Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Keeping Track of Valuable Equipment on the Move

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Keeping Track of Valuable Equipment on the Move

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Byline: John Hill

TYNEMOUTH tracking firm Succorfish is hoping to move into larger premises this year as it bids to continue its growth.

The firm was co-founded by Chad Hooper and Nathan Bulch at the end of 2007 to fill a gap in the market for bespoke global tracking systems.

Succorfish provides tracking systems using GPS satellite technology for use on marine, construction and military equipment.

It launched from a base on the Fish Quay in North Shields, but moved to larger premises in March last year and is looking to move again to maintain its expansion.

Mr Hooper said: "We're very passionate about the North East. We employ eight people in our office and two roaming. There's a good skill set in the region.

"We're looking to expand to a 3,000 square feet premises so that we can fully support the growth of the business.

We're looking to move in the next few months, hopefully as close to here as we can."

The concept for Succorfish emerged in 2004, when Princess Cruises first engineer Mr Hooper was looking for a way to protect his jet skis.

He said: "Jet skis cost up to pounds 10,0000 a piece, and there wasn't this sort of security out there that could take the punishment of a super-harsh marine environment. "When you make an investment on something you want to know exactly where it is at all times. We had three jet skis for personal use between friends, which was a huge outlay. To have something like that unprotected would be complete madness."

Mr Hooper had travelled the world applying his expertise for the P&O-owned ferry company, and used his skills to mock up a prototype tracking system.

He said: "It was completely selffunded.

You can manufacture the technology at relatively low cost as a prototype and I was fortunate to be able to do that for a proof of concept. …

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