International technology-led services and payments specialist,  Equiniti has announced that it has opened EQ Tek, a new R&D facility for its client-facing applications.

Headquartered in Krakow, Poland, EQ Tek will create an additional 150 roles for high-calibre developers as well as systems and UX experts within Equiniti. The team will be developing best-in-class applications and product delivery systems across all divisions of the business.

Equiniti says opening the office in Krakow unlocks a huge pool of talent in one of the world’s most exciting cities for tech innovation. The state-of-the-art facility is located in a newly built tech hub that is already home to a number of multi-national organisations, including Salesforce, Cisco and IBM.

The new app-focused facility, adds to Equiniti’s growing technology estate. Since 2016 the Group has opened a Fintech Innovation Centre in Cardiff, a Northern Tech Hub in Leeds and a data science lab in Exeter. In February this year, a new Digital Hub in Bangalore also went operational to underpin its North American business.

Guy Wakeley, Group Chief Executive Officer at Equiniti) said “Technology underpins everything that we do at Equiniti, so by investing in a dedicated centre to develop these applications that are so essential, we expect to start delivering a truly differentiated service across our international client base.”

Kevin O’Connor, Group Chief Information Officer at Equiniti, who is leading on the delivery of the new office, said “We are delighted that EQ Tek is up and running, and we have made a strong start on developing the top-quality applications that will be of invaluable use for our international clients across our broad suite of services.”

“Krakow is a globally renowned hub of tech talent and it is already clear that we have recruited an incredibly high-level team that will push our products on to the next level.”