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Apple App Developer Joins Purpose Media

Derbyshire Small Business of the Year, Purpose Media is celebrating a major feather in its cap having attracted Nigel Speight, a developer of Apple Apps to join their ranks.

In his new role with the Ecommerce website developer and on-line marketing specialists, Nigel will develop applications that will help companies sell more on-line or improve communications with customers or staff. This will include e-commerce shopping carts, product catalogues apps, company promotional apps, as well as apps capable of enhancing internal communications and managing processes such as stock control, finance and sales. All Apps will have the potential to integrate with social media, locational devices, display images and video and produce analytics.

Commenting on the role Nigel said, “I was really impressed by the people I met at Purpose Media, their commitment to quality how they look ahead to the future. I am really excited about the role as it will open up new opportunities and relationships for Purpose Media.”

Before joining Purpose Media Nigel has been developing Apps for iPhone, iPad and Android, and previously for older platforms such as Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Gameboy, Sony PlayStation and even further going back to the old ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64 days.

He has over 25 years experience as a developer and has so far over 75 published products. This includes over 25 digital titles for Apple iPhone and iPad as well as Android and Blackberry platforms, achieving over 2 million downloads.

Working with market leading licensors and publishers such as Warner Brothers, Hanna Barbera, Hasbro, Mattel, Atari, Capcom, Nintendo, Virgin, Team17, he has developed products for well known brands such as Speedy Gonzales, Battleships, Worms, Risk, Resident Evil, Pitfall, Garfield, Daffy Duck, Star Wars, Matchbox Kids, Clue(do), Tazmanian Devil, Connect Four, Mousetrap.

Purpose Media Appoints First Finance & Operations Director

As every successful business will appreciate, keeping a keen eye on finances and operations is vital. Ecommerce website developer and on-line marketing specialists Purpose Media is ensuring their finances are kept on the straight and narrow following the appointment of Paul McKenzie in a full-time role as finance and operations director.

With over 20 years of experience, Paul (42) has held senior board level financial roles with companies that range in size from FTSE 100 listed companies down to smaller businesses turning over £15m located across Europe, North & South America, Africa and Asia Pacific.

Paul joins Purpose Media from Omega Red Group Ltd, a subsidiary of South Staffordshire PLC, the UK’s largest lightning protection company, where he was Head of Finance & Company Secretary. Purpose Media is based in South Normanton and are current holders of the Derbyshire’s Small Business of the Year award,

Commenting, Purpose Media Managing Director, Matt Wheatcroft said, “Paul will join our board and play a crucial role to in the next stage of our growth. He will help develop and execute our future strategy whilst also developing our processes and people to ensure the rest of the management team can focus on their individual areas of responsibility.”

Paul added, “Robust financial and operational foundations already exist at Purpose Media. However I am looking forward to using my past knowledge and experience to refine them further so that customers continue to enjoy a return on investment from their website project, and Purpose Media continues growing and achieving profit and revenue targets.”

Paul holds a BA (hons) in European Finance & Accounting, Dipl. Betr. from the Hochschule Bremen, a University in Germany. He qualified as an accountant in 1999 and is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (ACMA).

Originally from Durham, Paul recently completed the Great North Run, and is also keen on most sports including football and ice hockey, which he enjoys with wife Louise and his 12-year-old son, Keiron. He is currently chair of the governing body at Pinxton Kirkstead Junior School.