By Kristy Dorsey

UK technology consultancy AND Digital is to create 100 new jobs with the opening of its second Scottish office in Glasgow.

The move follows on the rapid expansion of the company’s office in Edinburgh, which opened last year at the onset of the first lockdown. Paramjit Uppal, who founded AND Digital in London in 2014, said the pandemic has led to a dramatic acceleration in digital business models.

The company is taking office space in George Square and plans to create new roles for analysts, developers and designers across a range of levels within the next 12 months. It currently has 11 offices – which it refers to as “clubs” – located in London, Leeds, Manchester, Halifax, Reading and Edinburgh.

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The company describes itself as a “digital enablement partner” working with clients from a range of sectors to deliver digital transformation projects while also boosting their customers’ internal tech capabilities. Clients include global organisations such as British Airways, Gousto, NBrown Group and IAG Cargo.

“Scottish businesses have shown tremendous grit and determination over the past 12 months as they have sought to reconcile their business models to the difficulties posed by the pandemic,” Mr Uppal said. “However, we’ve been fortunate to work with clients of all shapes and sizes who have pivoted towards the new opportunities digital offers.

“Scotland is an important market for us and we are confident in its very bright future. Glasgow is the obvious next step for us.”

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The recent launch of the Government’s Digital Strategy for Scotland, which sets out a blueprint for ensuring the country thrives in the digital world, found that 73 per cent of businesses have shifted to technology to provide goods and services since the start of the pandemic. It also highlighted the challenges posed by skills gaps across the sector.

Mr Uppal added: “We launched our Edinburgh club at the cusp of the first lockdown and have built it from the ground up working remotely as a club with our clients. While we look forward to reopening our club houses and seeing each other in person when it is safe to do so, we are well-placed to launch Glasgow to our blended working environment.”

The company, which has annual turnover of £50 million, announced in April that it had secured £8m in follow-on funding from investment company BGF. In addition to Glasgow, it will also be opening its first overseas office in Amsterdam this summer.