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L-R: Jennifer Hartley, director at Invest Newcastle, Cllr Ged Bell, cabinet member for development, neighbourhoods and transport (Newcastle City Council) and Ruth Harrison, global head of industry domains at Thoughtworks.
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Global tech firm to create 100 North East jobs with new UK office

A global technology specialist has announced plans to open a new base in the North East.

Chicago-headquartered tech business Thoughtworks is set to launch its third UK office in Newcastle.

The firm employs more than 9,000 people across 48 offices in 17 countries. The Newcastle city centre base will become a centralised operations hub, servicing national and international clients.

Invest Newcastle introduced Thoughtworks to funding streams and local networks that would support them with their plans, including North of Tyne’s Inward Investment Grant Fund which supports companies moving into the area. The firm has been awarded £691,482 from this fund.

Ruth Harrison, global head of industry domains at Thoughtworks, commented: “For some time, we have been excited by the vibrancy of the tech scene evolving in the North East and we look forward to accelerating this with our arrival – not just within the tech community but also to create a positive impact on the community at large.

“Our mission at Thoughtworks is to deliver an extraordinary impact on the world through culture and tech excellence.

“Newcastle is already home to The National Innovation Centre for Data and we hope to make a real difference - attracting business to the region, providing a home for top tech talent and contributing to a vibrant, inclusive enterprise culture.”

Jennifer Hartley, director of Invest Newcastle - part of NewcastleGateshead Initiative - added: “This investment from Thoughtworks not only shows the strength of our tech sector but highlights the power of partnership working.

“This investment further cements our position as a leading tech hub, our ability to compete on a world stage and as a tech career destination.

“Their plans to diversify and grow align with Newcastle’s strengths, not only within the tech sector but across sectors such as renewable energy and life sciences, strategically important sectors right across the supply chain.

“Thoughtworks are a great cultural fit with our city and our ambitions, and we are delighted that they will be joining our collaborative community of disruptive thinkers and innovators, investing in a diverse and inclusive talent pipeline, working together to make an extraordinary impact on the world.”

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