LESMAHAGOW-based fleet vehicle graphics firm, OPG, has successfully completed a multi-million management buy-out (MBO) deal thanks to a six-figure funding package from UKSE, alongside input from private investors.
Allan Hamilton has been appointed as Managing Director, taking the reins from Owen Pilling who formed the company in 1995 along with his wife Janet, and over the years the business has grown to become the second largest employer within the community.
OPG designs and produces graphic wraps for vehicles, working with hundreds of household names across industries including food and drink, retail, corporate, logistics, construction, transport and the public sector. Brands the business works with include McDonalds, Greggs, Sports Direct, Hovis and Natwest.
Lanarkshire-local Allan is already a familiar face within the business, having started his career at alongside Owen as an apprentice aged 16. After going on to pursue a successful career within the wider industry, Allan returns to manage the team alongside Stuart Ritchie and Tristan Harrold as Commercial and Financial Director, and Operations & Technical Director respectively. The new management team brings 60 years of industry experience combined.
OPG currently has 20 members of staff in management, design, production, administration and field operation roles. As part of the firm’s five-year business strategy, several new roles are expected to be created as it enhances its brand services, offering customers a single source for all brand requirements.
Allan Hamilton, Managing Director at OPG, said: “OPG has a fantastic reputation within the industry and local community alike, and I am proud to return after Owen gave me my first break some years ago. I am looking forward to leading the next chapter of growth at OPG as we continue to build positive relationships with existing clients, and welcome more as we expand our brand awareness offerings.
“We already have a great team at OPG, with many of our workforce having enjoyed careers with us for more than 15 years. The funding boost from UKSE has given us financial confidence that we can continue to build on this solid foundation and grow our business, helping to strengthen the Lanarkshire economy and attract a skilled workforce.”
Terry Quinn, Regional Executive at UKSE, said: “Helping OPG to conclude its MBO is a fantastic way to wrap up 2022 for the UKSE team. The new management team’s local roots combined with stellar industry experience will stand OPG in good stead for a positive and successful future. We wish the team the very best as it presses ahead with an exciting pipeline of new opportunities and networks to explore.”