Founded in 1983 by Stewart Graham as a one-man business in Stornoway, Gael Force had a mission to design and manufacture quality fishing creels and supply direct to the boat owner. The venture was a success and the product range expanded to a complete package of creeling/potting equipment and accessories, in particular ropes. Sourcing direct from manufacturers resulted in expansion with an Inverness distribution hub being the centre of operations. Creels are still produced at the factory in Stornoway with Gael Force being the leading producer and supplier to the UK market.
Business continued to grow, supplying a wider range to the fishing industry and as a result, other markets opened up. The acquisition of Seaboard Anchors set a new course with Gael Force specialising in moorings to the aquaculture industry. Gael Force rapidly became a major player in that market and to this day we are a foremost supplier to fish farms across Scotland. In 2000, the assets of Taylor Marine were acquired and the business relocated to a purpose-built site on Anderson Street, Inverness. Gael force Engineering was formed to manufacture the revolutionary SEACAP feed barges for the fishing industry.
The start of the millennium saw a broadening of the product range to other marine equipment markets resulting in the development of the UK's first Marine Megastore along with an extensive product range available online; this reach was extended with the opening of a Plymouth branch. A new generation of feed barges was produced to meet demand and have now been exported throughout Europe. With a very strong name in the Aquaculture industry supply chain, Gael Force was awarded a contract to be the single source supplier for Marine Harvest consumables; a service that has since been extended to other fish farms across Scotland.
Over the last 5 years, Gael Force continued with a rapid period of growth through the acquisitions of Varis Engineering in Forres; manufacturers of pontoons and marina systems and moorings company FPM Henderson in Glasgow resulting in an established base in the Central belt. A bespoke, innovative aquaculture moorings system, SeaQureMoor was developed to maintain the leading position in the Scottish market. 2016 saw the acquirement of Forres based Mohn Aqua, specialists in the underwater technology; this company became Gael Force Marine Technology and widened the range of products to the Aquaculture industry.
Gael Force continues to grow with its most recent acquisition of the majority stake in Fusion Marine, the fish farming pen manufacturer, which has led the Group to expand its capabilities in end-to-end supply and manufacture of fish farming products and services.
By end of 2021, the Group is aiming to expand into new geographical markets as outlined in its 4-year Strategic Marketing Plan, and to achieve overall sales turnover of £50M.