Investment from Seattle
US IT consultancy locates UK HQ on Clydeside
Welcome arrival: Matthew Tolan (left) and Chris Larkin of Accelalpha with David Martin (centre) of Riverside Inverclyde (pic: contributed)
An IT consultancy based on America’s west coast is making its first investment into the UK by taking offices on Clydeside.
Accelalpha, headquartered in Seattle, will occupy a unit in the Gourock Municipal Buildings developed by Riverside Inverclyde (Ri).
The company has a presence in India and Singapore and the Gourock office, a £600,000 redevelopment of former council premises, will be its UK headquarters.
Accelalpha provides niche supply chain management solutions in global trade management, transportation management, warehouse management, and internet of things (IoT).
The company has delivered hundreds of enterprise level solutions to clients in North America and Asia and is now rapidly expanding its presence in Europe.
Joe Spear, director at Accelalpha, said: “Inverclyde has been identified as one of the locations for us to continue expansion in the European market and we’re very excited by the growth potential offered in the area.
“As our client base in Europe expands we will be looking to bring new jobs and contribute to the economic growth of the community.”
Andrew Bowman, head of business investment and operations for Ri, said: “It is fantastic to attract a company like Accelalpha to Inverclyde and in particular to the Business Centre at Gourock Municipal Buildings, providing a further boost to the regeneration of the town.”
Burgeoning interest in the Gourock office complex represents another success story for Ri, and follows the award-winning £5.8m Gourock town centre redevelopment completed in 2016.
Mr Bowman added: “To see a company with global reach, such as Accelalpha, choose the Inverclyde area as its UK base of operations is a clear sign of how the international markets view Inverclyde as an up-and-coming location with enormous potential.
“We have a number of businesses, both local and global, expressing interest in the area as a result of the multiple regeneration projects across Inverclyde and look forward to seeing a further blossoming of job opportunities in the area.”
Ri has enjoyed recent success with the development of the Riverside Business Park where over 650 people are employed, planning consent for Baker Street, a pioneering food and drink manufacturing incubator to be completed in 2019 and the six-year, £5 million restoration of Custom House in Greenock which was completed in 2017.
In addition to further developments and restorations, Riverside Inverclyde has set-up networks of local construction companies and community hubs, including a Local Construction Forum and a Community Benefits Programme, which provides the benchmark to maximise job opportunities for local people.