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Global tech firm Thoughtworks reveals 100-job Newcastle office move

A global technology consultancy has pledged to create 100 jobs in a North East expansion.

Thoughtworks is opening an office in Newcastle.

Bosses say the base will act as Thoughtworks’ third UK base and expect it to deliver their job target by 2024.

The firm, which is headquartered in Chicago, employs more than 9000 people across 48 offices in 17 countries.

Integrating strategy, design and software engineering to drive clients’ innovation, it says its Newcastle base will operate as a centralised hub, serving both national and international customers.

The company’s arrival was helped by Invest Newcastle, part of NewcastleGateshead Initiative, which introduced Thoughtworks to the city, its digital ecosystem and its position as a business growth hub.

It also introduced Thoughtworks to funding streams and local networks, such as the North of Tyne’s Inward Investment Grant Fund, which awarded the company £691,482 to support its job creation plans.

Jen Hartley, director at Invest Newcastle, said: “This not only shows the strength of our tech sector but highlights the power of partnership working.

“Our tech eco system and networks like Dynamo that stimulate growth, along with assets like North East Futures UTC and The National Innovation Centre for Data who help support, grow and upskill future talent, played a crucial role in securing this investment.

“This further cements our position as a leading tech hub, our ability to compete on a world stage and as a tech career destination.

“Thoughtworks’ plans to diversify and grow align with Newcastle’s strengths, not only within the tech sector but across sectors such as renewable energy and life sciences, strategically important sectors right across the supply chain.”

Ruth Harrison, Thoughtworks’ global head of industry domains, says it aims to provide “a home for top tech talent” and contribute “to a vibrant, inclusive enterprise culture”.

She said: “For some time, we have been excited by the vibrancy of the tech scene evolving in the North East and we look forward to accelerating this with our arrival – not just within the tech community but also to create a positive impact on the community at large.

“Our mission is to deliver an extraordinary impact on the world through culture and tech excellence.

“Newcastle is already home to The National Innovation Centre for Data, and we hope to make a real difference.”

Reacting to the announcement, Councillor Ged Bell, cabinet member for development, neighbourhoods and transport at Newcastle City Council, described Thoughtworks as a “real asset”.

He said: “Our digital and tech strengths continue to shine through.

“We couldn’t be prouder that a global company like Thoughtworks will be joining our tech community and supporting us to make a lasting social and economic impact.

“This investment couldn’t come at a more opportune time, as we look to grow our economy through our strengths and create a better future for everyone who lives and works in our great city.”

North of Tyne Mayor Jamie Driscoll added: “We’ve invested more than half a million pounds to bring Thoughtworks here, working in partnership with Invest Newcastle and Newcastle City Council.

“Thoughtworks will create good, well-paid, highly skilled jobs that will go to our people.

“It shows that when we work together as a region, we can be winners.”

Picture caption: Jen Hartley, director at Invest Newcastle, left, with Councillor Ged Bell, cabinet member for development, neighbourhoods and transport at Newcastle City Council, and Ruth Harrison, Thoughtworks’ global head of industry domains