Moonpig announces new Manchester tech hub

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Moonpig has announced plans to open its first tech hub next month as part of a wider multi-million pound investment in the next phase of its growth plans.

The online greeting cards and gifts retailer is set open the hub in Manchester’s Spinningfields district, as well as create 50 new technology jobs in both Manchester and London.

Moonpig will also roll out a new ecommerce, data and personalisation platform.

The project will be led by chief technology officer Peter Donlon.

“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,” he said.

“We’re seeking the best engineering talent out there to turbo-charge the Moonpig business going forward.

“We selected Manchester for its thriving tech scene and wealth of exceptional talent.”

The northern new office will be headed up by Mark Evans, who has been appointed as Moonpig’s head of engineering.

Evans previously held the same role at and his prior roles also include over two years at Sainsbury’s.

The news follows Nickyl Raithatha recently joining as Moonpig’s new managing director and the online retailer’s move into its news Farringdon headquarters in London.

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