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Ligentia launches global tech hub at Leeds Nexus

The University of Leeds’ innovation hub, Nexus, has welcomed global freight and supply chain management provider, Ligentia, to its thriving community as the firm relocates its global software development function from Asia to Leeds.

The University of Leeds’ innovation hub, Nexus, has welcomed global freight and supply chain management provider, Ligentia, to its thriving community as the firm relocates its global software development function from Asia to Leeds. 

Ligentia, which provides global freight, fulfilment, and supply chain management services across a number of sectors, has worked closely with the Nexus’ Engagement Manager for Skills and Talent, and the University’s careers service, to attract and recruit graduate talent to the growing team.

Doug Brady, a former University of Leeds PhD student, was appointed as Global Technology Director in July and leads the team based at Nexus. The newly formed development team will be responsible for designing and developing the next generation of Ligentix - the firm’s supply management software. 

Strengthening Nexus’ position as the place to grow and develop tech in the region, the move comes as the fast-growing organisation launches new branding and unveils its strategy to invest in innovative artificial intelligence (AI) technology and machine learning to shape the next generation of freight solutions.

Nick Jones, CEO at Ligentia, said: “Ligentia is an established global provider of supply chain and freight technology to retailers, consumer brands and manufacturing sectors. Most recently our focus has been to employ new technologies such as robotic process automation and AI where we have increasingly needed access to a larger pool of technology expertise and talent. This year we made the decision to consolidate our Asian based technology resources into a new technology centre based in the UK, and Nexus came out as a clear winner following an in-depth review of several options.

“At Ligentia we anticipate investing £8m over three years in our technology development and deployment, and Nexus has proven to be an ideal partner by combining a strong engagement team with a leading computing and supply chain department at the University of Leeds, as well as access to high quality graduates and post-graduate candidates.“

Nexus Director, Martin Stow, added: “We are hugely proud to welcome Ligentia to the thriving Nexus community. As a fast-growing global organisation, it’s fantastic that they have chosen to relocate their software development division from Asia to Leeds, and establish a new tech hub at Nexus. Not only will Ligentia be well-placed to collaborate with some of the region’s brightest tech leaders, they will also be able to draw on the strengths and expertise of the University of Leeds as they roll-out their new digitally focused strategy. We are excited to be working with Ligentia and look forward to seeing what the future holds for them.”

Adam Beach
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