MacArthur’s green consultancy wins Scottish energy award for business growth

MacArthur Green team members  at work - from left Kirsty MacArthur (Legal Director) Dr. Mark Trinder (Principal Project Ornithologist), Professor Bob Furness (Principal Ornithologist), David MacArthur (Managing Director)
MacArthur Green team members at work – from left Kirsty MacArthur (Legal Director) Dr. Mark Trinder (Principal Project Ornithologist), Professor Bob Furness (Principal Ornithologist), David MacArthur (Managing Director)

3 December 2014

By DARA BUTTERFIELD

MacArthur Green, the ecological consultancy which provided key seabird advice for the £3 billion Beatrice Offshore wind parc in the Moray Firth has won the Judges Award at the Scottish Green Energy Awards.

The award is in recognition of the company’s growth – from zero to 20 employees and a turnover of almost £2 million in just five years. Also credited was MacArthur Green’s ability to work with statutory bodies like the Scottish Government, Scottish Natural Heritage and DEFRA to simplify common processes for developers.

The company was established in 2009 by David MacArthur, a double graduate in economics and ecology from Strathclyde and Edinburgh universities respectively. It is now exploring options to expand the business in rUK and EU over in 2015.

MacArthur said: “We’ve had a great few years which have been made possible by a strong team, fabulous clients and the fact that we are lucky enough to work in renewables, which is a fantastic industry.”

“It’s great to see our team of ecology and ornithology experts receiving recognition for their knowledge and professionalism, and I’m delighted to see ecology being recognised as an award-winning profession in the renewables industry.”

The company, based in Glasgow’s West End, was established as a ‘one-man-band’ in 2009 during the depths of the recession. Today, the company now employs 20 people – including MacArthur’s wife Kirsty, a planning and environment lawyer who joined the company in 2011 as legal director.

Clients include Scottish Power Renewables, PNE Wind UK, and RES UK and Ireland.

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