From the rural heart of Aberdeenshire, this firm makes and hires out winches and ship deck machinery for the oil and gas industry. Last year, for example, it delivered a winch capable of operating at -45˚C to the Arctic. Founded and run by Alfie Cheyne, 49, customers include Shell, Chevron and Maersk. In 2010 it opened its first overseas office, in Norway. International sales expanded to reach £23.1m in 2012.
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