Landscape looks bright for Motherwell firm after latest Building for Growth event

L-R Margaret Milton (supply chain/skills academy assistant at hub South West); Lee Murray (operations manager, Murray Landscapes); Marc Murray (founder, Murray Landscapes); and Gordon Hunter (supply chain development manager at hub South West)

MOTHERWELL-based Murray Landscapes has come top of hub South West’s latest Building for Growth Programme course.

The initiative targets local SMEs looking to grow. The eighth Building for Growth programme ran over a period of 12 weeks and featured workshops focusing on topics such as smart tendering, team building, strategic growth and exit options, marketing planning, supplier development programmes, corporate social responsibility and pitching for business.

Murray Landscapes was rated top participating company on a number of attributes including leadership, marketing, strategic planning, pitching for business and business analysis by a panel of construction sector judges.

The business was founded by Marc Murray in 2009. Marc, who also works as a firefighter in Bathgate Station, has built Murray Landscapes into a six-strong team. The company was recently named runner-up in the Best Landscaping Company in Scotland category at the Scottish Home Improvement Awards.

Marc’s brother Lee is the operations manager. Lee said, “The building for growth programme has changed our whole perspective on how we approach business. It has taken our potential as a business and pointed us in the right direction. I see a big future for Murray Landscapes and with the contacts and support we have acquired as a direct result of the course, it will only push us on even further.”

Murray Landscapes provides a range of landscaping services including design, construction and maintenance to commercial and domestic clients.

Gordon Hunter, supply chain development manager at hub South West said, “Our Building for Growth programme continues to deliver success to the leaders of its participating companies by both broadening and deepening their grasp of the factors needed to win more, larger scale contracts from our Tier-1 Contractors, enabling them to access opportunities on hub South West projects.

“We hope and trust that Lee and Marc, as well as the others participants in the eighth Building for Growth programme, will continue this tradition.”