Gael Force Group Plans Business Expansion –

Gael Force Group Plans Business Expansion Company Founder Stewart Graham Remains at Helm During Round-the-World Yacht Trip Published:  15 October, 2009

Exciting times lie ahead for marine supplies and engineering group Gael Force as founder and Chairman Stewart Graham embarks on a personal challenge and the Group management team push forward with business expansion plans.

Graham, who founded Gael Force in 1982 and has directed the business from its Hebridean origins to the multifaceted marine Group that exists today, has set sail to circumnavigate the world with his wife Trish. The trip has been meticulously planned as has the build of his yacht, Rhiann Marie, which is fitted with all the necessary communications equipment to allow him to keep in touch with his management team throughout the entire voyage.

For the last 18 months, Graham has been working on plans for the structure of the Group to put in place a solid and experienced management team who will drive the business forward. This included, at the end of the year, the appointment of David Guthrie as Group Managing Director. He has now assumed overall management responsibility for the Group.

Guthrie, who has known Graham since 1999 working in an external consultancy role, formerly worked at Board level in the building, oil and gas and marine industries both in Europe and the Middle East. He joins a strong management team already in place and brings a breadth of business experience to the Group with a remit to drive the business forward, working closely with Graham in the next stage of expansion.

Gael Force’s wide-ranging expansion plans include the development of the Group’s marine equipment division which serves the commercial fishing, commercial marine and leisure marine markets; the roll-out of the Marine MegaStore retail concept which has been very successfully trialled at the Group’s headquarters in Inverness; the design and fabrication of a new generation of feed barge and further advances in mooring systems for the European aquaculture industry; entry into the marine renewables engineering and fabrication market; and development of an exciting new concept in floating homes for inland waterways and dockland development projects throughout the UK.

Graham makes it very clear he is not retiring or stepping back from the business which he founded, but is taking a well earned sabbatical.

“I will receive weekly and monthly management reports and accounts emailed to the boat, will keep in verbal contact with David from the boat and will return to Scotland for regular Group Board meetings.

“Of course I am excited about the circumnavigation but I’m equally excited to see the Group well poised for continued growth. I look forward to returning to the business after fulfilling my latest challenge”, he said.