Stokesley tech firm marks 15th year with recruitment drive

A Teesside firm that specialises in systems integration is celebrating its expansion in its 15th year – despite the global pandemic.

Stokesley-based Applied Integration has hired 16 additional engineers throughout lockdown, taking its employee count to 46 – and is still looking for people to join its team.

The systems integrator grew in the four months leading up to its 15th anniversary in August and hopes these “major milestones” will help achieve the company’s vision of becoming a world leader in digital innovation and emerging technologies.

Garry Lofthouse, chief executive officer of Applied Integration, said: “Covid-19 has hit many industries hard and we are delighted to be able to significantly expand our engineering teams in such challenging times.

“I would like to credit our staff members for their efforts and helping the company grow to new heights.

“The new roles bring high calibre staff into the business helping us to grow further.”

A range of positions have been filled across the technology firm, including both technical and non-technical roles in marketing and communications, sales and the panel shop, which creates panelling for defence and industrial markets.

Additional senior software engineers have also been brought on board, with Applied Integration planning to grow further and carry on recruiting – at a time where many businesses are making cuts.

These roles include additional software engineers at various levels, an office administrator and controls engineer.

Founded in 2005 by Teesside University graduates Roy Coleman, Garry Lofthouse, Lee Raywood, Graham King, the firm specialises in delivering the latest industry technologies – with a focus on industry 4.0, digitalisation, Internet of Things, analytics, big data, cloud technologies, safety critical systems and robotics.

Throughout lockdown the firm also used its 3D printing technologies to make visors for the NHS and carers across the UK.

The firm has previously been praised for delivering cutting-edge automation and safety control systems to complex operations, including nuclear submarines such as HMS Agamemnon and HMS Ajax crafts, power stations and chemical plants.

In 2017, Applied Integration strengthened its market standing after helping the British Army with tank shell decommissioning.

Garry Lofthouse added: “AI has continued to work under these difficult circumstances and support our clients and suppliers.

“We are undertaking social distancing in the office and remote working for others, we’ve made these changes to ensure the safety of our staff and the general public.”