Australian financial administration firm Computershare is opening a technology centre of excellence in Edinburgh, creating 300 jobs. The company secured a £2m grant from Scottish Enterprise and has worked closely with Scottish Development International (SDI) to develop the project. The expansion plans were announced as SDI published its annual results, which showed 7,839 jobs were secured in Scotland through new and existing investors – an increase of 10% on the previous year.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon spoke about the announcement on visit today to Computershare’s new office in the city centre, which will open next year. “This is fantastic news for Edinburgh’s economy,” she said. “Scotland is open for business and continues to be a very attractive location for investment, as evidenced by the recent EY Attractiveness survey, which noted that Scotland was the top UK location for foreign direct investment outside London for the fifth consecutive year. Together with the inward investment figures published by SDI, this offers further evidence that we have the skills and expertise to attract and retain global companies like Computershare.”
Stuart Irving, chief executive of Computershare, said: “As a truly international capital city, Edinburgh has a bright future and is a natural home for a global company. As a growing business we need the skills and hard work we see on offer in this city. We are grateful to the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International for helping us with our plans and are looking forward to our continued partnership.”
Neil Francis, operations director at SDI, added: “When a company like Computershare chooses to invest in Scotland, it sends a message to the rest of the world that Scotland is a first-class destination. We have a clear focus on winning the right kind of investment for Scotland – which is secured because of our skills base, science and research excellence and our connected business infrastructure, and this investment by Computershare is an example of this.”