Jobs created as Grantham-based software developer meets growing demand

Some of the Firefly team, from left, Jade Wilson, Charlotte Lesser, Richard Ratcliffe, Jade Norsworthy.

Some of the Firefly team, from left, Jade Wilson, Charlotte Lesser, Richard Ratcliffe, Jade Norsworthy.

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Jobs are being created by a Grantham-based software developer to meet growing demand for its services.

Firefly Online, which is based at Totemic House, Springfield Business Park, says it has developed “intelligent” software that captures, records and shares data in businesses from care homes to construction companies.

We are delighted to be strengthening the Firefly team.

Richard Ratcliffe, managing director

Richard Ratcliffe, managing director of Firefly Online, said: “Our reputation is growing, as word of our offering spreads and users discuss the benefits.”

The company is taking on four new staff to meet the growth in demand for its products.

The four are Terry Wingfield, who is taking on the role of developer, Jade Norsworthy, who joins as a personal assistant, while Charlotte Lesser and Jade Wilson will be responsible for providing administrative support.

It means the business now has 16 members of staff and its growth follows major investment by parent company Totemic.

Mr Ratcliffe said: “The arrival of these new experienced, skilled people will help maintain our high service levels and aid our drive towards further improvement in software capability.

“We’re delighted to be strengthening the Firefly team.”

He said: “Our software allows all parties to filter the information that’s relevant to them in real time, so they can see exactly how their projects are performing.

News of the firm’s job creation comes hot on the heels of new figures that show the number of people without work in South Kesteven is continuing to fall.

Figures released by the Department of Work and Pensions show that the number of Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants in the district last month stood at 1,040 people.

That is a fall of 185 from 1,225 people compared to October last year.

It means that 75.1 per cent of the district’s working age population are currently in employment - just above the national average of 73 per cent of working age people in employment, which itself is a record high for the country.

The figures show that the number of claimants aged 18-24 dropped to 256 last month compared to 340 a year ago.