Ace Group plans to cement its position as one of the biggest suppliers of freight services to North Sea industry after securing a seven-figure lending package from Clydesdale Bank.
Ace, whose head office is at the Kirkhill Industrial Estate near Aberdeen Airport, said it currently deals with more than 75% of the heli-freight cargo which is sent to the North Sea.
The firm, which has more than 110 employees, is hoping to capitalise on new opportunities arising from an improvement in the oil and gas market environment and has signed a number of new contracts in recent months.
The company has overhauled its operating system and is recruiting across the business, including in its new compliance department.
The recruitment drive has led to the creation of three new staff roles, with another four or five expected in the next six months, all in Aberdeen.
Ace managing director Terry Cobban said: “We need to future proof our business and the only way to do that is to grow and adapt to the challenges faced by the oil and gas industry.
“We believe the investment we are making in our business is vital – the new operating system will be a game changer for us in the way we work and support our customers, and being able to recruit in this climate is massively important for the region.
“There is more positivity in the industry – businesses are starting to look for more innovative ways to operate and ensure they are working as efficiently as possible.
“As we are independent, we have the flexibility to meet the needs of our customers, more so than some of the bigger players and the industry is starting to appreciate that. But we need to be in a strong position to do this which is why we are grateful for the support of Clydesdale Bank.”