Growth for hi-tech firm

At a time when jobs are being shed due to the downturn in the energy sector,  some positive news comes from an Aberdeen internet-services provider which has expanded its workforce by 20%.

While oil and gas industry redundancies continue to hit the headlines, the expansion by Internet For Business (IFB) is a reminder that there is growth and positivity happening in Aberdeen-anchored businesses.

And with more than half of the new intake at IFB having previously been employed in the oil and gas industry, the new posts have also offered up opportunities to take career paths in a new direction.


Having previously been employed in the energy industry, Teresa Mackenzie and Shonagh Matheson, alongside Andrea MacGillivray, come from an IT background and are pleased to have joined a dynamic digital services firm with a growing client base.

Teresa, an account manager in the business development team, said:  “It’s great to see a small company recruiting, and this role has been a real change for me. It means being willing to adapt, being flexible and stepping outside of your comfort zone, but from the day I started with IFB all of my new colleagues have made me feel very welcome and I enjoy working with everyone. They’ve all been very helpful and supportive.”

Shonagh Matheson joined IFB with 14 years of experience in finance departments across various sectors, including private practice, local government and construction with the last six years in the oil and gas industry.

“In a climate where so many companies are struggling and making staff redundant, it was really encouraging to hear how well IFB were doing and the future plans they have for expanding the business. I’m excited to be part of that and to see how my role can develop as the company grows.

“I have been made to feel very welcome and I am thoroughly enjoying the daily challenges that my role brings.”

Andrea joined as client support analyst, and her last job was on an IT service desks, mainly supporting oil companies. She said: “My new role gives me a more varied set of responsibilities for IFB, and I’m enjoying working with the team.”

Making up the set of new recruits are Craig Mathers, who as client support manager has responsibility for the delivery of all contracted services to IFB’s clients, alongside pre-sales technical solutions; and Debbie Mackenzie, who directs and manages the business development team.

The company’s chief executive officer Graeme Gordon said: “We’re delighted to welcome Teresa, Shonagh, Andrea, Craig and Debbie to IFB. Each comes with a wealth of experience that will stand them in good stead for their positions with us.

“No one wants to see job losses in the energy markets which are an essential component of the Aberdeen, north-east and Scottish economies, but in common with many other firms in the city, we have seen a surge in the numbers of applicants for jobs.

“We’re pleased to be able offer a fresh start, and new challenges to our latest intake and already they are making a positive impact within the team. We welcome them on board.”

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