Specialists in industrial and commercial pipework, heating and process systems - Established in 1920

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New MD for James Ramsay

Gary Shepherd has been appointed as our new managing director. The new appointment sees Raymond Shepherd, who has been part of the business for almost 40 years, move to the role of Chairman.

Raymond ran the business with three colleagues for 30 years until he and equity investor Nevis acquired Ramsay in 2013. Since then, we have moved to larger premises and grown the turnover from £2m to £7m along with more than doubling employment from 24 to 54 staff today.

Raymond Shepherd, chairman, said: “As a business, we’re proud to have reached the 100-year milestone and this restructuring of operations is the next step on our journey.  We invest heavily in our people and are delighted to see Gary make this well-deserved step up from Operations Director. Gary served his apprenticeship with James Ramsay, excelled at college, and progressed through the business – he has really earned this recognition.

“In recent years, we have also invested heavily in training and have implemented a new operating system as we look to continue to provide the best possible quality of service to our customers.”

Gary added: “I am exceptionally proud to take on this new position and am excited by the challenges ahead as we look to grow and expand the business. The reduction in carbon output over the next 10 years promised by the Scottish Government will create opportunities for forward thinking businesses and at James Ramsay, we intend to play our part.”

Founded in Glasgow in 1920, we have built a reputation for undertaking complex projects in the commercial and industrial sectors with steam and thermal oil, pipework fabrication and installation, as well as a range of heating installations across a wide range of fuels. We are also the preferred contractor for many blue-chip customers in the public and private sectors. Recent projects include several in the renewable energy sector such as works at the low carbon district energy hub at Caird Park Regional Centre for Sport as well as contracts in more traditional sectors such as prisons and hospitals.  We also deliver long term service contracts to maintain heating systems for major public and private clients including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Dumfries and Galloway Council.

We have remained operational throughout COVID providing essential services to the Scottish Prison Service, health boards and the food and drink sector, and are now back up to operating at full capacity.

Pictured: Below left, Gary Shepherd and right (l-r) Brian Aitken of Nevis Capital, Raymond Shepherd, Gary Shepherd and Jamie Shepherd of James Ramsay, and Ian Buchan of Nevis Capital.

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Celebrating 100 years!

Today marks the 100 year anniversary of the incorporation of James Ramsay (Glasgow) Limited!

Originally based in Brand Street, Govan we then moved to our current location at Queenslie Industrial Estate in the East End of Glasgow.

The business moved from the Ramsay family around 40 years ago and more recently was acquired in to the Nevis capital portfolio.

We have endured world wars, depressions, financial crashes and now the COVID pandemic. During the past months we have continued to work with the majority of our team providing essential back up to the health, food and manufacturing sectors and we now look forward to kicking on to the next 100 years.

It’s a huge thank you to all the team at James Ramsay, not just for their efforts in the past few months but for their application and dedication over the years to keep us as one of the leaders in our sector, we salute you all!

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James Ramsay Launches Boiler Hire Service

We have launched a dedicated boiler hire service to support customers across Scotland and Northern England.

Raymond Shepherd, Managing Director at James Ramsay, said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer the market our new boiler hire service. It’s another string to our bow which means we can offer customers the complete one stop shop facility when it comes to their boiler and heating requirements.

“Whether it’s a catastrophic failure of an existing boiler, such as a flood or fire, or if planned boiler maintenance or replacement work is required, we can respond quickly to deliver and install a temporary hot water boiler solution.”

We offer a 24/7 emergency response call out, a full delivery and installation service, and short or long term boiler hire to best suit our customers’ requirements. Due to the company’s central Scotland location, highly competitive rates are available to organisations throughout Scotland and Northern England.

To find out more call the team on 0141 774 2602 or email your enquiry to info@jamesramsayltd.co.uk

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James Ramsay Acquires HCS Energy

Private equity firm, Nevis Capital, has supported us to acquire the specialist boiler hire business, HCS Energy. This acquisition is the first for James Ramsay, with more in the pipeline.

Raymond Shepherd, Managing Director of James Ramsay, said: “We are delighted to acquire one of the leading specialist hire businesses in our sector. It complements the Ramsay business well and will allow us to provide a wider offering to both companies’ customer bases.”

HCS Energy is the leading independent boiler hire company in Scotland with a fleet ranging from 200kW to 2,200kW. It provides containerised temporary boiler facilities to a wide range of customers including councils, schools, care homes and commercial businesses.

Nevis plans to invest significantly to expand the fleet of boilers further and broaden maintenance support to customers.
HCS was formed by Jim Garrity and has been providing temporary and emergency heating and hot water across Scotland for over 15 years. The business operates a 24 hour emergency call out and has supported many public sector and commercial customers with heating and hot water at critical times.