Newcastle’s status as a rising star of the UK tech scene has received a significant boost after global technology consultancy Thoughtworks revealed it is opening a new office in the city.

The Chicago-headquartered firm says it will create 100 roles for senior tech professionals by establishing a presence in the North East.

A recent report by Tech Nation has ranked Newcastle the ninth most important tech hub in the UK, ahead of larger cities such as Leeds, Birmingham and Glasgow. 

Invest Newcastle, part of NewcastleGateshead Initiative, has supported Thoughtworks with its move to the North East. Invest Newcastle introduced Thoughtworks to funding streams and local networks, including North of Tyne’s Inward Investment Grant Fund which supports companies moving into the area. 

Thoughtworks has been awarded £691,482 from this fund that will support the creation of jobs that otherwise would not exist and the growth of the digital economy in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland.

The new Newcastle base will become a centralised operations hub for Thoughtworks UK, servicing national and international clients. The firm, which is headquartered in Chicago – and has offices in London and Manchester – employs more than 9,000 people across 48 offices in 17 countries. 

“We are delighted to be opening an office in Newcastle,” said Patrick Sarnacke, Thoughtworks UK managing director.

“Technology is about people – we are committed to attracting and investing in an exciting new team of Thoughtworkers in the region, continuing our work to ensure technology can enable a more inclusive, diverse and equitable society and to make a positive and lasting impact on the business community and society at large. 

“This comes at an exciting time for Thoughtworks as we continue to build on our strategy, design, data and software engineering expertise to support our clients’ transformation ambitions.”

Cllr Joyce McCarty, cabinet member for Inclusive Economy said: “Our digital and tech strengths continue to shine through. We couldn’t be prouder that a global company like Thoughtworks will be joining our tech community, creating 100 high value jobs and supporting us to make a lasting social and economic impact. 

“This investment couldn’t come at a more opportune time, as we look to grow our economy through our strengths and create a better future for everyone who lives and works in our great city. 

“As thought leaders in diversity and inclusion, they will be a real asset to the region as we all work together to create an inclusive economy that provides opportunity for all.” 

Jennifer Hartley, director, Invest Newcastle part of NewcastleGateshead Initiative said:  “This investment from Thoughtworks not only shows the strength of our tech sector but highlights the power of partnership working. 

“Our tech ecosystem and networks like Dynamo that stimulate growth along with assets like North East Futures UTC and The National Innovation Centre of Data, who help support, grow and upskill future talent, played a crucial role in securing this investment.  

“This investment further cements our position as a leading tech hub, our ability to compete on a world stage and as a tech career destination. Their plans to diversify and grow align with Newcastle’s strengths, not only within the tech sector but across sectors such as renewable energy and life sciences, strategically important sectors right across the supply chain.  

“Thoughtworks are a great cultural fit with our city and our ambitions, and we are delighted that they will be joining our collaborative community of disruptive thinkers and innovators, investing in a diverse and inclusive talent pipeline, working together to make an extraordinary impact on the world. “

North of Tyne mayor Jamie Driscoll added: “Part of NewcastleGateshead Initiative, Invest Newcastle’s mission is to help businesses locate, expand, and thrive in Newcastle and Gateshead. They champion the city on a national and international stage, working collaboratively to drive forward economic growth.”