MSP praises Flowline Specialists for Scots apprentice recruitment and export sales achievements

Jim Smith, Chief Executive, welcomes MSP Gillian Martin to Flowline Specialists.
Jim Smith, Chief Executive, welcomes MSP Gillian Martin to Flowline Specialists.

A north-east based energy industry equipment manufacturer has been praised for its achievements in international trade and its commitment to youth employment by local MSP Gillian Martin.

Oldmeldrum-based Flowline Specialists recently welcomed the Holyrood MP for Aberdeenshire East to its Colpy Way premises, allowing her an opportunity to learn more its business.

The visit followed the energy industry equipment manufacturer and service provider being presented with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade last year.  Recognised internationally, the award is the highest official UK business award and acknowledges the successful internationalisation strategy that Flowline Specialists has adopted in recent years.

Established in 2001, Flowline Specialists employs over 50 staff at its premises in Oldmeldrum and Fyvie.  The equipment it designs, engineers and manufactures is used in the energy, subsea and renewable industries around the world to safely handle flexible pipes, umbilicals and cables.

The firm also regularly employs school leavers as apprentice technicians and engineers, with a number of its current staff having joined via this route.

During her visit, Martin – a member of the Jobs and Economy committee at Holyrood –  met with members of its staff, including some that have recently completed apprenticeships.  She was also shown some of the equipment that Flowline Specialists manufactures and supplies to clients in the oil and gas, subsea and renewable industries, including tensioners, linear cable engines and subsea turntables.

Jim Smith, Chief Executive, Flowline Specialists, said: “Apprentices play an important role within our organisation.  Not only do apprentices help sustain our skillset, they can also provide fresh thinking when it comes to delivering projects for our clients.  Every business has a part to play in ensuring that their specific sector has a healthy ratio of young people working within it in order to avoid future skill shortages.”

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