A Sheffield digital publisher which has doubled its workforce and trebled turnover in the last year has moved to larger offices - with plans to create 15 new jobs ‘in coming weeks’.
Twinkl creates downloadable material for schools and parents and demand for its 173,000 items has put the 60-strong team on track for expansion.
The firm has just taken the fifth floor of Ward’s Exchange, an office block on Ecclesall Road near Waitrose, which has stood largely empty since it was completed in 2008.
Twinkl employs teachers, illustrators and graphic designers who develop resources including lesson planners, posters, games and worksheets used in primary schools in the UK and more than 150 countries.
The company is led by Jonathan Seaton, a former lawyer who gave up the legal profession in 2010 when Twinkl took off.
He said: “As teachers face increasing pressure, our aim is to save them valuable time and improve their lives, which in turn has a positive impact on the pupils they’re teaching.
“We have a following that extends to pretty much any country in the world that has access to the internet and where educationalists are English-speaking or teaching English.”
The idea for the company came after Jonathan’s teacher wife Susie was unable to find the materials she was looking for online.
She spoke to Jonathan’s brother Andrew Seaton - founder of support firm Resolve IT - and Twinkl was born.
The company has 12 graphic design apprentices. The new posts will be for more graphic designers and teachers.
Twinkl has had support from Creative Sheffield, the council’s business development department.
James Wilson, business growth advisor at Creative Sheffield, said: “Twinkl is an excellent example of the experience and talent in Sheffield that, combined, make it one of the country’s leading centres of digital specialism.
“We’re delighted to be able to support the company’s growth.”