I think I became aware of Coughtrie soon after buying a house in Glasgow in 1984 - as 2 of the SP10 units were fitted to the outside of the building. I discovered happily that the firm was in Glasgow and went to buy another bigger SP10 (150W) to put over a garage after visiting the Hillington factory (It cost £12.93 in August 1986!). I brought this one to my next house here in the South of England. I remember seeing these SP10 fittings everywhere and realised they must be the sort of good quality item specified by architects and other professionals. Pay more and get a quality item, that really lasts, and for which you can get spares years later. This suits me as someone who wants goods that do not break down within a few months, repairs things and keeps them going. In the 1980s and 1990s this was NOT the zeitgeist at the retail level, but now I think it is becoming the proper thing to do, and rather "green"!
Who are we, meet the team.
Neal Layton, Managing Director.
Neal joined Coughtrie International as Managing Director in 2012. He has over 25 years manufacturing experience across various businesses and has led significant turnaround activities across the globe.
A maths and biology graduate he has since completed an MSC in Manufacturing Leadership where his dissertation researched the impacts within SME’s of mergers and acquisitions. He is currently researching for a DBA (Doctorate in Business Administration) specifically in performance measurement systems.
Ricky Rowe, Area Sales Manager, Scotland
Ricky has a wealth of lighting knowledge and experience having worked for over 20 years with various European and British lighting manufacturers.
Having also worked within the Electrical Wholesale market for 7 years, managing branches successfully, he has a thorough all round understanding of the lighting market within the UK.
Kevin Strudley, Area Sales Manager, South
Kevins lighting career started in 1984 as an Emergency Lighting Controller which soon saw him progress to the role of estimator.
Over the years he has seen his career evolve from a senior sales roll in 1991 to a regional sales manager which has continued with many well known and respected national lighting companies all manufacturing quality bespoke and standard luminaires for the specifications markets.
Kevin has many years experience within commercial lighting and brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to Coughtrie International.
Colin Gordon, Area Sales Manager, North.
Colin joined Coughtrie in 2012 as area sales manager, North. He has been in the lighting industry for over 20 years and has worked for major manufactures in senior positions including Sylvania , GE and Illuma.
He has also successfully ran his own lighting company and has a wealth of experience and contacts within all aspects of the lighting market.
Brenda Paterson – Production Controller
Brenda has been with Coughtrie since 1999 and has held a variety of roles throughout the organisation. In 2009 she assumed the role of production controller and reports directly to the MD overseeing all aspects of production on a daily basis.