Ecommerce software and digital agency Visualsoft has celebrated a major hike in turnover and profits as the firm approaches its 20th year in business.

The company, which has offices in Teesside, Newcastle and Manchester, has posted an 18 per cent rise in revenue to £13 million in 2017/18.

Pre-tax profits also soar by more than 100 per cent, from £900,000 in 2016/17 to £2 million.

"As a company, we are proud that we are now approaching 20 years in business and that across those years we have maintained our position as a market leading provider of e-commerce solutions," said CEO Dean Benson.

Visualsoft says its solid results follow a year of significant investment in the business.

The agency has also made a huge investment in its workforce to support its continued growth – and now employs 270 staff.

Having grown from a leading North East web developer to a national provider of online retail services, Visualsoft now specialises in the design, build, support and marketing of online retail stores across the UK.

Benson added: "In the current financial year, the company has seen strong performances across all business areas; in online retail platform sales, via our numerous marketing channel offerings and in our affiliate network.

"At the same time as achieving these results we remain committed to sustainable growth, which will allow us to deliver excellent service to our clients and offer secure employment for our staff, and a growing number of opportunities for prospective employees throughout the North of England."