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AN IT firm is going back to its roots by recruiting former University of Portsmouth students.

Radweb was set up by Steve Rad and James Taylor, who met at the university while studying digital media marketing and computer science.

In the five years since they began Radweb they have grown, and are now based at the Acorn Business Centre in Portsmouth.

And now they are taking on two new members of staff directly from the university.

Steve Rad, who is now managing director of Radweb, said: ‘The university has some of the best graduates in the country.

‘Working with the university helps give young people their first break in the tough job market, we’re also conscious that as a local employer we need to create jobs and support Portsmouth’s economy.’

The firm is busier than ever and has developed new ways of helping its customers by launching new services and websites.

Steve added: ‘When we started Radweb in 2007 we knew we had the skills and expertise to offer a first-class service but we never could have anticipated how the company would grow and develop over the years.

‘In these tough economic times we’ve bucked the trend and invested in growth and development of new products to not only survive but to flourish.’

The next 12 months also looks to be successful for the firm, as it starts work on its new apps, which remain top secret at the moment.

The firm also anticipates taking on even more staff to expand the firm’s presence in the IT sector.