SINCE moving to York from Scarborough two years ago, Netsells has grown from a small group of six university friends to a digital agency holding its own among some of the biggest in the North of England.

While working big brands such as Uber, Virgin, Hiscox, BBC, Jaguar Landrover and Leeds University, Netsells remains a relatively small operation, with a team of 40 developing digital products across web and mobile platforms.

The business is making its debut entry into the Press Business Awards with hopes of impressing the judges in the Small Business of the Year category.

Led by chief executive Brannan Coady and chief technology officer Sam Jordan, who are both under the age of 30, Netsells has seen turnover increase by more than 500 per cent in just two years, with figures forecast to increase “exponentially” over coming years following a number of recent high profile deals.

Investment deals in London-based disruptor YourParkingSpace, B2B Rail Delay service Railguard and the acquisition of Specfox, a web project planning platform, have seen Netsells look to expand further within the city, with the business recently taking a leasehold on the former Carillion offices in North Street.

The firm’s success was recently recognised in a high profile visit to its offices by Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, which was followed by an invitation to a roundtable at 10 Downing Street with Prime Minister Theresa May discussing regulations that impact upon the digital sector within the UK.

The Netsells team consists of business analysts, project managers, consultants, UX and UI designers, mobile developers, web developers and testers, and the average age of people employed at Netsells is just 28.

Mr Coady said: “The Netsells growth strategy has comprised of only focusing on specific core technologies that are at the bleeding edge of the technological landscape, rather than taking the route of many agencies in trying to offer too many services.

“This has enabled true expertise to grow, and demand has followed.

“Additionally Netsells has ensured that clear internal structures and processes are consistently refined, leading to a streamlined delivery process that sees projects delivered on time and on budget.

“Netsells is putting York on the map as an alternative to Leeds and Manchester for roles within the digital sector.

“Providing young people with secure, high paying roles has enabled more than half of the company’s young staff to purchase their first homes, start families and enjoy all that York has to offer.”