Online card and gift retailer Moonpig has chosen Manchester’s tech centre Spinningfields for the brand’s new hub.
Moonpig has also announced that as part of its expansion plans the retailer will create 50 jobs in Manchester and London, with the majority falling in the engineering and technology sector. The focus will be on developing and rolling out a new e-commerce data platform, as well as evolving its personalisation service.
Peter Donlon, the brand’s chief technical officer, will lead the project. Donlon commented that Moonpig chose Manchester for its first tech hub because of the city’s exceptional pool of tech talent and its thriving tech scene. The tech hub will be at 1 Spinningfields, a prestigious site in the city’s tech quarter.
Donlon commented:"Moonpig produces over 15 million completely one-off items for customers every year, each one uniquely personal to the sender and receiver, and powered by our ‘emotionally intelligent’ technology.
“We’re seeking the best engineering talent out there to turbo-charge the Moonpig business going forward.”
Moonpig, which made some 65 million personalised cards last year, has seen internal targets jump by 300%. Jody Ford, the chief executive of Moonpig’s parent company, Photobox, has also introduced a Be That Manager programme for all 150 of the company’s managers. He told The Independent on 11 October: “It’s not a one-off development course. We want to create a culture of lifelong learning.”