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Top business honour for Aberdeen oilfield equipment company with premises in Lybster

By Alan Hendry

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The Lord Provost of Aberdeen, Barney Crockett (right), in his role as Lord-Lieutenant, with EnerQuip chairman Andrew Polson.
The Lord Provost of Aberdeen, Barney Crockett (right), in his role as Lord-Lieutenant, with EnerQuip chairman Andrew Polson.

An Aberdeen-based oilfield equipment firm with premises in Caithness has been presented with the highest UK award for British business.

EnerQuip, which specialises in torque machines, received a Queen's Award for Enterprise for outstanding achievement in the field of international trade.

The accolade recognises the organisation’s success in overseas markets, which accounted for about 95 per cent of its £12 million-plus turnover in 2019.

The company was founded in 2015. It specialises in the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of torque machines and associated products.

International hubs in Houston and Abu Dhabi work in parallel with the company’s global headquarters in Aberdeen and its premises at Smerlie, Lybster, to deliver products and services to a growing client base in Africa, North and South America, Canada, Europe, the Far East, the Middle East, Australia and Russia, as well as the UK.

All fabrication and welding for the torque machines takes place at the Caithness workshop, where 10 people are employed, before being transported to Aberdeen for paint and final assembly.

EnerQuip is also a finalist in the Going Global category of the Northern Star Business Awards run by Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce.

The Queen's Award presentation was made by the Lord Provost of Aberdeen, Barney Crockett, in his role as Lord-Lieutenant.

He said: “I am delighted to present the Queen’s Award for international trade to EnerQuip. Since its launch five years ago here in Aberdeen, EnerQuip has gone from strength to strength and developed a hugely successful global reach thanks to the services it offers along with its highly skilled and committed workforce.

“I congratulate everyone at EnerQuip and wish them continued success in the future.”

Company chairman Andrew Polson said: “While the Covid-19 pandemic continues to pose significant challenges for our business, we were pleased to end 2020 ahead of expectations and we are entering 2021 with renewed confidence and optimism.

“The receipt of this award is a fitting end to our fifth anniversary year and pays tribute to the strenuous efforts of everyone on the team in driving the business forward.”

“While the pandemic has dramatically changed the shape of our business landscape, EnerQuip was established during a downturn and we are confident that those early experiences will stand us in good stead as we face the vagaries of the weeks and months ahead.”

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