Ipswich IT firm Smart 421 to create 100 new jobs as it is rebranded KCOM

From left, Andy Budd, head of design and delivery; Andrew Haskell, head of resource management, and

From left, Andy Budd, head of design and delivery; Andrew Haskell, head of resource management, and Graham Masterson, head of consultancy, from KCOM in Ipswich. - Credit: Archant

An Ipswich-based IT applications specialist has announced plans to create 100 new jobs in the town over the next four years.

The news comes on the day that Smart 421, based at the Felaw Maltings, takes on a new identity as KCOM, part of a brand change being introduced across the KCOM group of which it is part.

KCOM already employs around 250 IT consultants, developers and programmers in Ipswich following a significant increase in new contracts over the past year, with clients including the Association of Train Operating Companies and Telefonica O2.

It ranks as the second-largest IT employer in Suffolk, behind BT at Adastral Park, and now plans to cement this position with the addition of new roles including cloud, technical and solution architects and Java developers.

Graham Masterson, KCOM’s head of consultancy, said: “We are committed to offering our customers excellent service and remain an active part of the Suffolk business community. As KCOM, we are building upon the tremendous progress we have made in Ipswich over the past 10 years, having already grown our headcount here by 120%. We look forward to welcoming new KCOM staff as we deliver our 2020 vision.”

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer said: “KCOM’s growth plans are further evidence of the thriving digital tech community in Ipswich.

“The Government-backed Tech Nation report, released in February this year, stated that Suffolk’s digital companies make-up almost 20% of all the county’s businesses. I am delighted to learn that KCOM is continuing to grow – and 100 new opportunities is a fantastic boost for Ipswich.”

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Local clients of KCOM include Haven Power, Ipswich Building Society and Hutchison Ports.

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