Phoenix mulling further expansion in Scotland

DISASTER recovery specialist Phoenix is mulling further expansion in Scotland following a £2 million upgrade to its site in South Lanarkshire.

The Northampton-based website-hosting firm launched in Scotland in 2003 with the opening of a base in Glasgow, and moved to its current site in Hamilton seven years ago.

Mike Osborne, managing director of business continuity at Phoenix, said: “When we started, it was all about dealing with disasters, such as 
fire and floods. But now we’re increasingly dealing with telecoms and IT failures or viruses – these are the kinds of things that might take a company out of action for a day or two, but they need to recover quickly.”

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Osborne said the key reason for Phoenix launching in Scotland was the strength of the financial sector, which he said continues to benefit as London-based investment banks move more of their back-office functions north of the Border.

The Hamilton facility has 780 workstations that are ready and waiting for clients to move in when disaster strikes, but the site only needs a workforce of about 12 to keep everything ticking over in the meantime.

Phoenix also has a smaller site at the Gyle business park in Edinburgh, and Osborne said the company was considering opening another base to cater for customers in Aberdeen and Dundee.

He said: “We have a strong presence in oil and gas, as well as manufacturing. Ideally, we’d like to expand north of Edinburgh, with a facility that could be used by clients all along the east coast.”