How Birmingham is competing with London on tech talent attraction

Within this regional growth agenda, Birmingham and the West Country are among the regions gaining ground on London and the south-east fastest of all, according to Office for National Statistics data. Between 2009 and 2016, economic output per head rose in real terms by 9.2 per cent in the West Midlands and North West of […]

£27 million awarded to Mercia to support North East firms

A total of £27m has been awarded to Mercia Fund Managers to support businesses across the North East.  A subsidiary of Mercia Fund Management based in Henley in Arden, the Venture Fund will be investing in rounds up to £1m, with additional money potentially coming from Mercia’s other funds, and will be targeted at businesses […]

West Midlands Combined Authority seeks chief digital officer

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is recruiting for a chief digital officer to spearhead a “digital revolution” across the region. The digital chief will report directly into West Midlands mayor Andy Street, and will be tasked with leading digitisation and technology initiatives across four key areas. The first  is “digital strategy”. In this area […]

Network solutions provider Syscomm builds sales and marketing

Syscomm Ltd has recently announced a number of strategic hires at their Coventry office.   The new roles are focussed on the sales and marketing and are essential to support increased sales initiatives and continued expansion into new markets throughout 2018. Darren Bindert has been hired as Head of Marketing for Syscomm. Darren is a B2B marketing […]

PwC leads pledge to boost number of females pursuing technology careers

PwC and 18 major organisations are taking action to increase the number of women in UK tech roles through the launch of the ‘Tech She Can Charter’. The Tech She Can Charter has been founded to tackle the factors behind the shortfall of women in technology roles. Currently only 23% of people working in STEM jobs are female. […]

Global manufacturer chooses Coventry as its UK base

Portuguese manufacturer, AMOB, has set up its UK base (AMOB UK) at Pilot Trade Centre in Coventry, to facilitate its move into the UK market. A manufacturer in metalworking technologies, AMOB UK provides one of the biggest ranges of specialised equipment for the tube and pipe bending industry worldwide, and has a worldwide network of 70 […]

Bromsgrove’s Juniper Systems opens office in Austria

Bromsgrove-based Juniper Systems, which manufactures handheld computers, has opened a new office in Austria, thanks to recent growth. Simon Bowe, General Manager of Juniper Systems, said: “As Juniper Systems has grown in recent years, the need has grown for an office to serve our German-speaking partners and customers in Austria, Germany, and other Eastern European […]

Edge Testing expands Midlands Digital Test Hub team

Edge Testing Solutions, one of the UK’s fastest growing and largest independent software testing companies, has announced that ten new recruits, including nine trainee test analysts. Located at its recently launched, second UK Digital Test Hub in Birmingham, the new trainees come from a variety of IT backgrounds, with some already having undertaken their ISTQB foundation […]

Birmingham in danger of being left behind for digital skills

In the latest Barclays Digital Development Index, Birmingham was in 8th place for its level of digital skills competency. Only Glasgow and Bristol are rated worse in the top ten areas, with the most competent city cited as Liverpool, followed by Edinburgh, Sheffield, London, Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle. The results suggest the cities of the Northern […]

Lodders hires IT security and forensics specialist as IT Director

Midlands law firm Lodders has hired IT security and forensics expert Alex Loquens to the new role of IT Director. He joins Lodders from Key Forensic Services Limited in Coventry, where he was Head of IT for over three years. With experience in forensic IT, IT security compliance and delivery, and cloud and managed services […]

Team of twenty at Mira’s new vehicle technology hub

An initial team of up to 20 academic staff and doctoral research students from Coventry university will work alongside HORIBA MIRA engineering teams on projects in a new automotive research centre that will explore intelligent connected vehicle technology. The company and Coventry University will develop and test new technologies to address future transport needs from the […]

Independent advisory opens to demystify apprenticeship levy

The Apprenticeship Levy is a major shake-up, designed to create 3m new apprenticeships by 2020, will see employers with a wage bill over £3m pay a 0.5% levy, whilst non-levied employers will pay 10% towards Apprenticeship training. On the supply side, training companies continue to grapple with new contract terms for delivering Apprenticeships and new […]

Software testing firm pledges 60 jobs as part of Midlands expansion

An independent and fast growing software testing firm is set for major expansion in Birmingham in a move that will lead to the creation of 60 jobs. Edge Testing Solutions has announced that it intends to open a second Digital Test Hub facility in the city. The new jobs will be phased in over a […]

Advanced pledges to create up to 70 IT apprenticeships per year

Ahead of the new apprenticeship levy which will be introduced from 1st April, software and services company Advanced has announced its commitment to introduce 60-70 apprenticeships per year focused on developing digital skills.   Advanced’s apprenticeship fund will be circa £500,000 per annum and the company wants to ensure the technical training focus for apprenticeships […]

Vodafone to bring 2,100 customer service jobs in-house

As part of a £2bn investment programme over the 2016-19 period, Vodafone is to hire 2,100 in what appears to be a growing trend by telcos to improve customer service by bringing call centre roles back to the UK, from South Africa and an external agency. Over the next 24 months, Vodafone UK will create 800 jobs at the […]