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This is the place with a skilled workforce to let businesses thrive
Rutherglen-based commercial electrical contractor Electrical Solutions (Scotland), part of ES Group, offers a full range of commercial electrical services, such as lighting management systems, electrical infrastructure, fire systems, intruder alarms, CCTV and data/fibre network. When the company needed new premises to accommodate expansion, Group Managing Director Chris Bryant was keen to stay in Clyde Gateway.
“I started Electrical Solutions in the Mount Florida area of Glasgow in 2006. When you first start a company, you don’t really think much about growing it, you just want to survive the first three years. However, business took off much more quickly than I could possibly have imagined, so within a year we needed larger accommodation and couldn’t find anything suitable in Mount Florida. In 2007, we moved to a small industrial unit in Rutherglen within the Clyde Gateway area.
“We chose Clyde Gateway mainly because of the fantastic location in terms of transport links. For a company like ours, who does most of our work in Glasgow, Edinburgh or the space in between, the location is just perfect – you can be in Glasgow city centre in a few minutes and Edinburgh in 40 minutes, outside of peak times. A lot of our work is repeat business that comes from preferred contractors with whom we have a good working synergy, two of which are based in South Lanarkshire – so that’s another reason why it’s so convenient.
“Most of our team are either from the Clyde Gateway area or just outside it, so it’s also very handy for them. Our office staff can all get to their work within a 15-minute commute, and having Rutherglen High Street and The Forge on our doorstep is also great.
“We’ve always taken on apprentices, usually two every year. Just now we have nine in our team. I’ve always seen this as a win-win situation, because recruiting engineers with the right skills is difficult. This way, nearly every year we have two apprentices qualifying, so as well as providing jobs and training, we are creating our own pipeline of skilled engineers.
“The company is thriving just now. Our turnover has recently grown to just over £2m, mainly because of some large projects we are carrying out for the likes of the University of Edinburgh, Royal London Group and Skypark in Glasgow. Our team has grown to eight office staff and 24 engineers and apprentices, so we needed larger premises and we were determined to stay within the Clyde Gateway area because the location suits us so well. As there wasn’t anything new that exactly met our needs, we decided to convert a disused pub in Rutherglen into bespoke new premises, with partial financial support of £15,000 from South Lanarkshire Council. This new facility will be ready in early 2017 and it will look fantastic.
“The massive transformation of the Clyde Gateway area and the regeneration resulting from the Commonwealth Games has been incredible and Police Scotland’s new HQ and the general redevelopment for the Commonwealth Games has been great for the area. All the new housing that’s being built will in turn encourage more amenities to locate here, and once the new Magenta business park starts to take shape, the Shawfield area will be transformed.
“Through building a loyal and skilled workforce within this area, the future for ES Group Ltd is looking bright and there is no doubt that this is the place for us to thrive!”