Application migration specialist Camwood built its state of the art logistics facility in Manchester as the surge of investment outside the capital has created a technology boom in the north. It chose Salford for its new facility, the Waters Edge location bringing it close to the new BBC HQ in that area. The BBC is at the vanguard of investment in the region, underpinning a boom in a previously run down area of Manchester that locals have dubbed 'Silicon Scally'.
Camwood's move was a reaction to increasing market concern over the quality of off-shoring of application packaging and virtualisation. This has created renewed interest in high quality application engineering delivered on shore in the UK.
"Most customers insist on a UK facility now," said Camwood CEO Frank Foxall, "and they all demand the highest levels of security."
In a recent customer survey, all Camwood's customers asked for the flexibility of a local at off shore prices. "Contrary to popular belief, we found there were no significant savings to be made through offshoring, when you consider the impact on the quality of the finished applications."
The Manchester facility, which gives Camwood a better platform for selling in the north, is now fully functional one month after agreeing the location.
"This is great news for Salford and will create a number of high tech and high value roles," said Tim Newns, Deputy Chief Executive of Manchester's investment and development agency, MIDAS, "Camwood is an important new addition to Greater Manchester's well-established IT supply chain. It will be well served by the region's base of IT experts and local technology graduates."
This was first published in December 2010