East Kilbride firm launches two new divisions and targets new recruits

Gordon Barraclough and Chris McNeill

CONSTRUCTION firm Cosmos Projects has announced it has expanded to become the Cosmos Projects Group with the creation of two new divisions and the appointment of its first non-executive chairman.

Co-founded in 2012 by Chris McNeill, East Kilbride-based Cosmos Projects has grown year on year and is on target to increase turnover this year by around 35% to £4.5 million.  The company currently employs 26 staff and is recruiting a further seven posts with plans to create new roles in the future.

The business specialises in construction, refurbishment, fit-out and maintenance. The two new divisions comprise Planet Decorators, which specialise in contract decorating work, and Planet Fit-Out, which will deliver a workspace design and installation service, particularly for occupiers looking to adapt their existing space post-Covid.

The new fit-out company has secured its first contract – a £700,000 competitively won tender for a bioscience company based in Motherwell. Planet Decorators has also landed £300,000 worth of business. The contracts division has been appointed on two jobs by the University of St Andrews, alongside a new optical lab in Aberdeen, jointly valued at £750,000.

Gordon Barraclough, former co-founder of Glasgow-based Academy Computers. and MD of West Midlands manufacturer, Craig & Derricott, has joined the company to support its growth strategy.

MD Chris McNeill said “There’s no doubt the industry has been massively affected by the pandemic but from day one we have worked hard to put the right processes and governance in place, which has helped us to secure new contracts. The two new divisions are a natural extension for us to bring in-house and we have great plans for the fit-out business which is going to be a key focus for many occupiers and landlords in the coming months. ”

Gordon joins other board members including director Juliet McNeill, a lawyer with responsibility for HR, training, compliance & CSR; commercial director Ian Smith; and operations director John Bremner

Gordon Barraclough commented, “I’ve known Chris and followed his business accomplishments over the years and believe the business has terrific growth potential.    There’s a great team at Cosmos Projects Group and I’m delighted to be joining them.”