“Scots clearly have a well deserved worldwide reputation in engineering and this must be supported at every opportunity.”
Gerry is Managing Director of GEM Lift Services Ltd. First registered in Feb 1988, the company services, repairs, supplies and installs a wide range of lifts including heavy goods lifts, passenger lifts and small service lifts. They also service and install lifts for the disabled.
Gerry started his career as an Apprentice Lift Engineer, graduating to management level before being headhunted by Otis Elevators where he completed his technical education. Determined to run his own business, he went to Glasgow University’s Business School with the aim of forming GEM.
Despite being a small business with less than ten employees, apprentice training is important and they currently have two apprentices under the Glasgow Commonwealth initiative scheme.
Over the years he has resisted several buy-out offers from major companies in order to maintain a purely Scottish perspective and to maintain the unique quality image that Scottish engineering enjoys.
With almost 50 years of experience in the lift industry Gerry says he has witnessed first hand the effects of political mismanagement of Scotland’s unique talents and engineering prowess.
“Not for nothing is the chief engineer in Star Trek portrayed by a Scot,” laughs Gerry. “Scots clearly have a well deserved worldwide reputation in engineering and this must be supported at every opportunity. This also extends to every other aspect of commerce and both historical facts and present day entrepreneurs are evidence of this. We really do have a people to be proud of.
“This is in spite of the limitations delivered or otherwise imposed on Scotland’s people by successive UK Governments.”
Gerry says in his experience it is rare to find many Scots employed in Scotland in multinational companies, at and above managerial levels. However, when you go outside the UK, Scots are easily found at the top levels of industry on every continent.
“What’s going wrong here?” he asks. “We really need to bring this talent back home by providing them with the opportunities they are currently denied in their home country.”
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