John Lewis is to establish a new IT and digital tech hub in Birmingham to work on new technologies and agile ways of working.
John Lewis at Grand Central Birmingham
The facility will open in September in the city and will initially create four engineering roles.
In addition, John Lewis will work with a number of local universities to establish part-time internship roles for young technologists, with recruitment to begin later this year.
“Our new hub in Birmingham is about putting innovation and agility at the core of our business,” said IT director Paul Corby. “We chose Birmingham because of the opportunities it offers as a growing tech city with a wealth of skilled technology professionals and world class technical universities.”
He said John Lewis is “hoping and expecting” to get ideas from start-ups and universities in the area.
Another factor that influenced its choice of location was the opening of the 250,000 sq ft John Lewis at Grand Central in Birmingham last September.
It also has a long-established store in Solihull, an ‘at home’ store in Tamworth and distribution centres at Magna Park, which will all be used to pilot innovations developed in the new Birmingham Tech Hub.