Keeping it in the family

The housebuilding landscape has changed since Mactaggart & Mickel was established in 1925 but the company’s business ethos remains the same with a focus on quality and the customer.

Throughout its 86 years history, the family-owned business has responded quickly to economic change while continually expanding its operations.

In 2009 Mactaggart & Mickel Group implemented a diversification strategy which created three additional business divisions – Contracts, Timber Systems and Commercial Property.  As they work through one of the toughest trading periods the industry has experienced, this diversification provides the Group with strength and stability for the future and they will continue to develop this to deliver strategic growth.

The combined success of these new divisions and the delivery of sales targets for Mactaggart & Mickel Homes resulted in a significant positive swing of £7.8m in profit in the 2009/10 financial year.

While the Group has substantially grown since 1925, members of the Mickel family continue to play a key role in its successful operation with Derek Mickel as Group Chairman, Bruce Mickel as Chairman of Mactaggart & Mickel Homes, Andrew Mickel Director and Mairi Mickel Head of Corporate Communications all serving members of the Group board.

As a company Mactaggart & Mickel Group is proud of the number of women contributing to its business which is reflected with three holding board positions.  Sales and Marketing Director, Joanne Casey and HR Director Marion Forbes sit on the Homes board

Mactaggart & Mickel Group Ltd was delighted when it returned to profit in 2010 while fourth generation family member Mairi Mickel sits on the Group board.

Group CEO Ed Monaghan joined Mactaggart & Mickel Homes as an apprentice painter at the age of 16 and is proof that a young person coming into the build trade can forge a successful career.  Thirty years on, Ed’s experience on building sites places him in a unique position within the industry, giving him invaluable knowledge that is unrivalled by many competitors.

Mactaggart & Mickel Group has embraced modern methods of construction for a number of years to ensure the most sustainable building practices are used.  Legislation aside, as an award-winning family-owned housebuilder they recognise their responsibility to minimise the impact of construction on neighbours, the environment and customers during the build programme.

One of Mactaggart & Mickel Homes’ core strengths is the prime location of their developments and the quality of build, with coastal sites, city centre / urban dwellings, rural retreats and affluent areas such as Newton Mearns.

Their portfolio embraces homes for every generation, from contemporary apartments to luxurious family homes, built around a core group of 18 designs. Each development is created according to local requirements retaining sympathetic features, adapted according to each site’s parameters.

Investment in Mactaggart & Mickel Timber Systems has reduced build time by 30%, creating a wind and watertight house in one day, using methods that allow a range of closed panelled products and bathroom pods to be simply dropped into the home during construction.

Contracts also sees the business work in partnership with a number of housing associations to deliver Scotland’s much needed affordable housing.

Mactaggart & Mickel Group is also proud to be part of the City Legacy consortium which secured the contract to build the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village. Work should begin later this year.

Customers of Mactaggart & Mickel are assured of a highly qualified and committed team working within a successful, proven one-stop shop business model. From concept and sourcing land, to design, manufacture, construction and sales and marketing, it all adds up to Mactaggart & Mickel Group being the hallmark of quality you can trust.

They have won numerous awards in recognition of our products, people and commitment to the community and environment.  Most recently they were named Scottish Housebuilder of the Year at the Scottish Home Awards as well as collecting the Homes for Scotland Quality Award for Environmental Corporate Social Responsibility and the Newcomer to CSR Award at the Quality Scotland Business Excellence Awards.

1 Comment on Keeping it in the family

  1. I worked on and off for Siemens for almost 20 years. I believe that they are still a family run business – one of the largest in the World. I do not suggest that the majority of employees are family members but it does stand out as an example of family busines that can succeed in diverse business sectors over many generations. Hope for all us family-run business ventires?

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