L-R: Paul McEldon, chief executive of the North East BIC, Chris and Senga Kean, founders of dodio and Cllr Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council.
Jane Imrie

Growing marketing firm set to create jobs following Sunderland City Council support

A North East marketing agency is set to grow its team over the next 12 months following a period of growth.

Full-service agency dodio, which was founded by couple Chris and Senga Kean, has announced plans to take on three new members of staff as part of its expansion plans.

Founded in 2015, the firm has secured contracts with the NHS as well as local authorities and regional education trusts, in addition to working with SMEs across the region.

As a result of its growth, the company has moved to new larger premises three times in as many years, and increased its headcount from two to five.

dodio co-founder Senga Kean explained: “The past year has been by far our busiest and most exciting.

“While our in-house skills mean we continue to deliver stand-alone website projects, graphic design and content generation - we’ve carefully maintained our focus on delivering strategically crafted, well-rounded marketing plans to our ever-growing list of clients.”

The move to create jobs follows the firm’s latest relocation to the North East Business Innovation Centre (BIC) earlier this year with support from Sunderland City Council.

Senga continued: “As a hub for business growth in the region, the BIC is the perfect place for us, so we’re delighted to take up such a prominent position on the site.

“The support we have received from Sunderland City Council has been critical to our growth. It gave us the confidence to take on new members of staff, invest in equipment and office space and ultimately improve the product and service we offer.”

Cllr Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, commented: “dodio is a fantastic success story for the city and is a great example of what can be achieved through hard work and determination.

“This latest move is sure to strengthen the business even further, and I wish them every success as it continues to grow and innovate from their base here in Sunderland.”

Paul McEldon, chief executive of the North East BIC, added: “We’ve been fortunate enough to witness dodio start out as a fledgling business to then expand into the full service, contemporary creative agency they are today.

“It’s been a privilege to work with them as they continue to win new and exciting contracts and we’re so pleased to have them at the forefront of the BIC’s and the city’s business community.”

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