MEMBER NEWS: Well-known Aberdeen businessman appointed chairman of Banchory firm

March 1, 2021
MEMBER NEWS: Well-known Aberdeen businessman appointed chairman of Banchory firm

Courtesy of Aberdeen Business News.

A Banchory-based industrial safety and anti-slip flooring specialist firm has rebranded as it prepares for major UK and international expansion.

Scotgrip (UK) has rebranded as Scotgrip International and appointed well-known Aberdeen entrepreneur George Yule as chairman.

Mr Yule, former executive vice-chairman of Aberdeen Football Club, said he believes Scotgrip has the opportunity to grow sales revenue by as much as 40% — to £2.2 million — in 2022.

He said: “We believe there is tremendous potential to expand both in the UK and internationally.

“As well as our UK locations, we have satellite offices in Houston, Bangkok, and Stavanger. We are now planning to expand into the West African, Middle East, and Asia-Pacific regions.

“The fact that the company celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2021 speaks volumes for how well it is regarded by industry and its customers, many of whom have been with Scotgrip since 1991.

“We are confident there is scope to take our high standards and range of innovative products all around the globe, not only in the offshore energy sector but also in industry sectors such as renewables, maritime and pharmaceutical plants — in fact anywhere where slips, trips and falls are an occupational hazard.

“In doing so, we have every opportunity to grow our sales revenue by as much as 40% — to £2.2 million — in 2022.”

Ralph Prise, Scotgrip managing director, said: “George is highly respected in the Scottish business community with a proven track record of growing businesses globally.

“Having shared our plans to expand our business, client list and staffing, we are delighted that he has agreed to join us.”

Read the article at Aberdeen Business News here.

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