Pharmaceutical and life sciences creative agency ramarketing is set to open a second UK office as the company gears up for another year of significant growth.

The award-winning company is setting up shop in Manchester and will expand its team by 25% with the creation of several new jobs in the North East and North West.

Last year the marketing business, which specialises in design, digital and PR services for an international client base, posted growth figures of 60% and doubled staff numbers to 20. The news of its Manchester base in Spinningfields comes on the back of the announcement of a new office in Boston, USA which is due to open at the end of this year.

The new roles that will be available include a head of operations and a senior marketing manager, plus an agency marketing manager for ramarketing itself, and other PR account management and design positions in both Manchester and its Newcastle head office.

Founder Raman Sehgal said: “Since I set up the business in 2009 we have seen steady year on year growth on the back of client demand both in the UK and across Europe and the USA. Being able to create more jobs and expand staff numbers in the north of England is very gratifying.

“We hit our 2018 target in 2017 and are predicting significant growth again this year due to our increasingly strong position in the global pharmaceutical and biotech outsourcing space, hence the search for new members of the team.”

Last year also saw a six-figure investment from high profile business figure and pharmaceutical industry veteran Fiona Cruickshank OBE, who joined the company’s board.

Raman added: “Part of the investment was to open an additional office in the UK and following much research and deliberation, we felt Manchester was by far the ideal place. It is such a vibrant city with a thriving life science sector, so is the perfect location for our second UK office.”

The Government’s Industrial Strategy for Life Sciences makes reference to the North’s life science strength, and the Northern Powerhouse Partnerships 2017 report ‘Powerhouse 2050: Transforming the North’ highlights health innovation as one of four prime capability sectors in which the region can play a key role, as part of an economic plan that could deliver an additional 850,000 jobs.

“We already have a growing cluster of North West life sciences clients, so we see a lot of potential to expand our foothold in the region and of course create several new roles in time. We have signed the lease on premises so the search is on for the finest pharmaceutical and biotech PR, marketing and digital talent that Manchester has to offer,” said Raman.

“Exciting times lie ahead for the business, and we need to make sure we have the right people and the right balance of skills on board to meet our targets.”