Who we are

our history

Established in 2013 our Founder and MD has over 15 years experience working for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) in a senior position leading video game innovation across multiple platforms including handheld and working with cutting edge mobile technology for over 8 years.

Our core team has over 200 years combined experience working in technology, with a strong associate network of skilled technicians enabling considerable agility.

The management team have in-depth experience working with growing tech and digital through to FTSE 100 companies.

how we work

We offer a unique blend of native apps, gamification and integrated corporate systems to an under served corporate market, with a unique blend of pragmatic delivery and digital innovation, building on existing, and creating new IP.

Our average rating for the Apps we develop is 93%.

We have over half a million people using Apps we have developed.

Not only do we work with our clients and partners to create and develop unique digital experiences, we are also developing our own platforms and services across a range of sectors including Sports, Councils, Attractions, Legal & Professional, TV & Media and Communication.

Urban Zoo Studios is a unique and creative technology company;

  • We leverage assets from our extensive library to reduce the cost of deployment.

  • We develop Native Apps on all platforms.

  • We have a heritage from the gaming industry, our clients’ users want to use our Apps.

  • We offer web service integration.

  • We develop bespoke and Squarespace powered websites specifically aimed at start-up / scale-up businesses.

meet our management team


chris grannell
managing director

Chris is an experienced leader who has built technology teams for over 20 years. Working with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, he has a passion for cutting edge products and games, creating award winning entertainment. He now brings this experience into the sports sector. At Urban Zoo, Chris continues to be hands on, maintaining and building important partnerships with leading brands.


james campbell
technical director

James has developed cutting edge platforms for over two decades and ensures we have the very best developers and engineers performing in our team. When helping create our new sports platform, James has worked closely with Everton FC and Stoke City FC to fully understand the needs of a club. At Urban Zoo, James implements the highest standard for all of our technologies.


Hayden evans
creative director

Hayden is an experienced Creative Director with a passion for digital sport and fan engagement. With over 20 years experience in creative digital roles he has helped shape digital products and campaigns for Everton FC, Liverpool FC, Stoke City FC, Middlesbrough FC, Swansea City FC and UK Sport. At Urban Zoo, Hayden drives the creative vision for all our products and services.


rich grannell
senior project manager

Rich worked with Sony managing products through their QA lifecycle. With an understanding of technical requirements and user experience, Rich adds a new depth of quality to our projects. With a passion for sports, he is perfectly positioned to deliver our products in a professional and timely manner. At Urban Zoo, Rich ensures the team have the ability to perform to their highest standards.


martin dunford
chief digital officer

Martin has worked with some of the leading brands across many diverse sectors including sports, leisure e-commerce and pharmaceuticals, creating digital solutions for organisations such as Liverpool FC, Aston Villa FC, GlaxoSmithKilne, BUPA & JD Wetherspoon. Martin has a passion for innovative technologies and at Urban Zoo, he works with clients to ensure their requirements are delivered using suitable platforms.

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chris birch
senior mobile developer

Chris has been working in technology for well over 6 years across a range of web technologies. Chris has built leading Android for clubs such as Everton FC and Stoke City FC as well as lead our Android development team for the past 3 years.


ian bain
senior mobile developer

Ian has been developing cutting edge mobile applications on for over 10 years now. Ian leads our team of Apple developers in creating cutting edge mobile experiences for our clients and partners.


rob moore
commercial director

Rob, our Commercial Director has over 25 years experience working with KPMG and Unilever in the UK and overseas. Rob has a strong corporate network over the key sectors and industries we serve.


allison marshall
financial director

Allison has been working in the finance industry for well over 15 years. She is responsible for all aspects of managerial accounts, client relationships and making sure the business runs as efficiently as possible.

connect with us


+44 (0)844 330 1443