Independent office supply firm Langstane has appointed the third generation of the family-run firm to its board of directors. Mark Campbell takes on the role of office Interiors Director at the Aberdeen-based business, which was founded by his grandfather and great-uncles 70 years ago.
The appointment comes at a time when Langstane, which employs 106 people nationwide, is seeing signs of stability and optimism in the north east economy after battling through the oil downturn for the past two years.
Mark, who has been with Langstane for 24 years after joining straight from school, has worked across many of the company’s divisions, which includes office supplies, office furniture, print, promotional products and healthcare equipment.
In more recent times he has been focused on Langstane’s furniture offering, and has been Office Interiors Manager since 2014. Mark has spearheaded many large-scale office furniture installation contracts, including four large scale office furniture projects at the Prime Four business park at Kingswells.
He plans to uphold the traditional family values of the company, while bringing a new, dynamic vision for the future and a drive to develop new opportunities.
Mark says, “I am very proud to be joining my father, Jack Campbell, and Colin Campbell, on the board of directors and to be continuing the family tradition. My grandfather and his brothers were great innovators: always one step ahead of the game and anticipating what their customers needed in addition to the services they supplied.
“Their attention to detail – and their ability to provide products quickly at a competitive price – allowed Langstane to grow from a small printing company into Scotland’s biggest independent office supplies company.
“Langstane has always moved forward, and is now at the beginning of another new chapter. We have grown the office interiors division into one of our strongest divisions, and I believe there is scope to grow it even further.”
Although the oil and gas sector continues to be of key importance to Langstane, it has significantly broadened its customer base in recent years. In addition to opening bases in Dundee and Livingston, it has won contracts to provide both office and patient care furniture to NHS Scotland and is a leading supplier to local authorities and bodies such as the Scottish Prison Service. Most recently Langstane has been awarded a four-year framework agreement to deliver and supply education and office furniture to Scotland Excel.
Langstane Managing Director Colin Campbell adds, “After the challenges of the last two years we have been reviewing and restructuring our business on a regular basis.
“We celebrate 70 years in business this year and now that we see some stability and optimism in the market, it is a good time for our family business to show its commitment to the future and to appoint the first of the third generation to the board.
“Mark has been at the forefront of developing our capabilities within the office furniture and interiors market in the north east, winning major complete installation projects at Prime Four for Apache, Nexen, Transocean and Lloyds Register, who move there this summer.”
Langstane is Scotland’s largest independent office products company and with a product range in excess of 30,000 items, is one of the largest in the UK. Langstane, established in 1947 in Aberdeen, remains a family business and has further branches in Dundee and Livingston. Langstane employs 106 staff and has a turnover of £15m.