Clear to see what makes Indeglas stand out
- Iain McAlpine
By Iain McAlpine, Commercial Director
Ask any company what makes it stand out, and you’ll probably get the same kind of answers from the same old crib sheet. There’s talk of synergy, future-proofing, and a lot of mouthing of buzz-words and phrases that have been worn as thin as net curtains by repetition.
I’ve spent the past four years with Indeglas, through the period of its management buyout and rebranding, after a career in construction that stretches back to working on sites in 1991, and I can honestly say that our company stands head and shoulders clear of the pack without any tired old buzzwords.
I’ve been on the other side of the table, buying in specialised services, and listening to the promises of contractors. I know the pain points, and I know we are ready to anticipate them, to smooth them over, and to build positive relationships.
So many companies focus on managing customers and their expectations to the exclusion of other relationships. Here, we build strong foundations to our working relationships with other contractors, suppliers, and everyone else on the project.
We each have our role on a build, where everyone ought to be pulling in the same direction. Too many contractors just target the person who signs the cheques and ignore all those they work alongside. Indeglas doesn’t, and this is, I believe, thanks to the diverse strengths of our management team.
We’re not a monoculture at Indeglas. Everyone shares the same values, but has different strings to their bow, different skills and experience they can bring to the table, and we all have our eyes on the long game.
Seeing the bigger picture is another of those clichés I mentioned earlier, but here we have a solid, developed long term plan that has buy-in at every level of the company, from our management board to our interns. Every action is aimed at the fulfilment of our long-term plan to be the UK’s go-to name for interior glass solutions.
While I’m on the subject of interns, it’s another aspect of the growth of the company about which I feel passionate. When I started my career, I had the opportunity to grow and develop my skills shadowing experienced men and women of surpassing skill. I want to be able to pay forward some of the time they so generously gave.
This is why we aim to continue the company’s growth through young people – the future of the construction industry. Our growth will be through graduates, strengthening the skills base of our workforce through training in practice and day-release studying and training.
There are STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) graduates across Scotland who could find their skills stretched to the limits in the design and installation of these kind of projects, and I want those skilled young people to consider a career that I for one have found highly rewarding over the years.
I want everyone at Indeglas to feel confident that we will support them in improving their skill set. I’m not going to say my door is open, as we’re in the business of glass.
Openness and transparency is what Indeglas is all about.
"I can honestly say that this company stands head and shoulders clear of the pack without any tired old buzzwords."
Two senior managers promoted to Director level
Derek Johnston has been appointed Operations Director and Iain McAlpine has been made Commercial Director at Indeglås.
Indeglas moves into England
Indeglas makes the move into England with the appointment of our new Technical Manager, Peter Mulligan.
Audits bring Indeglas to full compliance and Tier 1 status
To demonstrate our expertise we have been consolidating and documenting our processes across Quality Management, Health and Safety, Environmental Management and Building Confidence.
Challenges facing smooth project management
By Derek Johnston, Operations Director
Past and present create legacy for the future
Three generations of carpentry & joinery apprentices are playing a key role in the construction of Forth Valley College’s new Falkirk Campus.
High-Profile Project Prompts Return of Key Skills to Construction Sector
After decades of travelling throughout the UK during his career in construction, Tom Russell had decided to give up the commute and hang up his hard hat, but then a prestigious project landed on his doorstep to lure him out of retirement.
It’s Not Just ‘The Right Thing To Do’ – It’s What’s Right for Our Business
When we heard about the Disability Confident scheme, it just made sense to sign up. As a place to work, Indeglas has always focused on creating an inclusive environment where everyone is treated equally. This allows employees to work to their fullest potential, which is what gets the best results for the business.
Indeglas Wins Vote of Confidence for its Commitment to Disabled Employment
Specialist construction contractor Indeglas has been recognised by the government’s Disability Confident scheme for its commitment to the recruitment and retention of disabled staff.
Back to Work Measures
Indeglas has undertaken a series of steps within the office to support social distancing and a safe return to work as soon as Government guidelines suggest it is safe to do so.
Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2021 - Interview with recently qualified apprentice Andrew Dunn
To mark Scottish Apprenticeship Week (1 - 5 March), Indeglas managing director Jeanette MacIntyre interviewed recently qualified apprentice Andrew Dunn about his experiences of the apprenticeship.
Major accolade for Jeanette MacIntyre of Indeglas as she is inducted into Edinburgh Napier University SACI Hall of Fame
The outstanding achievements of Jeanette MacIntyre, committed entrepreneur and founder of glass specialist Indeglas, have been formally recognised by her alma mater with her induction last month (June 2021) into its prestigious Hall of Fame. The School of Arts and Creative Industries (SACI) at Edinburgh Napier University (ENU) awarded the rare accolade to Jeanette in tribute to her creative talent as well as acknowledging the significant contribution she has made to the built environment sector.
Covid-19 pandemic should bring sustainable improvements to the construction sector
Steven Dunn, Site Manager at one of the UK’s most technically adept glass interior specialists, Indeglas, is convinced that a number of positive outcomes will emerge from the construction sector’s time of trial that has been the Covid-19 epidemic.