Cloud specialist to open new site at Alderley Park as part of £214m expansion

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Germany-based specialist in software for the management of business processes, SAP, is investing £214m in expanding its operations to Cheshire’s Alderley Park site and the City of London.

It says the investment means its cloud-based solutions and services will help organisations in the UK run better.

The company will launch SAP UK Data Cloud, a highly secure UK-based cloud offering, creating jobs in both UK locations.

The launch will initially include the company’s cloud ERP system SAP S/4HANA, its SAP SuccessFactors human experience management solutions and its SAP Business Technology Platform. The company plans to provide its wider product portfolio through SAP UK Data Cloud in the future.

SAP, working with SAP National Security Services Inc, has developed SAP UK Data Cloud to specifically support the nation’s critical national infrastructure, organisations working in the public sector, regulated industries in areas such as healthcare, central and local government, policing, utilities and financial services.

A new customer experience centre in the City of London will provide state-of-the-art facilities for customers and partners to identify and pursue co-innovation opportunities with SAP.

Additionally, a new facility near Manchester, scheduled for completion later this year in Bruntwood, Alderley Park, will enable SAP to work and engage more closely with companies across the country.

Scott Russell, executive board member, customer success, SAP, said: “The UK is a critically strategic market for SAP, and with its highly successful vaccine roll-out it has an increasingly positive outlook for the years ahead.

“We are incredibly excited about this commitment, which will bring new services to market for our customers, greater support for social enterprises, as well as an even better working environment for our colleagues and new talent.”

UK Digital Infrastructure Minister, Matt Warman, said: “It’s great to see SAP demonstrating its commitment to the UK and investing heavily to create new jobs and helping ensure long term digital prosperity is evenly spread across the entire country.

“Tech is at the heart of our plans to power Britain’s recovery full speed out of the pandemic and we are backing the sector with world class infrastructure and skills training to make sure the UK is the best place to start and grow a digital business.”

SAP says it has been focused on supporting and developing young talent in the UK over the past decade. Now, by 2026, it aims to have supported a further 250 interns through its award winning internship programme.

The company will also scale up its apprenticeship programme to further grow the number of trained and skilled people across the IT industry. In addition, SAP is working with Nottingham University to develop an SAP Next-Gen Lab as part of its Academies and University Alliances programme.

SAP has also been a long time supporter of diverse and social enterprise suppliers.

Through its 5&5 by ‘25 commitment and its work with Social Enterprise UK, the company aims to channel millions of pounds of procurement spend within its own supply chain to organisations with a certified social or environmental mission.

Michiel Verhoeven, managing director SAP UK & Ireland, said: “We are working to be at the heart of change for our customers and partners across the UK and we believe today’s commitment will also drive hundreds of new jobs as our ecosystem grows with us and harnesses our technology to drive growth.

“This is a testament to the hard work and commitment of the thousands of people that work in and support our business and their dedication to drive success for our customers.”