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Economy Secretary visits Insights new innovation-focused office

Graeme Thomsonblog

Scottish Government Economy Secretary Keith Brown visited Insights’ new office, Innovation House, in Dundee today (Wednesday 1 March).

The visit came as Insights gave its support to the Scottish Government’s announcement of a new innovation and investment hub in London, which will provide Scottish companies with a place to meet customers, target new markets and secure investment.

Insights Chief Executive Andy Lothian said: “Insights is a really successful global organisation going through a period of significant growth. We have a strong and effective base in Dundee and a global presence, however we can’t have a base everywhere. Having access to a fantastic facility like the new hub in London will help us connect with clients from the UK and Europe, and create links with other like-minded businesses that are equally committed to global innovation and growth.”

Mr Brown said: “The hub will provide Scottish companies with a base to build new partnerships and a low cost place to trade. I would encourage businesses to register their interest and recognise the benefits of the new hub as it will play a critical role attracting investment to Scotland, helping businesses trade internationally and raising Scotland’s international profile.”

Mr Brown was able to experience first-hand some of the innovative products Insights use as it works with the world’s biggest companies, helping individuals, teams, and leaders increase self-awareness, improve relationships, and achieve real breakthroughs on pressing business issues.  He also discussed with employees based in the recently opened Innovation House, how their teams are contributing to Insights’ year-on-year growth, by building amazing customer relationships and using customer insight to inform product innovation and development.

Insights Chief Operating Officer Fiona Logan said: “We were delighted Mr Brown chose to make the announcement about the Scottish Government’s new innovation and investment hub while visiting our new building in Dundee – which is also all about facilitating collaboration, innovation and outstanding customer relationships. Companies just like Insights could really benefit from this fantastic new space in London, as they look to expand into the global marketplace.”

She added: “Mr Brown’s visit was also a great opportunity for us to tell an influential audience about how we’re innovating, growing and making a positive difference in the world as we do so.”

Founded over 20 years ago, Insights is headquartered in Dundee and has a presence in over 40 countries. It is one of Dundee’s fastest growing companies, with average growth of c.17% pa over the last two decades. Annual group revenue for 2015/2016 was c.£33M, with brand revenue of c.£43M.

Insights has ambitious growth plans and a strategy to double the size of the business by 2018.