Veteran Balmoral Group boss wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Happy award winners
Happy award winners

By DARA BUTTERFIELD

EFC Group – leading designer and manufacturer of instrumentation, monitoring, handling and control systems for the global oil and gas industry – has won the ‘Business Success Over Three Years’ awards category at the Elevator Awards 2015.

Previously entitled The Grampian Awards for Business Excellence, the Elevator Awards were re-launched this year.

The award win comes in recognition of EFC Group’s strong growth and record sales figures over nearly three decades of business. In February, the Group announced that it was one year ahead of schedule for reaching its 2016 turnover target of £30million.

Bob Will,  EFC Group chief executive, said: “I am delighted that the business achievements of EFC Group have been recognised by the local business community. Our success in this year’s Elevator Awards is directly attributable to the hard work and dedication of the whole EFC team.

“Since the inception of EFC Group, we have experienced significant growth and we have continued to build upon our strong reputation for delivering a high standard of service and product quality. We pride ourselves on offering innovative solutions to the global energy industry and having a personable approach with clients. I see this as the driving force behind our success. I look forward to building on these achievements in the future.”

Also honoured at these awards was legendary North-east businessman, Dr James Milne CBE of Balmoral Group, who was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication to innovation and engineering in the North-east energy sector.

Milne’s grit and determination has made him one of the region’s most inspirational entrepreneurs and, aged 74, he continues to lead one of the North-east’s most successful businesses.

Other winners included Zenith Energy (Business Success Under Three Years) and Murray Kerr (SengS – Subsea Engineering Services) in the Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year category.

Established in 2012, Zenith Energy provides a range of well services including, project management, engineering and consultancy.

Elevator (previously known as Enterprise North East Trust) – the organiser of the awards – is a social enterprise dedicated to supporting the entrepreneurs, business leaders and employees of today and tomorrow by providing expert business advice and teaching entrepreneurship and enterprising behaviour.

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