A defence company that works with governments across the world has made a West Oxfordshire town its UK base.
SimCentric, a defence simulation company, focuses on ways to better train and help save the lives of soldiers through artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Following a successful trial, it has recently secured a 342 sq ft. office at the Witney Business
& Innovation Centre.
Since launching the company in 2008, chief executive officer Dr Adam Easton has joined forces with Tom Constable, a former officer in the British Army, and Gareth Collier, a Special Forces commando unit officer in the Australian Army.
Mr 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 is great and we love the well maintained facilities which provide a quality base to expand.”
Recent recipients of a tri-service contract from the UK Ministry of Defence’s The Defence Science and
Technology Laboratory, the company is currently looking to recruit across multiple roles.
“When safety is on the line, only the very best training solution will suffice,” added Mr Constable.
“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 to create world-leading software products.”
SimCentric’s senior leadership comprises a Doctorate in Artificial Intelligence from the University
of Oxford and the former head of training development within the Australian Special Forces.
Complementing this, the firm’s software engineers hold a variety of Bachelor and Postgraduate level qualifications, with many cross-trained across multiple programming languages.
Software engineers comprise 90 per cent of SimCentric’s workforce.
Alli Keene, centre manager at Witney Business & Innovation Centre, 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.”
The centre, which is managed by Oxford Innovation on behalf of Blenheim Palace, boasts office space for companies with one to 30 workers.