A French software firm has picked the North East to provide its first UK site, saying it has the potential to create hundreds of regional jobs over the next three years,
Software consultancy Infotel UK is creating an initial 50 jobs through its new operation in North Shields, North Tyneside, which is being opened to coincide with the firm’s official UK launch.
The firm, based at Orion Business Park, is a subsidiary of Infotel SA (France), a £107m turnover group listed on the Euronext Paris Exchange which has 20 offices across Europe and the US and is now keen to take advantage of the region’s technology skills base.
Infotel works with blue chip clients including European Patent Office, PSA Peugeot Citroen, EDF, Orange, Nestle and Barclays, delivering bespoke software and application development.
The move to open a UK site has been triggered by increasing interest in the Paris-headquartered company’s services from new and existing clients based here, who have previously considered Infotel but would rather deal with businesses at a local level rather than off-shore.
Eric Fabretti, director of commercial activity at Infotel SA said: “We are delighted to be opening an office in the UK and the North East is the ideal location given the region’s impressive technology sector and skills base, which we know first-hand from previous collaboration with software experts in the area.
“From our research, we know that blue chip clients want a reputable and experienced partner with a global footprint.
“However, with a tougher economic environment, they need such a service in a cost effective manner and from a partner on their doorstep, which is what we are bringing to the table with this launch.
“We expect to create 50 new jobs based on the current opportunities we are pursuing and if our new venture goes to plan in terms of growth potential, this could lead to hundreds of jobs over the next few years.
“Our launch will no doubt attract interest from multinational UK-based companies, large organisations and government departments, all keen to benefit from our proven expertise in a highly specialised field.”
North Tyneside Council chief executive Patrick Melia welcomed news of Infotel’s arrival in the borough.
He said: “Providing jobs for local people is the council’s number one priority and this announcement from a global software company sends a clear signal that, despite tough economic conditions, North Tyneside is regarded as an exceptional investment proposition by leading-edge companies such as Infotel.
“We are a borough with a great deal to offer businesses – modern, purpose-built offices in our business parks; an excellent council aftercare programme and of course a high quality skilled workforce.
“The council’s leaders and business team will continue to work closely with the company to ensure that they settle in quickly and easily and that we make the most of what is undoubtedly a fantastic opportunity for North Tyneside and for the region as a whole.”