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Jim McColl
Clyde Blowers

Jim McColl started his career as an engineering apprentice with Weir Pumps in Glasgow.  After six years in engineering and six years of part-time study he left work to take up full-time study for a BSc degree in Technology and Business Studies on a four year course at Strathclyde University.  After achieving a BSc degree with Honours in 1978 he returned to Weir Pumps where he remained for three years while studying part-time for a Masters Degree in Business Administration.

In 1981 he moved to a senior management position with Diamond Power Speciality Limited, an engineering company supplying equipment to the power industry worldwide, where he had responsibility for a manufacturing plant employing approximately 300 people, and worked in countries throughout the world including Sweden, Germany, Spain, Portugal, USA, Canada, Japan, Korea, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Australia.  During this time he studied part-time for a Masters Degree in International Accounting and Finance. 

In 1985 Jim was headhunted by Coopers & Lybrand as a senior consultant involved in mainly 'corporate care' assignments.  This meant working in various companies who were in financial difficulties and in need of turnaround.

In 1986 he left Coopers to become a self-employed 'company doctor' and, after two successful turnarounds, he bought 29.9% of a small Scottish engineering company, Clyde Blowers PLC which has a full listing on the London Stock Exchange.  Turnover at that time was around 4 million, with a loss making core business subsided by investment income.  Clyde Blowers now has over 55% of the world market in its original product line, and has expanded into other engineering sectors.  It now has manufacturing facilities in the UK, Germany, Spain, Estonia, China, India, South Africa and the USA plus sales and service offices in Belgium, France, Poland, Hungray, Russia, Singapore and Brazil.  Turnover is now in excess of 100 million with profits in excess of 10 million.

Over the past seven years Clyde Blowers has grown at an annual rate in excess of 35%.  Jim McColl has built a truly global engineering group and is focussed on continuing this growth.

Jim is a member of The Scottish Industrial Development Advisory Board, advising the First Minister on regional selective assistance and a Board Member of Scottish Enterprise Glasgow. He is also Chairman of the Scottish Corporate Advisory Board for 'Save the Children' and Chairman of the Entrepreneurial Exchange.

Jim received the 'Alumnus of the Year Award' from Strathclyde University in 1998, the Entrepreneurial Exchange 'Entrepreneur of the Year' award for 1999/2000 and the Ernst & Young 'Master Entrepreneur of the Year Award' for 2001.  In 2001 Jim was honoured in the Queen's Birthday Honours List with an OBE.  In November 2002 Jim was inducted inot the Entrepreneurial Exchange Hall of Fame.

Clyde Blowers Ltd, 1 Redwood Crescent, Peel Park, East Kilbride, G74 5PA


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