Press release

Opencast targets new opportunities with opening of new Edinburgh hub

29 June 2022

Opencast, one of the UK’s fastest-growing technology consultancies, officially opens a new city hub in Edinburgh on 6 July, in response to a rise in the number of its people working close to the city and the new client opportunities that the Scottish capital offers.

Edinburgh attracts some of the best tech talent in Scotland – and is a UK-leading hub for sectors including fintech and B2B-focused startups. The city is also home to over 3000 UK civil servants covering 11 government departments, as well as to the Scottish government.

One in 14 of the Opencast team now works in or close to the city, and the company anticipates that up to 40 of its team will be based there in the next 12 months.

The Edinburgh hub launch follows the opening by Opencast earlier this year of a new office headquarters in Newcastle upon Tyne as well as two other city hubs in London and Leeds.

Since its foundation in 2012, the rapidly growing tech business has increased its team to over 300 people, on the back of major new client contract wins across the UK – see full list of clients below.  

To mark the opening of its Edinburgh hub – just 100 miles north of its Newcastle HQ – on 6 July Opencast hosts an ‘open house’ networking evening reception at the new office in Lochrin Square, bringing together people from the Edinburgh tech community with the Opencast team.

Photograph inside shared workspace in breakout area
Edinburgh's Spaces hub offers our people 24/7 access

New opportunities

Welcoming the Edinburgh launch, Opencast chief executive Tom Lawson said: “We’re excited to be launching our latest city hub in Edinburgh, both for our people located there and for the new business opportunities that the city offers.

“A new recruitment campaign in Scotland should see the numbers of our people needing access to the new Edinburgh hub in the next 12 months increase to around 40. We want to recruit the best from Scotland’s rich digital talent pool, adding to our growing UK-wide presence."

Tom added: “We chose Spaces for our city hubs as they allow us to offer our people across the county facilities and experience similar to our Newcastle HQ, regardless of their location."

Opencast, which was founded in 2012, delivers digital consultancy and services for clients in the heart of government, global finance, and growth enterprise. It delivers a range of services across software, digital and technical delivery, user-centred design, and platform engineering. Its people work remotely and across its four locations in Newcastle, Leeds, London, and now Edinburgh.

Opencast’s flexible working policy does not impose a requirement to be in an office at any one time – rather, it is led by trust and the principle of working in the right place at the right time to deliver impact for clients most effectively.

Photo inside building with bar and tables
Spaces allow us to offer our people facilities and experience similar to our Newcastle HQ

Notes to editors

About Opencast

Opencast is a growing team of specialists who work at the heart of government, global finance, and growth enterprise with a range of technology and digital consultancy services. Our OpenCulture empowers independent-minded people in our mission to do the right thing for our clients, our team and wider society: good teamwork to make life better.

Opencast specialises in developing end-to-end enterprise solutions for government, health and social care providers and global financial services, as well as for renewable energy and regional enterprises.

We provide services in digital architecture, user-centred design, software, digital & technical delivery, DevOps, cloud & platform engineering, and live services support.

Opencast was founded in 2012 by co-chairs Charlie Hoult and Mike O’Brien. It is headquartered at Byker, Newcastle Upon Tyne, with our people located nationwide, including in London, Leeds, Edinburgh, York and Manchester.

Opencast clients

Public sector
Acas
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Department of Health and Social Care
Department for Work and Pensions
Government Digital Service
Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs
Marine Management Organisation
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Justice

Healthcare

NHS
NHS Business Services Authority
eConsult

Financial services and insurance
Barclays
Breaking Wave
JP Morgan Chase
Morgan Stanley
Newcastle Building Society
RBS
Lycetts
Insure the Box
Ibacas

Renewable energy
Natural Power
Offshore and Renewable Energy Catapult

Wind Energy Benchmarking Services

Voluntary sector
Citizens Advice

We want to recruit the best from Scotland’s rich digital talent pool, adding to our growing UK-wide presence

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