Stonehaven duo up for award

TWO former Mackie Academy pupils, who met at the school and then went into business together, are in the running to be named Ernst and Young Scotland Entrepreneur of the Year 2013.

The directors of Aberdeen well-engineering consultancy, McGregor Consultants - Jo McGregor and Angie McGregor - are among business people from 24 Scottish companies in line to become the overall Scotland winner, which will be announced at an exclusive event at Gleneagles Hotel on Thursday, June 13.

McGregors, based in the city’s Bon Accord Square, specialises in matching the best qualified people to high level drilling, subsea, completions and HSE positions worldwide.

Set up in 2006 by Jo McGregor, McGregors now employs a 12-strong team, and has a porfolio of more than 50 clients both nationally and internationally.

Jo and Angie, who are not related, were friends for many years before they ended up working together at another Aberdeen oil and gas consultancy, where they stayed for 10 years.

In just 10 months of initial trading, McGregors turned over £1.7million; their expected turnover for the coming financial year is in excess of £20million.

Jo said: “To be shortlisted as a finalist in such a prestigious award is really quite overwhelming.

“The past six years have been an absolute rollercoaster – so much has happened for us – but this recognition is not just for us, but is testament to all the hard work carried out by the fantastic team we have at McGregors.“

This is the 15th year the prestigious Credit Suisse-sponsored event has run in Scotland.

The judging panel will make its decision based on a number of criteria, including entrepreneurial spirit and approach to social responsibility.