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Rapid expansion sees Scotland’s first virtual marketing consultancy open office at the Innovation Park

Start-up business Prospect 13 announced the opening of an office in Aberdeen’s Innovation Park following a string of contract wins

Aberdeen based virtual marketing support company, Prospect 13, began trading in August 2018 and today announced the opening of an office as a result of expansion and increased staff. The new office supports the company’s vision to create a collaborative working environment as it continues to strengthen and grow their strategic marketing support offering.

A one-year lease has been signed for a five-desk serviced office at the James Gregory Centre in Aberdeen Innovation Park in Bridge of Don. The growing team has now settled into the recently renovated facilities providing a strong base to continue building the subscription-based business.

Founded by Managing Director, Cerri McDonald, following redundancy from the Oil & Gas sector last year, Prospect 13 works with small, local organisations to deliver on-demand access to a wide range of marketing services. With a drive and passion for helping companies get heard in busy, competitive markets, Prospect 13 has a modern approach to outsourced marketing, through an affordable customised subscription service. The company works closely with clients to bring strategic marketing vision and insights and delivers a hands-on specialised service that is tailored to suit specific business and growth challenges.

In just nine months following start-up, with a growing team of three and an expanding client base, Prospect 13 offers an ideal service for companies with no internal marketing skills or a larger organisation with limited or over stretched marketing resource. The subscription-based service is suitable for all businesses and budgets and provides the ability to tap into a range of specialist marketing support activities on a flexible, ongoing basis using an experienced virtual marketing professional.

Cerri McDonald said: “I am thrilled to move into our first office and bring my highly skilled team together in such a respected business environment. I am confident this new base will bring significant benefits to our clients and also support our own growth strategy. We are currently supporting a diverse range of clients and are delighted to be working with thriving businesses across the region. Prospect 13’s success so far has been extremely fast paced and our approach to outsourced marketing has received fantastic feedback across a variety of sectors including Education, Food & Drink, Professional Services, IT, Events, Travel Management and Oil & Gas. This is an exciting time and the contract wins are a testament to the hard work and quality service being delivered. I look forward to working closely with an array of successful businesses providing peace of mind that their marketing is being managed by experienced professionals that become part of their team”.

Mark Holmes, head of asset management with Moorfield Group added: “We are delighted that Cerri has chosen the James Gregory Centre for her new and expanding business. Prospect 13 is an excellent addition to the impressive entrepreneurial occupier mix we have in our serviced office space around the Innovation Park and we wish her every success.”

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High Five – Moorfield Group’s serviced office solution at James Gregory Centre attracts new occupiers

Five more serviced office deals have recently been concluded at the James Gregory Centre on Aberdeen Innovation Park:

LAR Housing Trust, an independent housing charity, has relocated its Aberdeen office to Unit 23 on a three-year lease. The Fife-based charity was set-up in 2015 to build around 1,000 quality homes at affordable rents across Scotland. LAR already has an extensive portfolio of developments in Aberdeen, including Kingswells, Cove, Mugiemoss, Shaw Road and Park Road.

Northstone (NI) Limited, a leading construction and building materials group, headquartered in Dunmurry, Belfast has just set-up an Aberdeen base at Units 14 and 16. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of CHR plc, which is the second largest building materials company in the world. Northstone operating divisions include Farrans, Northstone Materials and CUBIS Systems. Locally, the company is engaged with the A96 road contract and requires the office as a base to manage this contract.

Garrick Group Limited, an entrepreneurial Aberdeen-based oil services company, has taken occupancy at Unit 24. The company was established mid-2018 by brothers Douglas and Ronald Garrick. Ronald was formerly chief executive of drilling waste and environmental services company TWMA.

Smart Asset Integrity Solutions BV, a Dutch-owned independent operation that specialises in asset integrity, 3D laser scanning and inspection services has established its first base in Aberdeen. Smart, headquartered in the southern Netherlands, has taken occupancy of Unit 2.

