Bespoke new appPreston-based Bespoke Internet has appointed two senior figures in order to expand its service offerings across the UK.

With sights set on developing cutting edge digital strategies for existing and prospective clients, the web specialist, which is based at South Rings Business Park, has appointed Gary Bennion to the position of head of digital and Ashraf Vali as senior web developer. With experience spanning 18 years, the pair brings a wealth of knowledge to the company which specialises in e-commerce websites, Google optimisation and iPhone and iPad apps.

Bennion, 32, from Preston, joins Bespoke from office and business supplies firm Direct365, where he managed a large team and was responsible for the firm’s digital strategy and online marketing activity.

His role at Bespoke will see him provide strategic support on the development of websites and apps and advise on digital marketing activity including SEO, PPC social media and email campaigns. He will also deliver a series of workshops at Bespoke’s training suite.

“Bespoke is in a strong period of growth and I am delighted to have joined the company at such a pivotal time,” said Bennion. “I am excited about the prospect of working on a variety of different projects and firmly believe that with the team we have in place, combined with recent client wins, Bespoke is on track to become the leading web agency outside of Manchester.”

Senior web developer Ashraf Vali, 25, from Blackburn, joins bespoke from Manchester-based digital agency, i-com, where he worked for three years after graduating from Lancaster University.

He said: “I’m looking forward to working at Bespoke and helping the team to maximize its capabilities.”

Steve Brennan, founder and managing director at Bespoke concluded: “Both Gary and Ashraf have an impressive track record and I am looking forward to working with them both to move the business forward.”