Scots tech firm ClearSky Logic eyes growth south of Border and further headcount growth
The tech firm is targeting London and Manchester hub openings, following rapid growth out of Scotland, a presence that also includes a Glasgow satellite office. Having grown headcount to 25 by the end of the first quarter of this year, it is planning to add another 10 to 15 people to match client and project activity.
It says Siccar, Urocked, and Investment Tribe were among client wins in 2022, joining a roster that includes Gigged.ai, Fresh Car, LendingCrowd, Together Energy, Lettingweb, Mitsubishi, and “death tech” service Biscuit Tin. ClearSky Logic also recently strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of Paul Duffy as chief growth officer in February.
Chief executive Darren Auld, who founded the firm with Phil Telfer in Edinburgh in 2018, said: “We are reducing business risk for companies when it comes to implementing tech and software, and with an agile group of highly specialised people in place we liken ourselves to a special ops team.”
The business also flags a surge in clients implementing artificial intelligence-powered ChatGPT, helping businesses reduce carbon emissions around their tech, integrating blockchain technology, and supporting fast-growth companies as they prepare to raise investment from angel and venture capital firms.
Chief technology officer Mr Telfer said: “Essentially, we have two main service lines. Our discovery workshop allows us to meet with the company and run a two to three-day session… We then deploy our tech team on a project basis to help businesses build, scale, and develop. Sometimes this can be our tech team working separately on a project, or it can be alongside the company’s existing tech team.”
Mr Auld also said: “We have seen a shift in the quality of the projects over the last couple of years, and in 2022 the designs, builds, and overall impact has been on a different level. Looking forward, we see financial services as a key target sector, and with a number of scale-up companies on our roster, we also see increasing work in this area. Companies that can adapt to the opportunities tech presents will thrive, whereas the companies that are stuck in their ways and don't pivot will likely fail."
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