Media Release: North-east entrepreneur reaches final stage of prestigious business awards


AN Aberdeenshire entrepreneur has been announced as a finalist at prestigious North-east business awards.

Managing director of Motive Offshore, James Gregg, has been shortlisted as a finalist in this year’s Grampian Awards for Business Excellence in the Emerging Entrepreneur category.

The firm, which was launched in 2010 by James Gregg and Dave Acton and Bob Smit, specialises in the manufacturing and rental of high capacity winches, wire rope spooling and inspection, umbilical deployment equipment and specialised subsea equipment, and has experienced exceptional growth in the last three years.

The firm now has 81 employees and recently launched its fully operational base in Stavanger, Norway operating as Motive Offshore Services AS and has also opened a sales office in Aberdeen, to accommodate an increase in client demand.

James has over 14 years of industry experience, and established Motive to provide high quality marine equipment and services, with a specific focus on customer service and people development.

Managing director of Motive Offshore, James Gregg, said: “It is a fantastic achievement to be announced as a finalist at the Grampian Awards for Business Excellence this year.

“Although this award recognises my achievements as an entrepreneur, it is a real team effort at Motive, and the business would not be where it is without everyone’s hard work.

“We have a strong focus on people development and the whole team has been instrumental in the success of Motive.

“This nomination will give the whole organisation a major boost, as we continue to grow and expand.”

Motive Offshore, which is headquartered in Boyndie, near Banff, has an in-house design engineering, fabrication, machining, assembly, testing and competent personnel for equipment installation and operations offshore.

Winners of the awards, which are organised by Enterprise North East Trust and headline sponsors, RBS – Ahead for Business, will be announced during the black tie awards gala ceremony, which will take place on 26 June 2014 at the Mercure Aberdeen Ardoe House Hotel and Spa.

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