A LEADING temporary building company is boosting its operations in Scotland in the first stage of an ambitious development drive.
Spaciotempo saw impressive growth in both turnover and operating profit during a record year.
Now it’s keen to build on that success with plans to boost a rapidly expanding customer base north of the border.
The company is creating a string of new jobs as part of plans to double the size of the business by 2018.
And the appointment of Motherwell-based Natalie Balfour is the first time the company has appointed a specialist dedicated to its Scottish customers.
Managing director Scott Jameson believes the move will create significant advantages.
He said: “We have quite a number of accounts in Scotland which we’ve run from our headquarters in Staffordshire in the past.
“But now we have someone based there who has local knowledge, who can make immediate site visits and provide a high level of customer service.
“Natalie will improve our account and project management in Scotland and, importantly, gives us a physical presence.
“She has a wealth of experience within the temporary building sector and will have an immediate understanding of our clients’ demands.”
The company has created a similar role in Ireland and is set to increase its total workforce by almost 50 per cent to cope with unprecedented demand.
Mr Jameson added: “We’ve enjoyed sustained growth for two years and this was by far our busiest and best period to date.
“Now the plan is to capitalise on that progress and go from strength to strength.
“I’ve set an objective of 50 per cent growth in the next three years and I think our target of £15 million turnover by 2018 is well within reach.”
Spaciotempo, part of the GL Events Group, has enjoyed stellar success for two years running. Results in 2013 were a then record, but last year was even better with growth at around 15 per cent.
Mr Jameson said: “Sectors such as manufacturing and logistics have become much stronger and we saw a big swing to sales, rather than rental, in 2014.
“Customers now have more confidence to put items on capital expenditure – and that’s another sign that the economy is heading in the right direction.
“So while we’ll always retain the flexible approach that helped to carry us through the recession, our sales operation has never been stronger.”
Spaciotempo is planning to explore new sectors in a bid to maintain the momentum.
Mr Jameson said: “While we’ve done particularly well in the last two years, it’s important to build on that success.
“We’ll spend a further £2 million to increase our hire stock this year, we’re diversifying into different areas and we’ll soon be introducing a product that will be unique to the UK market.
“We’re making significant investments in products, people and our future.”