As a result of Scout7’s growth and expansion in recent years, the company has made the decision to relocate its UK Head Office to Faraday Wharf, which is located on Birmingham Science Park Aston’s Innovation Birmingham Campus.
Originally founded in Birmingham in 2001, as of June 2013 Scout7 has successfully integrated bespoke scouting management applications into over 175 professional football clubs worldwide, including at nine 2012/13 top-flight league champions across Europe.
But as clubs adopt more sophisticated practices in order to remain at the cutting edge of elite international player recruitment, Scout7 is constantly faced with the ongoing challenge of evolving, enhancing and extending its existing product portfolio.
As a direct consequence, during the past two years the company has acquired a German-based media and online video storage provider, Open Source Factory, and entered into a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Aston University to support the reengineering of the architecture of core applications.
As well as acquiring Open Source Factory, Scout7 has also heavily invested into that company’s technical infrastructure, which includes the overhaul of hardware platforms which will allow for HD viewing and faster delivery from next season.
With two brand new applications also due to be launched this summer, including one joint collaboration with OptaPro, it has become evident that the company’s previous home of seven years, the BSPA IBIC Centre, now lacks the facilities and floor space to cater for the company’s 25-man UK workforce.
As a result, following the evaluation of a number of sites in the West Midlands, the company made the decision to move to Faraday Wharf this spring.
As well as the increase in office space, the opportunity to benefit from other services and facilities proved key in the decision to relocate, as Operations Director Bradford Griffiths explains.
He says: “The move to Faraday Wharf has allowed the company to bring all of our departments together within one single 2,000 sq ft open-plan office.
“In contrast, at our previous premises we had been forced to split our operation into two separate rooms, which was a legacy of previous staff expansion.
“This move offers us a chance to improve our internal communication, integration and collective decision making, in addition to being able to utilise state-of-the-art meeting room and conference facilities across the site, which will allow us to host gatherings of international blue-chip clients just metres from our Head Office.
“Innovation Birmingham also excels in hosting networking events for the community of specialist technology tenants, which we are of course part of, which also gives us the opportunity to meet with other pioneers within our local technology sector.”
David Hardman, CEO of Innovation Birmingham is also delighted to welcome Scout7 to the campus.
He says: “Scout7 is a leading example of a home-grown technology company that boasts an outstanding worldwide client base. We are delighted to have this highly skilled workforce based in Faraday Wharf and fully integrated within our tech community.”
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