A Birmingham-based publishing company is expanding its office and creating new jobs after seeing a surge in sales figures.

The company which published its first book in April 2004, specialises in books about technologies, applications and frameworks.

Packt Publishing, based in Olton, has seen its sales increase by 75 per cent while e-book sales have rocketed by a massive 225 per cent.

The firm’s marketing director Damian Carvill said the company had a turnover of £2?million in the last financial year which is around a 65 per cent increase on the previous year.

He said: “In the current economic climate the company didn’t want to expand in case we were badly hit, but signs have shown we have not been affected as much as other businesses.

“Up until the last couple of months we have been a small company but we are going to expand the office into a few empty rooms we have in our office building.

“It depends on the economic turnout but we also hope to take on at least five people, including a financial and marketing manager, at the company this year,” he added.

Applications for these jobs have totalled around 120 per position in contrast to the 20 or 25 they received at the same time last year.

Mr Carvill said a large proportion of the applications made are by people who have been made redundant or feel they are about to lose their job.

“People seem to feel more secure with the publishing and IT sector which is why they’re applying for jobs with us – they are confident in the future of our industry,” he said.

The company has set itself a target to release 200 new books by the end of next year.