Otaq Group, a highly innovative marine technology company, is expanding operations into Aberdeen and has agreed terms on Unit 15. Otaq has developed a unique ultrasonic transmission device which creates an acoustic “fence” of protection for the marine aquaculture sector against seal and sea lion attacks. Otaq currently employs 15 staff from three locations – Lancaster and Oban in the UK and Puerto Montt in Chile.

Speaking on behalf of the parks’ owner, Moorfield Real Estate Fund III, Mark Holmes from Moorfield Group said:
“These deals have created a really positive buzz around the James Gregory Centre and are a strong endorsement for the flexible and cost-effective opportunities we can offer tenants on the park. Our serviced office solution is generating a lot of interest and offers occupiers the perfect base in the heart of the Innovation Park.

The James Gregory Centre offers occupiers a modern serviced office centre that provides serviced office suites. Suitable for of two to eight people, space is available on highly flexible terms.

The centre offers ample car parking and shared parts of the building have recently undergone refurbishment. The Innovation Park is conveniently located, approximately three miles north of Aberdeen city centre and close to the new Third Don Crossing.

Only three units remain available at the James Gregory Centre – for availability details, please contact: Cherry Paton, Parks Manager, Aberdeen Energy & Innovation Parks on 01224 933100.

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Appetite for success

Appetite for Business MD, Sheryl Newman has recently been crowned the national leader of the year at the Scottish Women in Technology awards.

Sheryl was the sole finalist based from the north of Scotland and beat off competition from industry-leading rivals to clinch the top category prize.

She said: “I’m delighted to have been recognised at these flagship awards for the value of what we bring to the table. I am passionate about sharing my experiences to help others have the opportunity to thrive and feel truly humbled to continue to play a part in encouraging more gender balance in our sector.”

Sheryl has been based at Davidson House for the past two years and we congratulate her on this well-deserved success.

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Keenan Recycling expand operations at the Innovation Park

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Scotland’s largest organic waste management company has expanded its operation in the North-east of Scotland with a six-figure investment in a second base.

Keenan Recycling, which has a recycling facility at New Deer in Aberdeenshire, has relocated its North-east headquarters to a new office in Aberdeen’s Innovation Park in the city’s Bridge of Don area.

The finance and food waste collection teams have been relocated from New Deer to the 1500 sq ft office in Davidson House as the company looks to expand its operations across the border into the north of England later this year. Eleven of Keenan’s 80 strong staff are now based in the city office and with new posts already created with the move, the company is set to further increase numbers with the 2018 growth plans.

Keenan Recycling launched its commercial food waste collection service in North-east Scotland in 2010 and now processes more than 85,000 tonnes of waste each year, transforming it into British Standards Institute accredited compost

The company, which boasts a 14-acre facility at New Deer, near Turriff, expanded its food waste collection service into the Central Belt in August 2015 and has invested £1.2m in a fleet of collection vehicles to roll out its award-winning food waste collection service to customers in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Keenan Recycling managing director, Grant Keenan, said:

“As the business has continued to expand in recent years we had started to out grow our base at New Deer as staff numbers increased so we had to begin looking at options to open another office.  The facility at Davidson House in the Aberdeen Innovation Park is ideally suited for ourfood waste management collection and finance teams.

“We have operations across the North of Scotland and the Central Belt and the Aberdeen office will become the main operation hub for the collection side of the business, while the New Deer base remains our main recycling facility for the North.  It is superb timing expanding into the city as we forge ahead with our plans to cross over the border to England in early summer.”

Keenan Recycling secured a £2.2m investment from BGF (Business Growth Fund) in 2015, which has supported the growth in the food waste collection business with more than 4000 customer sites now serviced Scotland wide. The company has ambitious plans to grow turnover to between £30m-£40m in the coming five years.

Hugh Canham, asset manager with Aberdeen Energy & Innovation Parks owner, Moorfield Group said:

“Keenan Recycling is a successful and evolving business which is a great addition to our impressive tenant mix at the Innovation Park. We can offer Grant and his team the service to help them grow and develop their operations further.”

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Celebrating 5 Years of EC-OG

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The EC-OG team recently celebrated the company’s fifth birthday. From its inception in 2013, structured research and development has been at the core of the business.

