Inverness manpower firm Orion lifted by new contracts
One of Scotland's biggest manpower providers has forecast a sharp rise in turnover for the year.
Orion Group, which provides temporary and contract staff to the engineering industry, said growth was being fuelled by a number of major contract wins.
The Inverness-based group reported turnover rose last year by 25% to £308m, with profits up 62% to £9.1m.
This year the firm - whose clients include Nexen, BP, Total and Wood Group PSN - expects sales of £360m.
Major contract wins in 2012 have included £100m worth of business with Canadian-owned energy company Nexen Petroleum over the next five years.
Under that deal, Orion is providing manpower services for a development in the North Sea, while continuing to provide staff for Nexen's Aberdeen, Uxbridge and offshore installations.
Established in 1987, Orion has grown from a small employment agency supplying the Highland rig construction yards to a global operator.
In the last four years it has achieved sales of more than £1.3bn.
Orion employs more than 340 staff across 33 worldwide offices including Australia, Singapore, Canada and the United Arab Emirates.
Group chairman Alan Savage said: "The group's performance for 2011 shows that the business has continued to go from strength to strength. And we anticipate another healthy financial year in 2012.
"Already we have experienced steady growth across all of our regions worldwide after securing a number of major contracts.
"New business wins have included Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd and Shell, both of which will help us towards achieving our turnover targets for next year of £360m."