Up to 70 Scottish jobs are generated by the European development of the US technology sector.

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Via Kristy Dorsey

UserTesting, a business that provides some of the world’s leading brands with website and app user experience (UX) assessment, has secured a £ 3.2 million grant from Scottish Industry that it claims would generate up to 70 new jobs.

As the business expands into more European markets, the investment 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 engineering talent in Scotland, and with the help of the Scottish Enterprise grant, we look forward to expanding our European presence,” said Andy MacMillan, Managing Director.

“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 quality technical positions at our European headquarters in Edinburgh.”

The investment comes at a critical time for the economy during the coronavirus crisis, said Linda Hanna, interim chief executive of Scottish Enterprise.

“This is an important investment by an international company at a crucial time for the Scottish economy,” Ms. Hanna said. “The tech sector is a major employer in Scotland, particularly in our cities, and we are confident it will play an important role in the country’s economic recovery.”

In its first year of service, UserTesting claims its European customer base has expanded 400 percent, with customers including ASOS, Deliveroo, HelloFresh and Skyscanner. The multinational business, which is backed by venture capitalists including Accel and OpenVie, recently passed the annual recurring sales milestone of $100 million (£75.5 million).

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