L-R: Paddy Woods, Phonovation; Guy Currey, Invest North East England; Councillor John Adams, Gateshead Council.
Rebecca Wayman

Award-winning Irish communications company moves to Gateshead

Phonovation, a company providing solutions for high-profile clients like Vodafone and Three, has established a second UK office in Gateshead.

With headquarters in Dublin, Phonovation is located alongside Facebook and Apple, developing software in excess of 200m international calls and texts each year.

Paddy Woods, Phonovation’s director, first learned about the North East’s strength in the digital sector from the website of the region’s inward investment agency, Invest North East England.

Following a visit to the region, he decided upon Gateshead Technology Park for the company’s base. He said: “The experience of setting up an office in Gateshead has been fantastic. The team have been very accommodating and went out of their way to help us out.

“The recruitment process was something I haven’t experienced in a while, with such talent available we were spoilt for choice. We have recruited three developers initially and are very excited at what they can bring to the business.”

Along with cyber security, Phonovation provides four main communications services: Bulk SMS, IVR, SaaS and Premium Rate Services.

The company’s solutions and tech have been recognised through a Microsoft Silver Partnership status. As well as this, Phonovation received the Cyber Solution of the Year 2017 Award at the Cyber Threat Summit.

Councillor John Adams, portfolio holder for economy at Gateshead Council, said: “We are delighted to welcome such an innovative, award winning company to Gateshead.

“They complement the existing business community in our Technology Park, and it’s exactly the type of company we want to see here.

“Phonovation are a new and exciting addition to the business life of the borough. We look forward to working with them to support their continued growth and success.”

Over the next 18 months, Phonovation aims to continue its expansion and create a further seven new jobs in the North East, focusing on .NET developers.

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