This recruiter specialises in the engineering and natural resource sectors and has operations in more than 60 countries, from Azerbaijan to Thailand. Equistone backed a £140m buyout in 2012, led by chief executive Johnathan Johnson, 43, son of the founder John Johnson. The reduction in oil and gas industry activity caused its 2015 sales to drop £100m from the year before, to £832m. It expects new North Sea projects and cost-cutting to reverse this decline in 2018.
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