Premise for growth

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRISTIE AN­DER­SON christie. an­der­son@ news. com. au

TOWNSVILLE- BASED en­gi­neer­ing firm UDP Group is un­der­go­ing a re­brand­ing fol­low­ing a merger with en­gi­neers the O2 Group.

The two firms an­nounced the merger in July last year and be­came O2UDP but will now be known as Premise.

The firm’s Townsville of­fice on the cor­ner of Sturt and Den­ham streets has been given a makeover and new sig­nage will be in­stalled soon.

Premise chair­man Pat Brady, who is a well- known busi­ness iden­tity in Townsville and for­mer Townsville Port Au­thor­ity chair­man, said the merger had re­sulted in the com­pany grow­ing while other busi­ness in re­gional Queens­land were down­siz­ing.

“The ca­pa­bil­i­ties we have ac­quired has taken our firm to the next level and we thought it was time to choose a brand fit­ting of th­ese ca­pa­bil­i­ties,” he said. “Premise is a strong brand and high­lights that good de­vel­op­ment is the rea­son for be­ing.

“It is also a re­flec­tion of the fact that it was prop­erty where our brand started and while we now of­fer many ser­vices across many sec­tors we will never for­get those hum­ble be­gin­nings.”

The firm has 125 staff over eight of­fices, in­clud­ing in three dif­fer­ent coun­tries.

Premise CEO David Pol­lock said the merger would lead to more job op­por­tu­ni­ties in North­ern Aus­tralia.

“One of the ser­vices the group has in its ar­se­nal is an agri­cul­tural ca­pa­bil­ity cen­tred around feed­lot ser­vices,” he said. “If North­ern Aus­tralia is to reach its full po­ten­tial, it will be on the back of agri­cul­ture.

“Whether that be the plan­ning for wa­ter se­cu­rity and in­fra­struc­ture for gov­ern­ment or hous­ing ex­pan­sion and feed­lots for the pri­vate sec­tor, the po­ten­tial for North­ern Aus­tralia is tremen­dous.

“We can think of no greater city than Townsville to ex­pand our push into North­ern Aus­tralia.”

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