SCC, Europe’s biggest privately-owned IT services business, officially marked its expansion into Vietnam by welcoming Secretary of State for International Trade, the Rt Hon Liam Fox MP to open its new Global Delivery Centre in Ho Chi Minh City.
Mr Fox joined SCC founder Sir Peter Rigby, as well as current CEO James Rigby, in officially unveiling the brand new office which will act as the company’s second Global Delivery Centre (GDC) following Romania which is now home to more than 1000 employees.
Also attending the event were Giles Lever, British Ambassador to Vietnam, Ian Gibbons, Consul General Ho Chi Minh City and Director for the Department for International Trade Vietnam as well as Peter Rimmer, Executive Director, British Business Group Vietnam (BBGV). All these organisations have supported SCC’s expansion plans in the region.
SCC is headquartered in Birmingham and part of the family-owned Rigby Group which encompasses interests in technology, airports, hotels, real estate, financial services and aviation. It has targeted expansion in Vietnam to build on its already successful operations in the UK, France, Romania and Spain.
The idea is that the business in Vietnam, which starts with 45 people, will specifically support SCC customers in two areas. Firstly, it will provide Level 3 and 4 infrastructure technical support to customers’ server, storage and network environments. Additionally, it will be home to a Software Development Centre allowing SCC to accelerate the development of owned applications. The time difference between Vietnam and SCC’s European offices will also allow greater capacity for 24/7 customer support.
James Rigby, SCC CEO, said: “The opening of our second Global Delivery Centre is another important strategic milestone for the business and underlines our credentials as an international company with scale. Vietnam is an ideal location for our customer services due to its high quality education system, over 300 IT-only universities and a high standard of English. We have selected local Vietnamese people for all our management positions and trained them all in the UK.”
Sir Peter Rigby, founder and chairman of the Rigby Group, said: “We would especially like to thank the Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox for endorsing our international expansion into Vietnam and joining us to officially open our new office. We would also like to thank the British Ambassador, the Consul General Ho Chi Minh City, the Department for International Trade Vietnam as well as British Business Group Vietnam all of which have played key roles in helping us develop our business in Vietnam.”
Secretary of State for International Trade, the Rt Hon Liam Fox MP, said: “We know there’s global demand for British expertise and skills and my department wants to do all it can to help UK companies grow and build their presence abroad. Vietnam is a fast-growing region with great trade and investment potential for UK businesses and SCC is a great example of a business taking advantage of the opportunities to put in place ambitious expansion plans.”