Annual SPOA dinner celebrates industry’s revival

Back Row Left to Right: Gary Moug (Editor, Project Plant), James Murray (Past President SPOA), Marshall Carmichael (Social Convenor SPOA), Robin Bryant (Director, Scot JCB), Iain Corbett (Head of Asset Finance, Clydesdale Bank), Phil Ford (Strategic Partnerships Director (Scotland) CITB). Front Row Left to Right: Andy Cameron, David Ross (Board Member, Civil Engineering Contractors Association Scotland), John McGrath (Chairman, Glasgow Branch, The Contractors Mechanical Plant Engineers), Fraser Dykes (President, SPOA), Graham Bell (Secretary, SPOA), Alan Rough.

THE 64th annual Scottish Plant Owners Association dinner was held recently at the Hilton, Glasgow.

New SPOA President Fraser Dykes addressed hundreds of the biggest names in the Scottish plant industry, emphasising the importance of the association, before handing over the microphone to guest speakers – entertainer Andy Cameron and former Scotland international goalkeeper Alan Rough.

SPOA Social Convenor Marshall Carmichael gave his address to a haggis while outgoing president Bill Paterson spoke fondly about his time at the helm. Fraser Dykes then presented the SPOA Cup to North Glasgow College student Ryan Hunter of A.T. Best Handlers.

With the industry well on the road to recovery, following the longest and deepest recession in living memory, many of Scotland’s plant firms are now reporting an upturn in business and there was a genuine feeling of optimism around the room.

SPOA is a trade association whose members are all interested in the business of owning and hiring plant used in the UK construction industry. There are now more than 250 member organisations.

Fraser Dykes presents Ryan Hunter with the SPOA Cup.