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 […]

Gaming giant Ubisoft opens up new office in Leamington Spa

Ubisoft, the French gaming company behind games such as Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry and Just Dance, has opened a new office in Leamington Spa, part of Coventry & Warwickshire’s games development hotspot ‘Silicon Spa’. The new studio, known as Ubisoft Leamington, adds to existing Ubisoft studios in Newcastle and London, and is the latest development in […]

New Black Country enterprise zone to create 7,000 jobs

New Black Country enterprise zone to create 7,000 jobs Communities Secretary Sajid Javid unveils location of West Midlands’ latest zone which is targeting growth among tech firms and manufacturers. A new enterprise zone in the West Midlands which it is hoped will deliver up to 7,000 new jobs has been unveiled. The new zone in the […]

Worcestershire IT firm commended for approach to apprenticeships

Worcestershire IT firm commended for approach to apprenticeships A county IT business has been highly commended for its commitment to apprenticeships and for its work in developing young people and providing jobs. Kidderminster-based Minster Micro Computers Ltd finished as runner-up in the Newcomer Apprenticeship Employer of the Year category at the recent Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards. […]

140 new jobs at new fintech centre in Birmingham

Global fintech company Lombard Risk Management plc has today announced the opening of a new Technology Centre in Birmingham and the creation of up to 140 new jobs over the next three years. From its location in Birmingham’s Alpha Tower, the firm will be developing the next generation of fintech products. The centre will boast hi-tech […]

Minster Micro invests in marketing apprentice

Worcestershire IT and business software provider has has taken on 17-year-old Nicole Heaton as a digital marketing apprentice – part of its ongoing commitment to providing career opportunities to young local talent in the county. With over 20 employees, Minster has more than 35 years’ experience supporting a variety of businesses with their infrastructure and […]