Funding sees hi-tech jobs created in Swansea
A TOTAL of 16 jobs will be created due to a new development centre opening in Swansea.
Hitec Laboratories (Hitec), a leading provider of software solutions, is to open a development facility in Swansea, with support from the Welsh Government.
Headquartered in Slough, a global network of Hitec business partners sell and implement Hitec solutions around the world, with hundreds of installations in over 30 countries.
The investment backed by £340,000 business finance from the Welsh Government will create sixteen highly skilled jobs.
The new centre, which will be initially based in the Technium waterfront office building, will be involved in software development and testing.
Edwina Hart, minister for economy, science and transport said: "I am delighted to welcome a company of Hitec's calibre to Wales and that Welsh Government support played a pivotal role in their decision to invest in Swansea where they can expand and grow their business.
"Their investment also sends out a strong message to companies that Wales offers a first class, cost effective location for businesses looking to expand and recruit and retain skilled staff.
"Hitec is an important addition to the ICT sector in Wales — one of our key economic growth sectors so this investment is particularly welcome and I wish them every success in establishing and expanding their operation in Wales."
Jeremy Crame, chief executive of Hitec, said the new offices will be opened at the end of October.
He said: "This is an important strategic move for Hitec and we are looking forward to building a strong team in Swansea.
"Road and rail links between the Thames Valley and Swansea are excellent, and the availability of experienced team members in the area is great.
"The Welsh Government has been pivotal in supporting our decision and their assistance has been commendable.
"The official opening of the office towards the end of October will be a major milestone for us, and we are confident that the team will have a major impact on the future of Hitec."
He said that the Swansea centre was ideal as he hoped it would attract the well-qualified team members they need and also provide the business with the opportunity to recruit and train graduates from local universities.
Mr Crame said Hitec needed an additional facility outside the Thames Valley where it has found it difficult in recent years to recruit and retain additional staff members.
He said this was due to local competition from large businesses, and also from city based firms as a result of improved rail connections.
Offshore facilities were considered but rejected and after an intense evaluation project - and with support from the Welsh Government, identified South Wales as the best location.