Courier Business, Rob McLaren story, CR0012319 . Urban Foresight is a smart city consultancy and has recently moved to larger office space and expanded its team in Dundee just over a year since establishing a base in the city with support from Scottish Enterprise. Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation Ivan McKee visited the new offices today. Pic shows; Rachel Beeton - Urban Foresight. Friday, 2nd August, 2019. Kris Miller/DCT Media.
7th December 2021

Urban Foresight invests £2.6 million to create new green jobs in Dundee

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Urban Foresight secures £400,000 from Scottish Enterprise to expand its consultancy teams in Dundee

Smart and sustainable cities consultancy, Urban Foresight, has today announced a further round of investment to expand its Dundee office.

Founded as the world’s first dedicated smart cities consultancy, the company develops strategies and projects to transform local services, infrastructure, and economies.

Since opening an office in Dundee in 2017 with the support of Scottish Enterprise, Urban Foresight has more than doubled its turnover and headcount.

Being in Dundee has also helped to strengthen partnerships with public and private sector clients across Scotland. Notable projects include writing Angus Council’s Climate Action Plan, managing Dundee’s Mobility Innovation Living Lab, and running Scottish Enterprise’s National Sustainable Mobility Cluster.

The company’s success in Dundee has been particularly pleasing for Urban Foresight’s Director Rachel Beeton, who grew up in the city:

“We’ve built an exceptionally talented team in Dundee that’s delivering innovative projects with clients across Scotland and around the world. We’re excited to be scaling-up and proud to be creating quality jobs for graduates and experienced consultants in this fantastic city.”

Over the next three years Urban Foresight will invest £2.6 million and create an additional 21 jobs in Dundee. This will strengthen its teams in areas including electric vehicle charging, new mobility services, net zero strategies, economic development, urban design, digital infrastructure, and local government services.

The investment is supported by a £400,000 grant from Scottish Enterprise’s Green Jobs Fund. The economic development agency today announced that £10.7m has been approved for 43 projects involving total capital investment of £61.6m.

Businesses applying for funding had to demonstrate they would create or safeguard jobs that relate directly to the transition to net zero or minimise environmental impacts by developing sustainable low-carbon products or services.

Adrian Gillespie, CEO of Scottish Enterprise, said:

“This round of funding underlines our commitment to supporting Scotland’s transition to a greener and fairer economy and creating good green jobs.

Companies like Urban Foresight highlight the increasingly innovative approaches Scotland’s business community is taking to answering the net zero call, whether that’s creating new products and services or developing and adapting existing ones to mitigate their environmental impact.”

Urban Foresight is currently advertising several roles in Dundee, with further recruitment planned in the new year. Prospective candidates can find more information at: urbanforesight.org/careers/