Finding the right location is an essential part of any business success story and an award-winning marine fuel testing company has seen its business go from strength to strength since it set up at the Wilton Centre in 2007.
Guardian Marine Testing (GMT) provides laboratory analysis and commentary on the quality of marine fuels used by all seagoing vessels.
The fuel used by ships is a bi-product of the crude oil refining process and its quality can vary. GMT’s rigorous testing process verifies the properties of fuel provided to a vessel to help avoid the extreme dangers poor quality fuel can result in for the ships, crew and even the environment.
When GMT set up its head office operation at the Wilton Centre it started with three staff, the founding directors. After eight years the company has more than 50 staff in its workforce which now includes staff in Greece and Singapore and has become the world’s leading provider of testing services to shipping industry combined with services offerings from Lloyds Register
Andrew Shaw, MD of GMT, says the well-equipped facilities and fully inclusive office accommodation packages offered by the Centre enabled the company to move straight in and start operations from day one.
“We were able to focus on getting on with business thanks to the range of services already in place such as telephone and internet access, a professional reception service and reliable security,” says Andrew.
“The high quality and range of choice and flexibility of space on offer at the Wilton Centre meant that initially we were able to opt for accommodation to suit our start-up status and, as we have expanded, we have been able to grow into space with minimal disruption to the business.
“Now the company is established with a worldwide customer base, being located in an internationally recognised location is also hugely important to our ongoing success.”