An oil contracting business is penetrating overseas markets as it seeks global expansion with the opening of its new office in Houston, USA, this month.
Washington-based Oil Consultants Limited works with oil exploration companies around the world, providing skilled technicians for their activities, serving clients on more than 90 countries.
The firm, which was set up in 2003, last year opened an office in Australia, which now accounts for a fifth of all sales. Trading entities in both Indonesia and Malaysia were likewise established earlier this year.
Helen Smith, chief executive of Oil Consultants, said: “We have always realised the importance of providing local support to our clients and consultants.
“By having a physical presence in an area we develop a better understanding of the local situation and can respond much more quickly to requests.
“In a time when more and more agencies are doing business via the internet and telephone, having people on the ground really helps us differentiate ourselves.
“We have appointed a chief executive for the North America region, Jon Marrs, who is developing a team based out of the Houston office over the coming months.”
She added that this model of growth was pioneered by the company’s Australian office.
“The team there was established just over 12 months ago and in that time we have increased business in the region so that it now accounts for over 20% of company turnover,” she said.
“North America is a region of huge potential growth for us and we fully expect to repeat these successes in that area.”
Oil consultants supply personnel across a variety of disciplines to major operators and service companies. The company aims to provide solutions tailored to the unique needs of each project, allowing it to supply personnel on permanent, long-term or short-term contracts.
It provides a 24/7 service and has more than 12,000 registered candidates, many of whom can be placed immediately.
The company envisages that its international growth plans will also support further recruitment at its North East headquarters.
“Whilst we are looking to grow the team in Houston we will also need to employ more staff here in the UK to help support with the increased volume of business,” Smith said.
“The success of our company comes from the staff we employ and we are fully committed to keeping and developing our base in this region.”