Software development firm gets Aaron Trevena from LoveFilm
The South West’s booming IT sector has claimed another win, with former LoveFilm senior developer Aaron Trevena taking a role at Cornwall-based HeadForwards.
Since the rollout of superfast broadband began in the county, Cornwall has seen an impressive boom in the number of technology companies basing themselves there.
HeadForwards, an outsourced software development company, is based at the Pool Innovation Centre near Redruth in the west of the county. Its client list includes telecommunications firm NTT.
Trevena said that the current explosive growth in the Cornwall tech scene was what attracted him to the role, along with the opportunity to return to the area where he grew up.
"I’m looking forward to the new professional opportunities this role will present. It’s an incredibly exciting time for the IT sector in Cornwall and we’re right at the forefront of industry developments," he said.
"On a personal level, it’s also fantastic to have the opportunity to live and work in Cornwall, where I grew up. It’s great to be able to develop my career while living in a place which offers a brilliant lifestyle for my family," he added.
"High quality software development requires very capable software engineers. So, it’s fantastic that people like Aaron, who brings a wealth of expertise from roles at firms such as LoveFilm and Slando, are being attracted to Cornwall and new firms like ours thanks to the state-of-the-art infrastructure being rolled out in the region," said Craig Girvan, director of HeadForwards.
Cornwall has often been to focus of government initiatives to get superfast broadband rolled out.
In November 2010 it was announced that eight villages would take part in a multi-million pound project to deliver superfast Internet access to the hard-to-reach communities. Chiverton Cross, Leedstown, St Agnes, Portreath, St Day, Devoran, Stenalees and Par signed up to have broadband speeds of up to 100Mbps installed.
In August 2011 the government confirmed it would allocate £360m to improve rural broadband access across England and Scotland, including in parts of rural Cornwall.