AN AWARD-winning Keighley company is going from strength to strength.

Squashed Pixel has seen considerable growth in new business during the past year.

And as a result the firm, a design agency and expert in e-commerce platform Shopify, has expanded its in-house team.

Latest recruits include Sonny Adams, who has joined the Parkway House operation initially on an 18-month work placement, but with a view towards him becoming a permanent member of the team.

The placement has come about thanks to a close working relationship with Craven College at Skipton.

Sonny joins Squashed Pixel as a level-three apprentice in information technology.

He'll work alongside the company's development team to learn on-the-job skills, whilst studying one day a week at Craven College.

"He will spend his time initially getting to grips with various software packages and is particularly looking forward to learning Shopify's Liquid language," said a Squashed Pixel spokesman.

"We are passionate about investing locally and are really proud that all our staff are100 per cent 'home grown'.

"As part of our ethos to invest in the community, we are keen to grow and nurture local talent by investing in training, giving opportunities, sharing knowledge and up-skilling young people."

Sonny said he was "really excited" to be joining the firm.

"I can't wait to start working on live sites and putting what I've learned into practice," he added.

Another recruit is Jamie Throup, a web developer.

He has a strong background in retail and has worked with brands such as La Redoute.

In his new role, Jamie will be responsible for the design, build and development of web platforms.

He said: "I'm looking forward to getting to work on a wide range of development projects – not only for local businesses, but also for international Shopify e-commerce clients.

"Through learning new skills I hope to also develop my management abilities and look to manage Squashed Pixel's development team as we continue to grow."

Claire Gatenby, Squashed Pixel operations director, said the company was "incredibly pleased" to welcome both new recruits.

"These appointments not only demonstrate our commitment to the growth and development of the agency but also to the investment in our local community," she said.

"We're committed to harnessing new talent and will continue to invest in apprenticeships in order to grow the digital talent of the future."

Following on from its successful 2017, the company – whose expertise covers website design and development, digital consultancy and graphic design – is anticipating further growth this year.

Whilst continuing to serve businesses in this region, it is also looking to expand its portfolio of international clients.