Cuthbertson Laird Group, which is based in Hamilton, Scotland, also has regional offices in Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland and Leeds in England. Cuthbertson Laird Instruments as it was then known, was originally established in February 1980 by Alan Cuthbertson and Jimmy Laird. For those old enough to remember, Kenny Rogers was number one in the music charts with Coward Of The County.
Both men had extensive previous experience with Edgcumbe Instruments, but for the first few years, the initial business sector addressed was power tools and they were the sole employees.
In the early 1980s, however, it was decided to put their previous experience to good use with the company graduating to electrical test instruments, on which it is now focused – a natural progression that has made the company very successful.
At this time, Cuthbertson Laird was doing good business supplying multimeters, oscilloscopes and other portable electrical test equipment sold into the then burgeoning offshore oil sector, particularly through Aberdeen. Rather more specialist test equipment was also supplied, such as large 5kV AC and DC pressure sets.
Within a few years, the company had grown sufficiently that it needed to move from its Hamilton tenement building to much larger premises, which it had built from scratch in Hamilton – today the HQ still.
Peter Greenshields joined as a director in 1985. Later becoming MD, he has grown the company ever since, opening the Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland and Leeds offices in the process.
Expanding into new fields and markets
Currently, Cuthbertson Laird Group has 27 full-time employees, some of whom work at the Newtownabbey and Leeds offices. Customers include electrical contractors, plus engineers and specifiers at electricity boards, power stations and large manufacturing plants.
The company sells instruments and test equipment to the UK and Irish markets, but also exports worldwide. The Export Sales department caters for companies that buy products across many markets and multiple instrument brands. Shipping can be arranged, and enquiries are welcomed from retail and trade customers alike.
Today, Cuthbertson Laird Group is one of the foremost electrical test instrument distributors in the UK, with offices in Scotland, Northern Ireland and England.
Recently, our business has experienced a rapid expansion in two fields in particular; Pressure and Temperature instrumentation. Looking forward, we hope to see a 100% growth in both.
We have recently become a UK distributor for Sofamel safety products. They are a Spanish company located in Barcelona, who distribute their products to more than 70 countries.
Their product range includes voltage detectors, gloves, earthing equipment, poles, connectors, clamps, earthing rods, terminals, manual and hydraulic tools, personal protection, insulation and ladders.