R2S shrugs off slump to join ‘local’ campaign

Very few companies based in the north-east have been left untouched by the downturn in the offshore industry.

Firms in the energy sector supply chain in particular have almost all felt the pinch because the collapse in oil and gas prices has affected the way business is done.

Return To Scene (R2S) specialises in helping energy companies inspect their operations using the latest in imaging technology.

The firm came under new ownership when it was acquired by James Fisher in a £2million deal earlier this year. The Aberdeen-based operation has put its weight behind the Buy North East campaign – along with more than 350 firms in the region who are keen to support businesses through their purchasing decisions.

All firms need to do to join the Buy North East Roll of Honour is to put the campaign on their next board meeting agenda – then move at least one contract or piece of business to a local supplier.

Bob Donnelly, managing director of R2S, said that the initiative was key to helping retain investment and skills in the region.

“Local procurement is fundamental to our business at Return To Scene – if we can buy locally, we do and we are delighted to be able support the Buy North East campaign,” he said.

“It is my belief that local procurement is crucially important, and the timing of this campaign could not be better.

“At this difficult economic time for the region, it is vital that we maintain the skills and services that support the energy industry here in the north-east, so as not to negatively impact procurement in the longer term.”

The campaign is led by Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce, Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council – as well as Aberdeen Journals and Scottish Enterprise.