THE managing director of fast-growing IT consultancy BJSS said he expects the business to create at least 40 new jobs in Leeds in the next 12 months.
Glynn Robinson told the Yorkshire Evening Post that the 20-year-old firm, which was founded in Leeds, saw its annual turnover hit £48m in its last financial year, up from £41.5m the previous year and up from £21m in 2010.
BJSS specialises in software development and IT advisory services. The company works with clients in a number of markets including banking and finance, commodities, technology, media and telecommunications, retail and the public sector. As well as its office in Leeds, BJSS has sites in Manchester, Derby, London, New York, Chicago and Houston.
Mr Robinson said: “Historically most of our work has been in the financial markets and commodity markets so whilst we were based out of Leeds initially, nearly all our clients were in the city, banks, financial institutions and the like.
“Ten years ago... we opened up an office in London and that’s now half our organisation.”
In the last couple of years, BJSS has made key inroads into the public sector, winning work with the NHS, Department for Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs, and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency. Mr Robinson said this is partly due to a mandate by the Government to increase its procurement spend with small and medium-sized companies.
“We have won a lot of business recently in the government space where we have played on and utilised the skills we have gained in the private sector to improve the quality of delivery in the public sector.”
BJSS employs around 200 people in its Northern offices at Leeds, Derby and Manchester, including 180 in Leeds.
The business employs more than 400 people in total across the business.
“Underlying everything we do is the calibre of the people we employ”, said Mr Robinson.“In the last year I think we recruited about 60 people in Leeds.
“We are going to continue to grow so I’d imagine we’ll put another 40 or so on to that number in the next 12 months if not more.”