An Aberdeenshire offshore lifting equipment firm is flying high after securing a boost of nearly £200,000 to sales in 2018.
Red Rooster Lifting, headquartered in Oldmeldrum, had equipment hires worth £1.4million last year, an increase of 14% on 2017.
As a result the company, celebrating its 30th year in business, has taken on five new staff in the last year taking its total headcount to 50 across bases in Aberdeen and West Bromwich.
Red Rooster saw turnover of £4.7m, with around 80% of the business coming from the oil and gas sector.
It also specialises in construction, winning work on St Paul’s Cathedral in Londonand the new Queensferry Crossing across the River Forth.
The company was first established as Steve Wright Lifting in 1989 with just five staff and took on its current name during a rebrand in 2006.
That followed the resignation of two founding directors of the company, however Steve Wright remains on the firm’s board.
Red Rooster designs, supplies and repairs lifting equipment and first moved into its current base at Nauta House, Oldmeldrum in 1992.
It is now run by managing director Bill Aitken, who joined the company in 1993.
He said: “Our 30th year in business has been an exciting one for us.
“Red Rooster’s commitment to delivering bespoke lifting and load measuring solutions whilst practicing consistently high levels of service is paying off with us seeing a significant increase in hires this year.
“We pride ourselves on being agile which is a major advantage to our customers that we can deliver being an independent company. It’s not uncommon for us to receive an enquiry, raise the job and send it out the same day.
“As a direct result of this increase in sales, this year has also seen us expand our dedicated team of experts.
“Its fantastic to see our business growing and moving in a very positive direction, with many exciting projects on the horizon.”