About Us

Reputation Built on Trust

Gael Force Group is a leading supply partner of equipment, technology, and services for the farming and catching of healthy, nutritious seafood.  Our competence and experience in aquaculture and commercial fishing environments means we are well-positioned to extend our range to commercial and leisure marine sectors.

The engine of our business has always been fuelled by the desire to design, manufacture, and supply equipment, technology, and services suited to the individual needs and challenges of our customers.

For almost 40 years, our drive to partner with our customers, whether it be the ambitious salmon farmer or the hard-working local fishing community, has enabled us to build lasting, trusted customer relationships.

Our approach to work is consistent with integrity at its very core. In business, we value our customer relationships and strive to deliver a level of service and supply beyond expectation.

Across our group of companies, multiple locations, and a highly-skilled workforce of over 230 people, our proud heritage and strong values are embedded. We are steadfastly focused on our core values which provide us a framework for all our actions.

Through close working relationships with our customers, we are knowledgeable about the industries we are part of and are aware of current issues and future challenges.

Because of this, we embrace the opportunity with a high degree of professionalism, technical capability, and capacity to continuously improve our products and services to meet changing customer requirements where technologically intelligent solutions are required to tackle industry barriers to sustainable growth.

Vision

We aim to grow Gael Force to be recognised as a major world class Scottish company which will provide a sustainable, high yielding legacy for all its stakeholders over the very long term.

Mission

Our mission is to be the trusted product, technology and service supply partner of choice to our customers.

 

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Act with Integrity

We will act with integrity and fairness in everything we do.

We will say what we do and do what we say.

We will demonstrate fairness, commitment and a hard work ethic from the top.

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Value our People

We will without compromise provide a safe work environment for our people.

Our people will be offered the opportunity to be all they can be and grow and develop with the company.

Our people will be recognised and rewarded for what they contribute.

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Put our Customers First

Through relationship building, we will continually seek to understand the needs of our customers.

We will aim to repeatedly be our customer’s supplier of choice.

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Continually improve our Products and Services

We will always seek to continually improve our products and services.

We will always seek to innovate in all areas of our activity.

Quality will be at the heart of everything we do.

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Care for our Environment

We will seek to minimise the impact our operations have on the environment.​​​​​​

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Consider all Stakeholders in our strategic decisions

The focus of all our activities will be on delivering exceptional value for all of our stakeholders.

We will focus on building a business which has long term and sustainable above average performance.

Innovation

We will strengthen and invest in our commitment to innovation through structured product development strategy and by engaging and closely collaborating with our customers to understand their challenges.

 

Manufacturing Excellence

Our Manufacturing and Production facilities will excel in quality and efficiency, fully focused on delivering to schedule with a ‘right first time’ and ‘best in class’ attitude.

 

Quality Assurance

In line with our compliance procedures we aim to deliver a best in class standard of quality that is regarded by our customers as superior to other suppliers in the market.

Service

Always aspiring to offer world class levels of customer service we aim to provide exemplary, value adding service levels while ensuring all customers receive the right product, in time and on budget.

 

Sustainability

Our sustainability strategy will assist our customers with meeting and exceeding their sustainability goals, while seeking to achieve zero waste, zero emissions, and greater efficiency across Gael Force.

 

Export Markets

Through our structured and well-established research and validation process we will seek to continue with the internationalisation of our business, growing our exports in a sustained manner.

Timeline

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At 18-year-old, Stewart Graham founded ‘Island Fabrications’ and set up as a one-man creel manufacturing and steel fabrication business based in 500 square foot unit in Stornoway in the Hebrides in Scotland.

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A new 6,500 sq ft. factory was established in Stornoway with a sole focus solely on the production of creels for the UK and export markets.

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“Gael Force” brand developed with sales, warehousing and distribution relocated to Inverness to further expand the market.

Fiskevegn AS acquired to form Gael Force Grimsby division a strategic location for the distribution of products in England.

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Seaboard Anchors is acquired to form Gael Force's mooring division, laying the path to become a specialist mooring equipment supply partner to multiple marine sectors.

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Taylor Marine acquired to form Gael Force Engineering and manufacture the revolutionary SEACAP feed barges for the fish farming industry.

Investment made in Gael Force Marine Technologies AS for the development of a range of automated fish feeding systems for installation in the SEACAP feed barges.

