EVENT management firm She's Gott It! has scooped two major Scottish contracts and is pushing ahead with its overseas expansion plans.
The Chester-le-Street firm will provide the full event and marketing consultancy services to Brunton Hall in Musselburgh and has again secured the contract to event manage the official Edinburgh Christmas after providing the service since 2007.
Brunton Hall has recently undergone a major refurbishment and started to look at theatre plans. She’s Gott It! has been appointed to look at staging large-scale conferences, trade fairs, catered functions and performing arts events at the venue.
The £1.2m turnover company also beat off competition in a rigorous tendering process to retain the Edinburgh Christmas 2012 contract, which provides events attracting more than 450,000 people.
Both contracts are for a year, which managing director Nickie Gott says gives her the confidence to explore expansion opportunities elsewhere.
She said: “We’re looking to recruit one more because we are looking at bringing things like book-keeping in house.
“It’s given us a good platform and it gives us the confidence to do that.
“I am absolutely delighted that we have been able to secure these contracts which will most certainly support our further development and growth plans for not only the region but in Scotland.
“Long-term contracts in this current economic climate are a great way to support creation of new jobs and business growth.”
She’s Gott It! opened an Edinburgh office last September, with one of the company’s seven staff permanently based there.
Ms Gott said: “It goes up to 12 people over the Christmas period from the beginning of November to the beginning of February.
“They are seasonal people and we take some people up.”
Ms Gott, who set up the firm 10 years ago in her garage, now has major international ambitions. The former North East Woman Entrepreneur of the year who also picked up NE Small Business of the Year in 2008, Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009 and two national event industry commendations in 2011, is now working on plans to open an office in Dubai.
The Middle East expansion is a result of winning a place on a fact-finding trip to the Middle East through a competition in The Journal.
She said: “We are also exploring internationally. I am going out to Dubai again to explore small office space out there.
“Really, to actually do anything, you need some sort of base out there. I am also looking at a possible partnership. I am going out for my fifth visit next month.
“We are looking at Europe as well. My parents have a property in Spain and we’ve been looking at the Spanish market, and we’ve had an enquiry from America.”
The business has also just set up a sub brand called Gott To Use It, to work with schools.
Ms Gott said: “We’ve been appointed to work in Newcastle to deliver enterprise education. Things are really exciting for us at the minute.”