Golden celebration for Graypen as 50 years is flagged up

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 30 Jan 2019

Graypen has made its iconic headquarters the focus of its 50th anniversary celebrations, turning the huge ‘G’ of the statement signage outside the architecturally-designed Immingham base gold.

The shipping agency’s The Bridge, where the nautical theme extends to port and starboard warning lights and a bell to ring in new contracts, opened six years ago, and looks resplendent with the special coating in the special year.

More than 50 people are employed off Queens Road, with 24 more offices across the UK and in Europe, taking the headcount well over 100.

Managing director, Simon Coghlan, said: “This milestone in business is something that we are all very proud of and says so much about our strength as a business, also our credibility and reputation within the shipping industry and is testament to everyone that has worked at Graypen over the years. 

“Throughout the year we will be celebrating our golden anniversary with various special events and we hope to see many of our customers and friends, old and new during the course of 2019.”

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The £2 million unveiling of the HQ in early 2013 was a particular highlight, a project led by former director Tim Gifford, part of a successful management buy-out of the business from Hull-based Oughtred & Harrison in 2004.

He became group chairman in late 2016, retiring in 2018, with Mr Coghlan having taken over as group managing director, having worked in the business for more than 20 years, serving on the board for 15. 

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