300 new jobs for Edinburgh
26 June 2017
Jobs from inward investment up 10%.
Plans by Australian financial services company Computershare to
open a new technology centre of excellence in Edinburgh, creating
300 jobs, have been welcomed by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
The company secured a £2 million grant from Scottish Enterprise
and has worked closely with Scottish Development International
(SDI) to develop the project.
The expansion plans were announced on the same day SDI annual
results were published, which showed 7,839 jobs were secured in
Scotland through new and existing investors - an increase of 10% on
the previous year.
The First Minister visited Computershare's new office in the
city centre which is being fully refurbished and will open next
"This announcement, with the creation of 300 highly skilled
technology jobs and investment in the city centre, is fantastic
news for Edinburgh's economy.
"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
"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, global President and CEO of Computershare
"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
"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, said:
"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.
"We're thrilled to have secured these new jobs for Edinburgh;
it's a ringing endorsement of our offering to international
investors and we look forward to working with the Computershare
team to help them fulfil their growth ambitions in Scotland."
View further details about the
SDI annual results.
Computershare was founded in Melbourne in 1978 and its existing
Edinburgh operation was established in 1998, serving locally-based
clients and those further afield. From its current base in
Edinburgh Park, the company provides relationship management and
registry services to around 150 listed companies - from FTSE100 to
AIM - many of whom are registered in Scotland.
Source - The Scottish Government website