By Daniel Hunter

Surveillance experts IC Realtime UK Ltd has set up its first UK office at the Surrey Technology Centre, part of the Surrey Universities Research Park in Guildford, after receiving assistance from UK Trade & Investment (UKTI).

The company, the UK arm of the IC Realtime Group, is a global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced visual surveillance solutions, with its head office in North America. It already trades in established markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas, and has now launched its products in the UK Advice and support in setting up the new base were provided by UKTI’s Paul Caplis and Dennis McGlynn, and by Julian King, British Ambassador to Ireland.

“The establishment of IC Realtime UK has proven to be a brilliant and rewarding investment for the company. The initiative is strategically aligned to the company’s corporate vision and goals with regard to future development and expansion," Paul McKenny, CEO, commented.

“We carried out our due diligence on the UK market and have found a demand for our product range. Our unique selling points of quality, accessibility and affordability are a perfect match for a large, demanding and mature CCTV market.

“The help and assistance extended to us by Ambassador King and UKTI was first class. Their ‘can-do’ culture and positive disposition were catalysts that triggered our commitment to make this investment.”

Practical support from UKTI included helping IC Realtime find a suitable location and premises for its headquarters, and providing introductions to organisations that could assist with publicity, finance, facilities management and compliance with UK legislation.

IC Realtime has now recruited a number of professionals for its Guildford site and hopes to take on further employees within the next 12-18 months as its market share expands.

“We are thrilled to be in a position to support the local economy and create employment within Surrey and the surrounding areas," Mr McKenny continued.

"Our research indicates a wealth of local talent available in the market place and an enormous appetite for our products and services. We look forward to a bright and positive future."

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