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Sunday Times top 5 for fast international growth
Houlder takes fourth place in the Sunday Times HSBC FastTrack International 200 list.
“Houlder’s heritage in North Sea engineering, vessel design and project delivery is paying off globally” commented Rupert Hare, Houlder Chief Executive Officer, “We are incredibly proud to be placed so highly in the International Track rankings and excited about the future. Success has come from a lot of hard work and commitment. This looks set to continue as our plans for growth develop.”
A clear statement of international intent was made in 2014 with the opening of a Houlder Americas office in Houston, Texas. Houlder is also part way through a multimillion pound project management consultancy project for Libya’s Mellitah Oil and Gas BV and Houlder’s marine equipment business is aiming to sell offshore windfarm installation equipment across Europe. These examples all point to more international sales to come.
“Houlder Americas is the first of several bases in offshore centres we plan to establish over the next few years. This reflects our belief that the appetite for UK engineering, with its strong North Sea track record, is increasing. Our inclusion as an International Track company will help us make the most of the opportunity this presents.”
Amanda Murphy, UK head of corporate banking at HSBC, explains the value of the list to the key sponsor:
“The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 is a great reflection of the value of building connections overseas. The world is getting smaller, and international business relationships are easier to build, providing ambitious businesses with many more opportunities to grow. I’m delighted to see so many great British mid-sized firms making such a strong impression on the world stage.”
The Track 200 list, published July 12 2015, ranks Britain’s mid-market private companies with the fastest-growing international sales. Houlder will celebrate its fourth place at an awards dinner held at Jumeirah Carlton Tower in London on Tuesday 22 September.