Grayson takes a unique interactive approach to innovation.
Through our constant dialogue with the masonry façade partners, we are exposed to the numerous challenges and frustrations faced by building envelope contractors. Our highly trained specialists take time to understand and appreciate all the obstacles and the difficulties these might cause.
Once we fully understand the problem, Grayson’s knowledgeable and experienced experts set about delivering a suitable solution finding using available resources. Where no product or system is currently available, an ‘ideas and concept’ form is completed and submitted to our R&D team.
These R&D concept requests are then scored and prioritised for product or system development.
Where multiple contractors are experiencing the same or similar challenges, a high priority is awarded, and the product development process commences.
In recent years, Grayson has developed, registered designs and patented dozens of new products this way.
Recent examples of this methodology include:
Design teams were regularly highlighting that there was no cavity barrier on the market with suitable test data for use with SFS.
Grayson therefore jointly developed the first cavity barrier in the UK with test data for SFS.
Brickwork contractors were regularly using inaccurate home-made wooden or steel profiles to gauge and build corners.
Grayson therefore developed a lightweight aluminium product with clear, accurate and indelible markings for both brick and block.
The construction sector was sending hundreds of contaminated timber boards to landfill each year and mortar impregnate wood can not be recycled. ABS plastic boards are not biodegradable and would still be present a thousand years; ABS are difficult to recycle, so therefore few boards ever are.
Grayson therefore developed a recycled aluminium board that could be totally recycled again at the end of its service life.
Main contractors were flagging a spate of reportable injuries requiring hospital treatment due to tradespeople coming into contact with pre-fixed masonry support, lintels and windposts.
Grayson therefore developed a brightly coloured, flexible, heavy-duty, temporary protection strip that prevents impact related cuts.
Grayson London is solely a Technical and Specification location.
Grayson London is solely a Technical and Specification location.
Madelaine has always worked in construction so she knows her way around the industry, but she will often get lost in her own town.
Born in South Africa, Madelaine swapped the stunning sunshine in Cape Town for the cloudy charm of Belfast. We’re not sure what made her make this decision, starting a new life in Ireland isn’t for the faint-hearted.
Madelaine is mother to two sons 22 and 25 who she loves to spend her time with, watching them mature into handsome men.
Our regional manager Jim likes to pretend that he is ‘pure Scottish’ but secretly he’s half English. Now, we ‘dinnae ken’ why he’s proud of his Scottish ancestry, but each to their own!
Despite his Scottish routes, Jim is great at his job, there’s no denying that.
You won’t often see Jim cracking up in the office, but we suppose there isn’t a lot to laugh at up in Scotland so he’s probably out of practice.
Helen spends most of her time playing with her orchestra. She claims that her biggest passion is music, but then again, her instrument of choice is the flute.
Playing her flute isn’t the only music that Helen makes, she is the proud owner of a big laugh that bounces off every corner of the office. More often than not, you will hear her laugh before you see her!
Helen’s a single girl, and enjoys meeting up with friends for nights out at the cinema, eating out and keeping the local Brew Dog in business!! She says she doesn’t drink much…. we know different!
Andy isn’t technically an employee here at Grayson but insisted on having his biography on the team page. His interesting choice of dedication as a Sheffield United fan is a big controversy to the many Wednesday fans in the office.
Ex-miner and world-renowned customer experience expert (well, that’s what he says!), Andy combines his public speaking with his love for travelling the world – and still manages to make it back to the Grayson Directors meetings to make the team jealous of his adventures.
Always returning to his roots, guiding Grayson in Rotherham… and beyond.
Although she won’t admit it, Clare has been in the game a long time.
Supplying power tools and fixings was her first job in the construction industry. Due to this she has the ability to spot a tool a mile off.
Clare must have been a magician in a former life as her ability to spin plates is quite something. With a husband who works away, 2 kids with a shed load of activities, her taxi and cheerleading skills are on hand most evenings and weekends.
Clare and her family enjoy escaping to Filey, where they enjoy long walks on the beach and eating fish and chips. Clare loves her holiday home as there is absolutely no phone signal.
Henry’s takes great pride in his family, a wife to whom he’s absurdly lucky to have been married to for over 30 years. And two children in their 20’s, who now talk to him having managed their way through the teenage years.
Having left his pretend job of 15 years as a fully-fledged P.G.A qualified Golf Professional, Henry has managed his last 20 years + in construction within manufacturing, technical specification, and sub-contracting.
He spends his time away from work trying to re-kindle the talent he had a long time ago on the golf course, whilst also managing a keen interest in the gym, trying to maintain the muscle to body fat ratio in a good way.
Chris’s claim to fame is working with both Tony and Clare for over 24 years, and still being alive to tell the tale. He’s been working for Grayson since day one!
Outside of the office, Chris has a passion for music and plays in a Brass Band. He’s performed at the Albert Hall, and recently performed at Soccer Aid for Unicef in front of 70,000 supporters at Old Trafford.
If he’s not playing music or working, Chris does also like to watch Barnsley FC which unfortunately, doesn’t put a smile on his face too often.
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Having two teenage daughters, Tony enjoys spending much of this time working away.
He also has an old wife and new a Doberman, therefore the only time people value him is in the office or on site.
As a Sheffield Wednesday fan, the poor fella doesn’t get any joy there either.
Tony has been the Managing Director of Grayson for nearly twenty-years. For all of this time he was also moonlighting for ACS. Again, holding down two jobs was the perfect excuse for not going home.
In a previous life Tony used to play solders, however he has very few war stories due to the fact his job was to the fix equipment real soldiers used.
Tony’s biggest fear is retirement.