From left, Jim Green (CEO, Spartan), Karen Bell (British Consul General, Texas) and John Glen (COO,

From left, Jim Green (CEO, Spartan), Karen Bell (British Consul General, Texas) and John Glen (COO, Spartan), at the reception to mark the company's new US and UK offices.

UK-based IT company Spartan Solutions has established an office in Houston, US, and is targeting the equipment rental market with its ‘paperless office’ mobile software.

The Glasgow-based company, which develops and sells the Phalanx mobile software, has won business with companies including Aggreko and Swire Oilfield Services over the past 12 years, and now has its eyes set on the general rental market in the US and worldwide.

Jim Green, Spartan’s co-founder, president and CEO, said the company had secured a large US contract with an unnamed customer and was now looking for more business in the buoyant US rental sector.

“The consumer world has moved to the 21st century with mobile devices delivering useful, instant information to improve the quality of our lives”, Mr Green told IRN, “Those companies in the rental world who continue rely on paper-driven operations may, at some point, wonder what hit them.”

He said manual, paper-driven rental operations were subject to error, time-delay and high cost and was not sustainable way of working; “For companies ignoring these problems, the cost of catching up will be significantly more than the investment in staying ahead.”

The Houston office is being staffed by Mr Green, alongside Wendy Burns, Digital Marketing Manager, and Steven Muldoon, Senior Project Engineer.

Spartan said Phalanx is designed for any business that manages equipment, people and tasks, enabling accurate billing, real-time invoicing, reduced days sales outstanding and lower back-office costs. It said its software can typically go live within 8 to 12 weeks.

The company celebrated the opening of the US office and its move to a new head office building earlier in the summer with a reception in Glasgow attended by Karen Bell, the recently appointed British Consul General for Texas, US.

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