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Tech firm Scrumconnect Consulting unveils 150-job Portland House move

A digital technology firm plans to create 150 jobs in a £40 million office expansion.

Scrumconnect Consulting is opening a base in Newcastle’s Portland House.

And the business, which has provided digital services to a number of Government departments, says the move will be complemented by a £40 million economic commitment across the next four years.

Bosses say the site, formerly home to Newcastle Building Society, will provide a base for Scrumconnect to deliver further such projects, with the company recently named a partner on work aimed at modernising HM Revenue and Customs’ IT systems.

Chief executive Praveen Karadiguddi said: “This move reflects our growing partnerships with Government departments in the North East, and our increasing portfolio of contracts in the region highlights the link between our services and the Government’s evolving needs.

“The North East is on the cusp of devolution, and it’s a prime time for forward-thinking private sector businesses like ours to step in and play a pivotal role in unlocking Newcastle’s vast potential.

“But our commitment is not just about expanding our footprint; it’ll help foster economic growth, create jobs and contribute to the region’s vibrant future.”

To support its strategy, the business has appointed North East native – and former head of product management – Mark Duncan as chief digital officer.

Praveen added: “We are making a significant impact on the daily lives of more than 50 million UK citizens – from digitally processing court cases and every new passport application or renewal to preventing benefit fraud and managing state pension details.

“And we look forward to continuing to support the public sector’s move away from expensive legacy systems to easy-to-use digital technology.”