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Tyneside tech firm Melius Group to double in size after city centre move

A growing Newcastle tech firm has expanded into new city centre offices as part of plans to double its workforce by the end of 2021.

Melius Group, which specialises in using technology to transform businesses, has already increased its team from six to 12 in the last few months and has plans to recruit further this year, while also exploring apprenticeship opportunities.

The company has just moved into new offices at Haylofts in Newcastle city centre, part of the HY Hubs portfolio of business centres, to accommodate its larger team.

Co-founder and CEO Stevie Cowie had senior roles at several IT companies at national, international and global levels before launching Melius with David McPherson, the company’s CIO, who had national roles for Northern Electric, EMC, Symantec and Aegis IT before taking on a business development role at TSG.

Mr Cowie said: “We’ve had substantial growth over the last year and we’re confident that trajectory will continue.

“Growth has come from winning new clients and securing more work from existing customers. We can see significant opportunities for growth so will be recruiting further skilled team members to ensure we have the structure and resource in preparation for more work.

“I’d worked with David for about 11 years after meeting on an EMC project and our backgrounds in the tech sector complement each other. His expertise and experience significantly differentiates us from our competitors.”

Growth had been steady until real acceleration over the last 12 months, with expansion particularly strong in the pharmaceutical, financial services, public sector and emergency service sectors.

Melius Group also has a cyber security arm, Melius Cyber.

Mr Cowie said: “I know from my experience in the industry that the big corporate tech firms are very prescriptive about what they will provide, but this isn’t always in the best interests of the client. As an independent our solutions can be a mix of product from different vendors or service providers, which is not always an option for bigger companies.

“We use technology and our service offerings to transform businesses, streamlining business processes, creating efficiencies and future proofing their IT to give companies a competitive advantage, both now and as they scale their activities.

“Cyber security is an increasingly important issue for the tech sector, the wider business world and society. The threat to companies is very real and needs to be taken seriously. We’ve built an offering aimed specifically at small to medium sized organisations, and provide all aspects of cyber threat protection.”

The company is now exploring areas of growth, including the education sector.

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