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Blur Group makes SW its global flagship

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

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AIM-listed technology company Blur Group has completed its move into the first building on Exeter's new Science Park and announced that it is to be the flagship for its global operations.

The company, which established a temporary home at the University of Exeter's Innovation Centre in the wake of its summer move into the city, initially announced that Exeter would serve as a hub for its research and development operations.

Blur Group – which also has offices in London, Dallas and California – has now said the new Science Park base affords the space and scope it needs in which to centre its global operations.

The business also intends to maintain its presence at the Innovation Centre and plans to open an academy next year that will harness the university's academic talent and offer training and internships. It is currently recruiting for a manager to spearhead the project.

Blur Group initially confirmed its move to the city and focus upon its burgeoning science park, at the culmination of a UK and Ireland-wide search for what chief executive Philip Letts described as "the new Silicon Valley."

He said: "It's perhaps not an expected choice of relocation until you really look into the bedrock there – solid tech foundations, a landscape encouraging businesses to think bigger and the space to expand in over time."

He hopes that besides the company's cutting edge new facilities, the lifestyle offered by the region will also help retain and attract the skills base it aims to recruit from.

A total of 40 employees has moved into the Science Park office, with an eventual 100 set to be employed at the headquarters by the end of next year.

The 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.

Gerry Shattock, business development manager for the Exeter Science Park, said: "Blur's move to the Science Park is a real milestone in the South West's emergence as the UK's own Silicon valley."

Eagle House is also home to Science Park developer, Eagle One.

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