The funding from the Tata Steel subsidiary, which was set up to assist growing companies in traditional steel areas, along with grant support from Scottish Enterprise, has allowed Alba to purchase an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.
The new ERP system will provide a faster and more efficient service for clients and also free up additional internal resources, giving more time to Alba’s senior management team to concentrate on business development.
The funding has also allowed Alba to purchase 25 tablets for mobile engineers to access the new system on-the-go, cutting down on paper usage.
Currently employing 54 staff members Alba, which was established in 2003 to provide maintenance services to the commercial and industrial sector throughout Scotland, aims to increase staff numbers to 80 by 2020.
Ian McCall, managing director at Alba Facilities Services Ltd, said: “The upgrade to our management system has modernised the service we provide for our clients, creating a smoother flow from our first point of contact, through to on-the-job feedback and ultimately invoicing upon project completion.
“UKSE offers a friendly business relationship, they have spent time getting to know our business and provide considered advice and support. They have been fundamental to our growth and we look forward to our continuing relationship.”
Scott Webb, regional executive at UKSE, said: “Alba is a long standing client, who always come back to UKSE when looking to raise funds for specific projects. The business has demonstrated growth since start-up and we’re proud to have been a part of their development.
“This new loan has given Alba the additional resources to allow them to focus on their business plans and recruitment goals.”
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