Leading the Way in Scotland

Strong products, workforce and service capability: that’s the basis for GEZE UK’s planned growth and expansion north of the border, according to Martin Revie, who has been appointed general manager for GEZE UK in Scotland.

Martin is overseeing a number of changes at GEZE UK’s Scottish HQ, in Cambuslang, including a redesign of the existing factory and the installation of new equipment.

The Scottish market is key to the company’s growth plans - with a number of high-profile projects showcasing GEZE products including the entrance to the historic Theatre Royal Glasgow and the incorporation of stylish revolving doors into the glass and stainless-steel frontage of the award-winning City of Glasgow College.

"The market in Scotland is fairly buoyant now; a lot of education projects are about to kick off or have just recently started. It looked like a really good opportunity in an expanding market."

"The location is ideal for north, south, east and west; we’re perfectly based just off the motorway. The majority of our business is across that central belt but we do a lot of other work as well in the north east and Inverness" he said.

The Scottish office has been based in Cambuslang for more than five years and GEZE UK was keen to demonstrate its commitment to the market by taking on adjoining premises as part of an expansion.

"We’re renewing and extending the lease on these premises and incorporating a number of improvements. We’re looking at redesigning the factory; creating a better working space and a better flow. We’ve got a sales team that is well-established, a specification team and a UK specification manager. We’re now targeting architects, end users and clients with our products. We have a sales team both for the automatics and also for supply only products. We’ve got a good coverage now of all the routes to market."

There are now 22 employees in Scotland; 14 on the contracts side and eight on service.

"There’s continuity and a lot of very experienced people within manufacturing/ sales/technical and after-sales. When you have such a technical product, like push pads, radar senses and clean rooms in hospitals, it can be a complicated set-up so it’s important that we have experience," said Martin. The Scottish office is currently involved in the development of a number of new build schools and in the new Royal Hospital for Children in Edinburgh. It has also just completed work on the Ulster Hospital in Belfast.

Martin has significant career experience - he was in construction at Lareine Engineering and previously worked for Jet Cox, a rooflight manufacturer, in Birmingham.