Coatsink is an award-winning games development company and digital innovator, created in 2009 by Tom Beardsmore and Paul Crabb.

Having originally set up in Teesside, the business relocated to Sunderland in order to take advantage of its central location – giving access to a larger talent pool - and the competitive rates that allow the business to offer exceptional value for money to customers. 

Coatsink has quadrupled its workforce since the move to Sunderland, now employing more than 60 people in the Software Centre, and with ongoing plans for expansion, this is a company that is flying the flag for the city’s tech talent.   

Tom said: “When we started, we were a small operation with a handful of clients occupying a modest office, but now we have an established reputation, recruited a larger team and moved into a bigger office.

“We chose to base ourselves in Sunderland Software Centre because of its highly resilient, ultra-fast connectivity, teamed with high quality technology support and growing reputation for nurturing tech and software businesses and we have never regretted that decision. The Software Centre has been a brilliant home to us and long may that continue.”

The company believes that being based at the heart of the North East in Sunderland allows it to tap into talent from across the region.

“We are minutes from the Metro and rail station, which allows our team from across the North East to commute here easily.  And we have fantastic universities close by who are producing the talented people we are looking for to further the expansion of our business.”

The company also takes advantage of the central location, which offers immediate access to the city’s vibrant city centre. 

“We are seconds away from the city centre and have access to a fantastic park just over the road, which is pretty cool.”