Launched by two sea captains while decommissioned from their drill-ship in 1989, C-Mar Services (UK) has grown into a £7m marine consultancy business. Founders Ron Murray and Chris Hawdon claim that none of their competitors offer the same diversity of services. C-Mar provides staff, designs off-shore oil sites, and writes safety manuals, among other things. The most difficult aspect of growing their business, say the founders, is retaining the small company culture. To offset this, management promotes people from within and trains them in the Aberdeen headquarters, before shipping them off to run overseas operations in the US and Canada. Murray now heads the US operation.
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