Marketing firm seeks Aberdeen expansion

By Michael Simlett

The UK's eighth-largest marketing firm yesterday said it was looking for offices in Aberdeen as part of plans to expand its energy-consultancy operations, possibly creating up to 150 jobs.

Glasgow-based Marketing Management Services International (MMSI), which employs about 170, is in talks with Aberdeen's council to find a city centre location and hopes to move into a site next year.

Managing director Gerald Michaluk said MMSI, which advises companies on business strategy, wanted to recruit former oil executives to become consultants as well as recent graduates for junior posts and students for part-time work.

Capacity

He said MMSI needed offices with the capacity to house up to 150, although he added the exact number of staff was dependent on contracts won by MMSI. The offices would be staffed 24-hours a day as it would be a base for monitoring businesses worldwide.

Mr Michaluk said Aberdeen was the obvious choice for its energy team because of the need to recruit experts from the oil and gas sector.

The company currently occupies 12,500sq ft of offices in Glasgow and is looking for similar facilities in the North-east.

Mr Michaluk said the current economic downturn would not deter MMSI from its plans, adding: "We expect to see growth in 2002 and want to position ourselves for it when it comes."

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