A SEATTLE-BASED IT consultancy has chosen a business centre in Gourock for its first UK outpost, boosting efforts to bring jobs to the Inverclyde area.

Accelalpha, which provides supply chain management solutions, has become the latest tenant at Gourock Municipal Buildings, where £600,000 has been invested to develop the Riverside Inverclyde (Ri) business centre. The US company, which serves clients in North America, Asia and, increasingly, Europe, will employ an initial four staff at the site, rising to 10 over the next 12 months.

Its move to Inverclyde broadens the global footprint of the firm, which already has offices in India, Singapore and the US.

Accelalpha director Joe Spear said: “Inverclyde has been identified as one of the locations for us to continue expansion in the European market and we’re very excited by the growth potential offered in the area. As our client base in Europe expands we will be looking to bring new jobs and contribute to the economic growth of the community.”

Ri’s Andrew Bowman said: “It is fantastic to attract a company like Accelalpha to Inverclyde and in particular to the Business Centre at Gourock Municipal Buildings, providing a further boost to the regeneration of the town.”

Ri previously developed the Riverside Business Park in Greenock, where more than 650 people are now employed.