Paul Gallacher - a co-founder of UK low level access specialist Pop Up Products - has stepped down as a director and from the day to day running of the company. At the same time he has sold his shares in the business to his two co-owners, Adrian Blomeley and Nigel Woodger. He will remain involved with the business on a part time advisory basis.
Speaking of his decision Gallacher, 64, said: “I have decided, after 46 years in the access industry, to take life a little easier. I have been extremely fortunate to have spent the last 40 years working with some great colleagues at both NSG and Pop Up and dealing with some amazing customers and suppliers, some of whom will remain friends for life. I will of course miss the people and the energy generated from the day to day demands of the access industry.”
“I am though happy to be continuing as a member of the Pop Up team and congratulate Dave Bradley, Ben Sly and Paul Rogers on their promotion to directors of the newly formed operations board. I am sure they will make a great success of the continued development of Pop Up Products. With more leisure time available to me I’ll be working hard on getting that golf handicap down!”
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank my family, friends, colleagues, suppliers and customers I have met during my career and wish you all good health and prosperity for the future."
Managing director Nigel Woodger added: ‘’On behalf of Adrian Blomeley and the Pop Up Products team, I thank Paul for his invaluable input to the business over the past 40 years, always carried out with an immense sense of loyalty and expertise. We give him our best wishes for the next phase of his life ‘’
Paul Gallacher, Nigel Wodger and Adrian Blomeley had worked with Northern Scaffold Group (NSG) and teamed up for a Management Buy Out of the business in 2003. In 2005 they began to develop the idea of a lightweight, practical push around scissor lift, setting up Pop Up Products Ltd at the end of that year. In January 2006 they launched the first Pop Up push around lift and the overall concept at the Hire Show - See: A viable push around lift?.
The timing of the launch was perfect and the product was an immediate success. As a result they demerged the Pop Up business later that year and built it into a stand along business which today also offers a wide range of non-powered access equipment, including towers step ups. In 2009 the company began working with Dutch scaffold tower and ladder manufacturer Altrex, extending the agreement for a further 10 years in 2020.
For more background on Gallacher, and Pop Up- See: the Cranes & Access 2009 interview with Paul Gallacher.