Give us a brief overview of your organisation
mkodo is an award-winning B2B supplier of mobile and front-end technology to iGaming operators across lottery, casino, sportsbook and bingo. We offer bespoke mobile-first solutions, creating the best mobile apps, websites and digital user experience (UX) in the iGaming industry.
We have over 20 years of experience in the industry and are considered one of the leading suppliers in the iGaming space, globally. As well as providing front-end services to our customers, this year we also launch our own iGaming geolocation product, GeoLocs, which is already rapidly growing and has received 2 nominations for the industry’s most prestigious awards.
We opened our Newcastle office in the centre of the city back in 2015 and have grown to a team of 55 in the past 8 years. In 2022, we expanded our executive team and were joined by Director of PMO, Caroline Hey and Technical Director, Graeme Fletcher – both based in our Newcastle office.
In May 2023, we were listed as The Sunday Times Top 100 Places to Work alongside some of the most well-known brands in the UK. This nationwide workplace survey honours and celebrates Britain’s top employers and acknowledges the best workplaces for women, LGBTQIA+ community, disabled employees, ethnic minorities, younger and older workers, and wellbeing.
What are the benefits of basing your business in the North-East?
It’s a really exciting region to be a part of – particularly when it comes to the tech talent. There are multiple leading universities in the region which produce some incredible developers and software engineers. We operate our own graduate developer scheme which has seen some incredible graduates join the team – particularly from universities in the North East.
It’s a buzzing area of the UK and there always seems to be something new going on, giving a real sense of community, innovation and growth.
The North East also has a flourishing tech scene which encourages and inspires our award-winning teams.
How does your organisation strive to make a positive impact on the local community, and why is this important to your overall mission?
As mentioned, we operate our own graduate developer scheme with particular focus on hiring graduates from the leading universities in the North East. Throughout 2022 our Graduate Developer Scheme continued to be a success, hiring an incredible calibre of graduates across the Northeast. And from our 2021 intake, all graduates went on to receive promotions and permanent offers within their respective teams.
We’re passionate about supporting the next generation of techies (software engineers, developers, quality assurance engineers, business analysts and project managers) in their careers and want to be part of the growth of the overall tech scene in across the region.
There’s also a focus on diversity at mkodo, we’re proud of the diversity split across both our offices and with our graduate scheme focused in the North East we strive to be able to encourage more women across the region into the world of tech.
In 2022, of those who started our Graduate Scheme, 70% identify as female. And from our 2021 intake, all graduates went on to receive promotions and permanent offers within their respective teams, of which 75% were female.
We’ve also been shortlisted 4 times for the Women in Tech Employer awards which celebrate employers working hard to help close the gender gap within the technology sector.
- Best Tech Employer (50 – 149 employees) – 2023
• Best Graduate Employer – 2022, 2023
• Best Employer for Training – 2023Our employees are also passionate about sharing their knowledge with their peers across the region and we regularly speak at events and host our own. With the overall aim to inspire the future workforce in the North East of England.
What are your business objectives for the next 12 months?
In March of 2023 we hired our 100th employee. This was a huge milestone for us that we celebrated across the business in London and Newcastle. We’ve been on a growth journey for some time and we’re not stopping at 100. We have big plans for our graduate developer intake this year, having revamped our graduate developer scheme making it even more informative, technical and rewarding for the graduates who join the scheme.
What are your hopes for the future of the North East’s tech and digital industry?
It would be great to see the North East competing on a level playing field with tech-hubs like London and Manchester, in terms of people selecting the region to start their business and grow their careers.
Initiatives in the region, like Dynamo, are playing an incredible role in giving the North East the recognition it deserves. There are so many great opportunities across the North East and it’s great.
Why did you join Dynamo?
Joining Dynamo has been on our radar for a while, and with the new hire of our Technical Director, Graeme Fletcher, who has had long standing involvement with Dynamo throughout the years, we’re so pleased to have finally joined this year. Being part of the Dynamo community allows us to connect with a network of likeminded businesses and individuals across the North East, who share the same goals when it comes to showcasing the incredible tech hub that the region is becoming.
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