Pioneering defence simulation company makes Oxford its UK base
A pioneering Oxfordshire defence simulation company is looking forward to the future following a move to the Witney Business & Innovation Centre.
SimCentric is currently working with governments across the world to focus on ways to better train and help save the lives of soldiers.
Using cutting-edge technology, the fast-growing company is committed to providing best-in-class simulation software to facilitate safe, effective and realistic training in specialised, safety-critical domains.
Since launching the company in 2008, Chief Executive Officer, Dr Adam Easton, a Rhodes Scholar and former Officer in the Australian Army has joined forces with Tom Constable, a former Officer in the British Army and Gareth Collier, Special Forces Commando Unit Officer in the Australian Army to grow the company.
Impressed with the location, facilities and maintenance of the Witney Business & Innovation Centre, following a successful trial, the company has secured a 342 ft sq. office.
Tom Constable said: “We are delighted to secure space at the Witney Business & Innovation Centre and make this our UK base. With offices already in Australia, America and Sri Lanka, we were impressed with the great location and its practicality, being an equal distance for all of us to travel.
“Oxford itself is an attractive base for us to find quality employees and there is also a military centre. Together with all of this, the Witney Business & Innovation Centre team are great and we love the well maintained facilities which provide a quality base to expand.”
SimCentric’s senior leadership blends both technical and training expertise, comprising a Doctorate in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Oxford and the former head of Training Development within Australian Special Forces.
Complementing this, the firm’s software engineers hold a variety of Bachelor and Post-Graduate level qualifications, with many cross-trained across multiple programming languages in order to best achieve customer requirements.
Recent recipients of a tri-service contract from the UK MoD’s The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, the company is looking to recruit people with Unreal Engine 4 across multiple roles.
Tom added: “When safety is on the line, only the very best training solution will suffice. We are committed to providing best-in-class simulation software to facilitate safe, effective and realistic training in specialised, safety-critical domains.
“We blend cutting-edge technology, domain knowledge expertise, agile development and customer engagement, create world-leading software products. We have two product pillars of Safety/Accreditation and Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning.”
Alli Keene, Centre Manager, said: “We are delighted that SimCentric has chosen the Witney Business & Innovation Centre as the base for their expansion plans and all of us at the centre are dedicated to supporting the growth plans of all our customers. We are always on hand to answer questions and help steer the way, if required.”
Witney Business & Innovation Centre, which is managed by Oxford Innovation on behalf of Blenheim Palace, boasts office space for companies with one to 30 workers.