Frog spawns 100 jobs at Dean Clough

Staff at Frog, Dean Clough
Staff at Frog, Dean Clough

One of Calderdale’s most flourishing businesses has celebrated taking on its 100th employee.

Local education supplier, Frog, based at Dean Clough, Halifax, has grown from just two employees in 1999 into a multi-million pound business.

The company won its first major international deal earlier this year to install its virtual learning technology into all of Malaysia’s 10,000 state schools.

Frog delivers online learning environments to schools to allow students and teachers to access information from one online location, anytime, anywhere.

Students can share files, access and submit homework and communicate with teachers through an online world.

An added benefit is that it encourages students who aren’t always comfortable speaking in class to communicate in alternative ways.

The company also exports into several countries including Hong Kong, Spain and Bermuda, as well as Malaysia.

Frog is staying true to its roots though and will continue to run its global enterprise from its Halifax offices at Dean Clough.

Managing director Gareth Davies said: “We are obviously really excited by the pace of growth at Frog, but more importantly, by the opportunities we now have to change millions of people’s lives for the better.”

The company recently unveiled tablet designed software which it believes is the first stage to a wider vision for the future of education - personalised lessons for every student.

Rather than creating a mobile app Frog has created an entirely new system.

The upgrade to the new release, called Frog4OS will be provided free to all Frog customers with a full maintenance agreement later this year.

“Tablet designed software is the first piece of the jigsaw for Frog and the beginning of a new and very exciting journey for our customers,” said Mr Davies.

“We are about to revolutionise the way technology is used in schools.”

The success of the company will create more jobs going forward. It actively encouraging people to send in their CVs to deborah.brook@frogtrade.com or visit www.frogtrade.com/family.