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Lockheed Martin UK to create 100 new jobs at Whiteley
MORE than 100 new jobs are being created in Hampshire after an IT giant won a series of multi-million pound contracts – and completed a major takeover.
Lockheed Martin UK has secured deals worth nearly £300m in the past few weeks – including a £125m contract to supply IT services for the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).
The firm’s Whiteley base will now become the focal point for the MoJ work over the next five years with around 100 jobs up for grabs and 100 more split between other offices including in London.
It is the latest jobs boost for the area after more than a thousand positions were created with the opening of the new Whiteley Shopping Centre. A further 70 jobs came about when Whiteley’s Premier Telecom and Business Phones Direct joined forces to become OneCom.
The new staff at Lockheed Martin UK, which already employs 200 people at Solent Business Park, will help provide IT services to approximately 90,000 users across the MoJ estate which includes more than 600 courts and tribunals and more than 100 prisons.
It comes after the firm completed the acquisition of Amor Group, a Glasgow-based company specialising in information technology solutions for the energy, transport and public services sectors. Amor’s services are used at more than 75 airports worldwide and manages more than three million aircraft movements a year.
Jimmy Chestnutt, chief executive of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, said the jobs boost had come as part of a “week for good news” following revelations that unemployment in the UK had dropped by 24,000 between May and July.
He added: “Whiteley has been in the news more than once in the last two or three months – and all the news has been good. “It is another indicator that perhaps the recovery is under way. There are some particularly good companies in Whiteley and some big names and substantial players. That in itself is another magnate for companies considering coming here.”
Stephen Ball, chief executive of Lockheed Martin UK said: “The acquisition of Amor Group is an exciting advance in the growth of Lockheed Martin in the UK. The business aligns perfectly with our own and its products are complementary.
“This will strengthen the capabilities of our Whiteley-based IT services business, specifically in the areas of transportation, energy and public sector.”
With headquarters in Maryland, US, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs 116,000 people worldwide creating advanced technology systems, products, and services. Its net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.
The UK arm of the company was set up in 1999 and now employs 2,000 people across the country. It has been involved in major defence programmes including EH101 Merlin, a major upgrade to provide a state-ofthe- art “Multi-Mission” helicopter for the Royal Navy.
The latest contracts are in the commercial world rather than in defence.
One is to design the computer network for NATO’s new headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, a contract worth more than $100m.
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