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Melius Group looks to bolster team after Haylofts move

A tech firm has revealed plans to double its workforce by the end of 2021.

Melius Group wants new staff as it prepares to take advantage of “significant opportunities for growth”.

The expansion plan comes as the company settles into a new home at Newcastle’s Haylofts.

Employing 12 people, bosses say they aim to add to its workforce further – which could include apprentices – to build on recent growth, particularly across the pharmaceutical, financial services, public and emergency service sectors.

Steve Cowie, chief executive at Melius Group, whose technology helps operators streamline processes and futureproof IT systems, said: “We deliver the best and most appropriate and cost-effective solution for our clients, and have 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,” added Steve, who held senior roles with companies including Lenovo and Dell before launching Melius.

Melius Group also includes Melius Cyber, its cyber security arm.

Steve said: “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, providing pen testing, cyber audit, and a managed service solution giving 24/forever protection from cyber attacks, including ransomware.

“We can also help companies gain cyber security certification, which is becoming increasingly relevant as part of a company’s compliance requirements.

One area of growth Steve is particularly interested in is the education sector.

He said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced what a massive enabler tech is in education, and the future for the sector will be blended learning – the days of students sitting in traditional classrooms looking at a board are gone.

“Tech is being used more and more, and there are huge opportunities for the sector.

“We’re already working in education, and one of the reasons for our expansion into Haylofts is further opportunities with colleges and schools.”

And Steve says Haylofts, which is part of the HyHubs portfolio of business centres, is the perfect location for his growing company.

He added: “We looked at lots of different places but chose Haylofts because of its connectivity to the city centre and public transport – it’s very easy to get to, and there is the capability of taking more space if and when we need to.

“There’s also the opportunity for cross pollination with other city centre businesses.” 

Picture caption: HyHubs manager Laura Goldston with Melius’ chief information officer David McPherson and chief executive Steve Cowie