AND Digital Opens Its Doors In Edinburgh
The technology and digital sector continues to boom across the UK, and Scotland is no exception. Today, the digital sector contributes £4.9bn to the Scottish economy, and it is forecast to be the fastest growing sector in Scotland by 2024.
AND Digital is delighted to be able to support Scotland’s digital economy with the launch of their first Scottish Club, set up in the heart of Edinburgh.
The move marks the latest step in the company’s mission to close the digital skills gap by helping ambitious organisations accelerate their digital capabilities. This mission is particularly relevant to the Scottish market, where despite rapid growth, recruiting for tech roles is becoming increasingly difficult - with more than 13,000 digital positions remaining unfilled each year.
AND is looking forward to working with organisations across Scotland to help them ship better digital products faster,upskilling in-house teams as they go.
The newly opened Club - named Somerville - is located in the heart of Edinburgh, close to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, the Scott Monument, and other famous landmarks.
As well as creating opportunities for Scottish organisations to build great products and teams, the opening of the Club also means the creation of 100 new digital jobs to the region over the course of 2020-21. And, with roles ranging from UX designers and platform developers, to full stack engineers and Scrum masters, there’s plenty of opportunity for local talent to join AND.
Of the new Club opening, Paramjit Uppal, founder and CEO of AND Digital, said: “Scotland’s digital and tech sector has a worldwide reputation. The country is at the forefront of digital innovation, demonstrating global impact in many growth industries including robotics, space and data driven innovation. We’re proud to be joining such a thriving tech community to collaborate with a diverse range of businesses and help them to achieve their digital ambitions.”
Every Club takes its name from a notable pioneer, chosen by our own ANDis - from from Ada Lovelace and Laura Dekker, to Tom Kilburn and Alan Turing. Our new Scottish club is no exception, and has taken inspiration from Scottish science writer and polymath, Mary Somerville.
Somerville was the first female member of the Royal Astronomical society, and studied both mathematics and astronomy. She was also the tutor of one of our other pioneers and Club namesakes, Ada Lovelace.
Further to the scientific work she did, Somerville was instrumental in women's rights at the time - so it seems fitting that in the same month as International Women’s Day, we have voted this trail-blazing woman as one of our inspirational pioneers and the figurehead of our first Scottish Club.