BlueSky Business Space appoints commercial director

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Serviced office accommodation provider BlueSky Business Space has appointed a commercial director to develop its offering to its growing and varied clientele.

Carl Hodson joins the company this month following four years as the general manager and board director of Aberdeen-based Glencraft, where he was responsible for the commercial strategy of the social enterprise. In 2013, in recognition of his work at Glencraft, Mr Hodson was presented with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award within both the Scottish and UK categories.

He also led the Glencraft Team to win four regional trades awards including Best Business at the annual Trades Adviser Awards and the Northern Star Business.

Carl’s vast experience includes 20 years working in the financial industry, during which he progressed to become a business development partner with the Clydesdale Bank from 2005 to 2008. He has also been employed as a commercial manager for Regus UK and latterly Kinnarps UK, where he was the head of business for the north of Scotland for three years.

BlueSky Business Space, a Chess Group plc company, is a leading provider of serviced office accommodation in Aberdeen City and Shire. Its business centres offer flexible, managed office space ranging in size from single person occupancy to 250 team members. It also offers virtual offices facilities, meeting room hire and hot desking.

James Barrack, managing director of Chess Group, said: “Carl is a welcome addition to BlueSky Business Space, and Chess Group. Given his extensive commercial experience, we identified Carl as the ideal candidate for this newly created role and believe he will be a real asset to the team.

“We have established an excellent reputation for serviced accommodation and2014 was our most successful year to date both locally and throughout Scotland, with all of our business centres securing unprecedented levels of occupancy. Our current tenants include business start-ups to multinational oil majors and we look to expand our offering in the coming months with some additional services and developments.”

Commenting on his appointment, Carl Hodson said: “I am delighted to undertake my new role within the company and embrace the fantastic opportunity that lies ahead for this type of business service. I look forward to drawing upon my experience gained in previous positions and I am excited to support the excellent team which is already in place. I look to continue delivering the very best serviced office accommodation to our existing and potential clients.”

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