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Grant aid for video conferencing firm Odro

OdroA Scottish IT start-up has been awarded a £220,000 grant to create 24 jobs over the next 18 months.

Odro, which has been helped by Business Gateway Lanarkshire, secured the Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) award from Scottish Enterprise.

Director Bill Scouller, who set up the online video conferencing and business collaboration platform four years ago, believes the investment will help his firm increase its turnover by 700% to £800,000 and its client base of 30 businesses to 400 over the next 12 months.

He said: “Our aim is to be turning over £2m in two years’ time and the RSA grant helps us get into a position where that is going to be more than achievable. No matter how brilliant your idea, it is tough starting an IT business, and without advice from Business Gateway and the funding and support from Scottish Enterprise we would not have survived.

“Our Business Gateway adviser’s knowledge, advice and contacts has helped us realign our strategy, take on new premises and staff and secure essential funding. He also pointed us towards Scottish Enterprise. The support we have had has been second to none, and would not have been available to us anywhere else but in Scotland.”

Scottish Business Minister Paul Wheelhouse said: “This is an excellent example of a company looking at innovative ways for how they can expand, building on their expertise in the use of video technology.”

Paul McIlvenny, Business Gateway Lanarkshire, said: “Bill has set up a company that is scalable, has international appeal and, as far as possible, aims to recruit young graduates to help drive the business forward.

“Over the past year, he has received website development support, assistance with intellectual property rights, advice on sources of funding and we have also signposted him to other organisations that can help the business grow.”

Mr Scouller set up Odro in 2012 from his home in West Lothian, and the former chief executive of Glasgow Solicitor’s Property Centre, initially designed the software to help with dispute resolution.

However, its full potential became clear after a law firm, which specialised in personal injury claims, asked to use it to ‘meet’ with clients unable to travel.

He hired Marc Beeby as technical director and Ryan McCabe as managing director.

Clients now include Cambridge University Press, Leading Figures, and French Duncan.

In September, the company moved from Strathclyde Business Centre, Motherwell, into Glasgow’s Templeton Building.  



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