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Hallam University students expand their business

The Sheffield based digital creative company Hawkify has recently expanded, more than doubling the size of its team.

In the past five weeks alone they have taken on four new employees; Chris, an experienced web developer; Brett, an expert in SEO; and Michael and Sarah, two new marketing and administrative assistants.

The growth doesn’t stop there. Hawkify have also hired Adele, a new Office Manager to help manage the business, and are currently in the process of recruiting a sales representative.

The decision to expand came after seeing a rapid increase in turnover and profits, evident in the total number of clients rising from just ten to over fifty within less than a year. With this additional turnover accommodating the expansion, Hawkify were able to create five new jobs as a way to manage the influx of new customers while Co-Founders Dan Hawksworth and George Dorman, and Marketing Manager James continued their studies at Sheffield Hallam.

With an increase in staff, Hawkify also needed to expand their offices and have just moved into a large new premises in The Workstation, located within the heart of city next to the Showroom Cinema. The new office has been fitted with all new state of the art computers and equipment, as well as a pool table (that everyone swears only gets used at break times!).

Dan said: “We had a great six months with an influx of new customers, but it got to the stage where we couldn’t manage all this extra business with such a small team. We decided to expand, pumping the profits straight back into the business to keep this momentum going!”

Dan credits the business’ dramatic growth with having a genuine love and passion for the service his team provides. Hawkify client Guy Ludlum of Claypenny Properties who utilise their full range of digital marketing services agrees, adding: “We’ve used Hawkify for our SEO campaigns since the turn of the year and they have also completed a fantastic website for us that delivers on exactly what we required.

“The team have been great to work with, they are friendly and conscientious and genuinely care about the quality of their work and how they can help us grow. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone who needs a website or to boost their Google rankings.

“For the first two years website design alone kept us busy, but with our new team’s expertise, we are able to supply services from digital marketing, to telecoms and hosting.”

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Dan, pictured centre with the expanding Hawkify team, received help from Sheffield Hallam University’s Enterprise Team to set up his business

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