A business that performs website and app user experience (UX) tests for some of the world’s leading brands, UserTesting has secured a £ 3.2 million grant from Scottish Enterprise, which it claims would generate up to 70 new jobs.
As UserTesting expands into more European markets, the funding will help boost UserTesting’s Edinburgh-based product research and development division. In July 2019, a company headquartered in San Francisco opened its European headquarters in the Scottish capital.
“We continue to be very impressed with the quality of technical talent in Scotland, and with the help of the Scottish Enterprise grant, we look forward to expanding our European presence,” said Managing Director Andy MacMillan.
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“It’s an exciting time to receive this new grant from Scottish Enterprise and work with the organization to support the growth of the tech community in Scotland,” said Fergus Kennedy, vice president of engineering at UserTesting.
“This grant will help us expand our product portfolio through R&D investment and grow our product and engineering function with up to 70 high-value technical positions at our European headquarters in Edinburgh.”
The investment comes at a crucial time as political leaders look to the technology sector to accelerate the country’s economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis, said Linda Hanna, Scottish Enterptrise’s interim managing director.
The review aims to place the technology industry at the core of Scotland’s economic recovery.
“This is an important investment by an international company at a crucial time for the Scottish economy,” MS Hanna said. In Scotland, particularly in our cities, the tech sector is a major employer and we are confident that it will play an important role in the country’s economic recovery.
This financial support, having advised UserTesting last year on the establishment of its European headquarters in Edinburgh, underlines our commitment to help the company develop its Scottish operations and cement its position as a key R&D center and creator of high-value, high-quality jobs.’