Our History

Gael Force was founded in 1983 by Stewart Graham – a start-up business in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis with a mission to design and manufacture a ‘better’ fishing creel and supply direct to the boat owner.

By 2000 the business was employing 70 people across 3 sites and doing business throughout the UK, Europe and North America.

Since then, Gael Force has continued to expand operations with 6 locations in the UK and over 200 staff. Gael Force is now embarking on a 4-year programme to further build the Group through strong business performance, investment and acquisition.


1983

Island Fabrications set up as “one man” creel manufacturing and steel fabrication company based in 500 square foot unit in Stornoway in the Hebrides in Scotland.

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1987

A new 6,500square foot factory was established in Stornoway and the business focusses solely on the production of creels for the UK and export markets.


ca. 1989

Strategy developed to source complimentary key products to the core creel production direct from leading international manufacturers.


1990

“Gael Force” brand developed with sales, warehousing and distribution relocated to Inverness to further expand markets.


1998

Seaboard Anchors acquired to form Gael Force mooring division becoming specialist mooring equipment supplier to the fish farming industry and RNLI.


1999

Fiskevegn AS acquired to form Gael Force Grimsby division a strategic location for distribution of products in England.


2000

The assets of Taylor Marine and the Thornbush Quay site in Inverness acquired to form Gael Force Engineering division a manufacturer of the revolutionary SEACAP feed barges for the fish farming industry.


2000

Investment in Gael Force Marine Technologies AS to develop a range of automated fish feeding systems for installation in the SEACAP feed barges.


2000

Inverness “Marine Megastore” opened becoming UK’s largest one-stop shop for marine equipment.


2001

630-page industry unique catalogue with over 12,000 marine products launched.


2003

Gael Force Online Store launched providing all customers with the opportunity to purchase online.


2006

Our marine engineering division extends its product range including the new range of Seamate Feeding Barges.


2008

Gael Force develops a new concept in property with a “ground-breaking” floating home design.


2009

Gael Force moves from its Grimsby location and opens in Sutton Harbour, Plymouth, England.


2013

Forres based Varis Engineering which specialised in marina pontoon production and engineering services to the whisky distilling industry is acquired and is merged into Gael Force Engineering.


2013

The business of moorings company FPM Henderson, Glasgow acquired re-enforcing Gael Force position as market-leading Moorings specialists.


2014

Gael Force Marine Equipment open their third Marine Centre in the UK, situated in Glasgow, to serve both leisure and commercial customers on the Clyde and throughout the Argyll and Ayrshire coasts. 


2015

Gael Force Marine Equipment launches new and improved online store with a massive range of leisure marine, commercial marine and commercial fishing products: www.gaelforcemarine.co.uk.


2016

Gael Force Group acquires Mohn Aqua to continue to invest in product development, production, sales and servicing support of the Mohn Aqua product range; which includes underwater cameras, sensors and acoustic deterrent devices. Mohn Aqua is renamed Gael Force Marine Technology.


2016

Gael Force launches its dedicated website for Marinas & Pontoons: www.gaelforcemarinas.co.uk.


2017

Gael Force launches its dedicated website for Aquaculture: www.gaelforceaquaculture.com.


2017

Gael Force becomes the UK's only producer of concrete breakwaters.


2018

Gael Force Group and The Pontoon & Dock Company announced its partnership which will see the SeaHaven Pontoons, Breakwaters and Gangways represented across the wider United Kingdom marina markets. 


2018

Gael Force Group acquires a majority stake in Fusion Marine, fish farm pen manufacturer, which combines their resource and wealth of experience, jointly invest in developing new and innovative products while continuing to provide competitive pricing and high service levels through close partnering with their respective customers.