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Balmoral Group

Established in 1980 by chairman and managing director, Jim Milne CBE, Balmoral Group Holdings Ltd is a privately owned company comprising several operating divisions.

Balmoral Offshore Engineering specialises in subsea buoyancy, flotation, insulation, elastomer and renewable energy products while Balmoral Tanks provides water and wastewater solutions to the anaerobic digestion, civil and environmental engineering sectors. Balmoral Park is the Group’s property development and management arm.

At Group HQ in Aberdeen the company has invested in a pioneering subsea product design and manufacturing facility that includes laboratory, design engineering, production, project management and testing facilities that are unrivalled in the industry. The £20m+ Balmoral Subsea Test Centre opened its doors in 2018.

Balmoral Tanks designs and produces efusion® and digestore® epoxy coated and concrete tanks respectively for the water, wastewater and anaerobic digestion markets. A new factory in South Yorkshire, representing a £10m+ investment, was commissioned in 2018. The company also operates a highly specialised design and manufacturing business in South Wales that provides hot press GRP and steel sectional tanks as well as cylindrical steel tanks for the global water storage and fire-fighting sectors.

Balmoral Park Ltd is the company’s property development division. Covering some 18 acres Balmoral Business Park in Aberdeen is home to three auto dealerships; Audi, Mini and Nissan, and features a 40,500sqft high-specification office pavilion.

These businesses are run by defined management and operations teams that are wholly responsible for their unit’s profit and loss activity. All are dedicated to the company’s philosophy of innovation and continuous improvement.

Balmoral Group HQ, Aberdeen

Group HQ, Aberdeen

Balmoral Tanks, Llantrisant

Balmoral Tanks, Llantrisant

Balmoral Tanks, Thurnscoe

Balmoral Tanks, Thurnscoe

James S Milne CBE DL DHC Hon DBA Hon FRIAS

James Milne, known to his many friends and colleagues as JSM, Jim or Jimmy, established Balmoral Group in 1980 with just five employees designing and manufacturing glass reinforced plastic products. Today, employing approximately 600 people, the privately owned company provides design and manufacturing solutions to the global subsea, energy, civil and environmental engineering sectors.

Mr Milne is a firm believer in driving technology to maintain Balmoral’s competitive advantage in its chosen fields. The company’s policy of continuous research and development has been in place for many years resulting in innovative materials and unique processes being developed by the company. He also believes staff development is fundamental to business success and it is his philosophy to encourage employees to develop self-belief in addition to professional work skills.

Mr Milne was awarded the CBE in 1994; received an honorary doctorate from Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University in 1999 and was made Burgess of Guild in the City of Aberdeen during 2004. Mr Milne became Deputy Lieutenant of Aberdeen City in January 2007 and received a Degree Honoris Causa from the University of Aberdeen in 2008. In 2011, he was inducted into the Entrepreneurial Exchange’s Hall of Fame and, in 2013, was made Honorary Doctor of Business Administration by Edinburgh Napier University.

Jim is a member of Entrepreneurial Scotland, Vice-Chairman of the North-east Committee and Fellow of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) and Chairman of the Friends of ANCHOR, a fundraising body which supports cancer care and research at Grampian University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Synonymous with Aberdeen and the Scottish manufacturing industry, Jim’s travels have taken him around the globe many times. A respected international entrepreneur and businessman he is renowned for his straight talking and for extolling the virtues of North-east Scotland.

James S Milne, Balmoral Group

Company values

The values described below apply to employee relationships with all customers – whether that is within Balmoral Tanks or with the company’s highly valued client base.

Customer focus Leading and working together as a team to deliver high quality products on time at the best possible price with no surprises
Respect Treating clients and colleagues as we wish to be treated ourselves, with respect and decency
Integrity Reliability, flexibility, honesty, openness and fairness. Supporting clients and colleagues at all times with a focus on the common end goal
Accountability Being proactive in setting and achieving objectives. Taking responsibility in one’s role and enhancing the company reputation at all times
Innovation A commitment to the company’s philosophy of innovation, continuous improvement and clear communication, internally and externally
Motivation Maintaining a focus on aligning efforts and energy to achieve common goals, ie, successful projects. Constantly seeking to add value
Balmoral Tanks staff

Company awards

Since 1986 Balmoral has regularly received awards for international trade and achievement, innovation and customer satisfaction.