Over the last 5 years, EC-OG has built a reputation of being at the forefront of subsea technology along with providing excellent customer service. The Subsea Power Hub is a well-known example of EC-OG’s technological innovation. Utilising underwater currents, coupled with energy storage technology, it continuously supplies electricity in remote marine environments for applications in Oil & Gas, environmental monitoring and defence.

EC-OG was originally set up with support from Business Gateway (now known as Elevator) and Scottish Enterprise, moving from a product idea to a successful company today. Scottish Enterprise have been instrumental in the continued development of EC-OG. More recently, the Oil & Gas Technology Centre have been working closely with EC-OG as a further support mechanism for the company.

There have been several examples of confidence in the company strategy and the growth potential of EC-OG. Firstly, EC-OG were identified as one of the highest growth prospects in Scotland and were invited to join the High Growth Support Unit programme within Scottish Enterprise. The company has also attracted and secured significant investment of £1.5 million from the public sector, with an additional £2.5 million of private sector funding.

EC-OG’s achievements have been recognised with several nominations and awards over the years including being a finalist at the 2016 Offshore Achievement Awards and the 2016 Subsea UK Awards. EC-OG were firstly successful in winning the Press & Journal Gold Awards New Energy Award in 2016. This was followed by the Subsea UK Small Company of the Year Award in 2017 and the Innovation Award at the Scottish Environment Business Awards in 2017.

EC-OG’s technology has been widely featured in the press including coverage by the BBC and STV as well as featuring on the front cover of the Oil & Gas Authority Technology Insights report.

Richard Knox, Managing Director at EC-OG said:

“By taking on talented individuals, we have been able to build a strong team of 25 people as well as supporting the local economy. At this birthday milestone, we are very grateful to all of those who have supported us on our journey to get to this stage. From team members, family and friends to public, private investors and of course our clients. I would like to thank them all for their contribution to our continuing success.”

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Expansion for EC-OG at Davidson House

Davidson-ECOGAnother deal has been concluded at Moorfield Group’s Aberdeen Innovation Park, with existing occupier, East Coast Oil & Gas (EC-OG) expanding operations at the recently refurbished Davidson House on Campus One.

EG-OC has signed up for an additional 1,200 sq ft at Davidson House, taking their total floorspace to 2,230 sq ft. A new four-year lease has been agreed at a rental of £20.75 per sq ft.

EC-OG provides expert engineering services for critical well barrier equipment, including wellheads, xmas trees and intervention systems. The team recently won a “VIBES” award in the Innovation category at the Scottish Environment Business Awards, for the Subsea Power Hub, a hybrid-based ocean current energy conversion system with integrated energy storage. The award recognised the company’s position at the forefront of eco-innovation.

EC-OG Commercial Director, Heather Sharkey said: “It has been a really exciting time for our team recently. We needed the additional space to diversify our business and Davidson House provides the perfect location for our expansion plans.”

Speaking on behalf of the parks’ owner, Moorfield Real Estate Fund III, Mark Holmes from Moorfield Group said: “It is great news to see EC-OG expand operations here at Aberdeen Innovation Park. We always adopt a ‘can-do’ approach and were able to offer the company a new suite which meets their needs.”

Matt Park of Knight Frank in Aberdeen, added: “Despite challenging times in the North East, we are continuing to see demand for the quality space on offer at both parks, which is evident at Davidson House.”

Knight Frank and Ryden are joint agents for Aberdeen Energy & Innovation Parks

For more information on EC-OG, please visit: ec-og.com

 

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Visit us on Stand 2C20 at Offshore Europe

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Aberdeen Energy & Innovation Parks will be exhibiting at Offshore Europe 2017

We will be on Stand 2C20, part of the Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council pavilion.

We hope you can join us at this year’s event, which will be held from Tuesday 5 to Friday 8 September at the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre.

Visit us on the City & Shire Pavilion on Stand 2C20.

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Appetite for Business at Davidson House

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Another deal has been concluded at Moorfield Group’s Aberdeen Innovation Park, as IT and data provider, Appetite for Business expand operations at the park.

