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Fraser Haran Fraser is the Chief Executive of the Westcrowns Group and is the 4th generation of the Haran family to run the 136 year old business. The Westcrowns Group offer a diverse and specialised range of glazing products and flooring services to the construction and transport industries throughout the UK and abroad. After qualifying as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Fraser joined the family business in 1989. Starting from the factory floor and construction site, he learned about the business from the bottom up and through this experience launched a new architectural glass system in 1992 for the UK and Irish markets. Reglit Glass Architecture now forms an important and profitable element of the Group with over £10m sales per year. In 2001, while completing an MSc in Business Leadership at Napier University, Fraser succeeded his father as MD of the Group. From this point, Fraser has been focussed on developing this traditional family business into an agile organisation that can succeed through this generation and into its next.  The Westcrowns Group, with a turnover of £37m and staff of 390, consists of Independent Glass; Westcrowns Contracting Services; Reglit Glass Architecture ad Harndec Flooring. The Company’s’ brands are seen on bus and train windows throughout the world; their projects range from local schools and hospitals to iconic buildings in New York, London & Copenhagen; and their product development is creating fantastic opportunity for the next generation of the business. Mr Peter Vardy Jnr A Durham native, Peter was born in 1978. He attended senior school at Loretto Boarding School in Edinburgh before going on to achieve a first-class degree from Strathclyde Business School. He began working at Reg Vardy Ltd at the age of 15, serving petrol in his school holidays. At the age of 16 he had sold his first car, although at this early age he found test drives to be a bit problematic. At the age of 20 as a graduate he joined the company on a more official basis and rose through the departments to become General Manager of Edinburgh Jaguar at the age of 25. In 2006, Peter went on to found Peter Vardy Ltd from the basement of a Solicitor’s Office in Glasgow and build a head office structure and team before  acquiring a business in June that year. Three years on, he has created a turnover of over £115m, five dealerships and employing 265 colleagues. Among his dealerships he has the top three Vauxhall dealerships in the UK. His BMW and Mini branches are within the top 5% of performing dealers. Furthermore, Peter Vardy Ltd was recognised as one of the top 100 best companies to work for in the UK, and the 3rd in Scotland as a whole with over 90% of colleagues happy to recommend friends and family to join the company, over 90% wishing to be with the company in 3 years time and overall 90% satisfied with working in the organisation.Further to his work within the Motor Industry, Peter is a committed Bible-believing Christian and devotes much of his time to Charity work. Currently as Director of the Vardy Foundation, Peter is involved in local charities through each dealership location. Additionally, he is teaming up with Hagar International to raise money for their Community Learning Centre in Cambodia, where under-privileged children are helped out of sex-trafficking and into education. Peter Grant

The Day Job...

Peter founded Grant Management (GM), in 1997. The company helps people invest in traditional Residential property, by sourcing, renovating, furnishing and managing property as a "one stop shop" solution.

The company has roughly doubled in size each year, primarily through client referrals and word of mouth. It now has a FT staff of 90, and manages some 1,850 properties in 12 cites across the UK.

Clients range from private individuals with just one flat, to hi wealth clients with a property portfolio.

In 2006 Grant Management became involved with property funds, and now runs three funds of up to £100m on behalf of institutions and hi wealth clients. Shareholders include Bank of Scotland and Sir Tom Hunter.

Putting something back...

Peter was inspired to set up a charity in 2006, to help reverse Global warming. GlobalTrees.co.uk helps reverse global warming, by raising money and planting trees. Trees act as the lungs of the world, breathing in CO2 and breathing out Oxygen.

Global trees allows individuals and companies to calculate their carbon footprint through the web site and go Neutral by planting trees. Grant Management went carbon neutral in December 2006.

The charity has planted some 350,000 trees in three continents in the past 3 years.

Personal interests include skiing, snowboarding, sailing and golf.

Peter is a director of the Entrepreneurial Exchange and is involved with Enlight - the philanthropy arm of the Entrepreneurial Exchange.

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Venue information

Hotel Du Vin At One Devonshire Gardens One Devonshire
Glasgow
G12 0UX

Chairman

Mr Peter Grant, Grant Asset Management, www.grantmanagement.co.uk

Speakers

  • Mr Fraser Haran, Westcrowns, www.westcrownsgroup.com
  • Mr Peter Vardy, Peter Vardy, www.petervardy.com

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