4C Design

With its talented team of creative thinkers, 4c Design is building on Glasgow’s proud history of innovation and engineering excellence.

The product design company – which has been based at Borron Street since 2004 — offers expert consultancy in a wide range of sectors, with an impressive global client list that includes Red Bull, Tannoy, Thales, AWS Ocean Energy, Bioforce and Yorkhill Hospital.

The company also recently fought off strong international competition to design and build the baton for the Queen’s Baton Relay at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

“The available space at Borron Street — both internal and external — also offers a good opportunity to expand.”

And Managing Director Robin Smith said: “We believe that truly great product design companies are built on three foundations: their process, their pedigree and — most importantly — their people.”

Robin set up 4c Design in Glasgow in 2002 after leaving university, explaining: “It was always an ambition to run my own company and set my own goals and achievements.

“My dream was to offer an experienced and creative design engineering consultancy, working side-by-side with clients to turn complex ideas into viable realities.”

Big Regeneration.  4C Design, Robin Smith MD
Big Regeneration.  4C Design, Robin Smith MD

Experience and expertise

Today, 4c’s six full-time staff and bank of freelance associates offer product design engineering services across Scotland and beyond.

Robin said: “Our design innovations not only increase clients’ profitability, but allow them to gain greater market share and protect themselves from the advances of the competition.

“We’ve worked for hundreds of different companies in all sectors, from power stations and chicken pens to North Sea fast rescue craft and infant baby monitors…so there’s never a dull day in the office.

“And to encourage future generations of product designers, we also like to take on local university students in the summer for hands-on experience.”

So far, Borron Street has proved the perfect HQ for 4c’s design gurus.

Robin said: “The ease of access to and from the M8 is a major plus point, as is the access to local suppliers like RS Components and Screw Fix. The available space at Borron Street — both internal and external — also offers a good opportunity to expand.”

As you’d expect from an innovative thinker, Robin is looking to the future too, adding: “I’d like to see a pub similar to the WEST Brewery at Glasgow Green, plus fibre optic broadband and recycling areas.

“But, overall, the difference in the business park over the last few months has been impressive — and we look forward to it continuing.”