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Omnicom Media Group UK in 170-job Newcastle office expansion

A marketing and communications firm has revealed plans to create 170 North East jobs.

Omnicom Media Group UK is opening a Newcastle office.

Bosses say roles will range from apprenticeships to the post of managing director.

The move comes after fellow Omnicom operator Credera last year announced 200-job plans to provide technology consultancy services from a Newcastle base.

Dan Clays, Omnicom Media Group UK chief executive, said: “We have seen high growth across media, content and commerce services, and the Newcastle launch is a key part of our strategy to continue that momentum.

“The North East, and the city of Newcastle, is an incredibly exciting place to access brilliant talent, and we look forward to creating career opportunities in the months and years ahead.”

The company will receive £895,000 through the North of Tyne Combined Authority’s Inward Investment Fund to support its job plans, with operators including accountancy and business advisory firm RMT and law firm DWF also working closely with the group.

As part of its mayoral backing, Omnicom will sign up to the North of Tyne Combined Authority’s Good Work Pledge, which includes commitments such as paying a fair and decent wage and providing staff with additional benefits.

Jamie Driscoll, North of Tyne mayor, said: “I’m pleased we’ve been able to support Omnicom.

“Last year, we were the number one region in the country for inward investment job creation – and companies like Omnicom get it.”

Omnicom has also received support from Invest Newcastle, whose inward investment team worked closely with the group to highlight the area’s growing digital ecosystem.

Dawn Dunn, Invest Newcastle digital and tech sector lead, added: “This investment reinforces our position as a global destination for technology businesses.

“Its commitment to nurturing local talent should help ensure we are equipping the next generation with the skills to drive the data driven revolution in Newcastle.”

Councillor Alex Hay, Newcastle City Council cabinet member for a thriving city, added: “This investment further strengthens our position as an international hub for the digital and tech sector.

“We look forward to working with Omnicom to maximise the benefits for our local community.”