“We’re still members of C4DI, we have use of the facilities and we continue to be part of the C4DI community. From our point of view, it’s as if C4DI has expanded.”
With Saab currently recruiting for additional software developers and commissioning and support engineers, Mr Read said the availability of technical talent was a key factor in committing to Hull.
He added: “We’ve been able to find the talent we need in Hull and that has given us the confidence to continue to grow here.
“We’re really selective about the talent we hire and we’ve found that being here has given us a real advantage because lots of software engineers and tech people want to work at C4DI. It also helps that there’s a very good computer science department at the University of Hull.
“I think mindsets are changing as well. Previously when people graduated in Hull with digital skills and qualifications they may have thought they would have to move away. Now they can see there are options to stay in Hull and get a good, well-rewarded job with great career and development prospects.”
Saab’s growth is the latest example of businesses benefiting from the collaborative environment at C4DI and @TheDock and access to the digital talent and expertise within the thriving waterside commercial community.
@TheDock is one of Hull-based Wykeland’s flagship developments and has been a major catalyst for the growth of Hull’s digital economy and the regeneration of the rapidly-evolving Fruit Market quarter.
Other leading businesses attracted to @TheDock include Arco, the UK’s leading safety company, which has established its 50-plus strong digital team in 4,000 sq ft offices on the first floor at No.1 @TheDock.
Wykeland Assets Manager John Gouldthorp said: “The growth of Saab’s Hull team is really exciting and very positive for Hull’s ever-growing reputation as a tech hotspot.
“We’re delighted we have been able to accommodate Saab’s expansion within @TheDock and retain them as a flagship member of the C4DI community.
“This is just the latest example of @TheDock’s virtuous circle of opportunity, employment and growth. We have seen so many freelancers go from using the co-working facilities at C4DI to forming start-ups, as well as entrepreneurial businesses growing and taking larger offices.
“Now a world-class business has also benefited from being part of @TheDock’s hub of tech talent and digital innovation.”