SCOTLAND’S national centre for business resilience has moved to a new showpiece headquarters.
The Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) has signed a long-term lease with the Oracle Campus in Linlithgow, moving from offices in Stirling, where it has been based for more than 18 years.
The move comes at an exciting time for the Centre, which has seen significant growth in the past year, with key appointments to the top of the organisation including the recruitment of its first Chief Operating Officer and further senior secondments from Police Scotland and from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
SBRC now has its sights set on further expansion of its capabilities and greater opportunities for collaboration at the larger office space in Linlithgow.
The potential for increased partnership working is further boosted by the move, as it will mean that SBRC now shares space with Police Scotland, a key partner of the Centre that helps to deliver advice on all aspects of prevention advice and the latest criminal threats and trends.
Mandy Haeburn-Little, CEO at SBRC said: “This is a really significant move for SBRC – it’s allowing us to extend the current remit of the Centre and giving us that important capacity to grow.
“The move has also been made possible by Scottish Enterprise who have been extremely supportive of our vision to open up this collocated space and to encourage Scotland’s growing technical community to come and hot desk with us – so to generate and extend a physical hub with law enforcement and the business community.
“It’s been a decision on the cards for a long time – and we can now kick on and provide crucial support to business during what are uncertain times for so many.
“In the last year we have again seen requests for the model we have created in Scotland from other areas of the UK and beyond and indeed the international reach of our ethical hacking team also continues to expand and grow.
“There are some exciting opportunities ahead for developing positive partnerships – all helping to make Scotland a secure place to live and work.”
SBRC will be joining other familiar faces at Oracle, with neighbouring offices home to ScotlandIS – the trade body for Scotland’s digital economy.
The response to the growing cyber threat is a major part of the Centre’s remit – and includes the hosting of the Scottish Cyber Awards – and a close relationship with ScotlandIS will be further enhanced by working in the same building.
Polly Purvis, Chief Executive at ScotlandIS said: “In many ways SBRC is the ideal neighbour for us – and the relocation alongside us is truly good news for Scotland’s tech sector.
“While cybercrime remains a huge and growing threat to organisations in Scotland, the cybersecurity sector is going from strength to strength – and the country has the potential to become a global leader.
“SBRC are great champions of this – and we’re looking forward to working alongside them in support of this industry.”
SBRC was established to create a secure environment where business can trade securely, regardless of size and sector.
It works closely with partners, members and stakeholders to help make Scotland a more resilient and secure place to live and work.