PRINCE Andrew has visited Clark Eriksson’s offices in Falkirk.
The Duke of York made the visit (on September 8) in his role as a special representative for international investment and trade.
Royal sources say the Prince is keen to support small and medium-sized businesses enjoying international success.
Clark Eriksson – which provides professional engineering services – works with clients around the world, including BP, GlaxoSmithKline, Syngenta and Exxon.
During the visit, which lasted just under two hours, the Prince chatted with staff and saw some of the hi-tech 3D modelling equipment used by Clark Eriksson.
He also took the opportunity to present an Investors in People Award to the firm. Clark Eriksson was recently re-accredited with IIP status.
Managing Director Jim Toner said: “Business is going well for us just now and the Prince’s visit was the icing on the cake. He was genuinely interested in what we do, and spent time with almost every member of staff.
“While he was here, he presented our new Investors in People award. He also suggested we should apply for a Queens Award for our technological advances in design. We’re talking to Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley about this.”
Mr Toner added: “Investing in our staff is of paramount importance to Clark Eriksson – so we’re delighted to be re-accredited with IIP. Well-trained staff give a better level of service to customers – and we’re heavily committed to providing a high level of customer care.”
During the visit the Prince also met stars from the Clark Eriksson Fury – the local basketball team sponsored by the firm. Mr Toner introduced head coach John Bunyan, junior club captain Matthew Hoffman and cadet club captain Scott Cuthill to the Duke.
Clark Eriksson provides services to the oil, gas, petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries. The company operates in three main areas: design and draughting, project management and procurement.