Member of the Week - Cairngorm Group
Cairngorm Group was formed in 1953 as Inverness Glass Company and was originally based in a small hut down by the River Ness. We have grown since then and diverisifed as times have changed and have added different sub divisions which includes Cairngorm Kitchens, Cairngorm Conservatories as well as Cairngorm Windows. The family business is now in its 4th generation with current managing director David Dowling being the father of directors Chris and Scott Dowling. Prior to David taking over as managing director, his father Alasdair Dowling was the managing director and he took over from the founder, his father in law, William Gray.
ICC spoke to Jack Michael. Jack deals with the media/marketing for Cairngorm Group. This involves all parts of digital marketing which includes social media, online advertising and our website. About his role, Jack said: “ I also help dealing with our other forms of advertising which includes our newspaper and radio advertising and our recent foray into TV advertising! We also now offer aerial imagery services of which I am the drone operator.”
To showcase what we can offer as well as to help maximise what we get out of our chamber memberships.
Cairngorm Group are looking to promote our new range of German kitchens and we are also holding a Saturday Brunch event at the start of November which we can offer 2 tickets as a prize.
Cairngorm Group have recently launched our 2020 range of German Kitchens which showcases German Quality with Scottish Style which is very exciting for us. We also now offer aerial imagery services which we can offer chamber members 25% off!
Jack shared with us their business plans over the next 12 months: “Increase the sales to housebuilders- Springfield are opening up sites in Ardersiar, Inverness, Drumnadrochit, Beauly, Tore and Dornoch. Tullochs have several large local developments starting late 2019 / early 2020. The growth of the sales of timber kit homes into England is a developing market for which we hope to expand further into over the next 12 to 18 months. Some of the Highland Council low cost housing projects now have PVCu windows which used to be in timber as are some for Albyn Housing. For those who have a preference for timber this is something we can now offer. On the domestic front our replacement window business remains steady. For kitchens we are opening a new showroom in Fort William in partnership with a long-standing customer in the town and our Thurso showroom is undergoing a refurbishment. As Inverness and the surrounding area continues to grow so does the opportunities and for those who wish to stay where they are but are looking for more space the conservatory / extension part of our business can benefit.”
Jack shared what Cairngorm Group value most about their Inverness Chamber Membership: “The opportunity to attend networking events and other events held by the chamber is one that we try to utilise as much as possible.”
Jack provided his top-tip to other Chamber members to make the most of membership: “Use the chamber run events to extend your network of contacts. They are always a good opportunity to meet people in new fields that you never know when may come in handy!”