­ence is a high pri­or­ity for us in or­der to pro­vide the very best ser­vice de­sign work for our clients.”

Hi­lary Stephen­son, man­ag­ing direc­tor of Sigma in Mac­cles­field, de­scribed it as ‘ex­cit­ing times’ for the com­pany

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