A Scottish company offering training software for businesses is expanding its Bozeman office.

Administrate, an Edinburgh-based learning management system firm, is set to add roughly six employees to its Bozeman office over the next year — another chapter in the ongoing story of high-tech growth in the Gallatin Valley.

Administrate CEO John Peebles founded the company in 2011 as a spinoff of a similar training software business, and when expansion called for a North America office, Peebles enlisted an old friend from college, Patrick Flanagan, who at the time was working for PrintingForLess in Livingston.

Flanagan, familiar with the state’s burgeoning tech scene, recommended Bozeman over Silicon Valley for its cheaper real estate and the fact that it would be one hour closer to Scotland’s time zone. The office opened 18 months ago in the space above the Casey’s Corner gas station on Valley Commons Drive, and Flanagan has since been brought on board as the company’s chief commercial officer.

“We’re really delighted to be operating in Bozeman. Skiing, great beer, what’s not to like?” Peebles said. “It’s one of those things where you don’t need to be operating out of obvious locations to do good business.”

The Bozeman location handles professional services, implementation and support for Administrate’s North American clients, among them boat builder Boston Whaler and farming software company Ag Leader. Administrate currently employs 65 people, including six in Bozeman and several at an office in Lebanon.

Peebles described the company as in a “high-growth mode” and said many of the Bozeman hires will be in sales.

There are roughly 2,300 high-tech firms in Montana, according to a recent report, with industry employees earning an average of $68,000 per year — more than double the median wage for all workers in the state.

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