The list below is indicative of the company’s commitment to its client base and a strategy of research, development and continuous improvement:

Balmoral Group

2018 Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce: Highly Commended Business of the Year
2016 Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce: Overall Business of the Year winner
2015 Scottish Business Awards: International Business of the Year
2015 Press & Journal Gold Awards: Innovation of the past 50 years: Winner
2012 Scotland PLC Awards: Outstanding company of the year, runner up
2010 SCDI Award for Outstanding International Achievement
2001 Scottish Offshore Achievement Awards: Innovative Technology Award
1998 Scottish Offshore Achievement Awards: Overall Performance Award
1994 Scottish Offshore Achievement Awards: Special Commendation Award
1991 Scottish Offshore Achievement Awards: Overall Performance Award
1989 Scottish Offshore Achievement Awards: Overall Performance Award
1986 Scottish Offshore Achievement Awards: Overall Performance Award

Balmoral Comtec (Balmoral Offshore Engineering)

2015 The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade
2012 The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade
2010 The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade
Jim Milne and the team at Balmoral

Business awards listings

2019, Jan Business Insider Top 500: ranking 93 (62)
2018, July Business Insider Top 50 Offshore Service Providers: ranking 9 (8)
2018, Jan Business Insider Top 500: ranking 62 (55)
2017, July Business Insider Top 50 Offshore Service Providers: ranking 8 (15)
2017, June The Sunday Times International Track 200: ranking 113 (81)
2017, April The Sunday Times Profit Track 100: ranking 14 (7)
2017, Jan Business Insider Top 500: ranking 55 (188)
2016, Oct The Sunday Times Top Track 250: ranking 203 (-)
2016, Aug Business Insider Top 50 Offshore Services: ranking 15 (39)
2016, June The Sunday Times International Track 200: ranking 81 (140)
2016, April The Sunday Times Profit Track 100: ranking 7 (-)
2016, Jan Business Insider Aberdeenshire Top 100: ranking 42 (188)
2016, Jan Business Insider Top 500: ranking 188 (220)
2015, Aug Business Insider Top 50 Offshore Services: ranking 39 (-)
2015, Jan The Sunday Times International Track 200: ranking 140 (-)
2013, Feb Business Insider Top 500: ranking 121 (135)
2012, July The Sunday Times Fast Track 100: ranking 39 (-)
2012, May Scotland PLC Awards: Outstanding Co. of the year, runner up
2012, April The Sunday Times Profit Track 100: ranking 20 (-)
2012, Jan The Sunday Times International Track 200: ranking 39 (39)
2011, May The Sunday Times International Track 100: ranking 39 (45)
2010, May The Sunday Times International Track 100: ranking 39 (45)

James S Milne CBE, Founder, Chairman and Managing Director

2019 Subsea UK Outstanding Contribution Award
2018 Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland
2016 Entrepreneurial Scotland: Entrepreneur of the Year
2016 Press and Journal Gold Awards Hall of Fame entry
2015 Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame entry
2013 Honorary Degree, Doctor of Business Administration, Edinburgh Napier University
2011 Entrepreneurial Exchange Hall of Fame entry
2010 Ernst & Young Scottish Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist
2008 Degree Honoris Causa from the University of Aberdeen
2007 Deputy Lieutenant of Aberdeen City
2007 Fellow of the SCDI
2004 Burgess of Guild in the City of Aberdeen
2000 Junior Chamber Aberdeen: Grampian Industrialist of the Year
1999 Honorary Degree, Doctor of Business Administration from RGU
1998 The Alick Buchanan-Smith Memorial Award for Personal Achievement
1994 Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) award

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Balmoral Group employment application form

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Balmoral Tanks employment application form

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At Group HQ in Aberdeen the company has invested in a pioneering subsea product design and manufacturing facility that includes laboratory, design engineering, production, project management and hyperbaric testing facilities second to none in the industry.

In Thurnscoe, England and Llantrisant, South Wales, Balmoral Tanks runs a highly specialised design and manufacturing business providing hot press GRP, steel sectional tanks, cylindrical steel tanks, epoxy coated steel tanks as well as concrete tanks for the global water storage, wastewater processing and fire-fighting sectors.

Balmoral Business Park is setting the benchmark for Aberdeen’s south side developments and provides – through the quality of accommodation on offer, the prominence of the site, and calibre of the landscaping – occupiers with an ideal location for their business.

Individual business units, Balmoral Offshore Engineering, Balmoral Tanks and Balmoral Business Park, are run by defined management and manufacturing structures that are wholly responsible for profit and loss activity.

The Group is committed to a policy of continuous improvement providing best in class products on a global basis.

Please note: Balmoral Group does not offer 'offshore positions'.

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