Tartan Technology: Scottish Software Firms Look Abroad to Expand Sales
He has every right to feel satisfied.
Scotland's software industry, which was born in the shadow of an IBM (IBM) plant established in 1951, has grown up into a $2 billion-a-year endeavor of both foreign and domestic companies that employ some 19,600 people.
What Mair is most pleased about, though, is a report compiled by Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Software Federation, the representative body of the Scottish software industry. At the end of last year the report found a healthy and vibrant indigenous software industry of 220 companies employing 7,400 people."Scottish software businesses have been around for a while, but they weren't very well known in the 1980s," says Mair. Seeing the potential, Scottish Enterprise decided to form a software team in the late 1980s to promote these software companies. And promote it they have.
|Pivotal in the promotion of Silicon Glen, the agency helps fledging companies find their feet.|
|Credit: Nick Watson|
Leaders of the PackScottish Enterprise's efforts have not been in vain. Three out of the top 10 firms on Deloitte & Touche's list of the 50 fastest-growing British high-tech companies are Scottish software firms. Data Discoveries, the U.K.'s largest provider of databases of names and addresses, takes the second-place slot with revenue growth of 7,117% between 1996 and 1998. Data Discoveries comes behind London-based Eidos (EIDSY), a game publisher and developer that posted a staggering 29,637% growth in revenue in the period, largely
Top 10 Scottish software companies
|Newell & Budge||22.8|
|Real Time Engineering||13|
|Zonal Retail Systems||11.3|
|Source: Scottish Enterprise|
Go WestYet Data Discoveries, Kingston and Graham Technology -- three export-driven companies with products that sell around the world -- are perfect examples of how Scotland's software firms suffer from a small-town sensibility. "The Scottish
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