Software firm marks 1st anniversary by expanding
The Wilton Centre’s Accommodation Manager Steve Duffield (left) with Argent & Waugh Director Tim Sharpe
A technology company based at the Wilton Centre near Redcar is growing its staff by 25 percent following a successful first year in business.
Argent & Waugh (A&W) builds collaboration software specifically for the process industry, enabling clients to make faster, better decisions and to engage more effectively with each other.
Since taking shared office space at the 75-acre science park in 2010, A&W has won some significant contracts, necessitating an increase in the company headcount from six to eight and the move to larger premises within The Wilton Centre.
Director Tim Sharpe is optimistic about the outlook for A&W.
"Many innovative start-ups such as A&W don't go the journey, so we're cautious about claiming too many achievements, but we feel that the company has a great future as our products and business model differentiate us.
"We're proud that the company has been formed on Teesside and is staffed by locally based Teesside University alumni. Our continuing expansion is a real achievement in the context of continuing growth and profitability, additional accommodation at The Wilton Centre has been secured and two new staff will join us in May,” he added.
“The company is a viable, profitable organisation with a product that will ensure significant expansion in the future. Repeat and new business generated purely by word of mouth is viewed by us as a positive sign that we are delivering great service and products that are valued.”
A&W’s principle product is Sabisu (www.sabisu.co) which allows users to engage more effectively with each other and the data they own, making organisations more responsive and improving data visibility. The system brings together web 2.0, social networking, cloud and manufacturing intelligence technologies to deliver a unique capability for users to collaborate on their manufacturing data anywhere with anybody.
Sabisu has been constructed with the manufacturing supply chain of the process industry in mind – which is why basing itself at the Wilton Centre has been key to A&W’s success to date.
Said Tim: “The depth of expertise on the site means support and opportunity are never far away. There are organisations working in related areas (marketing, manufacturing, technical); various regional and national cluster and support organisations (CPI, NEPIC) in place and prospects around every corner.
“The Wilton Centre also facilitated our need to be flexible in that, whether through rapid customer expansion, external investment or other funding, small companies like us can require increased accommodation footprint at short notice and, given the choice and flexibility of accommodation on offer, this is never a problem.
“In addition, we have also benefited hugely from the wide range of on site services already in place that get taken for granted - the telephone system is great; internet has been reliable; meeting rooms are numerous and availability good; security is reliable and ever present and the professional reception area is a great introduction for visitors to A&W.
“All this has given us the opportunity to get our software start-up going and growing.”
Steve Duffield, The Wilton Centre’s Accommodation Manager, said:
“Argent & Waugh is a great example of local talent flourishing and succeeding in business and producing the positive knock-on effect of creating jobs locally.
“We are only too pleased to be able to offer all the support they need as they continue with their impressive growth plan.”