San Francisco-headquartered tech firm UserTesting announced today it has been awarded a grant of £3.2 million from Scottish Enterprise.
The grant forms part of a £10m research and development project that will help create as many as 70 high-value, technical roles in Edinburgh.
UserTesting said it will use the funding boost to strengthen its product R&D department based in the capital, enhance its platform capabilities and support international growth as the firm expands into European markets.
Globally, the Silicon Valley-founded firm uses a panel of over 1 million people to test products, such as websites or apps, to rate user experience (UX) for leading brands.
Fergus Kennedy, VP of Engineering at UserTesting, said: “It’s an exciting time as we receive this new grant from Scottish Enterprise and partner with the organisation to support growth in the tech community in Scotland.
“This grant will help us expand our product portfolio through R&D investments, growing our Product and Engineering function with as many as 70 high-value technical roles at our European HQ in Edinburgh.”
UserTesting launched its European HQ in July 2019, having recognised Edinburgh’s potential as a top European centre for technology.
The firm currently has 106 people working across Europe, with 69 of those operating out of the Edinburgh office.
With access to more technical talent in Edinburgh, UserTesting said it plans to ramp up product R&D to support the needs of its growing European customer base, which includes brands such as Deliveroo, Skyscanner and ASOS.
In the last quarter, UserTesting announced that its European customer base had grown by 400% in the first year of operation, while the global business surpassed the $100 million ARR milestone.
Andy MacMillan, CEO of UserTesting, said: “We continue to be extremely impressed with the quality of technical talent in Scotland, and with the help of the grant from Scottish Enterprise we look forward to growing our European presence.”
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Scottish Enterprise Interim CEO, Linda Hanna, added: “This is an important investment by an international company at a crucial time for Scotland’s economy. The tech sector is a major employer in Scotland, particularly in our cities, and we’re confident it will play a vital role in aiding the country’s economic recovery.”
Ivan McKee, Scottish Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation, welcomed the announcement as another positive step in attracting inward investment.
He said: “This UserTesting grant will help to support our ambition of creating high-value jobs and contribute to the wider growth of the technology sector.”
“Scotland faces significant challenges as a result of the coronavirus crisis, and tech companies, with their focus on innovation and growth potential, have a critical role to play in our economic recovery.”