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ACE Winches Export Achievement Winner and Highly Commended Great Large Company

20 March 2012

ACE Winches is delighted to have been presented with two prestigious honours at the 2012 Offshore Achievement Awards (OAA) ceremony in Aberdeen, widely acknowledged as the Industry Oscars. The 26th Awards were re-launched in October by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section, recognising excellence, innovation and achievement across the oil and gas sectors and extended to encompass the offshore renewable section.

Winning the Export Achievement Award for a second time is a fantastic achievement for Aberdeenshire based ACE Winches. This national honour was first bestowed at the 25th Awards in March 2010. The export award celebrates business growth resulting from successful development of export activity in the offshore energy sector. The judges looked for evidence that businesses had instigated a clear and thorough export strategy and planning process, identified key export markets, achieved a successful market entry strategy and captured market share.

In the Great Large Company category, for companies with more than 50 employees operating in the offshore energy industry, judges sought evidence of the company’s development to date and plans for the future success and growth both within the UK and internationally. Due to the quality and standard of entry in this section an award winner was selected and a Highly Commended Award presented, which ACE was delighted to accept.

Alfie Cheyne, CEO stated "It is with great pride and respect to all staff and employees of ACE Winches that I am proud to accept another major award and a separate Commendation which was presented to us at the Offshore Achievement Awards ceremony. ACE won against stiff competition in the category for Export Achievement. We were a close second and Highly Commended as being a Great Large Company against AMEC who employ 27,000 people! It is a fantastic achievement for everyone at ACE and I thank each and every single one of them for their valuable contribution to the success of our organisation.”

Entries had been received from all over the UK and an audience of more than 370 guests attended the 26th OAA awards ceremony at Ardoe House Hotel, Aberdeen. The rigorous judging process, involved senior representatives from sponsoring companies and SPE Board members. The evening was superbly hosted by well known Scottish comedian Kevin Bridges who brought his wit and wisdom to the event.