Cardiff, South Wales – September 2013 – Adapt today announced it has grown its Cardiff operations by 44% and increased employee numbers by nearly 83% to support customer demand. The growth has led to Adapt developing its centre of technical excellence in Wales to underpin the company’s entire UK operations.
Following the acquisition of Cardiff-based eLINIA last year, 60 highly qualified technical experts joined the Adapt team. Adapt’s growth plans at its St Mellons facility have been encouraged by the Economic Development Department of Cardiff Council and the company was also awarded financial support by the Welsh Government to create additional high value jobs to further develop its centre of excellence. Adapt currently employs 200 staff overall and estimates 80% of its new recruits this year will be based at the centre, which has grown from 11,000 to 18,000 sq ft in size.
Building out such a valuable technical centre means Adapt continues to build on the success of eLINIA in playing a pivotal role in IT development in Wales. As well as developing, training and building its own teams, the business is also maintaining its investment in the local community. Its partnership with Cardiff’s Metropolitan University gives Adapt the opportunity to provide annual prizes for exceptional students, guest lectures from the senior team and student placements within its technical operational centre. The organisation has also invested in the Young Enterprise Scheme, which helps to prepare local students for their working lives and inspiring them to over-achieve by providing real business role models and case studies.
Gerry Lawrence, Operations Director at Adapt, explains: “Our focus at Adapt is about delivering the highest quality IT infrastructure, wrapped in the very best support from our team. We offer a broad portfolio of managed services, many of which are based on our award-winning enterprise Virtual Data Centre (eVDC) platform to help businesses align IT with their business needs. But to do this we need a highly skilled technical team. We have spent a great deal of time building on the success of the technical teams in Cardiff, affirming their position as the operational backbone of our organisation.”
The grant award of nearly £1 million from the Welsh Government has encouraged Adapt to grow its business in Cardiff and is a major commitment from the Government to a growing technology sector in Cardiff and Wales that will also contribute to the technical training and salaries of new starters.
Lawrence concluded: “Encouraging young people to embark on a technical career is fundamental to growth in Wales and the rest of the UK. Developing the technical centre is an important aspect of our long-term strategy for Adapt’s growth. This will help us to achieve our goal of becoming the UK’s go-to provider of pure play managed IT services in an exciting climate where our customers are really switched on to the possibilities and advantages that cloud infrastructure services offer their businesses. We like to be challenged and our class-leading Cardiff teams are ready and willing to meet those challenges head on.”
Councillor Russell Goodway, Cabinet Member for Finance, Business and Local Economy said: ''Cardiff Council is pleased that Adapt has chosen its Cardiff base to create 60 new high quality jobs. We were delighted to be able to work with the management team in St Mellons to secure this investment. The investment decision is a great boost for Cardiff and Wales in our drive to attract leading ICT businesses. The Council will continue to work to create the best environment for business and the recent establishment of the Cardiff Business Council will help us in this objective ''