The West Midlands is set to receive a significant boost in tech jobs, with more than 1,000 new positions being created by five innovation-focused companies. This investment highlights the region’s growing reputation as a destination for ambitious companies in various sectors.
In recent announcements made during the “Global West Midlands: The Tech That Makes Tomorrow Work” event, Version 1, Petalite, Novocomms Group, Aubay, and Primacy have all revealed plans to expand their operations in the West Midlands, leading to job creation.
Version 1, a global digital transformation partner, intends to scale up its operations in Birmingham, creating around 500 new jobs. This expansion includes the opening of a new technology hub in the city center by 2024. The company will also establish two new academies in Birmingham to upskill individuals interested in cutting-edge technology.
Novocomms Group, a wireless communication specialist, plans to create 300 new jobs in Birmingham over the next three years through the launch of a new smart city services provider. The company has appointed Johann Tse as its chief executive and Dr. Colin Tucker as chair, both bringing extensive experience in international corporate development.
Petalite, an innovative electric vehicle charging company, aims to grow its Birmingham-based team by creating 100 engineering and business operations roles by 2026. This expansion will follow the completion of its Series A funding round.
Aubay Group, a French-owned IT management company, is preparing to expand its team by up to 100 people in Solihull. These new roles will cover various areas, including development and project management, and will support the company in providing services to a major banking client and other financial services, FinTech, and energy players.
Finally, Primacy, a Singapore-based RegTech company, has announced the development of a new ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) Centre of Excellence in Birmingham. The partnership with the University of Birmingham will create up to 30 jobs over the next two years.
The West Midlands Growth Company (WMGC), as the region’s official investment promotion agency, played a crucial role in hosting the Global West Midlands event, which targeted overseas firms interested in nurturing new innovations in the UK. The region’s focus on attracting more tech-led foreign direct investment will be supported by WMGC’s co-development of an international strategy, along with the UK Government’s Department for Business and Trade.
Overall, these investments and job creation initiatives demonstrate the West Midlands’ commitment to nurturing innovation and driving business growth. With a focus on technology and digital sectors, the region is positioning itself as an attractive destination for ambitious companies looking to expand and thrive.