Led by award-winning business woman Sheryl Newman, the company has agreed terms to lease a unit at the recently refurbished Davidson House on Campus One.

Appetite for Business is a specialist IT technology & learning consultancy. It works with firms, across all sectors to increase productivity, achieve cost savings and empower their respective workforces through the adoption of the latest technology such as cloud-based 365 and SharePoint software, automated business process and it training.

Sheryl Newman said: “It has been another exciting year for our company. This relocation is part of our continued growth strategy. The location provides a high-quality environment which is ideal to solidify Appetite as a company that is working with IT technology, combined with robust thinking and customer focused service approach to ensure our clients can optimise operations, cut costs, reclaim time and unlock the long term value of SharePoint. We have a talented and hard-working team in place and have some fantastic partners. Together we are, committed to providing an unrivalled level of service to our clients, both in the north-east and around the world.”

Speaking on behalf of the parks’ owner, Moorfield Real Estate Fund III, Mark Holmes from Moorfield Group added: “We are delighted to welcome Sheryl and the Appetite for Business team to Davidson House.

“We remain committed to investment across both the Innovation and Energy Parks, with Davidson House recently undergoing an extensive refurbishment programme, which included the redesign of the reception space and individual office suites.

Matt Park from Knight Frank agreed: “The quality of space, along with competitive terms makes it an ideal environment for an innovative business with an appetite for success.”

Davidson House offers occupiers flexible office suites with generous car parking. Additional services include a manned reception, concierge services, conference rooms, cycle parking and showers. The Innovation Park is conveniently located, approximately three miles north of Aberdeen city centre and close to the new Third Don Crossing.

For availability details, please visit: https://aberdeeninnovationpark.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/5544-Innovation-Park-Davidson-House.pdf

Knight Frank and Ryden and joint agents for Aberdeen Energy & Innovation Parks.

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Four more deals at the James Gregory Centre

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Four more deals have been concluded at the James Gregory Centre on Campus Two at Aberdeen Innovation Park:

All Design (Scotland) Ltd, a long-established family-run architectural firm has moved to a new office location at Unit 22 within the centre. The firm provides the full range of architectural services, covering Aberdeenshire, Tayside and Moray.

Arthur McKay & Co Ltd, has signed up for a small office suite at Unit 14. The company is one of the UK’s leading building support services providers, delivering a range of M&E and FM services. With offices already established in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Carlisle, Halifax and London, the Aberdeen base will be a new satellite operation, to service business interests in the north east of Scotland.

Business A.R.D. Ltd, a local independent computer consultant and an existing occupier has moved to a larger suite within the centre. The company will use the additional space at Units 6/7 to help develop increased business opportunities.

Lighthouse, a firm of creative designers, digital and identity consultants, which was founded in 1992 has agreed terms at Unit 12.

The James Gregory Centre is a modern serviced office centre set in the heart of Aberdeen Innovation Park and provides a mix serviced office suites, suitable for of two to eight people and available on highly flexible terms. The centre offers ample car parking and shared parts of the building have recently undergone refurbishment. The Innovation Park is conveniently located, approximately three miles north of Aberdeen city centre and close to the new Third Don Crossing.

Speaking on behalf of the parks’ owner, Moorfield Real Estate Fund III, Mark Holmes from Moorfield Group said:
“The James Gregory Centre is generating lots of positive interest and we have concluded six deals at the centre in the last 12 months, with new occupiers choosing the location and existing occupiers looking to expand. These deals are a strong endorsement for the flexible and cost-effective opportunities that we offer to tenants on the park.”

For availability details, please visit: https://aberdeeninnovationpark.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/5505-Innovation-Park-James-Gregory-Centre-spr-1.pdf

Knight Frank and Ryden are joint agents for Aberdeen Energy & Innovation Parks.

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Subsea Award for EC-OG

EC-OG,  an employee owned independent Subsea Engineering consultancy based in Aberdeen Innovation Park has recently won the 2017 Best Small Company at the Subsea UK Awards.

This prestigious award recognises excellence in overall company performance in the subsea sector including the company’s development and impact, as well as plans for the future success of the company.

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