SWORD gives Wales bigger cut

SWORD Group has announced that it plans to open a new information technology centre employing more than 200 in Cwmbran, Wales


International IT product and services company SWORD Group has announced that it plans to open a new information technology centre employing more than 200 in Cwmbran, Wales.



According to SWORD, the move aims to counter the trend of outsourcing overseas and will complement the existing SWORD Group global infrastructure, which has 21 offices in 14 countries.


The technology centre will extend the group’s existing operations, with staffing levels expected to grow to over 200 by 2012. The centre will focus on business process outsourcing and associated IT R&D and consulting.


Heath Davies, Chief Operations Officer of the SWORD Group said: ’As a global organisation we could have established a technology centre anywhere in the world. However, there are compelling operational reasons for basing this new centre in Wales. It has the right skill pool, employee loyalty and is ideally situated, geographically, to supplement the support already provided to our UK operations.


‘Coupled with the operational justification, we still needed to overcome the traditional cost differentiation between a centre here and, say, in India. This is where The Welsh Assembly Government were very understanding and easy to work with as they really appreciated our business needs and helped enormously in justifying the commercial case.’


Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones said: ’I am delighted that SWORD has chosen, with the support of the Assembly Government, to locate their new technology centre here in Wales.


‘When an organisation like SWORD decides to locate in Wales it serves to demonstrate to the IT industry that we have the skills, infrastructure and competitiveness to support world class operations.’