Ideagen growth and positive community impact attracts visit from Rushcliffe MP
Nottingham-UK headquartered global software company, Ideagen, welcomed Ruth Edwards, MP for Rushcliffe, to its Ruddington offices on Friday, December 1.
The visit from the UK Member of Parliament was an opportunity for the home-grown technology ‘unicorn’ to demonstrate its success and commitment to both local and global growth, whilst also discussing the crucial and positive impact on technology skills and jobs that the business has contributed to the region.
Accompanied by Ideagen CEO, Ben Dorks, Ms. Edwards participated in a tour to see Ideagen’s multi-year investment in its state-of-the-art facilities, meeting with teams from the 1,500 Ideagen employees who have all contributed to its success.
Ben said: “Our software solutions help keep planes in the air, put safe food on the table, and get medicines into the hands of patients faster; it’s something we’re very proud of. So, it was a pleasure to welcome Ruth to our headquarters and give our people the opportunity to show her the incredible work they do here at Ideagen, supporting a safer world.
“It was also a chance for us to show that beyond our focus on growth, we are working with local schools, businesses and charities to invest in the community and provide opportunities for local people.”
During her visit, Ms. Edwards learned about Ideagen transformative collaborations in education, skills development, business partnerships and charitable causes, including how they positively impact Rushcliffe and the wider Nottingham area.
Ms. Edwards spoke with Ideagen degree apprentices about the exciting technology projects they are working on and met with students from The Wells Academy, who are participants in the Ideagen Think Big programme. The initiative, run in collaboration with Nottingham Forest Community Trust (NFCT), aims to raise awareness of different technology-related career paths and increase the number of young people embarking on technology careers after their education.
Ruth Edwards MP commented: “It was fantastic to visit a real Rushcliffe success story at Ideagen today. This software business is leading the way in the sector, but the most impressive things about them are their warm work culture and their commitment to provide opportunities for young people.
“The Think Big masterclass, where school pupils were encouraged to generate an idea for an app and present to the team, was particularly fantastic. Thank you to CEO Ben and his team for taking the time to meet with me.”
Ben added: “Having grown up in Nottinghamshire, I am passionate about ensuring that Ideagen positively impacts the region, particularly in inspiring and supporting young people who are the next generation of talent from the city.
“That's why we were thrilled to share our community initiatives and give Ruth the opportunity to meet some of those people who have benefitted from them during her visit.”
Ideagen is backed by Hg, a UK-headquartered, leading investor in European and transatlantic software and services businesses. Hg is the majority investor in four of the five largest software businesses in the UK. The firm partnered with Ideagen last year in a transaction worth over £1.1bn, creating a partnership to support long-term growth and progression.
Hg were delighted to attend the visit. Since investing, Ideagen has continued to grow strengthening its portfolio with seven new solutions.
Christopher Fielding, Partner at Hg and Board member of Ideagen, said: “Ideagen is a shining example of how successful and highly resilient UK tech businesses are scaling and providing opportunities for local economies across the country, staying loyal to their roots with local, thriving headquarters. We’re really proud backers of the business and particularly excited as, for us, the journey has only begun.”
Established in 1993, Ideagen has grown from a start-up to an international business with over 1,500 employees spread across various locations worldwide. It provides world-class, innovative software solutions to regulated and high-compliance industries, including aviation, financial services, life sciences, healthcare and manufacturing supporting them to manage their health, safety, risk, quality and compliance needs.