John (31) started what is now the Airlink Group as a hobby whilst at University 10 years ago. He has degrees in Accounts and Law. Airlink Security Park was the first company specialising in Airport Car Parking, it has enjoyed rapid growth and has been categorised as one of the most successful business start ups in recent years in Renfrewshire.
The group has continued to be the dominant force in car parking in Scotland and has developed over a dozen new start up businesses all of which are still trading and successful. Commercial Property plays a big part in Airlink Group with two business parks beside Glasgow Airport and planning approval for a third. Warehousing and Storage, IT and Internet Booking agencies make up the other major sectors of operations in the UK.
In January this year Airlink opened its first overseas office in Tallinn, Estonia to launch Scottish Capital a Baltic based venture capital fund. To date it has made investments in a handful of successful Estonian based companies the most prominent of which is called E-Park and is a mobile phone parking payment solutions company which could revolutionise town centre parking as we know it.
John is UK Vice Chairman of 'IAPRA' - The Independent Airport Park and Ride Association, Chairman of the sister organisation in Scotland, Member of the Strathclyde University Business School Council and a keen supporter of the Schools Enterprise Initiative.
John has been a member of the Exchange since 1999, has enjoyed attending many events, learning from those who have made it, and trying to help companies that are just starting. In 2002 he was awarded the First 'Exchange Special Award' at the annual conference as the best supporting member. He has also presented and Chaired events for the Exchange.