Irish digital agency Granite Digital has today announced a new partnership with WordPress technology company WP Engine.

Granite said today's deal is set to generate €3.1m in additional revenues for it by the end of 2023.

It said the new partnership will strengthen its enterprise offerings such as hosting and infrastructure architecture, enabling it to grow its client portfolio across Ireland and the UK.

WP Engine has played a major role in the recent shift for businesses to expand across all digital touchpoints.

WordPress technology is used by 41% of the global internet and WP Engine hosts 1.5 million websites in more than 150 countries.

It has 185,000 customers worldwide including the Irish Heart Foundation, Riverdance, Avvio, Microsoft, eBay, and Volvo.

WP Engine also operates a global customer support centre in Limerick, employing more than 120 people.

Robert Carpenter, founder and partner of Granite Digital, said that WordPress is growing at an incredible pace with more than two out of every five websites now powered by its technology.

"As the global leaders, WP Engine is central to driving this growth and we're delighted to enter this new strategic partnership in Ireland and the UK," Mr Carpenter said.

"We've identified significant opportunities together in the enterprise sector and have no doubt we'll achieve our growth targets in both markets. By combining our areas of expertise, we are enhancing our product and service capabilities to ensure customers can enjoy more seamless and secure digital experiences," he added.

Paul Ryan, Senior Director and Site Lead at WP Engine, said that Granite Digital is an obvious partner for the firm in Ireland and the UK as it has significant enterprise reach, deep industry and technical knowledge, and extensive digital transformation experience.

"We also share common goals and values which are crucial for functioning as a successful team. We’re excited about collaborating with such an ambitious partner that fully understands how WordPress and its wider ecosystem are so key to the digital-first economy," he added.