It’s fast forward as Gala firm joins technology’s elite

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Less than eight years since it was founded, a Galashiels firm has been recognised as one of the UK’s fastest growing technology companies.

The success of QubeGB Ltd, which is headquartered at the Gala Bank Business Park, has been acknowledged with its inclusion in the highly prestigious Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50.

Its listing, at number 24 (and third in the Scotland category), reflects a meteoric expansion since the enterprise – specialising in telecommunications and installation services for homes and businesses – was founded by Darren Bunker and Raymond Kerr in January, 2007.

From these small beginnings, QubeGB now boasts a workforce of 545, including more than 400 engineers providing in excess of 98 per cent geographical coverage across the UK, including Northern Ireland and the remote Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

Following a recent recruitment drive, QubeGB’s Galashiels team – involved in a range of key functions from call centre operations to routing, marketing to human resources and finance to fleet – now numbers 58.

The firm also has a warehousing and IT facility in the Hertfordshire town of Stevenage.

In a hugely competitive market, QubeGB has achieved its Deloitte status – and become the top UK telecommunications company on the listing - by dint of a remarkable 922 per cent revenue increase over the past five years.

It has done so not only by focusing on the basics of high quality customer care, but by assembling an impressive client list of internet service providers, including such global giants as BT, EE and Talk Talk, as well as carrying out work for smaller companies like the PH Media Group and XLN.

The firm is also an approved contractor for You View, the catch-up service offered by the main terrestrial television channels in conjunction with BT and Talk Talk.

Another measure of the firm’s accomplishment has come with the news that it has, for the first time, been included in Deloitte’s EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Technology Fast 500.

Commenting this week, Darren Bunker, who is now QubeGB’s chief operating officer, told The Southern: “We are absolutely delighted to have been included in the Deloitte’s UK Technology Fast 50 and to have been listed as the 24th fastest growing technology company in the UK.

“We maintain that the success of QubeGB is down to the team which we have created over the last seven years and we continually appreciate everyone’s hard work and effort.”

As the company has grown, so has its commitment to the region, not least in its strong links with Borders College and its support of local students through further education sponsorship.