Aberdeenshire Provost Jill Webster was guest of honour at Score Group’s offices in Fraserburgh’s Broad Street last week.
Here visit came as a follow-up to a tour of the company’s Peterhead facilities earlier this year.
During the visit the Provost and her party met staff at the offices and discussed the company’s experiences during its first year of operation in Fraserburgh.
Also discussed were plans for future expansion in the town, in particular the company’s exciting plans to open new office facilities at the Dalrymple Hall.
Regeneration of Fraserburgh town centre is very high on the local council’s agenda and Score is keen to support this wherever possible by introducing new initiatives to the area.
Conrad Ritchie, deputy managing director of Score Europe, advised the Provost’s party that Score intends to open the new office facility within the next three months.
The larger office space will enable the company to expand its workforce, in keeping with its plans to have a 100-strong team in the town within five years. The Provost’s party was encouraged to hear that the opening of the new facility will enable Score to create new posts, in addition to relocating some Peterhead-based positions.
The company plans to maintain a presence in its Broad Street offices and is additionally hoping to use the offices as a venue to run Saturday morning maths tuition sessions for prospective engineering apprenticeship applicants later in the year.
A five-week block of Saturday morning maths tuition had previously been offered by Score and Peterhead Engineers Development Limited in January-February this year which had resulted in a positive response from local school pupils.
It is hoped and expected that this extra tuition will encourage more youngsters into considering applying for apprenticeships with Score.
Conrad Ritchie stated on behalf of Score: “We are delighted to announce that we can now take thesecond step towards our plans in Fraserburgh. The opening of our offices at the Dalrymple will give us the space we need to double the size of our existing team in Fraserburgh and hopefully the town centre will feel the benefit of increased footfall.
“Unfortunately, the only setback is that our project team in Fraserburgh is suffering from an unwelcome period of limbo created by the uncertainty over the Independence Referendum, but hopefully post-September we will have continuation of the Union and see the return of project investment in oil and gas.
“These are definitely exciting times for Score in Fraserburgh.”