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


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James Ramsay Achieve ISO Accreditation

After months of exceptionally hard work and an extremely rigorous audit process, we are delighted to have achieved our ISO accreditation at the first attempt.

James Ramsay is now officially certified to the following management system standards:

ISO 9001:2015 – Quality Management System
ISO 14001:2015 – Environmental Management System
ISO 45001:2018 – Occupational Health and Safety Management System

Successful certification validates our core values, our safe and resilient service delivery, and our commitment to quality, safety, and environmentally friendly practices.

A truly fantastic effort from our professional, and dedicated team!

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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!


The rise in demand for steam generation

We asked our Managing Director, Raymond Shepherd, to give us his thoughts on the trends affecting the steam generator market – here’s what he had to say:

“Improvements to the steam engine were undoubtably some of the most important technologies of the Industrial Revolution. The importance of this energy source continued for the next 200 years, with steam remaining at the forefront of manufacturing and energy production in the western world.

In the last 50 years or so however, new fuels and technologies have reduced our dependency on steam, and we’ve seen a reduction in the number of steam generation plants throughout the UK. But as we push towards zero carbon emissions by 2045, is that downward trend about to change?

We’re certainly seeing a growing appetite for steam generation to produce electrical supply on a smaller scale. Biomass steam boilers, waste heat steam boilers and improved incineration processes – coupled with low gas costs – are making steam a viable option once again.

We’ve also noted an increase in steam usage in the Food and Drink sector, with a new wave of small distilleries and micro-breweries opening throughout Scotland, as global demand for scotch and craft beer continues to grow.

It’s great news for us, as James Ramsay have been providing cost-effective, reliable steam solutions to our clients throughout the UK for almost 100 years. Steam is on the rise? We’ll drink to that.”

Raymond Shepherd

Managing Director – James Ramsay

Project Updates

Bells Food Group cuts gas bill by 10% thanks to James Ramsay

 James Ramsay Ltd are pleased to receive a glowing commendation from our client, Bells Food Group, following a successful gas burner replacement at their multi-million pound production facility in Shotts, Lanarkshire.

After their existing burner failed, Bells Food Group turned to James Ramsay to help find the best solution for their needs. This came in the form of a new fully modulating digital burner from market-leading manufacturer Weishaupt, for whom James Ramsay are a Scottish agent.

During the burner installation we also reinstated missing baffles to increase the efficiency of the system with no additional costs. The works were carried out – to schedule – over a 6-day period, during which the factory remained fully operational on a temporary steam system adjacent to the plant. The new burner is expected to deliver a 10% saving in Bells’ annual gas costs.

Jamie Shepherd, Service Director at James Ramsay said “We were delighted to be awarded this contract from Bells Food Group. Until now, we have predominantly worked with them on their process burners, so it’s fantastic now to also be able to provide them with a cost-saving steam solution. As one of the few remaining steam specialists in Scotland, we had the in-house skills and experience to complete the works on time, to budget and with minimal disruption.”

Paul Griffiths, Director of Operations at Bells Food Group commented “We have been working with James Ramsay for a number of years now and have always been delighted with the standard of work delivered by them. This project was no exception. Particular commendation to James Ramsay’s foreman Allan, whose attention to the job was excellent.”


About Bells Food Group

With a history dating back almost 90 years, Scottish pie and pastry manufacturer Bells Food Group is a leader in their field. The company manufactures 50 tonnes of pastry per week, shipping pastry-based baked goods to every corner of the UK and meeting the needs of commercial and domestic customers alike. Retail products include Scotch pies, steak pies, Scotch dumpling, chicken curry pies, macaroni pies and the famous Kirriemuir gingerbread, amongst others. Food service products include frozen puff pastry bases, lids, blocks and rolls, as well as fill-and-bake pastry. The company also offers a bespoke service developing products tailored to trade clients’ individual needs.



Project Updates

James Ramsay contract win at Tiree Power Station

James Ramsay Ltd is delighted to be awarded the contract to install new oil and water-cooling batteries at Tiree Power Station, situated on the most westerly island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland.

