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ARANZ Geo’s global expansion continues with Thames Valley expansion

15:18 04 December in Sectors

ARANZ Geo’s global expansion continues into the UK’s Thames Valley with EMEA-HQ office set-up

ARANZ Geo is a world leader in the interpretation and visualisation of geological data for the mining, environmental, renewable energy and other geologically dependent industries. ARANZ Geo solutions harness information to extract value, bring meaning and reduce risk.

ARANZ Geo was formed in 2004 to market and develop the ground breaking 3D implicit modelling software, Leapfrog, which is the leading 3D geological modelling software for the mining, exploration, groundwater contamination, and geothermal energy industries. The company’s global footprint has since grown to include HQ operations in New Zealand and offices in Asia/Pacific, the Americas and Europe – including now the United Kingdom and the set-up of their EMEA-HQ.

ARANZ Geo’s initial plan will involve the set-up of a UK operation (completed), within easy access of London and London Heathrow airport to help expand their client base and network in the UK and across Europe.  The core team, once complete, will be made up of around five highly skilled and multi-lingual people with the expectation of further expansion. ARANZ Geo have utilised the IOD Hub at Bucks Business First as landing space and hot-desk facilities while finalising their move into more permanent offices in Chesham, Buckinghamshire.

Director of Leapfrog UK is Graham Grant, with regional responsibility for the businesses EMEA operations whilst also holding the role of Global Chief Operations Officer.  On the support the company received from the Thames Valley Chamber and UKTI, Graham said “We were impressed with the very efficient support we have received throughout our investment journey – from UKTI, Thames Valley Chamber and Bucks Business First.  Like many businesses at early stage of market entry, we were time-poor and needed informed, insightful market research and intelligence to inform our investment decisions quickly.  The UKTI team provided this. UKTI also helped us navigate the complexities of setting-up a business in the UK, including visas, banking, HR and legal requirements. Crucially they linked us into local networks – the Chamber and BBF – who have helped us find property and access to the Saunderton Hub whilst finalising our own office in Chesham.   We are a global business, but relatively small in the UK and this support helped us set-up and operate really quickly.   The ‘collective brand’ that is the UKTI offer really does help make the UK an easy place to set-up and do business – it’s a great pathway for any business and we would highly recommend UKTI”.

The TVCC/UKTI support hasn’t finished with ARANZ Geo setting-up in the UK.  Supporting their plans for growth into the EMEA region, UKTI are now helping Graham and Leapfrog with more specific information requests and business intelligence concerning expansion across other parts of the EMEA market place and how they can use the UK as a springboard.