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Flexible Working: “What a way to make a living”

Flexible Working: “What a way to make a living”

In the words of a well-known song- “Workin' 9 to 5, What a way to make a livin'” But is Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM, no longer the best way to make a living? An iconic song sharing the frustrations of many people stuck working hours that are set in stone by their employers. Numerous news articles have featured the current Flexible Working Bill, alternative ways of working and companies who are choos...

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The UK's Misconceived Market - The Gig Economy

The UK's Misconceived Market - The Gig Economy

Recent changes in the world’s working environment, the increase of apps and services that everyone knows aren’t necessarily going to last forever. Now, this isn’t true for every business, but it is a choice that is frequently becoming more popular! The Gig Economy, offering what appeals to people the most - flexible working hours, creating their own teams and building a career on their own ter...

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Blending Your Brand and Culture

Blending Your Brand and Culture

It was once said that branding was about giving your product a first-class ticket through life... Today that first class ticket requires more than having a good-looking logo that matches your alliterated brand slogan and corporate colours that were created to entice your customers. Like everything does, it has become more complicated. The trick is fusing it all together, portraying all the aspects...

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OGA Announces the 32nd North Sea Licensing Round

OGA Announces the 32nd North Sea Licensing Round

The Oil and Gas Authority has launched the 32nd UKCS licensing round with 768 blocks up for grabs. The map below highlights the latest acreage on offer, which is in the Central, Northern and Southern North Sea, along with substantial blocks on offer around Shetland: The blocks are in “mature” exploration areas and this aligns with the OGA’s 5-year forward plan, which ends with another round of “f...

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Part 3: Scaling up Your Business on The Back of a Downturn

Part 3: Scaling up Your Business on The Back of a Downturn

Finally, we have part 3… These last points are crucial for scaling up your business and link with all those previously mentioned. Find your Niche Where possible, discover your niche and hone your expertise in a particular area. When a company tries to offer too many services or products to too many audiences, the quality of the service can suffer, which makes customers want to do business with ot...

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Part 2: Scaling Up Your Business on the Back of a Downturn

Part 2: Scaling Up Your Business on the Back of a Downturn

Your target market, market conditions, and building a holistic plan are good starting points when it comes to scaling up your business… Following on from part 1, how do you scale your business up on the back of a downturn? Analyse the Market It is important to understand your surroundings, whether that is directly within the area you are working in or the larger economy. Assess supply and de...

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Part 1: Scaling Up Your Business on the Back of a Downturn

Part 1: Scaling Up Your Business on the Back of a Downturn

Scaling up your business, something very raw to those in the Energy Industry. Finding your feet and springing your business back into the developing market isn’t always going to be easy. According to Deloitte Insights after heading into the downturn in 2015 the Oil & Gas industry started to show signs of “coming out of the woods” by the middle of 2018. They also stated that many companies...

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A ‘Clean’ Breath of Life for Carbon Capture Use and Storage in the UK?

A ‘Clean’ Breath of Life for Carbon Capture Use and Storage in the UK?

In its recent policy position published this week (The OGA’s role in the energy transition) the Oil and Gas Authority stated that when taking decisions it would consider ‘as appropriate, re-use and recycling opportunities, in particular with regard to carbon capture usage and storage projects, as part of the cessation of production and decommissioning processes’. This raises the profile, once aga...

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Attracting Talent

Attracting Talent

Attracting talent is a dilemma that all employers face, regardless of the industry they operate in and support. It could be argued that this is a particular challenge that confronts the Oil and Gas industry, given the focus on Global Warming and the urgent need to transition to a lower carbon economy. The reality of the issue has now struck, people want to know companies are trying their best to...

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Research and Development Spend in the Energy Sector- BP’s A.I. Example for the North Sea

Research and Development Spend in the Energy Sector- BP’s A.I. Example for the North Sea

The recent findings from the 30th Oil and Gas survey, conducted by Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce and partners, found that around 45% of contractors have increased investment spend in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) in the past 12 months. Alongside this, almost half reported they have started to use artificial intelligence (A.I.) or will do so in the next five years. An example of us...

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Talent Development: The Other Coffee Machine

Talent Development: The Other Coffee Machine

“A manager of an oil company went into work each day, going straight to his office, sitting at his desk and inspecting his emails. Through the course of the day he would leave his office, only on the occasion of a meeting or to grab a coffee from the coffee machine just outside his office. "One day, he went out to get his coffee discovering the machine was broken and out of use. This then left hi...

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A Simple Solution: Hiring Sales and Business Development in the Oil & Gas industry

A Simple Solution: Hiring Sales and Business Development in the Oil & Gas industry

Throwback to 2014, the beginning of the downturn; a time for companies to start standing out from their competitors and become more adaptable, as it was no longer just a quick pitch over coffee to make a sale anymore. Because it wasn’t just about making the sale anymore; it was about understanding your customers and building long term relationships. Time has moved on, there is now more ...

