BWS issue 36 November December 2015 - Page 29

profiles BUSINESS WOMEN SCOTLAND 27 Earlier this year, the company was recognised by the Family Business Unit when it was the winner of the 2015 Scottish Family Business of the Year Award. “It gives all of us who contribute to the A. Proctor Group’s success a real boost as we actively seek to build and expand upon our achievements to date. I would like to thank our employees, who are our biggest asset, for their hard work and dedication to the A.Proctor Group,” said Keira. “My father always said to me that our staff are our biggest asset and I agree with him. I’m committed to ensuring all employees are treated fairly and to encourage managers to challenge and grow their team’s capabilities. “I’m a strong believer in a positive work environment. The combination of hard work and good fun provides a platform for employees to put forward new ideas, recommend positive changes and influence where the organisation is going. Staff are listened to and encouraged to think outside the box. “No idea is too silly or boring to investigate, quantify and try to make work. We need new products, new ideas to push the company forward.” A suggestion from a junior member of staff at a regular R&D meeting led to the company branching out into the rail industry with an innovative product solution, now worth more than a million pounds in the UK, with opportunities in Europe rapidly expanding. This kind of thinking typifies the direction A. Proctor Group is heading in. Under Keira’s leadership, it is committed to customer-led innovation and establishing effective partnerships. They plan to continue to develop new products with value-added solutions for use all over the world. She said: “Our technical expertise in areas such as breathable membranes, acoustics and thermal insulation has placed us in a market-leading position across many of our divisions. “We benchmark and evaluate what we do not have, to constantly improve our competitive edge in the marketplace and strive to meet our customers’ expectations.” n If you are considering growing your business Scottish Enterprise can offer you advice and support on everything from business strategy and finance to finding new markets and developing products and services. Top Tips for Success 4 Focus on only one country 4 Consider all ideas, no matter how silly 4 Commit to exporting in your chosen markets 4 Take advice from experts 4 Give back to your community To find out more visit