Steve Newlands, chief executive of Vango distributors AMG Group. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Steve Newlands, chief executive of Vango distributors AMG Group. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The company behind some of the best known outdoor brands in the UK said its growth is continuing and it has increased staff by 15 per cent.

AMG Group, the Scottish company that distributes Vango and eight other leading brands has also appointed a new chief financial officer.

The firm operates from its headquarters at Port Glasgow, another site in Glasgow and a depot at Renfrew.

AMG has recruited 14 new staff members, with nine of them signing permanent contracts. It said this its total workforce up to 113.

AMG distributes its brands Vango, F10 Series, Lichfield, Blacks of Greenock, Rossignol, Trangia, Wayfayrer, Anatom and Teko to more than 40 countries worldwide and recently opened the Westway distribution centre in Renfrew to meet demand.

The company said the opening of the 113,209 sq ft centre has driven staff expansion and will allow AMG to distribute from one central location, streamlining its operation for retailers and consumers. The distribution centre team will increase by nine to 23 permanent staff.

Shona Quigley is joining the company as chief financial officer, with a further four appointments in the sales, design and creative teams. James Robertson has been appointed graphic and film designer, Jason Gilmour as assistant product manager and Stacey Cummings as web and e-commerce assistant. Daniel Julier-Smith has been appointed as southern territory account manager in UK.

Bernie McGown, human resources and operations director at AMG, said: “To rise to the challenges of a consolidated distribution centre, we have increased the Westway Park team to 23 dedicated members. This means we can despatch sales orders in consolidated batches, allowing us to provide first-class service to all of our customers, domestic and international alike.

“I’m delighted to welcome Shona Quigley on board as chief financial officer, who brings with her decades of experience from within the financial sector, which will be a vital asset to AMG’s continued expansion.”

AMG Group chief executive Steve Newlands said: “Welcoming new people to the AMG family is always a pleasure. This is a very exciting period of growth for the business, one in which we are investing in our team to ensure we continue to achieve our future goals.”

The Vango brand was born when AMG founder Alastair Moodie decided its existing name, McIlwraith and Co, was too hard for non-Scots to get their tongue around. He chose an anagram of the Glasgow district where the firm was based, Govan, for his new company.

The brand celebrated its half-century in 2016.

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