Gilray Plant Merger with SP Group Signals Expansion in UK Construction

SP Group secures major market influence with acquisition of Gilray Plant’s name, to be rebranded as ‘SP Gilray’
July 1, 2024 by
Gilray Plant Merger with SP Group Signals Expansion in UK Construction
SP Group Global Ltd

Gilray Plant, one of the UK’s most established and oldest wholesale scaffolding suppliers, is moving into a new phase as SP Group Global Ltd acquires its name. 

 As part of the acquisition, Gilray Plant is slated to emerge with its new identity, SP Gilray. This change is a result of two of the UK’s construction supply powerhouses merging into one and marks a groundbreaking moment for both companies. 

Sarah Wilson, Company Director and widow of Gilray Plant MD Ralph Wilson, expressed her excitement, “Among other potential business partners, it was SP Group’s commitment to excellence that made this possible. Their unparalleled recycling scheme for most of their temporary protection products was a major factor in my decision to pass on the Gilray name to fellow NASC member SP Group. I have full confidence in SP Group to carry forward the legacy Ralph established, and I look forward to seeing what this new chapter unlocks.” 

This strategic investment secures major market influence in the UK for SP Group, a leading supplier of temporary protection based in Northern Ireland, with over 30 years of experience supplying in the UK and Ireland. 

“It’s a significant milestone for us,” Nick Munster, Managing Director of SP Group, echoed Sarah’s sentiment. “Gilray is well-known within the scaffold supplies sector and the UK construction industry. This opportunity will allow us to welcome a broader range of clients, from independent contractors to large international scaffolding firms.” 

“It’s an honour to uphold Gilray’s reputation for honesty, quality products, and excellent service, and we’ll strive to maintain it in recognition of Ralph’s dedication to the company,” Nick adds. 

 SP Gilray Branch Manager Tracey Law says, “As the former Operations Manager at Gilray Plant, moving to SP Group has been easy because both companies share the same values and mutual commitment to delivering high standards in products and customer service.” 

SP Gilray will begin its transition from Gilray Plant in the coming weeks to allow customers and partners to adjust to this merger.  Whilst the phone number will remain the same as 01322 442006, customers may expect changes in the following items, among others: 


Both Gilray Plant and SP Group assure the public that this brand acquisition is here to take the business to another level, expand its product range, and continue to provide Gilray’s impeccable customer service. 

For any questions and clarifications, customers may contact Tracey Law, a member of the original Gilray Plant team, on 01322 442006 / 07940 162597, or email

About Gilray Plant 

Gilray Plant, founded in 1970, is a one-stop shop for scaffolding supplies and equipment. Based in Erith, Kent, the company has nearly half a century of history, making it one of the UK’s oldest wholesale scaffolding specialists. 

The company’s late MD Ralph Wilson had a commitment to excellence that kept the business at the forefront of the industry, working with trusted clients who relied on Gilray Plant for urgent scaffolding needs. As one satisfied customer put it, “Gilray saved the day when I needed 1,000 scaffold boards in a hurry!” And Gilray will continue delivering exceptional products and services, now as part of SP Group. 

About SP Group 

Established in 1990, SP Group is a leader in temporary protection across the UK and Ireland. The company’s firm resolve to excellence has been acknowledged twice by the UK Enterprise Awards. 

SP Group specialises in high-quality and sustainable on-site safety solutions. From its humble beginnings selling protective window films, it has expanded to offer 8 different brands of products from scaffold protection to floor protection, surface protection, and more. 

SP Group is trusted by industry experts, including scaffolders, contractors, builders’ merchants, event specialists, resellers, and distributors — and now, distinguished companies like Gilray Plant. 

Moving forward, SP Group plans to continue this growth by joining forces with other accredited companies in its sector to strengthen its market presence, share resources, and increase its influence within the industry. 

With this merger, SP Group takes a major move to expand its operational capacity, all while upholding the values and reputation of Gilray Plant through SP Gilray.