Contract from Oz spells new expansion

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Leading international education technology and services company, Tribal, is creating hi-tech jobs and expanding its Sheffield operations after winning a multi-million pound contract with one of the largest education authorities in the world.

Forty jobs are being created thanks to the £25 million deal, with the Department of Education and Communities in the Australian state of New South Wales and Tribal has unveiled plans for a £300,000 refurbishment of its existing St Mary’s Road base, in addition to taking additional space at The Cube on St Mary’s Road.

Clive Ansell, chief executive of Tribal’s Technology business, said: “Our Sheffield-based software teams are vital to the delivery of the DEC contract.

“We are investing in both the location and working environment to ensure we attract and retain the quality of people required for our most exciting challenge yet.”

Tribal’s expansion was welcomed by Sheffield City Council chief executive, John Mothersole.

“This is great news for Sheffield and its economy. Enterprise like this helps the city grow and drives our economy forward.

“The council’s role is to ensure that it has strong and supportive relationships with the business community, so that firms feel encouraged to make long-term investments in the city, and new investors see Sheffield as an exciting place to do business.

“We will be offering Tribal our support and hope their expansion into Sheffield will kick-start similar investment by other companies.”

n Tribal gained its presence in Sheffield 10 years ago when it acquired Fretwell-Downing Group’s online learning subsidiary FD Learning for £12.4 million.