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Softcat moves into city centre

Inward investor takes Glasgow office suite

Nelson Mandela PlaceIT infrastructure provider Softcat has moved into Scotland and opened an office in the heart of Glasgow, its sixth in the UK.

The reseller has taken a five-year lease on a 5,086 sq ft office on the first floor of 8 Nelson Mandela Place.

It plans to more than double the number of staff there to 30 by the end of the year, according to Jamie Burke, sales director at the Marlow-headquartered company.

“This move to Scotland has been on the cards for some time with an aim to significantly develop and grow our relationship with both existing and new clients based in Scotland.

“We have over 500 longstanding clients in Scotland already, but like all customers, they like to deal with local people, so it important for us to have a presence in Scotland staffed largely by ‘home-grown’ employees.”

Letting agent, Fergus Maclennan of Cushman & Wakefield, represented German real estate fund Patrizia Immobilien, which is the landlord.

He said: “It is great news for Glasgow to welcome another entrant to the office market and the third new tenant for 8 Nelson Mandela Place in 12 months.”

The blonde sandstone building dates back to the late 1800s and was once home to the Glasgow Athenaeum School of Music. A new office building was constructed behind the original façade in 1990.

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