Published date : 18 April, 2024

Gordon MP Richard Thomson has visited subsea ROV specialist company Film Ocean in Ellon to see how they are growing and running operations all over the world from their purpose-built eco-friendly base.

The company, which has been based out of Ellon for the last twenty years, moved into their energy efficient base last year. They are working towards powering the entire site with renewable energy generated on site by wind power to be as energy efficient as possible.

Richard Thomson, as the Business and Trade spokesperson for the SNP at Westminster, was shown the plans to enable clients to operate their inspection equipment all over the world, from their remote operation centre in the headquarters in Ellon.

Scott Jenney, Film-Ocean CEO, said:

“It was a pleasure to have Richard Thomson visit our offices, where he engaged with our management team on sustainable business growth efforts at Film-Ocean. Richard’s deep understanding of the local community played a key part in our discussion, exploring potential support avenues for our business and others within the Ellon area.

“Additionally, we explored ways in which businesses can make a positive impact on the local community, highlighting the importance of corporate social responsibility and the benefits of providing career opportunities for future generations.

Scott and his senior team gave Richard a tour of the building, explaining that the purpose-built facilities enabled his team to talk to the clients in different time zones and demonstrate the testing remotely. Clients will can pilot their inspection rovs remotely from Ellon, which will enhance staff safety and make communication simpler.

The company were keen to talk about apprenticeships and graduate intakes.

Mel Lawson Head of HR commented:

“We have good links with the local schools and we recruit our apprentices from them. The young people are familiar with us and it seems to work well. “

And as the company has doubled its workforce in recent years’ and continues to grow, this is something that will be continuing.

Commenting following his visit, Gordon MP Richard Thomson said:

I've followed Film Ocean's journey over the years and I’m impressed in how much they have committed to Ellon, with jobs, research and community projects. 

“It would be great to come back and see their headquarters when they are able to be fully sufficient in energy through their planned investment in renewables.”

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