By Kristy Dorsey

Glasgow agency Adeo has seen a 25 per cent surge in sales since the beginning of lockdown, putting it on course to break the £1 million turnover barrier for the first time in 14 years of trading.

The privately-owned firm has also added to its headcount, and has announced the appointment of two new non-executive directors. Growth is being driven by its success in securing new overseas contracts.

Adeo specialises in websites, software development and creative communications, and has delivered projects for clients such as Scottish Golf, RSM Kuwait and Eden Mill. Its founder, Gordon Higgins, recently emigrated to Dubai to oversee the company’s growing client portfolio in that region.

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“Adeo sets itself at the forefront of web development, digital and communication services, and provide everything that modern businesses need from a fully integrated agency,” Mr Higgins said.

“We’ve had our most successful trading year to date, recently winning £250,000 of new projects from Kuwait, the USA and Dubai. It’s testament to the hard work and dedication of our amazing team.”

With further growth anticipated in the coming year, Adeo has appointed two new non-executive directors. Vivienne MacLaren, head of marketing at AIM-listed Ideagen, and NXD creative director Paul Docherty join the board with a combined 50 years of experience in digital marketing.

A graduate of the University of Glasgow, Ms MacLaren began her career in marketing management at ScottishPower. In addition to her role at Ideagen, she also serves as chair of Scottish Women’s Football. Mr Docherty is based in Dubai with NXD.

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“As part of our growth strategy, I am delighted to welcome such skilled people to Adeo,” managing director Susie Fraser said. “Paul has more than 25 years of experience as a senior executive within the creative industry and will be supporting our team from Dubai, and Vivienne is one of the most respected marketers in Scotland.”

Adeo employs 27 people, having increased its headcount by three since the start of lockdown. Latest recruits include Cara Dzivane to the post of business development manager, and Johnnie Blue as social media manager.

Ms Fraser added: “With the uncertainties of working through Covid-19 and lockdown, as a business we have strived to be flexible for our clients whilst supporting our team every step of the way. I am so proud of what we have achieved.”