IT firm attracts the best

MHLC-25-04-12 Black Pepper APR75'The event is celebrating the success of Black Pepper Software Ltd; a local software development company based in Leamington Spa that has gone from strength to strength since launching with two employees back in April 1999. The team has created numerous jobs, expanded its portfolio and has been nominated for awards at a rapid pace. ''Pictured,from left, Simon Jones (co-founder ) Councillor Alan Wilkinson (Mayor ) and John Cooke ( Managing Director ) welcomes the mayor to theie open day .
MHLC-25-04-12 Black Pepper APR75'The event is celebrating the success of Black Pepper Software Ltd; a local software development company based in Leamington Spa that has gone from strength to strength since launching with two employees back in April 1999. The team has created numerous jobs, expanded its portfolio and has been nominated for awards at a rapid pace. ''Pictured,from left, Simon Jones (co-founder ) Councillor Alan Wilkinson (Mayor ) and John Cooke ( Managing Director ) welcomes the mayor to theie open day .

HUMBLE origins have proved no barrier to the growth of a Leamington IT company that solves problems for some of the world’s biggest companies.

When former IBM worker Simon Jones and Warwick University graduate John Cooke founded Black Pepper software in a bedroom in 1999 they had one computer and one chair. Last month they invited Leamington mayor Cllr Alan Wilkinson to open their new offices in Clarendon Street.

The firm, which now has 40 employees, has clients including Morgan Stanley, T-Mobile and Trafigura, writing software that helps Thomas Cook process international transactions and an oil company deal with logistics of its fleet of tankers.

Head of solutions Adam Wright, whose job it is to look for problems that need solving, said the firm now headhunted experts in their field as well as nurturing talent from Midlands universities.

He said: “We certainly have further growth plans. I’m not sure there’s a limit as long as we can keep attracting the brightest and best minds.”