Leeds-based multi-national web development and digital marketing agency GRM Digital has appointed a senior business development manager to strengthen its growing team.

Paul Yates joins the company with more than 20 years’ experience in the industry, having formed his own agency, Just Search with his brother Justin in 2004, taking it from nothing to a turnover of £5.5m turnover within four years.

Yates then went on to be CEO of Online Ventures Group, a Manchester-based technical web design and SEO agency before setting up a further agency Huddled Media in 2017 before leaving to become a consultant.

Keen to venture back into technical sales, Yates took a position at FastDox, before being approached by GRM, where he now heads up the new business team.

Yates joins GRM Digital in the newly created role to continue the company’s ambitious growth plans.

GRM Digital, founded in 2009 by Nej Gakenyi has experienced over 100% growth in the last two years. The company works with a range of world-leading brands to enhance their online presence.

Paul comments: “I have a lot of experience and understanding of the digital landscape, but it’s the sales element I have always been most passionate about so it felt right to go back into business development in the tech world.

“GRM is clearly an impressive business, the technical talent is second-to-none and it is an ambitious company which matches my own aspirations for growth. I’m really looking forward to building on the company’s success to date.”

Nej Gakenyi, CEO and founder adds: “We’re delighted to welcome Paul to our expanding business. Paul comes with great experience from having run his own digital agencies and I’m confident he can help catapult our growth in UK and global markets over the next few years.”