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The Changing North Sea Ownership Landscape

The Changing North Sea Ownership Landscape

Private Equity firms have funded independent players to buy up North Sea assets in the last few years, taking advantage of the recovery in oil prices. - There has £10-12 billion worth of North Sea acquisitions by private equity firms since the November ‘16 purchase by Siccar Point Energy of £800m worth of assets from OMV, the Austrian O+G company. - Wood Mackenzie, the energy consultancy, has es...

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Bridging the skills Gap to Executive Level

Bridging the skills Gap to Executive Level

Have you noticed a growing skills gap between the advancement of your company and the development of your staff? A skills gap… existing as the current skill level of your staff does not match the future needs of your business. Moving your company forward without creating time for your people will always be unprofitable. According to a 2018 survey carried out by the Association for ...

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Recruitment vs Key Appointments in Oil & Gas

Recruitment vs Key Appointments in Oil & Gas

Is it the traditional model of Oil and Gas recruitment that's the reason the recruitment industry is getting a real hammering these days? It begins with a mindset. The need to find someone to fill a role. This then brings around an approach that follows, a process of matching a CV to a job specification – Recruitment. Focused on skills and tasks, based solely on the market value of tho...

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Testimonial: Ross Survival

Testimonial: Ross Survival

“Maxwell Drummond approach and Craig's commitment has saved our business time and money and mitigated against the risk of getting this appointment wrong. I can hand on heart say this is the most confident I have been about employing a business development manager.” – CEO A Business Development Manager is a very important role in a company and finding someone to fill this role can prove challenging...

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Event: Realising The Growth of Opportunity in Uncertain Times

Event: Realising The Growth of Opportunity in Uncertain Times

Over the course of the year Maxwell Drummond will be hosting a series of Business SUCCESS events… Kicking off this series the first event that was held focused on “Realising the Growth of Opportunity in Uncertain Times”. Maximising growth development over the next few years is something that is key to our business and we want to engage to build SUCCESS. For this interactive event we had a speake...

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Testimonial: Weatherford

Testimonial: Weatherford

“Creating a new approach in the world of recruitment is a difficult thing, it is clear that Maxwell Drummond's approach is innovative and, importantly, highly successful in finding people tailored to our needs.”What is our new approach to search? Here at Maxwell Drummond we stand out in the market as we have a unique new approach to search. Why put up with old systems and processes when you can jo...

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Is Your Company Prepared for an Oil & Gas Skills Shortage? Part 3

Is Your Company Prepared for an Oil & Gas Skills Shortage? Part 3

In the final part of our discussion over a pending skills shortage in the oil & gas industry we will consider the impact of the sector’s move towards digital technologies. The Upcoming Digital Transition In order to plan for the next five years, companies must also consider the effects of an industry that is leaning further towards a digital future. A recent survey by EY found that 89% of e...

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Is Your Company Prepared for an Oil & Gas Skills Shortage? Part 2

Is Your Company Prepared for an Oil & Gas Skills Shortage? Part 2

In Part 1 of this guide we discussed the oil & gas industry’s fears over a pending skills shortage. In Part 2 we look at how to fill gaps in your organisation as the market recovers. Buying and Building The oil industry’s downturn was a wake-up call for the frivolous spending of the $100 per barrel era; for a generation which had only known boom times. The industry still has a bright future...

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Is Your Company Prepared for an Oil & Gas Skills Shortage? Part 1

Is Your Company Prepared for an Oil & Gas Skills Shortage? Part 1

A recent survey has suggested that nearly half of oil and gas professionals are concerned about an “impending talent emergency”. The third annual report from the Global Energy Talent Index (GETI), which interviewed 17,000 people in the oil & gas industry, revealed that 20% of those felt that the crisis had already arrived, whilst another 28% expected further problems within the next five year...

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Testimonial: Portakabin

Testimonial: Portakabin

“We have worked with Maxwell Drummond on two key appointments. Both of which we had previously tried to fill using other agencies. We all found Craig and Phil a joy to work with – they are diligent in their approach and the key success factors works really well for us as a business” – HR DirectorAt Maxwell Drummond we were working alongside a market leading national construction business who reach...

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A Summary of the UK Decommissioning Landscape

A Summary of the UK Decommissioning Landscape

The House of Commons ordered the National Audit Office (NAO) to provide a report on the financial implications of decommissioning in the UK. “Oil and gas in the UK – offshore decommissioning” was released on the 24th January 2019 and the following is a summary of the current landscape. There are currently around 320 fixed installations, primarily in the North Sea, of which 100 are forecast to be...

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