Digital marketing firm to double-up

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A digital marketing company that lays claim to being one of the first in the UK is on course to double in size.

Barnsley-based HMA Digital Marketing expects to double turnover to £1.5 million by 2015 and also increase the number of people it employs to 25, after already going from 12 to 17 in one year.

The company was set up 18 years ago to supply what were then known as “new media” services.

Clients included Network Rail – known then as Railtrack – which continues to use the Sackville Street company and has been joined by multinational technology business 3M, commercial property management company MEPC and Sheffield University.

Director Rob Hill says more business from clients and new clients has led to HMA’s rapid growth.

“We carried along quite happily with 12 staff until a year or two ago, when we took the conscious decision to grow,” said Rob.

“We set ourselves the target of doubling in size from 2012 to 2015, a sort of three-year plan, and so far we are on course to do that.

“In a way we had to do it, because you can’t stand still in this business.”

HMA’s core business is website and app design, but it also provides consultancy services covering pay per click advertising, search engine optimisation, email marketing and video animation.

HMA’s expansion has been supported by Enterprising Barnsley, which helps high growth businesses in the town to achieve their potential and has advised the company on changing its management structure