Tech consultancy AND Digital has announced plans to expand its Scottish operations and open new premises in Glasgow.
This will be the company’s second office in Scotland after opening its first in Edinburgh last year.
Based in George Square, the Glasgow office, which the company refers to as a ‘club’, aims to create 100 new tech jobs for analysts, developers, and designers across a range of levels over the next 12 months.
AND Digital develops digital products with its its clients, as well as helping upskill their people and deepen their broader capabilities. Through this, the company aims to help businesses close their digital skills gaps.
CEO and Founder of AND Digital Paramjit Uppal said: “Scottish businesses have shown tremendous grit and determination over the past 12 months as they have sought to reconcile their business models to the difficulties posed by the pandemic.
“However, we’ve been fortunate to work with clients of all shapes and sizes who have pivoted towards the new opportunities digital offers. Scotland is an important market for us and we are confident in its very bright future. Glasgow is the obvious next step for us.”
The recent launch of the new Digital Strategy for Scotland highlighted the dramatic acceleration of digital business models during the pandemic, finding that overall 73% of businesses shifted to digital to provide goods and services.
Companies were forced to do things in very short order that their transformation roadmaps had said would take many months or even years.
The report also emphasised the very real challenges posed by the skills gap in Scotland magnified by Covid-19. It identified sectoral skills gaps relating to digital technology and raised the importance and urgency of further digital transformation across the economy.
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Uppal continued: “We launched our Edinburgh club at the cusp of the first lockdown and have built it from the ground up working remotely as a club and with our clients.
“While we look forward to reopening our club houses and seeing each other in person when it is safe to do so, we are well placed to launch Glasgow to our blended working environment. It works for us and our clients.”
AND Digital works with clients across a range of sectors, including financial services, media, hospitality and the public sector.
It has 11 offices across the UK, with new premises opening in Amsterdam in June 2021 in addition to its Glasgow office.