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GEG Capital acquires Inverness construction company WGC (Scotland)

By Andrew Dixon

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Rhona Donnelly.
Rhona Donnelly.

In brief:

  • Entire WGC workforce retained with Rhona Donnelly promoted to managing director.
  • WGC vision and values to be supported and enhanced.
  • New opportunities created by synergies with fellow GEG Capital companies.
  • Plans to train and up-skill existing talent and create new opportunities locally.

Inverness-based investment group GEG Capital has acquired construction company WGC (Scotland) Ltd.

Following the acquisition – which will see WGC continue as a standalone entity within the group – GEG Capital will support the existing management team to target growth in the social housing, industrial and commercial construction sectors, enhancing WGC’s vision, values, commitment to training and reputation for delivering bespoke, technically challenging projects.

WGC, which was founded as William Gray Construction in 2001, going on to become one of the largest privately owned construction companies in the Highlands, will benefit from new training opportunities and leadership support.

New opportunities for WGC will also be created due to the synergies enjoyed with fellow GEG Capital group companies such as Global Infrastructure and Global Highland.

All 60 WGC employees will be retained after the acquisition, with commercial manager Rhona Donnelly set to replace current managing director Dougal Murray.

Mr Murray will retire later in the year following a handover to his successor, who brings more than 30 years' experience in the sector to the role, and has driven growth in social housing construction at WGC after previously setting up the successful O’Brien Homes.

She said: “Joining the GEG Capital group of companies is a great opportunity for a Highland-based and Highland-focused construction company like WGC. We have a young, ambitious management team who I’m sure will prosper with the additional support, expertise and training opportunities that will come with our acquisition.

“On a personal note I’m delighted to succeed Dougal as managing director of WGC at this exciting stage in the company’s growth and wish him well in his retirement. I look forward to building on the excellent relationships we have built up with our loyal local client base – particularly in the social housing sector – and I look forward to delivering many more key developments for our communities as well as the varied commercial and industrial projects we are renowned for.”

WGC’s social housing client base includes Albyn Housing, Cairn Housing Association, Highland Council and Highland Housing Alliance.

Following its acquisition by GEG Capital, WGC will be able to call upon on the engineering and civils expertise within the group to deliver projects on more technically challenging sites.

GEG Capital director Jia MacKenzie said: “The acquisition of WGC Scotland by GEG Capital gives us further breadth to our expertise as we continue to grow the portfolio. The skills that the WGC team offer, present opportunity for growth within the industry and the support from the management team is in place to ensure that they release that growth potential.”

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