An influx of IT firms setting up operations in Neath Port Talbot

There’s been an influx of technology companies setting up operations in Neath Port Talbot as a result of good transport links, links to good academic institutions and its lifestyle benefits.

According to Neath Port Talbot Council, more IT-savvy businesses are relocating to the area because it is near to the M4, mainline rail links, top universities and diverse leisure facilities.

One of these businesses is e-commerce software specialist Netalogue, which is based in Port Talbot. The firm’s online trading platform is used by manufacturers, distributors and wholesalers across the UK.

The company was founded in 2001 by three local IT graduates and now employs 22 people, who work at Baglan Bay Innovation Centre. Managing director Andrew Robathan said the area gives his firm access to the latest innovation and support.

“While we are a relatively small niche solution provider, behind the scenes we play a critical role in the operation of much larger businesses. More than £1bn of sales is processed by companies using our software each month,” he said.

High0growth technology firm Vizolution, which develops software-as-a-service products for the banking, insurance and telco sectors, is also based in the area.

It’s currently achieving a 100% year-on-year expansion and has launched operations in London, Bristol, and Canada. Huw Rees, CTO of the firm, said Neath is developing its own tech community.

“It is an advantage to have a cluster of companies in one sector, as potential employees are far more reluctant to relocate to an area where there is a single dominant employer needing their skills,” he said.

“We are not planning on going anywhere, but employees feel more comfortable knowing that they have options and a developing skills base.”

Councillor Annette Wingrave, cabinet member for regeneration and sustainable development at Neath Port Talbot Council, added: “We’re delighted that businesses have chosen to put down roots in Neath Port Talbot.

“As a local authority we aim to create an environment where new businesses can establish themselves and existing businesses can grow. With the support the council and our business support services we hope that many more will be tempted by the opportunities we have to offer.”

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