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Harvey Nash Group announces Tech Hub platform development

London, UK (31st July, 2015) - Harvey Nash, the global IT outsourcing and professional recruitment company, today announces plans for a new Tech Hub enabling collaboration between UK and Vietnamese technology companies - news welcomed by Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and Viet Nam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.

The UK is renowned for its digital technology innovation and Harvey Nash, in partnership with the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), intends to facilitate the establishment of new networks in ASEAN (nations in Southeast Asia) through the launch of the Tech Hub virtual network.

David Cameron's office made the following announcement during the UK premier's recent visit to Viet Nam this week: "Both Prime Ministers welcomed the announcement by Harvey Nash, the largest foreign investor in the Vietnamese technology sector, that it would launch a UK-Viet Nam Tech Hub this year to facilitate dialogue and potential collaboration between Vietnamese and British companies, with strong political support from the UK government.

Both Prime Ministers further welcomed the leadership shown by the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Viet Nam Business Forum in taking forward the Business Integrity agenda and supported future business-led action."

This new digital platform will serve as a unique environment for UK tech enterprises to meet, share best practice and collaborate with partners from the ASEAN's dynamic technology sector, helping to unlock millions of pounds of value through the development of new technologies. Harvey Nash plans to create and launch the pilot platform in Viet Nam in the coming months, with the ambition to extend the initiative to engage other ASEAN countries.

Paul Smith, Chairman of NashTech, a division of the Harvey Nash Group says, "As one of the largest technology companies in Viet Nam, Harvey Nash believes it is important to lead the way and build on the technology industry's entrepreneurial drive. By developing a new platform that supports and encourages links between the UK and ASEAN, we believe the technology communities will find many new ways to interact, trade, and innovate."

"The development of Tech Hub, which is supported by Lord Francis Maude, UK Minister of State for Trade and Investment, will significantly increase the export of services from Viet Nam over the next two years, bringing valuable new jobs for the ICT and consulting industry and bringing new skill sets and experience to the workforce."

Viet Nam presents a huge investment opportunity, as the second most popular investment destination in Asia Pacific (behind China) with foreign direct investment projects more than doubling last year (according to fDi Markets, 2014). Viet Nam boasts healthy GDP growth (the economy grew 6% last year) and benefits from a sizable, skilled population, due to the Government's focus on education and investment in skills and technical acumen.

Harvey Nash first invested in Viet Nam over fifteen years ago, and is now the largest foreign investor within the Vietnamese technology sector having built one of the leading technology and BPO businesses in the country.

For more information on the Tech Hub initiative, please visit www.nashtechglobal.com or call +44(0) 207 333 8778.

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Notes to Editors:

About Harvey Nash

Harvey Nash is a global pioneer in executive search, professional recruitment and IT outsourcing, committed to delivering the very best talent and IT solutions to a broad base of international clients. Established in 1988, Harvey Nash Group has supported many of the world's leading organisations to recruit, source and manage the highly skilled talent they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive and technology driven world. Harvey Nash has 7,000 professionals operating from more than 40 offices across the globe, covering the UK, USA, Europe and Asia. Our talented team pursues the highest levels of integrity and quality in providing a unique portfolio of services: executive search, professional recruitment and IT outsourcing.

The outsourcing division, NashTech has helped some of the world's leading companies build scale, cut costs and improve agility. Through a blended mix of onshore and offshore resources based in Vietnam, services include: Business Process Outsourcing and IT Software development, recruitment and payroll outsourcing services.

Contact: 
Paul Smith, Chairman
M: + 44 (0) 781 578 3828
E:
 paul.smith@nashtechglobal.com 

Cuong, Nguyen Hung, Software Development Managing Director
M: +84 913522575
E:
 Cuong.Nguyen@harveynash.vn