Joint Managing Directors of the UK’s leading manufacturer of refrigerated trailers, Gray & Adams, James and Peter Gray have been awarded OBEs in the New Year Honours list. Both brothers received an OBE for service to the industry and the community of Fraserburgh after recently celebrating the 65th anniversary of the business.
James and Peter’s father, the late Jim Gray, established Gray & Adams in 1957 which originated as a body repair shop in Fraserburgh, carrying out repairs to early cars and commercial vehicles. It has since developed into a leading manufacturing business, employing 700 people across the UK and servicing customers such as Morrisons, Marks and Spencer and Gist. James and Peter lead the company from the Fraserburgh headquarters.
In a statement to local press, Peter Gray said,
“It was a complete surprise and shock but I was absolutely delighted and speechless when I was informed that I was to receive an OBE in the New Year honours list.
“I am thrilled to receive such an honour which is so closely linked to the success of our family business, Gray and Adam.
“In accepting such an award as joint managing director, I must also pay tribute to my late father, Jim Gray, who founded Gray and Adam in 1957, and all the amazing loyal workforce who work tirelessly to make G&A one of the best refrigerated transport engineering companies in the United Kingdom.
“We will certainly make sure everyone is included in the celebration.
“It is also a tremendous honour to receive this award in the first honours list from our new king.”
James also said,
“When I first got the notification of the OBE I was overwhelmed that individuals took the time to fill in the paperwork to nominate us.
“I may never know who they were, but I will always be grateful. Not just for myself but for my wife Catherine and my immediate family.
“It is quite incredible that two brothers have been given this award the at the same time. I am sure that is very unusual.”
As with any business, it is the team of loyal employees that ensure the success of the business and James and Peter wish to thank them for all their input and professionalism over the years with the remark,
“Our staff are extremely loyal, and I can not thank them enough for all they do.”
Left to Right: Peter Gray, King Charles and James Gray. This photo was taken in 2017 at the Gray & Adams 60th Anniversary Event in Fraserburgh.