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Mediascape sees turnover return to pre-Covid levels

Demand for hybrid workplaces boosts Glasgow firm's bottom line

Glasgow-based integrator Mediascape has seen an increase in demand for its solutions following a rise in hybrid workplaces driven by Covid-19 lockdowns. The employee-owned firm saw demand double in the first two months of 2020, and is seeing turnover return to £4m-plus pre-pandemic business levels as it eyes a strong 2021, with several six-figure contracts close to completion. It recently secured significant contracts with a leading multi-national beverage company and the NHS to deliver solutions that will connect workers in premises with those working from home.

“The pandemic has hit the AV sector hard, with clients limiting the number of staff in offices, educational buildings shutting down and more of us working and learning remotely,” said managing director Niall MacDonald. “There was no escaping it. However, the benefits of our employee-owned structure are bearing fruit. We have been able to retain our teams, who have pulled together, and in turn taken an active role in guiding us through this crisis.

“Organisations are now at a point where their views on the long-term future of workplaces and educational buildings are becoming clearer. Most are realising the need for a hybrid approach becoming a long-term norm – but their settings are not often appropriately equipped. We’ve seen the huge benefits remote working can bring. But at the same time, we all know what we’re missing from being in a shared physical setting.”

Mediascape designs, supplies, installs and maintains integrated audio-visual systems throughout central Scotland. Centrally located in Glasgow’s Port Dundas area, covering the central belt and a satellite office in Inverness.

Its clients include blue-chip names in the world of business, healthcare and education. It became majority owned by an Employee-Ownership Trust in 2018, meaning most shares are held in trust on behalf of its employees.