NOF Energy praises North firms after Sunday Times listing

Washington-based Oil Consultants and Gateshead's Express Engineering Group made it on to the prestigious list, which highlights Britain’s private companies with the fastest-growing overseas sales

Chief executive of Oil Consultants, Helen Smith
Chief executive of Oil Consultants, Helen Smith

North East firms have been praised by a major business support organisation after earning places in the Sunday Times International Track 200.

Both the Washington-based Oil Consultants and Gateshead’s Express Engineering Group made it on to the prestigious list, which highlights Britain’s private companies with the fastest-growing overseas sales.

Now NOF Energy - the business support organisation for the oil, gas, nuclear and offshore renewables sectors - has praised its members’ outstanding success in driving overseas work.

Paul Livingstone, NOF’s business development manager, said: “It is a real tribute to the skills and manufacturing excellence of our members that they have been recognised as being among the best in the world.

“Their clients are queuing up for top-class products, skills and services and NOF Energy members have been delivering for many years and creating a huge international market. This is the latest in a long line of richly-deserved accolades.

“Through introductions, support and networking, NOF Energy is working hard on as many levels as possible to help our firms dominate their market and push hard for the sort of results that we can see in this new list.”

Specialist recruitment company Oil Consultants - one of six NOF Energy members to make the Sunday Times list - was the highest ranking company in the north of England in 45th place.

Based in Washington, the business supplies skilled technical personnel to clients in the global oil and gas industry, serving projects in over 95 different countries.

During the last three years, it has almost tripled turnover, increased staff from under 10 to more than 70, and opened a number of international offices, with sites including Brisbane, Houston, Dubai, Aberdeen and Indonesia.

Chief executive Helen Smith said: “I am delighted at how well we have done.

“Our industry is an international one and we have become very experienced at placing candidates from 90 plus different nationalities.

“It is really pleasing to be placed so highly and ahead of some very large companies that are household names.”

Precision engineering operation Express Engineering Group, meanwhile, placed 52nd overall and fifth among the 22 firms from the North East and Yorkshire. Since the list was drawn up, it has improved its financial figures further, recording £8.5m profit from a £37m turnover in the last financial year.

Nigel Davison, MD of Express Engineering
Nigel Davison, MD of Express Engineering

Chief executive Nigel Davison: “This is the third listing we have had for our growth over the past couple of years which shows just how successful our expansion drive has been.”

Express is a globally recognised contract manufacturing company.

From 300,000 sq ft facilities, a workforce of 500 supplies precision engineering services to a range of sectors, from defence to power generation.

Other NOF Energy members to win a place on the list included the Cambridgeshire-based JDR Cables, Buckinghamshire’s FoundOcean, the Rotherham-based MTL Group and Orion Group of London.


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