The new batteries, manufactured by Serck/Unipart, are critical to the safe operation of the station. The project itself has been many months in the planning with particular attention to detail given the geographical location.  We have had to consider and overcome the challenges of transport (the island can be only be reached by ferry and air), availability of limited accommodation and our own staff resources – we need to ensure our team of skilled engineers can adapt to the exposed weather conditions that the island can throw at them!

Raymond Shepherd, Managing Director at James Ramsay said “This type of specialist work is suited to the skills and expertise of our workforce; remote locations, high specification welding and attention to detail are crucial to ensure a smooth and trouble-free installation. The client, SSE, demanded a quick turn-around to ensure that it maintained the essential back up power supply to the island and we are delighted to be able to meet these needs”.

The project will take 4 weeks from start to finish and will see 4 new batteries and 41 new valves installed, as well as pipework alterations involving a challenging lifting operation.


About Tiree Power Station

Tiree’s small diesel-fuelled power station is located next to Tiree Airport, to the north of Crossapoll. It was one of several power stations built by the Air Ministry during World War II to service the Royal Air Force installations on the island. After the war, the station was purchased by the North of Scotland Hydro Electric Board and brought into civilian use, supplying 2.5 megawatts of power to the island. The island was connected to the National Grid by submarine cable from Mull in the 1980s. Now owned and operated by Scottish & Southern Energy, the power station is retained as an emergency backup. It was refurbished in 2002 and is tested monthly. In early 2005, the station was brought into service for several months until repairs could be completed after the undersea connection was broken during adverse winter weather.

Below: The island’s beaches extend most of the way around the shoreline, a distance of 46 miles altogether.

Project Updates

James Ramsay acknowledged in award-winning energy project

James Ramsay (Glasgow) Ltd, alongside the design team at Scotia Energy Ltd, are delighted to have been involved in the installation of the award-winning innovative energy centre at the Wirral Metropolitan College.

The project, which saw a unique low carbon hybrid microturbine energy centre installed at the College’s Twelve Quays Campus in Birkenhead, scooped the ‘Carbon Champion Award’ at this year’s ECHO Environment Awards.

The new energy centre has reduced the College’s energy costs by 40% and is saving over 300t of carbon per annum compared to the previous gas boilers and imported electricity. The installation also took place in a fully operational building with minimum disruption to staff and students.

George Norrie, Primary Contractor and Energy Consultant, Scotia Energy Ltd said “James Ramsay Ltd played a major role in making the Wirral project a success. Their professional staff carried out the mechanical installation within budget and to the project timescales. They were helpful and easy to work with and we hope to be collaborating on other projects in the future.”

Raymond Shepherd, Managing Director at James Ramsay said “We are delighted to have worked with Scotia Energy on this award-winning project to showcase our team’s installation expertise. The long-term benefits for the College are huge – they will be able to significantly reduce energy consumption, CO2 emissions and costs.”

It is hoped that this innovative integrated energy solution will be rolled out across the local area for schools, colleges, leisure centres and commercial and public buildings.


About James Ramsay

James Ramsay (Glasgow) Ltd was established in 1920 and has grown to become one of Scotland’s most experienced and well-respected specialists in industrial and commercial pipework, heating and process systems.

A business built on the traditional values of quality workmanship, customer service and focus on health and safety, the company offers customers total support for their pipework, heating and process requirements from the provision of maintenance and emergency repairs to major pipework and heating plant installations and upgrades.

About the Awards

The Liverpool Echo Environment Awards – in association with Merseyrail and now in their eighth year – recognise the successes of business, community groups, schools and individuals in the area striving to make Merseyside a Healthier, Greener and more Connected place to live and work.

For more information please contact:

Jamie Shepherd, Service Director


Pictured above (left to right) – George Norrie, Energy Consultant at Scotia Energy; Renia Kotynia, Local Energy NW; Dr Bryan Lipscombe, Climate Consultant at Wirral Borough Council and Joe Finneran, Director of Estates at Wirral Metropolitan College.

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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.