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Two new tech firms set up in Belfast's Scottish Provident Building

Pictured at the Scottish Provident Building are: Donna Linehan, head of sales and customer services, Scottish Provident Building; William Brown, Belfast lead from Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions; and Alan McMillen, CEO of Resptor.
Gareth McKeown

BELFAST's Scottish Provident Building has added two tech firms to its growing serviced office space portfolio.

The office space provider has welcomed HighRoads and Push Technology to the listed city centre building, currently operating at 97 per cent occupancy.

Boston-based High Roads has created an innovative online product management platform for the health sector, while Push Technology, which has offices in England and Silicon Valley, provides technology solutions that deliver data to web, mobile, and IoT applications to customers including IBM and William Hill.

In addition to the new companies, two existing tenants have announced major expansions in Belfast.

Software firm, Repstor, a resident in the Scottish Provident Building for eighteen months, is taking on both the sixth and seventh floors of the office space following a "phenomenal year" of growth, where it secured a top 10 ranking in the prestigious Deloitte Technology Fast 50.

Repstor CEO, Alan McMillen said it was an easy decision to expand at its current home.

“We have had another phenomenal year and our recruitment initiatives have drawn some enviable talent, so it's time to expand to a bigger space," he said.

"The team really appreciates a city centre location and the Scottish Provident Building is exceptional in its flexibility and being able to accommodate us, so this was a very easy decision to stay and grow in this iconic building.”

Specialist geotechnical engineering consultancy, Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions, a tenant since 2016, is undertaking its second internal move as it look to expand its regional offering of specialist consultancy services into the UK and Irish markets.

Donna Linehan, head of sales and customer services at Scottish Provident Building said the business has reaped the benefits of an extensive refurbishment programme carried out over the past decade.

"Today we have seven floors housing some 60 companies from all sectors; technology, professional services, creative industries and others," she said.

"We are always very excited to see new clients but I get a real buzz out of seeing tenants grow within the building and sometimes they do leave like Baker McKenzie to their own bespoke building.

“Our city centre location, right beside the City Hall, is always a major pull for our tenants but the building is stunning with tall ceilings, sash windows and a great service. We are only too delighted to see Repstor on the move and taking both the sixth and seventh floors as it is a sure sign of growth for this business.”

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