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Consulting firm doubles its Highland workforce over 12 months

By Rachel Smart

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Mabbett Highlands team with Paula Nicol and Colin Marr. Picture: Mabbett
Mabbett Highlands team with Paula Nicol and Colin Marr. Picture: Mabbett

Consulting firm Mabbett has doubled its Highland workforce over the past 12 months.

Driven by the opening of a new Moray office, a second office in Inverness and the refurbishment of the former GH Johnston office – which it acquired in 2022 – Mabbett now employs 22 people in the Highlands, up from 10 in 2022.

Speaking about a whirlwind two years as part of the Mabbett Group, leader the Highland offices, James Forbes, said: “Reflecting on the last two years, we have witnessed significant growth in our Highland client base and the addition of new technical services.

"These new services include: environmental engineering, ecology, flood risk management, contaminated land and construction design and management safety services, to name a few.

"Through this diversification, we can better service our existing client base through an integrated approach to planning, design, environment, engineering and safety consulting. I am proud of what we have achieved in a short space of time, and more importantly, excited for our long-term future in the Highlands."

Mabbett recently welcomed Inverness Chamber of Commerce’s chief executive, Colin Marr and deputy chief executive, Paula Nicol to the recently refurbished Inverness headquarters to mark the two-year anniversary of acquiring GH Johnston.

Mr Marr, commented: “It was a real pleasure to visit the newly refurbished Mabbett offices in Inverness and to meet the team. Over the last few years Mabbett have invested in the Highlands and Moray which has led to an impressive growth in the number of skilled jobs in our area.

"They have also diversified and can now offer a range of services including architecture, planning, engineering and environmental and health and safety consultancy.

"They are looking to the future by working closely with UHI on a range of graduate apprenticeships and Inverness Chamber of Commerce looks forward to supporting their further growth from the opportunities that will come from the development of the Inverness and Cromarty Firth Green Freeport.”.

Speaking about the successful growth of Mabbett in the Highlands, managing director, Derek J. McNab added: “Our investment in the acquisition of GH Johnston, together with our organic growth in the market, has allowed us to spread our geographical reach in the Highlands and enhance the services available locally to our clients, many of which would have previously been contracted from other parts of Scotland.

“We have received a warm reception in the Highland market as we build our business with local talent. Our team has also engaged with UHI to help us develop a local talent pipeline for the future including our first graduate apprenticeship. The support of Inverness and Moray Chambers of Commerce has also been invaluable to our firm in our growth journey.

“At Mabbett, we see significant long-term opportunities in the Highland market to include: the government investment in the Inverness and Cromarty Firth Green Freeports, the continuing expansionof the brewing and distilling sector, the fast growth of the space sector, future investment in housing, and much more. We are committed to serving these opportunities through creating local Highland-based jobs in our national consultancy.

“Finally, I wish to thank our staff, clients, and partners for their support in the Highlands and beyond, we wouldn’t be where we are without your assistance.”

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