Big move for consultancy
Harlequin Group invests in Livingston base
Critical step: David Orr and Russell Frith
The Harlequin Group, a technical consultancy based in Livingston, has acquired its premises as part of a £200,000 investment as it looks to enhance its presence in Scotland.
The Kent-headquartered company has been ramping up its operations north of the border since opening an office in Glasgow in 2002 and later in Edinburgh. These were consolidated into one larger operation in Livingston in 2006.
The company has grown its staff in Scotland from two to 18 and counts Openreach, EE, Nokia, Arqiva and HF Comms among its clients.
It has taken on three apprentices in the last two years under the Scottish Government’s scheme, two of which are already permanent, and is looking to create further jobs as the business expands.
Commenting on the investment Russell Frith, group director at Harlequin, said: “This is a hugely critical step for us in our future growth.
“I’ve been here since we launched Harlequin in Scotland and the key to the progress we’ve made is very much down to our people.”
David Orr, associate partner, at law firm Aberdein Considine advised on the purchase. He said: “Russell and his team have shown great vision and determination to build this successful business and it was a pleasure to help them to achieve the next stage in their development. “
Craig Watson Property Consultants also advised on the purchase.