A Scottish firm which makes high visibility, flame retardant and waterproof workwear, was today celebrating a series of "landmark" orders from several major oil comapnies worth a total of £5.25m.

Specialist Clothing has agreed three year deals with Stolt Offshore, Exxon Mobil, and Transocean Sedco Forex to supply each firm's entire offshore workforce, which number several thousands, with protective equipment.

"We are providing head-to-toe protection, from hard hats and jackets to gloves, overalls and boots," said Alex Shepherd, managing director of the Aberdeen-based business.

"This is the most important week in the company's 20-year history. It is fair to say these orders are a landmark."

He added the deals were an indication of continuing confidence in the North Sea oil industry, concluding: "We have a track record with these companies and I am delighted they have shown their continued faith."

Turnover in the year to May was £3.5m, with the new orders expected to push turnover to at least £5m this year.


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