Workers made redundant with last month’s collapse of Scottish Electric Group have found new employment as Richard Irvin Energy Solutions (RIES) has doubled its presence in Dundee.
RIES has hired 12 of the 99 who lost their jobs following the appointment Johnston Carmichael as liquidator to Scottish Electric Group. The move takes REIS’ headcount in the city to 24.
Every member of staff at Vasanat International, trading as Scottish Electric Group, were made redundant upon the appointment of liquidators. Scottish Electric Group, which offered a range of professional electrical services, is reported to have run into cash flow problems.
RIES – which specialises in mechanical and electrical engineering and technical facilities management – opened its Dundee office in 2014. Local clients include Dundee City Council, Ninewells Hospital, the University of Dundee and the University of St Andrews.
Current projects include the refurbishment of the Perth crematorium with Morrison Construction, which is expected to complete in December. The firm is also active within Perth & Kinross Council’s framework with Hadden Construction.
Kevin Shinnie, head of the mechanical and electrical engineering division, said the expansion is a boost for both RIES and the wider business community in Dundee.
“We were disappointed to hear that Scottish Electric Group had fallen into liquidation and so we are delighted that we can help so many of those workers affected by the collapse of their former employer,” he said.
“Being able to strengthen our business and the services that we supply at the same time as supporting the local economy is great.”
RIES employs 450 staff across its network of bases in Dundee, Edinburgh, Elgin, Glasgow, Inverness and its head office in Aberdeen. It has annual revenues of £45m, with 35 per cent of its business coming from outside its heartland in the north-east.