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Global tech firm Thoughtworks to open Newcastle operations hub 


A US-headquartered technology consultancy has chosen Newcastle as the location for its third UK office. 

Thoughtworks, which is based in Chicago, employs more than 9,000 people across 48 offices in 17 countries, and already has locations in London and Manchester.

The firm provides software design and delivery, and tools and consulting services, and claims to have invented the concept of ‘distributed agile’ method of software development. Its clients include Bosch, BP, Atlassian, and Porsche.

Its new Newcastle city centre base will become a centralised operations hub, servicing national and international clients.

Thoughtworks said it will create 100 tech roles by 2024, with this move adding to their portfolio of offices across the world.   

Invest Newcastle, part of NewcastleGateshead Initiative has supported Thoughtworks with its expansion plans. 

Invest Newcastle introduced Thoughtworks to funding streams and local networks that would support the expansion plans, including North of Tyne’s Inward Investment Grant Fund which supports companies moving into the area. 

It has been awarded £691,482 from this fund, which will support the creation of jobs in Newcastle, North Tyneside, and Northumberland. 

Cllr Ged Bell, cabinet member for Development, Neighbourhoods and Transport at Newcastle City Council said: “We couldn’t be prouder that a global company like Thoughtworks, will be joining our tech community, creating 100 high value jobs and supporting us to make a lasting social and economic impact. 

“As thought leaders in diversity and inclusion they will be a real asset to the region as we all work together to create an inclusive economy that provides opportunity for all.”

Ruth Harrison, Global Head of Industry Domains at Thoughtworks added:  “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.” 

Pictured 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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