Investment in staff is linked to success

Fergus Ewing (second left) with (l-r) senior print operator Maggi Freel, MD Neil McCallum and insertion operator Tommy Hannah.
Fergus Ewing (second left) with (l-r) senior print operator Maggi Freel, MD Neil McCallum and insertion operator Tommy Hannah.
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Election business was very much to the forefront when Business Minister Fergus Ewing visited Critiqom premises in Bellshill.

He saw at first hand the first run of poll cards being produced during his tour of the facility when he met with board members and employees.

Mr Ewing said he was encouraged by the company’s impressive growth and their commitment to staff development which he considered pivotal to their success.

He said: “Critiqom is a successful company that is expanding responsibly with their staff at the forefront of their business.

“The company has experienced significant growth in a very challenging market, and they are well on their way to achieving their ambitious targets.

“Sustainable economic growth is at the heart of our ambitions for Scotland. Businesses like Critiqom have a central role to play in achieving that.

“I’m delighted to see the progress they are making in developing their operations in Scotland and beyond.”

Critiqom has enjoyed strong expansion across Britain from their Scottish base.

The company has set ambitious targets for the next few years, aiming for £30m turnover by 2018.

They are on track to meet this year’s target of £17m resulting in over 50 per cent increase in year-on-year profits to £700k, which is great news for managing director Neil McCallum.

He said: “We are an ambitious company and are well on our way to meeting our targets. But we want more than that.

“We want to integrate into our local community and to develop a loyal, inspired team committed to delivering excellent customer service.”