IT security group unveils expansion plans

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ECSC Group, the Bradford-based information technology security company, is set for growth after signing the lease on 9,200 sq ft of additional office space.

The company, which was established in 2000, is expanding into the space adjacent to its existing premises on Listerhills Science Park.

In addition, ECSC is also recruiting five further members of staff at its Bradford head office to cover a variety of specialist high skilled roles including developers, testers and analysts to manage this growth.

This expansion has been supported by Bradford Council’s City Centre Growth Scheme. The scheme aims to support new and existing businesses to create jobs and stimulate investment and growth in the city centre.

Business Rate rebate incentives for eligible businesses are available within the growth zone, worth up to £16,000 per job. Businesses must be creating new jobs through expansion or relocation.

The company has been awarded a Business Rate rebate of £29,000 for March 2019 to December 2020.

ECSC Group provides a range of information technology security services to all sectors, from small businesses to global organisations, FTSE 100 companies and the public sector including the military.

The company also offers a range of solutions and services designed to improve the information security of its customers including managed security, consultancy and testing services.

The latest financial accounts saw revenues rise by 30% to £5.4m, including a 50% increase in revenue from managed services.

Along with a head office in Bradford, ECSC Group also has offices in Leeds and London as well as in Brisbane, Australia. The firm currently employs 78 staff worldwide, with 37 staff based at its head office.

Lucy Sharp, managing director of ECSC, said: “Bradford has always been a great place for us to do business, and it’s encouraging to see the number of initiatives and developments appearing in the city. We’re incredibly grateful for the support we receive from Bradford Council and their rebate scheme.

“This support has allowed us to push on with our plans for expansion, having recently signed a 10-year deal for additional premises on the Listerhills Science Park. This increase in space gives us further capacity to increase headcount in a number of specialist roles within our Bradford based Security Operations Centre.”

Shelagh O’Neill, assistant director of economic development at Bradford Council, added: “We were delighted when ECSC Group contacted us about their expansion plans and after careful scrutiny of their funding application and their business case we were pleased to be able to award them funding through our City Centre Growth Scheme.

“The scheme has proved extremely popular and has encouraged businesses in the city centre to grow and expand. Due to the success of the city centre scheme we have now extended the scheme across the whole of the district with our District Growth Scheme.”

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