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Ve opens engineering hub in Bilbao

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By Michael Feeley, Founder and chief exec

December 17, 2014 | 2 min read

Ecommerce conversion company Ve has opened a new office in Madrid and, in direct response to the shortage of skilled developers in London, an engineering hub in Bilbao.

The company plans to employ 25 people at the Madrid office and expects to hire 60 developers in Bilbao by March, having received more than 200 applications for each position in Bilbao. The engineering hub will initially work on integrating ecommerce platforms into Ve’s suite of apps.

Ve’s Bilbao office will be headed by Pedro Hurtado (Office Director) and Aitor Artola (Development Director) and the Madrid office will be headed by Alex Lopez.

David J. Brown, chief executive officer and co-founder of Ve, said: “We decided to open a new office in Madrid due to the high demand from online retailers for technology that helps to maximise customer conversions. Online retailing is a fast-growing sector in Spain, despite wider economic difficulties.

“The move into Bilbao is a reflection of both the huge pool of talent in the area and the relative skills shortage in London. Our initial thought was to open a development centre in London, however, there simply aren’t enough skilled staff currently available to fill the roles we needed quickly. The problem is that universities aren’t producing enough relevantly skilled students to meet the demand of the UK’s tech sector and a great deal of talent is being drained by the financial sector.”

The move follows the opening of a Ve office in Tokyo and the acquisition of digital advertising agency GDM Digital and data science company qunb in November.

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