Highlands & Islands

Technology jobs boost for Inverness

Laptop
Image caption The company produces and maintains computer systems

A Hertfordshire-based technology business is opening in Inverness with plans to create at least 51 new jobs in the area.

AVC Group PLC will open a contact centre, warehouse and trade counter in the Highland capital.

The main activities of the group are the service and installation of information technology equipment in the retail and financial sectors.

A number of new field engineers have already been recruited to the company.

Products produced by AVC include point-of-sale chip and pin devices, till systems, receivers for both satellite television and broadband, as well as computer systems such as servers and desktops.

'Skills and expertise'

Commercial director for the AVC Group Gary Gordon said: "We are delighted to be expanding our operations into Inverness and the Highlands.

"The skills and expertise of the local workforce are a key selling point for the area and as well as recruiting our own staff, we will be looking to work with as many local suppliers and engineers as possible.

"In addition, we are hoping that we can take full advantage of renewable energy technology at each of our sites."

AVC has worked with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Scottish Development International (SDI), with the business being awarded £650,000 through Regional Selective Assistance in January, to open the Inverness operations.

Development manager for HIE's Inner Moray Firth Team Vicky Grant said: "AVC are a welcome addition to the area and their commitment to Inverness and their clients across the Highlands and Islands has been clear from the outset.

"This will not only create jobs in the Inverness area but AVC aims to works with local suppliers, especially in more remote and rural areas."

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