Dundee company recruits redundant workers following electrical firm collapse

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Scottish Electric Group vans outside the company's HQ.

Richard Irvin Energy Solutions (RIES) has doubled its presence in Dundee by recruiting some of the workers made redundant by the collapse of Scottish Electric Group.

The company, which specialises in mechanical and electrical (M&E) engineering and technical facilities management (TFM), opened an office in the city in 2014.

RIES has hired 12 new members of staff to take its total headcount in Dundee to 24.

The business is also very active in Fife and Tayside and provides M&E projects to a number of organisations, including Dundee City Council, Ninewells Hospital, the University of Dundee and the University of St Andrews.

Its current projects include the refurbishment of Perth crematorium with Morrison Construction, which is expected to be completed in December.

The firm is also active within Perth and Kinross Council’s framework with Hadden Construction.

Kevin Shinnie, head of RIES’s M&E division, said: “This is not only a boost for our company but also for the wider business community in Dundee.

Kevin Shinnie

“We were disappointed to hear that Scottish Electric Group had fallen into liquidation and so we are delighted that we can help many of those workers affected by the collapse of their former employer.

“Being able to strengthen our business and the services that we supply at the same time as supporting the local economic is great.”

Mr Shinnie added: “This is a very exciting time for Dundee — the construction of the V&A museum will act as a catalyst to stimulate the local economy, not just on the Waterfront but in the wider city.

“Hiring these talented members of staff will help us to meet demand for our existing customers and make sure we’ve got the right mix of skills for the years ahead.”