Kent Science Park based information management specialists Entity are expanding both on the site and internationally, after being the only company in Swale to secure TIGER funding. After working closely with Kent County Council and strategic SME Consulting firm – Station Road West, Entity have been awarded £250,000, which will be used to increase their headcount as they develop new business.
TIGER (Thames Gateway Innovation, Growth and Enterprise) funding offers businesses the financial assistance they need to invest in new products, processes or markets; or even expanding their existing activities if it will lead to increased sustainable employment. The aim of TIGER funding is to create jobs and support innovation. The Tiger funding of £20 million has been secured for North Kent and Thurrock businesses from the National Regional Growth Fund (RGF) and is available until March 2015.
A growing number of global organisations, with combined revenues exceeding US$100 Billion, trust Entity to unravel the complexity of their enterprise data, and the TIGER funding highlights their continued success. They have recently opened a new office in the United Arab Emirates to forge stronger links with their growing customer base in the Middle East. Already shortlisted as a finalist at this year’s Swale Business Awards, the investment from the TIGER fund means that Entity aim to take on five to eight additional staff members at Kent Science Park over the next twelve months to complement their existing workforce.
Marketing Manager Sam Thomsett commented on what the investment would mean for Entity: “Entity is already acknowledged for its expertise in Information Management and master data management by a number of global organisations and leading software vendors. With continued support from Kent Science Park and pivotal funding from organisations such as the TIGER Fund to help enable job creation, Entity will be in a prime position to continue on its path to success”.
Kent Science Park Site Director James Speck also spoke about Entity’s successes and their growing employee numbers: “Entity have been providing data solutions to their expanding customer base since the 1980’s, so it comes as no surprise that they have forged strong links with their clients. They are now seeing the fruits of their on-going commitment to customer service and development of information management solutions and expertise that separates them from their competitors. With the opening of their office in the United Arab Emirates and the investment from the TIGER fund, they are certain to continue this success over the coming years and beyond. They have already taken on five new employees with more to follow.
“For SMEs that are looking to grow their business, the TIGER fund provides a tangible opportunity to access investment for taking on new staff. I would encourage anyone interested to take the time to investigate the opportunities available.”
More information about Entity can be found be visiting their website www.entity.co.uk.