A technology business with a number of high profile contracts with multinational corporations is celebrating its first anniversary in Inverness, after achieving more than double its target employee figures.
AVC Group has a contact centre at the Cradlehall Business Park and renewable energy showroom on Harbour Road. As part of the celebrations, AVC is hosting a visit from the Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, Fergus Ewing MSP, on Friday 9 September.
The company was originally expected to create 51 jobs locally in Inverness but has exceeded expectations over the last year and now employs around 100 staff, with recruitment still ongoing.
As part of its commitment to the local community, AVC is keen to support local events. The most recent of these is as main sponsor of the International Sheepdog Trials at Fearn Farm, Tain from 8-10 Sept. Her Royal Highness Princess Anne is attending the trials on the 9 Sept.
AVC's main activities are in the service and installation of products such as satellite television and broadband services as well as information technology equipment on behalf of clients, predominantly in the retail and financial sectors.
AVC also work with a large number of organisations and private home owners bringing to them cost effective renewable energy solutions. Many of which can be viewed at AVC's showroom on Harbour Road, Inverness.
AVC's services extend across Europe, especially Poland and Spain. It has regional operational centres across the UK and mainland Europe.
Enterprise Minister Fergus Ewing said:
"I am delighted that AVC's growth in Inverness, over the last 12 months, has exceeded initial expectations with around a hundred staff in the contact centre, almost double the predicted number.
"Highlands and Islands Enterprise will continue working with the company to realise further potential growth opportunities for this area.
"This success demonstrates the quality of the available Highland workforce within the Finance and Business Services sector and should help encourage future inward investment from the industry."
Gary Gordon, Commercial Director for the AVC Group, said:
"We are delighted to have had such a successful first year at our sites in Inverness. We have a great team of people who are making a real difference to our business. We are excited by the potential for continued expansion and growth. We look forward to playing an active part of the local community and business for many more years to come".
AVC has worked closely with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Scottish Development International (SDI), with the business being awarded £650,000 through Regional Selective Assistance in January 2010 to open its Inverness operations.
Vicky Grant, Development Manager for HIE's Inner Moray Firth Team, said:
"We are delighted at the success AVC has had in Inverness and their commitment to the local community. We are looking forward to this being the first of many years in the Highlands and HIE will continue to support them to realise their ambitions."