A two-year product development training programme for Cornish businesses has supported the creation of 50 new jobs in the Duchy.
The Agile in Cornwall programme, delivered by Oxford Innovation, worked with 15 high-growth software businesses to implement the innovative Agile process, which coaches businesses in more efficient and dynamic methods of new product development.
Following the completion of the project, independent research carried out by PFA Research found that Agile had contributed to the creation of 50 jobs across the businesses that took part.
More than 50% of the new jobs created have been identified as highly-skilled roles with positions including web developers, delivery managers, technical service co-ordinators, software managers and a general manager.
In addition to the new jobs, participating companies reported increases in revenue and turnover and significant increases in profitability, new customers and opportunities.
Software technology company Packet Ship, based at the Tremough Innovation Centre near Falmouth, was one of the businesses to take part in the Agile in Cornwall programme.
CEO Paul Clark said: “The main thing that has come out of the programme for us has been the implementation of test-driven development and continuous testing, which is now more structured and reduces risk with new products.
“The Agile programme has also helped us to raise our ambition and be surer of ourselves in what we do, and it’s definitely a long-term gain which we will continue to benefit from.”
- Oxford Innovation is also sponsoring this year’s Agile on the Beach conference taking place on September 6 and 7. For more details on the event, click here.