Horizon Works gears up for further growth with new business development appointment

North East-based B2B marketing agency Horizon Works has appointed a new business development director to support its growth strategy.

Scott Duncan has joined the firm to spearhead business development activities, build relationships with key stakeholders and businesses from Horizon Works’ target industries and develop new strategic partnerships.

Horizon Works, which offers marketing, strategy, PR, digital and creative services, works across sectors including manufacturing, engineering, healthcare and life sciences, technology, professional services and the public sector.

Scott has joined Horizon Works after a four-year term as North East Regional Manager for Make UK – the manufacturers’ organisation (formerly known as EEF), where he was responsible for developing and managing relationships with manufacturing and engineering businesses across the North East. He has more than 20 years’ experience across the private and public sectors and has worked in a variety of business development, employer engagement and account management roles for organisations such as Semta and One North East, and for further education and workplace training organisations.

Scott’s experience also includes the delivery of publicly funded programmes including the North East Automotive Cluster Automotive Academy programme and the National Skills Academy for Manufacturing.

Horizon Works recently invested in new headquarters – a 2335 sq ft purpose-built two storey office building on Northumberland Business Park, near Cramlington, Northumberland – to support further expansion and staff growth. The company, which was founded in 2010 by managing director Samantha Vassallo, supports innovators in complex industries with a full range of marketing services. It is the marketing partner of The Advanced Manufacturing Forum (AMF) and plays an active role in industry networks and clusters including the North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA), The North East of England Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC), Digital Union and NOF Energy.

Commenting on his appointment, Scott Duncan said: “Horizon Works is embedded into the North East’s manufacturing, engineering, tech and pharma sectors and has earned an excellent reputation for supporting innovative businesses in this region and beyond. Joining the company was therefore a highly attractive opportunity for me and I’m really excited to be working with Samantha and the team in driving the business forward.”

Samantha Vassallo, founder and managing director of Horizon Works, said: “We’re delighted to have someone of Scott’s calibre spearheading our business development activities. He is a well-known and respected figure in the North East’s manufacturing and engineering sectors and has a deep knowledge of the industries which we support. Scott will be a major asset to Horizon Works has we move forward and his appointment significantly strengthens our business development activities.”

Horizon Works’ client base includes INVISTA Performance Technologies, one of the world’s largest integrated producers of chemical intermediates, Fera Science Ltd (formerly the Food and Environment Research Agency) which is based at the National Agri-Food Innovation Campus near York; Middlesbrough-based hydraulic engineering specialist Industrial & Marine Hydraulics (IMH); community charity Groundwork South Tyneside; expanded metal mesh manufacturer Expanded Metal Company, commercial law firm Watson Burton; business communications and systems provider Cellular Solutions; and asbestos management consultancy Franks Portlock.