Press shot of Chris and Senga Kean at their office at Sunderland BIC. Photographed with Paul McEldon (chief executive of North East BIC) and Sunderlands Councillor Gareme Miller

We’ve been lucky enough to receive support from Sunderland City Council to help us realise our ambitious plans for growth over the coming months. 

We’ve come a long way since our directors Chris and Senga launched dodio back in 2015, combining their experience of senior marketing roles in retail, transport & infrastructure and enterprise. Since then, we’ve grown exponentially, moving to new, larger premises twice in two years and increasing our headcount from two to five. 

Having started out offering predominantly stand-alone web design projects to small businesses, we have also increased our service offering as a result of this continued growth – delivering everything from marketing strategy to video.

We have secured contracts with the NHS, a number of local authorities and regional education trusts, while continuing to provide support and expertise to SMEs across the region.  

As a result of this expansion, our most recent move saw us take up a prominent position at the North East Business & Innovation Centre (BIC) earlier this year. Sunderland City Council recognised the value in the support we provide to North East business, both as an experienced NBSL funding partner and as a catalyst to growth and provided us with invaluable support to ensure we made the right move for the future of the business.

The Council worked with us to identify the right premises and to provide us with the space and facilities required to accommodate and accelerate our ambitious plans.

“We’ve moved twice, each time to a larger and more prominent location as we’ve grown our team,” Senga said. “As a hub for business growth in the region, the BIC is the perfect place for us, so we’re delighted to take up such a prominent position on the site.

“The support we have received from Sunderland City Council has been critical to our growth. It gave us the confidence to take on new members of staff, invest in equipment and office space and ultimately improve the product and service we offer.”

Chris said: “We’re building our team patiently and carefully and we look forward to recruiting the best talent with the right personalities to fit our objectives and ethos.”

Councillor Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “dodio is a fantastic success story for the city and is a great example of what can be achieved through hard work and determination. 

“To grow at such scale in such a short period of time, shows just how far Chris and Senga have come since launching the business.

Paul McEldon, chief executive of the North East BIC, said:

“We’ve been fortunate enough to witness dodio start out as a fledgling business to then expand into the full service, contemporary creative agency they are today. 

“It’s been a privilege to work with them as they continue to win new and exciting contracts and we’re so pleased to have them at the forefront of the BIC’s and the city’s business community.”