SAP is set to make a €250m investment in the UK over the next five years as part of its growth strategy.
The investment will see the company launch SAP UK data cloud, establish new offices in London and Manchester, further develop the company’s award-winning internship programme and increase spend with the nation’s social enterprises.
The SAP UK data cloud will be a highly secure UK-based cloud offering, delivered using hyperscaler infrastructure at UK data centres, making it suitable for the public and private sectors.
The initial launch will include the company’s cloud ERP system SAP S/4HANA, its SAP SuccessFactors human experience management solutions and the SAP business technology platform.
SAP will also open two new offices in 2021 designed to accommodate new flexible working practices. A new customer experience centre in 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.
In addition, SAP is aiming to support a further 250 interns by 2026 and plans to scale up its apprenticeship programme. SAP is also working with the University of Nottingham to develop an SAP next-gen lab as part of its academies and university alliances programme.
Scott Russell, executive board member of customer success at SAP said: “The UK is a critically strategic market for SAP, and with its highly successful vaccine rollout 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.”
Matt Warman, UK digital infrastructure minister 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.”