Merlin ERD’s Iain Hutchison is guest speaker at PBN’s ‘Striving for Excellence’ talks series

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Iain Hutchison, Managing Director of world-leading drilling engineering experts Merlin ERD, will share the secrets of their success at a special event hosted by Perthshire Businesswomen’s Network (PBN).

Part of PBN’s ‘Striving for Excellence’ series, the talk will be held at the Grampian Hotel in Perth on Thursday, June 15 at 7pm.

Merlin ERD Ltd provides expert engineering and training support to the oil and gas industry across the world. Their skills and can-do Scottish approach allow stranded hydrocarbon pools to be tapped and brought to market. Involved with the world’s most challenging wells, it is not uncommon for them to engineer solutions to reduce costs and deliver wells previously deemed impossible; and have the accolades to prove it!

Uniquely located in Perth  – outwith Scotland’s oil and gas “capital” of Aberdeen – Merlin ERD celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and also has the distinction of holding two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, the pinnacle of UK business success.

Merlin’s second award in 2016 recognised the company’s impressive growth having quadrupled their multi-million pound turnover during the assessment period, with an ever-increasing net profit. By the end of 2014, this local Perth business had gainful employment for almost 40 personnel.

Recent years have been challenging as the oil and gas industry suffered its worst downturn in recent times. Merlin wasn’t immune, but remained in profit, whilst protecting its technical staff.

Said Iain: “Anyone can run a business in a buoyant growth market, but it takes, determination, focus and support of a loyal team to successfully navigate a market crisis.”

Added Jane Rennie, PBN Chairwoman: “We are delighted that Iain has taken time out of his busy schedule to participate in PBN’s ‘Striving for Excellence’ series of talks.

“It’s a great opportunity for members and guests to learn from one of Scotland’s emerging business leaders and innovators. We look forward to hearing about the lessons he has learnt on his business journey. I am sure it will be a very inspirational session for the PBN audience, and provide a fresh outlook on how to address some of the challenges our members face.

“Such is the advance interest in this ‘mixed’ event, PBN is extending an invitation to other business networks in Perth. Members are also encouraged to invite colleagues and partners.”

Tickets costing £16 (PBN members) and £20 for non-members are available on Eventbrite via the PBN website (www.perthshirebusinesswomen.co.uk). Ticket price includes tea/coffee and a finger buffet.

For more information about Perthshire Businesswomen’s Network (PBN) or for comment, please contact Alison Lowson on 0758 409 3354 or by email a.lowson@volpa.co.uk

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