Offshore Europe 2011

PCL Group extends a warm welcome to all visiting Aberdeen City and Shire for this event

First held in 1973, this year’s Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition is again expected to attract a record number of visitors to the AECC in Bridge of Don, Aberdeen.

We are very much looking forward to this major international event and hope that all visitors have an enjoyable time.

Campaign to promote Aberdeen launched at Offshore Europe

Lord Provost calls on city leaders to back initiative aimed at restoring pride in granite city

Press and Journal – 08/09/2011

A campaign to boost the reputation of Aberdeen at home and abroad was officially launched at a packed Offshore Europe yesterday.

Lord Provost Peter Stephen called on city leaders to back the Aberdeen 1st movement, aimed at restoring pride in the charms of the North-East.

An A-list of influential Aberdonians has already been recruited to bring about a change in attitude, and encourage people to stop running down the Granite City.

Aberdeen 1st will bring together business figures, athletes, public servants and charity workers to inspire people to think differently about their home town.

Launching the initiative, Lord Provost Peter Stephen said: “City leaders are joining together to lift Aberdeen’s reputation around the world and remove some of the recent negativity which was becoming a large problem,


UK Female Entrepreneurship Ambassador

Jeanette Forbes appointed entrepreneurship ambassador

Press and Journal – 31/07/2011

Aberdeen-based businesswoman Jeanette Forbes, CEO of PCL Group, has become the North-east of Scotland’s first UK Female Entrepreneurship Ambassador (UKFEA).

She joins a select group of 50 successful businesswomen across the UK who have been invited to join UKFEA, part of a wider EU-funded ambassadors programme set up across 22 countries in Europe. The European network has 250 female role models, from across all business sectors, and only six of those are based in Scotland.

As an ambassador, Jeanette’s role will be to campaign on behalf of women, to encourage and inspire them to become entrepreneurs and set up their own business.

Jeanette set up her own company in March 2000 after being made redundant the previous year during a downturn in the oil and gas sector. Working from her dining room table and with just £100 in her bank account, she built the PCL Group up to become a global IT service provider to the offshore, marine, commercial and industrial industry sectors, based in Regent Quay, Aberdeen.


A Woman of Substance

Dispelling the myth of a man’s world

Business Bulletin – June 2011

The journey to success has not been without its steep inclines for Jeanette Forbes, CEO and founder of PCL Group. She is justifiably proud of her achievement in becoming a leading woman in oil and gas in what has been regarded as predominantly a man’s world, having built a successful information technology service company.

She launched PCL from her dining room with just £100 after being made redundant and just as it started to flourish she was hit by a massive bad debt. She ignored her banker’s advice to throw in the towel before the effort to survive killed her and now counts blue chip companies among the growing number of clients PCL serves.


Born in Yorkshire, she moved to Aberdeen with her children almost 30 years ago and regards the Granite City as home.

“I adopted Aberdeen and I would like to think that the people of Aberdeen have adopted me,” she said.

Her father was in the army and her early working life was spent in communications with the Royal Signals. On leaving army life, she returned to civvie Street and a job in the communications centre at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.


Broomhill Juniors End Season with Trophy

PCL Group proud sponsors of Broomhill Junior 15’s 2011 Cup Champions

Broomhill Juniors Newsletter – 29/05/2011

broomhillBroomhill Juniors ended a difficult season due to the adverse weather conditions last winter, finishing 3rd in the Great Northern Trophies A League which is the top league in the NE of Scotland and also winning their first trophy for the club by winning the Belmont Trophy by beating Albion BC 3-2 on penalties after the game ended 2-2 after extra time.

Congratulations to all the players on a tremendous effort and a special thank you from PCL Group to all those who give their time freely to train, support and encourage this young football team.


Time to Spread the Word and Say why Aberdeen is Great

Movement calls on people to help restore city’s worldwide reputation

Press and Journal, p3 – 27/05/2011

City leaders are joining forces to spearhead a new campaign which aims to restore Aberdeen’s reputation around the world.

Lord Provost Peter Stephen says he is tired of people running down the city – and he had recruited an A-list of influential Aberdonians to spread the word about everything it has to offer.

The Aberdeen 1st movement will bring together business figures, athletes, public servants and charity workers to inspire citizens to take a pride in their city and shout about its charms.

Mr Stephen said “It’s about starting a culture change – a different attitude. We want people to realise what the city has to offer.”

He will chair the new Aberdeen 1st Core Group, which also includes deputy lord lieutenant Dennis Davidson as deputy chairman and Alan Reid, communications director for city social care charity VSA, in charge of publicity.