A French entrepreneur who moved to Teesside from his home city of Lyon has hailed Stockton as the perfect location to grow a business, following a string of international contracts.
Clément Gonnet, director at web development company Renoovo Design, has won clients across Europe and America and is currently working with UPS – the world’s largest delivery company.
The 30-year-old, who has a master’s degree in web design and applications from Teesside University, first launched his business from his bedroom five years ago and has since expanded into specialist premises in Stockton’s Digital House.
Renoovo Design is working on a high-profile software project for UPS to link its sophisticated click and collect service – UPS Access Point – with WooCommerce.
The service allows customers to have packages delivered to more than 70,000 locations worldwide, including shops, newsagents, cafes and florists.
Clément is now preparing to take on staff in the near future, and hailed Stockton as a great place to base a globally facing business.
He said: “Stockton is the perfect location for me to grow my sales worldwide, and Digital House has all the facilities – including an excellent broadband connection – that has allowed my business to flourish.
“It’s very cost effective to do business here, much more so than in my native France. And, I can cycle into work every day!”
Clément first came to Teesside as part of a placement scheme at Teesside University, and he liked it so much he went on to study at the university and then worked as a software engineer.
Armed with more than 10 years of web development experience, the ambitious entrepreneur is also working for Digital House neighbours RAW Digital to deliver training to young unemployed people and businesses.
He explained: “My speciality is WooCommerce, now the world’s leading ecommerce software for WordPress.
“I’ve been using my expertise to train young people in digital skills – preparing them to go on to apprenticeships and jobs.
“I’ve also been working with business support organisation NBSL to help small businesses understand more about managing their websites and how the web can help them grow their businesses.
“We use the brilliant conference room facilities at Digital House – with its interactive whiteboard – to deliver the training.”
Renoovo Design offers web design and also support services such as hosting, maintenance and consultation.
Clément added: “We’re working across different sectors – including education, logistics and manufacturing – and I’m confident our sales will grow over the next 12 months.”