Consulting engineer Ramboll Whitbybird is targeting developing markets to combat the recession

At the release of its Danish parent company’s full-year results, chief executive Mike Crane said the company was “actively strengthening the business through diversification into other service areas and building credentials in new markets”.

He pointed to recent wins in Libya, including the £1.5bn Green Mountains coast masterplan, a 165km-long eco development.

Group pre-tax profit was up 13% from 315.1 krone (£37.7m) in 2007 to 357.7m krone (£42.8m) while turnover jumped 19% from 4739.6 krone (£568.4m) to 5,639.8 krone (£676m). The margin was down from 6.6% to 6.3%.