giant IBM to create 50 new jobs in Highbridge this year
is to get a welcome economic boost after technology giant IBM
announced on Friday (February 26th) it is creating 50 new jobs
with the launch of a new IT support centre in the town.
high-tech facility is scheduled to open at Isleport Industrial
Estate by the middle of this year and bosses are currently in
the process of recruiting 40 local staff, with ten further positions
being filled by the end of 2010.
new facility is part of IBMs commitment, through South West
One, to support the creation of local jobs and wider economic
development of the area.
West One is a joint venture between Somerset County Council, Taunton
Deane Borough Council, Avon and Somerset Police and IBM, which
provides the authority's technical services.
District Council's leader, Duncan McGinty, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Sedgemoor District Council fought off stiff competition
from surrounding districts to attract IBM's new support centre
and we are delighted that Highbridge has been chosen."
County Councillor John Woodman said: "This is absolutely
brilliant news and a very welcome boost to the town."
Ken Maddock, Leader of Somerset County Council, added: "Highbridge
is one of the most deprived areas of the county and these jobs
will make a real difference to local people."