Craig Group has been named as one of the UK’s leading private mid-market companies in the latest annual Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250.

The Aberdeen head-quartered global shipping and energy services firm has entered the list for the first time, ranked 236th.

The Top Track 250 is sponsored by Grant Thornton and Barclays, and compiled by Fast Track, the Oxford-based networking events and research company.

Craig Group, which will announce its results for 2014 later this year, is a privately owned family-run business now into its fourth generation.

The company reported turnover of £146.8million for the year ended April 2013 with operating profits of £17.4million.

One of Scotland’s top 100 companies and in the top 20 of offshore service companies in the North Sea, Craig Group operates in Europe, Africa and the US in the areas of offshore support, ROV survey, emergency response and rescue vessels, oilfield supplies and leisure.

Craig Group chairman and managing director, Douglas Craig, said: “This national recognition reflects the steady, sustainable growth our business achieves through the expertise of our people, the quality of our service and our continued investment in new vessels and new bases around the world.”