A middle Eastern company has expanded its geographical reach by setting up a base in Sunderland after identifying the city as a hub for software and technology.
Environmental and Quality Solutions (EQS) has moved into Software Centre as part of a strategy to develop Qshare Central, a unique software project.
The business was established in the UAE in 1997 as a traditional consulting company, helping firms design and put in place management systems.
It now provides online business solutions for its customers and recently spotted an opportunity to further develop its software credentials in Europe, by setting up its new base in Sunderland’s Tavistock Place, a move it hopes will steer the business into its next stage of growth.
The software project it is currently developing – Qshare Central – is designed to help companies comply with management system requirements and increase collaboration with stakeholders.
Abdallah Gani, managing director of EQS, said that the company, which has a workforce of 14 and several contract-based specialists, decided to create a Wearside base after spotting the opportunities and infrastructure that exist for technology companies in the area.
He said: “We invested time researching a number of software companies we could leverage in the UK to help in the development of our new software platform and our search yielded Sunderland Software Centre. The idea and ethos of the centre was really intriguing and we decided to visit and find out exactly what was on offer for software and technology companies.
“Upon visiting the centre we realised with the kind of facilities on offer and the grants and support available for emerging software companies, we stood to greatly benefit by creating a full-time presence.
“From introductions to potential investors to market research, we’ve been really impressed by the level of support and potential in the city.”
Following the 2006 industry success of the company’s first generation of the Qshare Central software, which recognised a need for software intervention to help reduce the amount of paperwork associated with the maintenance of management systems, the company has now embarked upon the second phase of the project.
Gani added: “From the first introduction to the Sunderland Software Centre, as a company we knew we had found a perfect fit, a strong partner, a rich mix of value added tenants and a new home for the development of the new Qshare Central Platform.”
Since its move to the centre, the company has been focusing on growth, subsequently releasing and maintaining the new generation platform with plans to offer its full suite of services across the UK.
Coun Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council said: “Sunderland City Council has a well-planned strategy to support the growth of this sector and is committed to playing a part in the development and growth of innovative businesses that choose Sunderland as their base. It is the perfect time to be based in a city geared towards helping IT businesses to thrive, and I am delighted that EQS has chosen Sunderland Software Centre to press ahead with its growth plans.”
Set in the heart of the Wearside city, Sunderland Software Centre is one of the busiest technology hubs in the region, offering space for more than 60 businesses.
The three-storey centre has been designed as the perfect base for big business, ambitious SMEs and progressive entrepreneurs seeking a custom-built hub that benefits from the set-up, connectivity and infrastructure to help them prosper and grow.