Software firm swaps London for Sunderland

WELCOME TO SUNDERLAND: (from left)  Martin Williams, managing director of Saggezza UK; Sunderland City Council leader Paul Watson and Saggezza senior manager Alec Berry.
WELCOME TO SUNDERLAND: (from left) Martin Williams, managing director of Saggezza UK; Sunderland City Council leader Paul Watson and Saggezza senior manager Alec Berry.
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GLOBAL software firm Saggezza is doing its bit to tackle the north-south brain drain after swapping its London HQ for a new base in Sunderland.

The Chicago-based firm has moved in to Sunderland Software Centre and is looking to recruit new staff from the region’s universities.

We can still recruit graduates from great universities, but at a better rate, and the Software Centre is absolutely fantastic.

Alec Berry, Saggezza

Senior manager Alec Berry will be running the Sunderland office.

“We opened an office in London about four years agio but office spaces costs, wages and overheads were all much higher there,” he said.

North East-born Alec suggested the firm should look further afield for a new base.

“I started about 18 months ago and recognised they were struggling to grow, so I suggest we look elsewhere,” he said.

“We can still have a presence in London, but we can grow the business here.

“We can still recruit graduates from great universities, but at a better rate, and the Software Centre is absolutely fantastic.”

Martin Williams, managing director of Saggezza UK, said: “Sunderland is a hugely attractive place for us, with the right support network, links to universities and infrastructure to spur on our development. We’re delighted to be committing to the city on a long-term basis, with plans to create many more jobs here during 2015 and beyond.”

Sunderland City Council leader Paul Watson said: “Saggezza’s move to the Sunderland Software Centre proves that the city has done all that is necessary to foster the right conditions for businesses in the digital, technology and software realm.

Saggezza has recruitment events at the Evolve Business Centre on April 29 and Sunderland Software Centre on April 30.