1984 - Stewart Graham (Gael Force Marine)
Stewart Graham won the 1984 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award with his business, Gael Force Marine.
Set up in 1983 to make lobster creels, Gael Force Marine has evolved into a leading marine equipment business with operations in the UK and Norway. The head office remains in Inverness, with a factory in Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides, and sales and distribution based in Grimsby. Stewart Graham’s original idea to start Gael Force Marine came about when he was in further education, but he remains convinced good ideas are worth pursuing whatever stage of life you’re in.
“Opportunities come along when you least expect them. Taking a decision to pursue them can be one of the most rewarding decisions you can make. Individuals, in particular young people, must have the courage to pursue their dreams, and families, friends and society at large should fully commend and support them in their endeavours – after all, if you aim at nothing you will hit it!”
Stewart Graham, winner of the innaugral Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1984.
Creels are still an important product to Gael Force Marine, but today the company operates in three key business areas – the thriving UK leisure marine market, the commercial fishing and marine sector, and the rapidly growing international aquaculture markets. The company also has significant waterside property development projects underway and now generates over £11 million in annual revenues and employs around 110 staff across the company’s three locations.
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