Sportsafe UK has created up to10 new jobs by opening a new office in Fort William. The company sells, installs and services sports equipment for 11,000 customers from Shetlands to Bournemouth. It’s taken the step to help it serve customers across Scotland more easily, and because orders are up in the country.

The team at the new office in Fort William and Reomye engineers in Glasgow and Fife will travel across the country meeting clients and making new contacts, helping to provide schools and sports centres with the equipment they need. The move comes just as the government announces £5m of investment in sport in Tayside and Fife in the run-up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Sportsafe works with more than 55 county councils and fire authorities, and won a Colchester Business Award in 2007 for its excellent standard of service. It manufactures most of its equipment, and tailors everything to suit each different sports hall, as well as manufacturing and installing equipment for most of the largest companies in the industry. Sportsafe has installed equipment at the National Sports Centre on the Isle of Man, Guildford Grammar School and Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club.

Managing Director Jon Neill says, “We’re pretty fired up about this. Everybody’s been hit by the recession, but we’re seeing some really promising signs across the UK – and especially in Scotland. It’s too easy to paint it as the country of deep-fried Mars bars. St Andrews in Fife is the home of golf, and the region is also home to two division one football teams, five rugby union clubs and the UK’s oldest ice hockey team. Don’t tell me these people aren’t interested in sports and fitness!

“We do everything from basketball goals to cricket nets, climbing frames to soft play areas. We repair and refurbish, too. We’ve grown by being good at what we do. Our engineers are highly trained, and they’re all ours – we don’t subcontract. When customers call us, they’re calling the people who do the work!”

Sportsafe UK is developing new products and will launch the first of these in the New Year.