An Interview with Liam McGarry of McGarry Flooring Ltd

One of Worksmart’s main suppliers since the company began has been McGarry Flooring Ltd, who continually provide an excellent service on all our fit-out and refurbishment projects. Our marketing apprentice Kieran recently spoke to Liam McGarry, owner of McGarry Flooring Ltd, to discuss all aspects of his business.

KJ: Hi Liam, what can you tell me about the history of your company?

LM: The company was founded by my parents in 1983, when it was originally a small carpet and furniture shop which only operated locally. The business continually expanded in an organic manner until 1997, when we won a contract with the local council, which gave us a continuous stream of work that allowed for us to expand. We have managed to grow our staff from 4 people to 40 in a decade, as well as increasing our turnover from less than a million to over five million in that time, becoming a limited company in 2002.

KJ: Which services do you provide for companies like ourselves?

LM: We can provide almost any type of flooring that may be required, which is used by interior contractors like yourselves. We specialise in soft flooring, as well as providing hardwood flooring and raised access platform flooring. In addition to flooring, we also have a robust timber refurbishment and upholstery service, as well as wall detail options that have been used on projects such as Worksmart’s works at Glasgow Housing Association. Finally, we install both Amtico and Karndean flooring, which are high-spec materials ideal for multi-trade fit-outs.

KJ: How do you ensure that all your works are health and safety compliant?

LM: We have our own in-house Senior Contracts Manager, who has received several high-level Health and Safety qualifications over the years. We also work closely with a Glasgow-based Health and Sfety consultant, who regularly visit the sites we are working on to ensure all our operatives are working responsibly. We always stay on top of current legislation, from providing on-site staff with all relevant PPE to holding regular training.

KJ: Following on from the previous question, how do you also ensure the highest standards on your jobs?

LM: Myself and all my Contracts Managers come from a trade background, having all started on the tools. This gives us a wide knowledge of how great interior fit-out and refurbishment jobs should look, and can therefore identify any areas of improvement. We also ensure that all our staff are trained to the highest standards possible. This has resulted in all our jobs have low amounts of snagging, allowing McGarry Flooring to take on many more contracts.

KJ: What has been your favourite project you have worked on with Worksmart?

LM: My favourite project was the works you carried out at Charlotte Square in Edinburgh, which we provided all the soft flooring for. This was an enjoyable job due to the high level of specification the client specified. It was fantastic seeing the architects drawings manifest into a bright and colourful office space.

KJ: Finally, why do you enjoy working with Worksmart?

LM: With Worksmart working on several high profile fit-out and refurbishment projects across the UK, we have always enjoyed the varied nature of Worksmart’s jobs. We have always found that you operate in an organised and efficient manner, while ensuring all their sites are as safe as possible.

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