Plymouth MP takes a tour of Sponge
Posted on Sep 02, 2014
Alison Seabeck, MP for Plymouth Moor View and Shadow Defence Minister, visited global elearning company Sponge at its Plymouth headquarters on Friday, 29 August.
As a champion of local business, Alison was keen to visit Sponge and learn more about the recent growth the company has experienced. She chatted to staff about the work they do and 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.
“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.”
“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.
“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.”
“We were delighted that Alison wanted to come and visit and learn more about the business. Although we have a global client base, we are proud to be based in the South West and be part of such as diverse and growing business community.
Earlier this year, Sponge 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 has grown more than tenfold. The team has delivered successful elearning programmes for clients such as Tesco, GSK, Toyota and the United Nations, and is continuing to expand.
In 2014 the company is on track to achieve more than £2m sales for the first time.