ERA / IRE Rental Person of the Year 2014
Gill Riley, founder and managing director GGR GroupMs Riley leads a company, that in 15 years, has become one of the fastest growing small and medium sized rental companies in Europe, with a rental of mini-cranes and 27 dealers throughout Europe all promoting the mini-crane concept.
With her brother Graeme, Ms Riley has built GGR Group into a strong niche business through a combination of energy, spirit and strong leadership. She travelled the world to source glass lifting vacuum lifters and mini-cranes, seeing the potential to combine them for use inside buildings where space was restricted.
Ms Riley believed that this represented a potentially lucrative rental market, and so it has proved. Ms Riley became an early adopter of the equipment, which was then relatively unknown in Europe.
After adding ten cranes to her hire fleet, these machines were soon in high demand, transforming the businesss. Ms Riley also takes seriously her role as a woman in what often remains a very male environment.
Last year she trained and hired the company's first female mini crane operator, and she personally mentors many of the female staff who provide technical advice to customers. Back