A DIGITAL technology business backed by Scottish Investment Bank and Maven Capital Partners is preparing to create 140 jobs across the Central Belt after acquiring a firm in Aberdeenshire, writes Margaret Taylor.

Glasgow-based Incremental Group, whose chief executive is former Lockheed Martin chief technology officer Neil Logan, launched earlier this year and has just acquired 34-person Inverurie firm First eBusiness Solutions.

Mr Logan said the plan is to diversify the business by creating around 30 jobs in the Central Belt within the next year, with a further 110 likely to be added in the next three to five years. The firm is also planning a London launch in the first quarter of 2017.

Mr Logan said the company’s business model is built around the idea that “as digital technology becomes more pervasive companies find it more difficult to get to grips with what that means for their business”.

“They need a partner who can help them leverage that technology to become more successful,” he added.

The bulk of First eBusiness Solution’s clients operate in the oil and gas sector and Incremental will use its expansion in central Scotland and launch in London to target more work in the public sector.

“We’ll open a sales office in London to get a footprint initially and we’ll grow as contracts land,” Mr Logan said.

Mr Logan set Incremental up with chief commercial officer Craig Donnelly, who was previously a sales director at Lockheed Martin, and chief financial officer Stuart Kerr, who is the former finance director of the Amor Group.