Sunderland's Software City programme has been handed a massive boost after global technology firm Saggezza announced a permanent base in the city.
The Chicago-headquartered business already operates a London base and has now worked with Sunderland City Council and Sunderland Software City to open its North East base.
Saggezza specialises in building tools which exploit businesses’ data to their advantage — combining software development with consulting services. It has provided products to a range of businesses including small and mid-sized banks, retailers and telecoms firms.
The Sunderland office launches with 15 staff and it is understood there are plans for significant added recruitment in the near future.
Martin Williams, managing director of Saggezza UK, said: “Sunderland is a hugely attractive place for us, with the right support network, links to universities and infrastructure to spur on our development.
“We’re delighted to be committing to the city on a long-term basis, with plans to create many more jobs here during 2015 and beyond.”
Sunderland City Council leader Paul Watson said: “Saggezza’s move to the Sunderland Software Centre proves that the city has done all that is necessary to foster the right conditions for businesses in the digital, technology and software realm. It’s fantastic that as a result the city can now call itself home to a really vibrant IT business.”
Saggezza, which also has offices in Santa Clara, Bangalore and Chennai, recruited six graduates as associate analysts to support the office opening.
The firm is now working closely with Sunderland University, the council and the Sunderland Software Centre to ensure that the opportunity to work with Saggezza is offered to graduates, apprentices and other local talent.
Tony Ikwue, director of enterprise and innovation at Sunderland University, said: “Saggezza is a really exciting business, and we’re delighted to support the team with access to training programmes and graduate recruitment activities to help them take on the skilled, adaptable people they need to continue to grow.”
Those interested in jobs at the company should visit saggezza.com/careers. Saggezza is also hosting two recruitment events in April; one at the Evolve Business Centre on April 29 and another at the Sunderland Software Centre on April 30.
Further information will be announced on Saggezza’s LinkedIn page and on Twitter at @saggezza_inc.