Anaplan Taps into York Tech Talent
Tech leader founded in York opens new office, plans to double its R&D staff in the cityYork, 30th July 2014 – Today, Anaplan opened new offices in York and announced it is to double its headcount in the city, as it experiences snowballing demand for its unique cloud-based business planning and execution platform. The new office, built in the old Bonding Warehouse on Terry Avenue, will house Anaplan’s expanded R&D group, which handles product development and engineering worldwide. Located in a building which had previously lain dormant for 14 years, Anaplan’s new premises will enable it to double its R&D headcount in the city to 90 engineers.
Anaplan was founded in 2006 by British software engineer and York resident Michael Gould, and provides a platform for businesses to build financial plans, and assess execution against them. Since its incorporation, Anaplan has experienced rapid growth, and now boasts more than 20,000 users, 11 offices in seven countries, and a customer list that includes HP, Aviva, Britvic and Procter & Gamble. It recently closed a $100 million venture-capital funding round, which included investments from tech luminaries Salesforce.com and WorkDay.
Anaplan is among a growing number of technology groups that are choosing to build their core R&D functions in the UK, rather than in Silicon Valley.
Michael Gould, British CTO and co-founder of Anaplan, commented: “We’ve taken the company a long way from its conception in my barn in York. Despite our global presence, we strongly believe in the growing pool of technology talent where it all started for us –right here in York.”
“We will continue to keep our core development here, in what is rapidly evolving into an increasingly recognised hub for innovation. Thanks to the success of initiatives like DotYork, the growing tech community here will only go from strength to strength. We hope our investment in the city will speed its growth,” Gould added.
Fred Laluyaux, CEO of Anaplan commented: “Expanding our R&D office in the North of England is a great strategic investment not only because this is where Anaplan was born but also because the area offers a substantial, and untapped, source of great engineering talent. In particular, the region has a strong heritage in financial software: several applications developed here were acquired by SAP and IBM.”
Cllr James Alexander, Leader of City of York Council said: “This is great news. Anaplan’s expansion in York is a real success story, not only for the company but for the city. It brings with it further highly skilled jobs and will be a significant addition to York’s strong, diverse and growing economy.
“We continue to work hard with partners in the city to ensure that York has the right environment to attract, retain and grow businesses; whether through improvements to our digital and physical infrastructure or in ensuring access to city-wide training and development opportunities. Today’s announcement is further proof that York is a place businesses want to be located to thrive.”
Anaplan is disrupting the world of business planning and execution. We built our platform from the ground up to empower companies to plan, collaborate and act—in real time. Stay ahead of critical business events, rapidly model potential impacts and course correct on the fly. With Anaplan’s cloud-based platform, you can continuously align your people, plans and spend to your market opportunities. Anaplan is a privately held company, headquartered in San Francisco, CA with global offices on four continents. To learn more, visit anaplan.com. Join us on twitter: @anaplan