IBM is a globally integrated enterprise operating in over 170 countries. Today, IBM has around 20,000 employees in the UK, bringing innovative solutions to a diverse client base to help solve some of their toughest business challenges.
In January 2015, following a number of meetings and visits to Leicester, IBM announced it was setting up a new base in the city. The decision came after it had considered a number of locations across the UK.
The Leicester Client Innovation Centre is IBM’s first in the UK, and enables the hi-tech giant to extend its technology services to UK-based clients – the operation provides a range of IT services including software development and support services to clients across all industry sectors, including utilities, financial organisations, industrial companies and public sector organisations. It employs graduates and experienced professionals who have technical backgrounds or who show an aptitude for IT and want to pursue a career in the industry. The Centre harnesses the best talent from the city and region.
Bernard Szczech, chief executive of IBM Services Centre UK in Leicester, said:
“We came here because of the high quality workers that were available in Leicester, Leicestershire and the surrounding areas; the city is well-located in the country, which means it’s not far from our clients, and we have had a huge amount of support and help from the city council and the LLEP. We have been extremely pleased with the quality of the local workforce, and it’s been nice coming to Leicester because the business community wants to work together to help each other and to grow the city.”
Leicester will be the home of IBM’s fourth European Services Centre, with others in France, Germany, and The Netherlands.