Matrix Multimedia develops into a world leader

Business development manager Liam Walton and MD John Dobson (front, right)  at Matrix Multimedia

Business development manager Liam Walton and MD John Dobson (front, right) at Matrix Multimedia

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Many people’s knowledge of electrical and electronic systems is partly due to Halifax firm Matrix Multimedia.

The firm develops, makes, and sells hardware and software which is used to teach and also develop working knowledge of various high-tech systems.

It has developed niche markets for its products with export sales now topping 75 per cent into over 50 countries.

Now in its 20th year the business, employing 23, has moved from Savile Park into refurbished premises at the bottom of Gibbet Street.

That £600,000 investment coincides with a projected £1 million spend on product research and development over the next three years.

Founder and managing director John Dobson has the task of assessing the future training needs of colleges and providing the products to meet that need - the hardware, softwear and curriculum which make them an attractive proposition to teachers.

A fascination with CD ROMs prompted Mr Dobson to set up the company producing them - but the internet arrived and brought with it free learning resources.

The business then diversified into developing today’s products and has since grown 18 per cent annually.

“Sometimes, the threat of a change of direction is the kick you need and the last 12 years have gone really well,” he said.

“We are one of the most successful companies in the world in our field, and we have a good plan in place which should help us grow further in the next few years.”