Manchester digital agency start up, Huddle Digital, has taken on its first permanent member of staff following a string of client wins and new projects.

Emily Triplett, a final year student at the University of Salford, joins the firm, run by co-founders Tom Parson and Harry Potts, as account executive following a recent internship.

Triplett was initially recruited through the Santander Salford Advantage Internship Fund - a scheme run by the University of Salford in conjunction with banking giant Santander.

She has spent the last six months working with Huddle to manage the day-to-day running of their various client accounts.

Following the success of her internship at the agency, she has been offered a full time position from August.

"We're pleased to be in the position to offer Emily a permanent role with Huddle in our client services team,” said company founder and client services director Tom Parson.

“We were really impressed with her tenacious attitude and eagerness to learn new skills, and are delighted that she can join us at what is an exciting time for the business."

Since the business was founded in 2015, Huddle has worked with a number of clients to develop everything from complex websites to bespoke cloud-based software products, increasing turnover by 77 per cent.

The firm developed and launched its specialist web-based software product Foleo earlier this year.

"It has been a busy time for Huddle and as the company has grown, so too have our client service needs,” said Parson.

“It's important to us to ensure that we are both prepared for future growth and are able to maintain a high level of client service - something which lies at the heart of our value proposition.

“Having Emily on board full-time will help us to deliver on those aims, whilst allowing more time to invest in the strategic running of the business."

Triplett said: "I've really enjoyed my internship here at Huddle. The team has fully supported me and helped me to develop my skills in lots of different areas and I'm excited to have been offered a permanent role."

The University of Salford works with partner organisations such as Santander to fund and coordinate internship and placement programmes, working with industry partners to identify and address mutual needs and opportunities.

"Internships are a great way for employers to try out and test the talents that a student or graduate can provide, whilst interns gain valuable work experience, develop competencies and have an opportunity to impress a potentially longer term employer," said Ian Boardman, head of career development & employment at University of Salford.