Highland Colour Coatings Ltd

Highland Colour Coaters employs more than 50 people at Cumbernauld, providing galvanizing and colour powder coatings to a wide range of customers across Scotland and northern England.

The company has recently expanded its office and manufacturing operation at Cumbernauld, and services the manufacturing, construction and engineering sectors from its high-tech base. Its technology provides both protective and decorative coatings for steel structures in a variety of applications.

Highland turned to Business Gateway for help in assessing an important potential new market in the renewable energy sector, which is forecast to experience significant growth both in Scotland and across the UK.

"We wanted to examine the renewables market, identify the key players, and work out how to develop contacts there quickly and at minimum costs," explained Geoff Crowley, Highland Colour Coaters managing director.

Business Gateway Lanarkshire helped the company to access a Scottish Enterprise support programme to examine the potential for diversification in the new market. A specialist innovation adviser was introduced in order to research specific opportunities and contacts within the renewables sector.

Scotland is at the heart of the UK's "green energy" initiatives, and the Scottish Government has ambitious targets for growth in all renewable energies including wind and wave power, both of which involve large metal structure that require protective coatings.

"We were already aware of Business Gateway, which has been helpful to us for example in evaluating the available training for such things as specialist software," explained Geoff Crowley.

"We have also attended local seminars, the most recent being on social media marketing

"Business Gateway were useful in this case because they introduced us to the right specialist, who could point us in the right direction towards people in the renewables industry that we needed to talk to. We received a summary report that was very useful."

Robert Swinburne, Business Gateway Lanarkshire adviser, commented: "Highland Colour Coaters needed help gaining access to specialist knowledge about a particular sector and Business Gateway was able to provide the information they needed on the key players within the growing renewables market."