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Les Meikle

Wise property care

From School, Les trained as a Quantity Surveyor before moving into the Building Preservation industry as a 20 y.o, subsequently progressing to Managing & Marketing Director of the UKs 2nd largest National Preservation Company before being made redundant in 1996 following the company's takeover by an American Co a few years earlier.

Currently Managing Director and owner of Wise Property Care Ltd. A company specialising in the Detection and Eradication of Woodworm, Wet & Dry Rot, Rising Dampness and Basement Waterproofing. The company established in 1996 is now the 2nd largest company of its type in Scotland and the largest family owned company of its type in the UK.

Since launch in Sept 1996, Wise Property Care Ltd has grown profitably to a turnover of £5.4M with some 80 full time employees and branches throughout Scotland. In 2002 the company went through the process of rebranding and in 2004 restructured to introduce an Operations Director to the Board.

In January 2006, Wise Property Care Ltd purchased the 5th largest of its competitors in Scotland. This acquisition added some £1m of additional sales and took Wise close to becoming number one in Scotland.

In 2009 Wise Property Care saw its revenue retreat by approx 25% and the sobering experience of its first loss since the commencement of trading in 1996. The resultant restructuring and cost savings paid dividends in 2010 with sales increasing by 15% and profits which exceeded its previous record year.

As the Preservation Industry consolidates, Wise are expanding by acquiring smaller companies (usually from the administrator) at the rate of one a quarter while launching two new divisions in the first quarter of 2011 focusing on Japanese Knotweed Control and Structural Repair Solutions and anticipate driving growth principally by this means in the short term.

Les is a Fellow of The Chartered Institutes of Marketing and Building, a member of the Institute of Directors and for the last 13 years, a member of the Entrepreneurial Exchange and founder member of "Glasgow Property Professionals Group". Les has also recently been elected as Deputy Chairman of "The Property Care Association" and is a business mentor with Scottish Enterprise and a mentor to Secondary School pupils in East Renfrewshire.


Registered in Scotland. Company registration number SC160976.
Registered office: Barncluith Business Centre, Townhead Street, Hamilton, ML3 7DP. Developed by Mercurytide