A PIONEERING health tech firm is set to leave the Wee County after unveiling a state-of-the-art HQ looking to rival Silicon Valley.

Emblation, which has been based at Forrester Lodge in Alloa, has started a phased move to its £4million Stirling offices.

Bosses say it marks a huge milestone for the firm, which has been expanding globally with a microwave device developed to treat stubborn skin lesions.

Gary Beale, co-founder and CEO at the firm, has been heavily involved in the planning and management of the new HQ.

He said: “We’re beyond excited about completing our new HQ.

“It can’t come quickly enough for the team.

“We’ve worked really hard to create a space where we hope it will be inspiring, enjoyable and rewarding to come to work.”

Founded almost 15 years ago, Emblation saw an eight-figure cash injection from specialist health care investors Apposite Capital in 2021 that drove rapid global growth with the acquisition of a distribution company to form Emblation US as well as the setup of new companies under the Emblation umbrella in Canada and Germany and expansion into more than 20 other countries.

MOVE: An computer generated image of Emblation House

MOVE: An computer generated image of Emblation House

Indeed, the company has also entered the Asian market through a Singapore partnership, as highlighted last week.

Since starting, the headcount has doubled at Emblation, prompting the need for bigger offices after the firm outgrew its Alloa base.

Boss Gary and co-founder Eamon McErlean, who met during their post-graduate studies at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, were determined to remain in Scotland, so the new complex also boasts a 90-person auditorium where staff and industry leaders from around the world will come together.

The Stirling premises covers more than 20,000sq ft across two floors at Castle Business Park, with the move partly supported by Scottish Enterprise Regional Selective Assistance funding.

Emblation’s leadership team hopes the new offices will encourage cross-communication among traditionally separate teams in clinical research, engineering and sales and marketing, while also bolstering staff recruitment and retention.

Gary added: “There is huge cognitive diversity in our business and the key to our success is having our people mix, interact and meet face-to-face.

“That is incredibly powerful and it is why we are so keen to create a workplace where people want to come, rather than working from home.”

The new HQ has a focus on health and wellbeing, includes a large communal kitchen and a dedicated gaming suite.

There is also a gym with a variety of machines along with a sauna.