Expansion on agenda

Ping strikes right note for fair work RSA funding

Jamie Hepburn (centre) with Michael Cannon of Scottish Enterprise (to his left) and Alister Richmond, Terry Neill, and Kenny Godfrey of Ping

IT company Ping Network Solutions has become one of the first companies in Scotland to secure Regional Selective Assistance contingent on fair work practices.

The £335,000 grant from Scottish Enterprise will support the increasing demand on Ping’s managed services business, allowing the firm to expand into a new office and tackle complex projects for UK and international customers.

With a commitment to the Scottish Government’s Fair Work Action Plan, Ping has pledged to safeguard 15 jobs and create an additional 15 by the end of 2021, taking the headcount to about 50 employees, all paid above the Scottish Living Wage.

The management at Bellshill-based Ping place a strong emphasis on training and development and have committed to upskilling several staff.

Business and Fair Work Minister, Jamie Hepburn said: “Fair Work is good for workers, good for business and good for Scotland. It means more job security, the right to decent pay and a greater voice for workers. We believe it will drive innovation and productivity to improve businesses and increase profits.

“Many employers in Scotland are already championing Fair Work but our aim is for many more businesses in Scotland to adopt those principles soon.”

Kenny Godfrey, co-founder and operations director at Ping, said: “Investing in our people and our business is very important to us. With the support from Scottish Enterprise, we will provide continuous training, pay above the Scottish Living Wage and provide quality jobs with opportunities for career progression and development.

The funding boost follows a bumper year for Ping which has already increased its client base by 25% and employee headcount by 40% over the last 12 months.

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