CGI (NYSE: GIB) (TSX: GIB.A) formally announced the opening of its Newcastle office in the Newcastle Helix, which houses prominent UK technology and science businesses. This latest investment further supports the leading IT and business consulting services firm’s commitment to providing career opportunities for those in the local area, working in partnership with NewcastleGateshead Initiative (NGI), which CGI recently joined.
NGI markets Newcastle and Gateshead on a national and international stage. The initiative works with organisations that share its vision and recognise the vital importance of collaboration in boosting the prosperity and profile of the region. The ambitious partnership between CGI and NGI is focussed on providing local people with high-value digital roles that allow them to continue living and working in the North-East.
The new office allows employees access to a well-located working environment and the ability to collaborate with like-minded businesses, as well as universities and the local authority. This complements the company’s regional metro model approach, which focusses strongly on supporting and investing in the communities in which its people and clients live and work, as well as working closely with both established and start-up organisations within the technology sector.
Paul Buxton, Senior Vice President of Consulting Services at CGI in the UK, said: “Through this new office, we can help drive substantial growth in the North-East of England, a region in which we have long supported and sourced talent from. We are pleased to be part of this leading innovation hub, with our new office demonstrating our commitment to the North-East, which promotes itself as a world-class place to live, work, learn and visit. We look forward to continuing to work with NGI to help build a prosperous future for Newcastle, Gateshead and surrounding areas.”
Sarah Green, CEO of NGI, said: “CGI is a valued strategic partner of ours, working closely with local authorities, universities and private-sector organisations with a shared ambition to see the region thrive through their business development and talent attraction. It is great to have a newcomer to the region so engaged and committed to achieving positive social impact, and we look forward to continued collaboration on key priorities for the North East.”
Invest Newcastle’s Digital and Tech Lead, Dawn Dunn, has also commented: “It’s great to see CGI put down roots in Newcastle at the iconic Catalyst building on Newcastle Helix. As a truly global tech consultancy, they’re a fantastic asset to the sector ecosystem in the North East with a commitment to creating careers and opportunities for people here, we look forward to supporting their growth and impact in the region.”
By creating a modern office environment and providing additional opportunities for skilled employment, CGI hopes to deliver digital transformation strategies to many public and private sector organisations across the region. The business will also work to strengthen relationships with universities through NGI to build a strong pipeline of outstanding homegrown talent.