IVB (Inspection Verification Bureau) from Great Yarmouth has expanded to open a new office in Aberdeen.

The firm offers inspection and verification services to the oil, gas and renewables sectors and has invested in staffed offices in Aberdeen to meet both existing and new clients’ needs.

The company was set up in 2010 and employs 10 people in its Great Yarmouth office, plus 120 contracted consultants and engineers in the UK and a further 130 globally.

Its work focuses on taking the risk out of offshore projects by monitoring every stage, checking suppliers, products being made and checking documentation.

IVB opened its Riverside House office on 1 December.

Director Derek Lockwood said: “When we spoke to clients, they suggested that a physical presence in Aberdeen would pay off and we’re already seeing the benefit.

“We have had home-based inspectors and engineers in Aberdeen for years. Our clients told us they were more than happy with the service they have from us, our prices and our guaranteed rapid response and believed being on the spot in Aberdeen would win us a larger share of the work, which is already proving right just by having a couple of people in the office.

“If we can grow our business in the period of a downturn, we will be in a good position when the market turns around in the next year to 18 months, with projects starting in the third quarter of 2016.”

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