Represented in 28 countries, this Aberdeen company is currently working on energy projects in Norway, West Africa and the Middle East. It designs, builds and repairs oil wells and provides project management services throughout the process from oil exploration to decommissioning. It has developed its own cloud-based software, iVision, which supports the management of schedules and collates the latest best-practice and technical videos to help optimise the levels of safety and efficiency on site. Managing director Ian Mills, 58, worked for Shell and BP for 20 years before founding Exceed in 2005. Continuous investment has allowed the business to thrive despite the drop in oil prices since 2014. Sales reached £20.7m this year and, in June, Exceed acquired MPR, a Suffolk-based drilling engineering firm.
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