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Last Updated: Monday, 6 November 2006, 16:28 GMT
Jobs boost for text message firm
PDA being used
The company specialise in text messaging technology
About 100 jobs are to be created in Scotland at a company which plans to set a global standard for next generation of text messaging.

The skilled positions will be at KeyPoint Technologies, a business that recently moved to Glasgow.

The announcement coincided with a visit to the company's Hillington site by First Minister Jack McConnell.

Mr McConnell hailed the new jobs as more evidence of a "reverse brain drain attracting thousands to Scotland".

'High technology'

The company was created by Sanjay Patel 10 years ago after his brother lost an arm in a motorbike accident.

He moved to Scotland from London in 2004.

It has expended from two people a year ago to 30.

Mr Patel created texting software that the firm claims will transform the way texts, emails and documents are written on phones and other mobile communication devices.

The software learns vocabulary and context, and is claimed to be able to cut down keystrokes by up to 60%.

'Global market'

Mr McConnell said: "This announcement of the creation of more high-technology jobs here in Scotland is an indication of how we have moved on from the days of reliance of large-scale inward investors who shifted to cheaper locations."

And 13 phone companies and PC makers are said to be in talks about the software.

The firm has been awarded a 1.3m government grant to help fund the expansion, and said it had immediate vacancies for software developers, engineers and programmers.

John Falconer, director and co-founder of the company, said: "These are high value positions that will shape the development of a growing global market in which Scotland has a major presence."

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