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MP visit to Plymouth-based global firm

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 01, 2014

Alison Seabeck, MP for Plymouth Moor View and Shadow Defence Minister pictured with Sponge UK managing director Louise Pasterfield

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Global elearning company SpongeUK has hosted a visit from Alison Seabeck, MP for Plymouth Moor View and Shadow Defence Minister.

She visited the firm’s Plymouth headquarters to learn about its rapid growth.

Sponge UK saw its turnover increase from just under £800,000 to £1.4 million last year and is aiming to recruit 10 new staff in the next 12 months.

It has moved to a bigger unit at Plymouth Science Park to accommodate its growing team.

Mrs Seabeck met with Managing Director Louise Pasterfield to talk about how the company has benefited from local funding opportunities and been able to develop new and innovative services. She also heard about some of the challenges the business faces, including problems with the public transport links to the rest of the country.

Mrs Seabeck said: “It was really great to visit the offices and see how well the business is doing. I was really impressed by what is being achieved.

“It was fascinating to talk to everyone and also very encouraging that the firm is continuing to grow and create jobs. It shows just how much potential there is in the local area for technology industry and high growth business.”

Mrs Pasterfield said the business has a global client base and is proud to be based in the South West and be part of such as diverse and growing business community.

She said: “We have strong local links and have really benefited from our location in Plymouth Science Park. We also work closely with Plymouth University and their graduates make up about 40% of our staff so we hope that we are helping to provide opportunities for local people.”

Earlier this year, Sponge UK moved its headquarters into new, much larger offices in Plymouth Science Park. At the same time, the organisation also moved its London base to a new, state-of-the-art building in Kings Cross. The company is also in the middle of a large-scale recruitment campaign as the business continues to grow.

Since it was founded in 2004 Sponge UK has grown more than tenfold. The team has delivered successful elearning programmes for clients such as Tesco, Adidas, GSK, Toyota and the United Nations, and is continuing to expand. In 2014 the company is on track to achieve more than £2 million sales for the first time.

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