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Gael Force's Marine Megastore opened becoming the UK’s largest one-stop-shop for marine equipment.

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The business of moorings company FPM Henderson, Glasgow acquired re-enforcing Gael Force position as market-leading moorings specialists.

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Gael Force acquires Varis Engineering, specialists and market leaders in marina pontoon production.

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Gael Force acquires aquaculture underwater technology specialists, Mohn Aqua, strengthening existing capabilities within the aquaculture market and kickstarting a new strategic period of growth.

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SeaFeed Offshore Feeding System is launched at Aqua Nor.

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Gael Force acquires Fusion Marine, adding plastic pens to a substantial aquaculture product portfolio.

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Quayside shipyard facilities acquired, paving the way for steel barge building to be brought to the West Coast of Scotland.

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Gael Force Canada is established to offer products, technology, and services to the Aquaculture market in Atlantic Canada.

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Gael Force Group bursts onto the Norwegian aquaculture stage with a large presence at the world's largest Aquaculture Exhibition, Aqua Nor.

Quality, Health, Safety and Environment

Quality, Health, Safety, and the Environment lie at the very heart of our culture and activities, enabling our customers to make continuous improvements in their discipline while spreading sustainable development worldwide.

In short, because QHSE is so firmly ingrained in what we do, we can be relied on us to take compliance in the safety of products, people, and customers very seriously.

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Beyond the immediate effects of our products and services Gael Force Group strives to improve our approach in all aspects of HS&E management, covering the environmental impact and relationships with customers, employees, and suppliers.

We are committed to ensuring the quality in all our activities, a commitment which is supported by the Directors, senior management, and colleagues throughout each part of Gael Force Group. The Quality, H&S, and Environmental framework is aligned with the Group Business Plan.

We have NQA ISO 9001:2015 certification for the following activities:

  • Gael Force Marine Equipment Ltd: Sale of marine equipment and the Design and Manufacture of Mooring Systems. 
  • Gael Force Engineering Ltd: Design and Manufacture of Floating Concrete and other Steel Structures, and the Design, Manufacture and Installation of Marina Pontoons.  General Engineers and Fabricators.

 

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Supporting Our Communities

We care strongly about the local communities in which we operate and will always consider our neighbours in the choices we make as a business.  The local community forms an important piece of the fabric in our existence.  

Where we have been in the fortunate position to 'give back' to the community we have done so, as demonstrated with the Iolaire Centre project below. 

Our sponsorship committee evaluates all donation and sponsorship requests in line with our company’s core values and manages an annual budget for community outreach.  

The Iolaire Centre

As an example of the work we do to support the community, we are leading a project to build a world-class visitor centre to commemorate the Iolaire disaster, in the centre of the Stornoway Harbour where the returning servicemen should have disembarked. In 2018 we pledged a six-figure sum to the project over the four years which is anticipated to be the required lead-time to project completion.

Following the commemoration events and the wide and initial overwhelming community support for progressing the build of the Iolaire Centre, the Iolaire Centre charity is now embarking on the fundraising required to move the project forward to build a world-class visitor experience in Stornoway in the Hebrides, which will tell the story of the Iolaire tragedy.

The project aims to create a world-class visitor centre based on the Iolaire tragedy of 1st January 1919. The Iolaire Centre will recognise and commemorate those lost and those who survived and it will seek to look to the future, creating a visitor experience in the centre that is a dynamic cultural venue, attracting visitors from over the UK and the diaspora from the wider world.

The centre will be an opportunity to attract visitors throughout the island and create a meaningful catalyst for Stornoway’s wider vision to regenerate the town and its waterfront and be an integral part of the Harbour Development plan which will stimulate and sustain the island economy for the long term.

The vision for this world-class facility is to be one of Scotland’s top visitor attractions which will drive economic growth through telling the powerful story of the Iolaire tragedy. By sensitively telling that story, it will seek to look back and commemorate but also to look forward with positivity and shape the Islands future. The centre will seek to merge the promotion of Gaelic and Hebridean Culture, Maritime History and promote Hebridean Produce.


Keep up with the progress of the Iolaire Centre Working Group here: https://www.facebook.com/AnIolaire/.

For more information about the Iolaire Centre, visit iolaire.org.