Tech company creates 44 new jobs in Cwmbran

Leading recruitment company Acorn has secured an exclusive contract for 44 highly sought after IT jobs, after a thriving UK technology business, announced that it will shortly be opening a new office in Cwmbran.

Smartpipe Solutions, which offers ‘Platform as a Service’ (PaaS) solutions for network operator data monetisation across multiple advertising and content platforms, has enlisted the exclusive help of Acorn’s dedicated IT division to help fill these specialist posts.

London based Smartpipe Solutions is establishing a software development and research centre in Cwmbran in an investment worth over £10million, backed by £925,000 business finance from the Welsh Government.

This is the first venture outside London for the company who are hoping to employ highly skilled, local staff for a number of key roles.

Dave Sadler, Operations Manager for Acorn IT Recruitment, said: “This is a major coup for South Wales, Smartpipe is looking to revolutionise the mobile advertising industry and we’re confident that we have the right calibre of staff here to fill these posts. With the Big Data and PaaS markets currently booming this is an exciting industry to be in and the opportunities for creativity and innovation are endless.”

Manjit Waters, Head of Business Operations, Smartpipe, said: “This expansion is a significant development for Smartpipe and we are very much looking forward to discovering new talent in South Wales. We could have opened our second office anywhere in England or Wales but we were drawn to Cwmbran by the potential for growth and the untapped talent in the area.”

The initial wave of recruitment will be looking for people with solid experience in the relevant areas, specifically Java, C++, Mobile Development, BI, UI on Linux, network security and access administration knowledge, as well as a thorough understanding of network-based services, storage devices and virtualisation tech.

Dave, who advises the Welsh Government on IT, played a role in convincing Smartpipe to come to Wales, he said: “Technology is a thriving sector and it is something which can be done absolutely anywhere, so why not Wales?

“It is our hope that the area around Newport is becoming something of an IT hub. There are some very exciting training and reskilling innovations coming to the fore and we can confidently work on encouraging more and more businesses to relocate here, safe in the knowledge that we can supply them with the very best technical talent.”

With more than 20 years in the business, Acorn has its UK headquarters at the Celtic Springs Business Park in Newport and operates from 38 branches across Wales and the South West, North West and South East of England.

Acorn places up to 6,500 people into the workplace with around 850 different clients each week. The group also delivers training to more than 1,000 individuals and makes 1,700 permanent placements every year.