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Trades: Mission

Diversifying into the oil and gas sector has helped us more than double our turnover and increase staff by 50% over the last three years.

We have expanded our traditional customer base from the construction sector into oil and gas with support from Scottish Enterprise. This move has seen the company’s turnover increase from £1.7 million in 2011 to £3.8 million in 2014. In addition, we have taken on an additional 16 members of staff, now employing 48 people.

Our Managing Director, Graeme Duncan, said: “It’s hard to believe where we were just over three years ago. With help from Scottish Enterprise to diversify our business into the oil and gas sector, we have successfully reassessed our business model. Moving forward, we aim to capitalise on the significant international opportunities and are working closely with Scottish Enterprise’s international arm, Scottish Development International, and its GlobalScot network to support our ambitious plans in this area.”

Supported through the economic development agencies account management programme, our account manager at Scottish Enterprise, Gordon Esslemont, added:  “Supporting companies in Scotland to grow is a key part of our business, and working with forward thinking, ambitious companies such as Xtreme Business Solutions, we aim to make a significant and lasting impact on Scotland’s economy.

“Graeme and his management team’s passion for growth has fuelled their success over the last three years and looking ahead they have their sights firmly on international opportunities. Working together, we are helping the company develop and implement an overseas strategy and are already working with our GlobalScot network to explore the option of creating a satellite office in Houston. In addition, our SDI team is helping the company in other key markets such as the Middle East, Singapore, Africa, Korea and Europe where they see significant growth opportunities.”

We successfully won a fully funded fact finding mission to Dubai, which Graeme took part in. Dubai Tourism, UK and Ireland, supported by Scottish Development International, organised the mission to support four companies from across the UK and Ireland to benefit from the vast opportunities in the Middle East market.

Graeme added: “Fighting off tough competition, we were delighted to have secured a place on the Dubai trip. The Middle East is a key strand of our international strategy and it will be great to see first hand how to do business in this important market.”