A high-growth technology consulting company specialising in advanced business analytics and reporting solutions has relocated its head office from London to Staffordshire.
IC7, based at Keele’s Science and Innovation Park, provides workspace for new and existing small to medium sized businesses in the IT sector.
It is the latest development in the Science and Innovation Park’s rapid growth, with eight Innovation Centres now housing nearly 1,000 full-time equivalent staff across 60 businesses.
Concentric Solutions realised the benefits of co-location with Keele University, with Managing Director David Watson completing a six-month long innovation leadership programme designed by leading Keele Business School academics.
The business has also established an internship and graduate programme resulting in a talented Keele student pipeline that is filling roles as the business continues to expand.
In 2022, the business received a Breaking the Mould Award for cultivating Keele student talent through both Keele’s internship and digital advisor programmes, that have resulted in the firm creating four support analyst roles and a digital marketing role.
The company was also highly commended in the Going For Growth category at this year’s Breaking the Mould Awards, partly due to their local and graduate recruitment over the past few years.
Managing Director David Watson said: “This relocation represents an exciting chapter in our company’s journey.
“We are excited about the opportunities this move brings, enabling us to better serve our multi-national customers, forge meaningful partnerships, and attract exceptional talent from the student pool here at Keele.”
Paul Hodgkinson, Director of Planning and Strategic Projects at Keele, added: “I am absolutely delighted that Concentric Solutions have chosen to relocate to Staffordshire and the Keele Growth Corridor University Enterprise Zone.
“Their co-location with like-minded businesses and the University will enable further collaboration and I look forward to seeing their growth on the Science and Innovation Park.”
As well as nearly 1,000 full-time equivalent staff across 60 businesses, the Science and Innovation Park’s eight innovation centres provide £60m gross value added (GVA) in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, and £75m in the wider West Midlands, supporting 1,630 jobs.