Global technology business Blur Group has begun recruiting its first regional employees as it begins to establish a new research and development base in Exeter.
The London and Dallas-based AIM-listed company provides businesses with access to a worldwide pool of vetted providers of design, marketing, accounting, technology and legal services, used by more than 30,000 businesses in 141 countries.
After announcing that it had chosen Exeter as its R&D base last month – following a UK and Ireland-wide search for a base – ten software engineering staff have relocated from its London office.
They are now establishing the groundwork for Blur's Westcountry operations from a temporary base at the University of Exeter's Innovation Centre.
The company is set to move into permanent premises at the city's new Science Park in December. It will become a resident businesses within Eagle House, the first building to be built on the development and due for completion in October.
Around five local people have already been taken on by the company, which ultimately aims to recruit up to 35 software engineers and developers, support staff and marketing and communications people.
They will work to develop new systems for the hi-tech platforms that Blur uses. One recent innovation by the group is Blur Sense, an intelligent system that gains 'knowledge' as information is in-putted.
Blur has an 'exchange team' of staff who work to match the demands of clients across the world with the services and providers they require. The Sense system learns from the decisions made by the teams, to become a powerful checks and balances system, to ensure the best outcomes are achieved.
Staff at Blur's Exeter R&D centre will work on developing further intelligent systems to support the business in this way. Blur Group spokesman Ravi Pau said: "Essentially, we are a technology company and can't do what we do without the technology."
Chief executive Philip Letts said that the group had got off to a positive start in the Westcountry. He said: "Exeter has huge potential. The feedback from the people who moved down from London has been absolutely fantastic."
Speaking ahead of its move into the region, Mr Letts expressed confidence in its possibilities as the new Silicon Valley.