Fig 1. Jim Mather, MSP, with Dustin Newport,
Commercial Director for MindGenius
The Lanarkshire-based company welcomed Jim Mather, the Scottish Government’s Enterprise, Energy and Tourism Minister, to their base at SE Technology Park as they revealed a number of exciting business projects.
Mr Mather, MSP for Argyll and Bute, has long been an advocate for Gael’s sister company’s self-titled mind mapping software MindGenius, actively using it to help facilitate the many national conversations he has hosted with industry, trade and public bodies throughout Scotland.
During his visit to Gael’s Orion House premises in East Kilbride, he witnessed firsthand the success of the company’s flagship compliance management software, Q-Pulse, in domestic and international markets.
Gael’s Managing Director Donald Maciver said: “We were delighted to welcome Mr Mather here as he has been an avid user of MindGenius for a number of years now, essentially as he finds it ideal to easily capture, analyse and feedback dialogue at events designed to help organisations and individuals work together to improve their effectiveness.
Although he had experience of MindGenius, we felt it was important for Mr Mather to see the size, growth and potential of Gael Ltd as a company. Q-Pulse helps organisations manage compliance and is particularly dominant in aviation and healthcare sectors in both the domestic and international marketplace.
Gael currently employs 93 staff in East Kilbride having added 22 staff in the last year despite the global economic climate and expects to have over 100 employees by April 2011.
We are in a very niche market and enjoy great customer loyalty stretching back to our inception in 1995 and this has allowed us to develop an enviable track record in our space. Sixty per cent of our turnover is now international as the demand for efficient and effective compliance management continues to grow across the world.”
During his visit on Monday, September 13, the Enterprise Minister was taken on a tour of Gael’s premises before being briefed on the company’s products and ambitious plans for the future which includes plans for operational bases in the US and Dubai.
Mr Mather is one of few MSPs who ran their own business prior to being elected at Holyrood and he admitted he was impressed by Gael’s set-up and future business plan.
He said: “I was encouraged to meet a management team who have clearly developed outstanding products and services that support compliance, quality management and teamwork with clear ambition to continue to create jobs and opportunities within Scotland and exceed the expectations of global customers.”
Ashley Marron, Gael’s Chief Operating Officer, added: “Jim’s enthusiasm for helping to understand our challenges and offer practical advice to help us to continue to grow our business is always of benefit. The value of leveraging Jim’s vast experience is an asset to all Scottish companies wanting to continue to enhance the reputation of outstanding Scottish developed products.”