The HALO Kilmarnock is a £63m low carbon brownfield urban regeneration project on a 23-acre site, formerly the home of Johnnie Walker, the world’s leading scotch whiskey, which opens its doors in January 2022.
AAB will be the sole accountancy and HR partner for the initiative. The partnership will be focussed primarily on the HALO Enterprise Floor, a space created for Start-Ups and SMEs, where AAB’s Tech team will be “providing advice to a unique entrepreneurial community full of growing businesses”.
Filament STAC is an Internet of Things accelerator programme dedicated to helping ambitious Scottish Start-ups grow sustainably and become competitive in a global market.
The 18-month programme, which is based on successful formats in Canada, will be delivered by a team headed up by Filament STAC CEO Paul Wilson and begins in Glasgow later this month.
The first cohort consists of 10 companies. AAB’s role will be to deliver Finance related coursework to the cohort companies during the STAC academic calendar and also to provide strategic and technical guidance to the companies on a 1-2-1 basis.
Head of tech strategy at AAB, Ian Marshall, said: “The obvious take away from the past 19 months is that tech, no matter how you work or who you work for, has kept the economy going, and what’s exciting is so many of these innovative tech businesses are right on our doorstep.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with HALO and Filament STAC to ensure high growth businesses get the financial and people support they need.”