Firm plans 500 new jobs in town

Soft­ware com­pany wants to cre­ate an ‘East Mid­lands Hub’

Loughborough Echo - - FRONT PAGE - Report by Liam Cole­man

A SOFT­WARE com­pany with of­fices in Lough­bor­ough is look­ing to ex­pand and cre­ate 500 new jobs when it moves to a new ‘East Mid­lands Hub’ - and is in ne­go­ti­a­tions to take one of the first spa­ces at the new Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity Sci­ence and En­ter­prise Park.

Last year, The Ac­cess Group turned over £102m and has 14 of­fices, 1,290 staff and 11,000 cus­tomers across the UK and France, with an of­fice em­ploy­ing around 230 peo­ple based in Ashby Road, Lough­bor­ough.

Clients of the soft­ware com­pany in­clude Le­ices­ter City Foot­ball Club, Le­ices­ter Tigers and the Nat­u­ral History Mu­seum in Lon­don.

The com­pany de­vel­ops soft­ware to help with ev­ery­thing from pay­roll and ab­sence man­age­ment to fi­nance and ac­count­ing, home­care and ed­u­ca­tion.

As part of the com­pany’s five-year plan it is hop­ing to de­velop an ‘East Mid­lands Hub’ at the Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity Sci­ence and En­ter­prise Park, and by Oc­to­ber 2019 the hub would em­ploy around 1,000 mem­bers of staff, creat­ing 500 new jobs.

The roles be­ing cre­ated in­clude jobs in sales, mar­ket­ing, de­vel­op­ers, sup­port en­gi­neers and im­ple­men­ta­tion con­sul­tants.

A SOFT­WARE com­pany with of­fices in Lough­bor­ough is look­ing to ex­pand and cre­ate 500 new jobs when it moves to a new ‘East Mid­lands Hub’ - and is in ne­go­ti­a­tions to take one of the first spa­ces at the new Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity Sci­ence and En­ter­prise Park.

The Ac­cess Group is a soft­ware con­sul­tancy and de­vel­oper, sell­ing pri­mar­ily to UK mid-market busi­nesses.

Last year the com­pany turned over £102m and has 14 of­fices, 1,290 staff and 11,000 cus­tomers across the UK and France, with an of­fice em­ploy­ing around 230 peo­ple based in Ashby Road, Lough­bor­ough.

Clients of the soft­ware com­pany in­clude Le­ices­ter City Foot­ball Club, Le­ices­ter Tigers and the Nat­u­ral History Mu­seum in Lon­don.

The com­pany de­vel­ops soft­ware to help with ev­ery­thing from pay­roll and ab­sence man­age­ment to fi­nance and ac­count­ing, home­care and ed­u­ca­tion.

As part of the com­pany’s five-year plan it is hop­ing to de­velop an ‘East Mid­lands Hub’ at the Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity Sci­ence and En­ter­prise Park, and by Oc­to­ber 2019 the hub would em­ploy around 1,000 mem­bers of staff, creat­ing 500 new jobs.

The roles be­ing cre­ated in­clude jobs in sales, mar­ket­ing, de­vel­op­ers, sup­port en­gi­neers and im­ple­men­ta­tion con­sul­tants.

The plan also aims for the soft­ware com­pany to be worth £275m, with around 25,000 cus­tomers and more than 2,000 staff, which would make it one of the top 10 soft­ware com­pa­nies in the UK.

Of these 2,000 staff, half of them are to be based at its new Lough­bor­ough of­fice. Jonathan Jor­gensen, 38, chief sales of­fi­cer for The Ac­cess Group, told the Echo that this was go­ing to open doors for not just grad­u­ate jobs but for any­one with the “skills and de­sire to learn” within the busi­ness.

He said: “We are a very fast grow­ing com­pany and are ex­pand­ing all the time, so the vi­sion is to have an East Mid­lands Hub at the Lough­bor­ough site.

“This will en­com­pass staff al­ready at the Lough­bor­ough of­fice, and staff cur­rently based in Lock­ing­ton near East Mid­lands Air­port, but it will also mean we will cre­ate around 500 new jobs.

“We are look­ing at also in­cor­po­rat­ing the Le­ices­ter of­fice into the new of­fices in Lough­bor­ough but we are not cer­tain about this yet.

“These jobs will not just be for new grad­u­ates from Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity, they will be for any­one who is in­ter­ested in work­ing in the soft­ware in­dus­try, and who has the skills and de­sire to learn about the group.

“We have seen a lot of success from peo­ple who had de­cided to have a change of ca­reer and have started work­ing with us when they are 30, 40 or 50 years-old.

“We al­ready have some brilliant grad­u­ate pro­grammes, but hope­fully with such a good univer­sity on our doorstep I am sure we will ben­e­fit even more from this too.”

Lough­bor­ough MP Nicky Mor­gan told the Echo that she had been on a tour of the new pro­posed Ac­cess Group of­fice and said: “I think it is a fan­tas­tic build­ing and a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for the whole of Lough­bor­ough.

“The fact that it is creat­ing 500 new jobs as well is great, and I know that a lot of peo­ple will ben­e­fit from this.”

A spokesper­son from Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity said: “The univer­sity is cur­rently in dis­cus­sions with part­ners about the project, how­ever no agreements have been reached.”

Pic­tured is an artist’s im­pres­sion of the new of­fices at the Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity Sci­ence and En­ter­prise Park. Photo courtesy of Le­ices­ter­shire County Coun­cil.

The Ac­cess Group is look­ing at creat­ing an ‘East Mid­lands Hub’ (cir­cled above left) at the Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity Sci­ence and En­ter­prise Park. Photo courtesy of Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity.

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