Peppa Pig’s mum rising above in crane business

Gill Riley, MD of GGR Group
Gill Riley, MD of GGR Group

A businesswoman has been nominated for a top award as she aims to emulate her BAFTA-winning daughter.

Gill Riley is managing director of Long Crendon-based GGR Group, which had a £16 million turnover last year.

The construction company has enjoyed rapid growth since she started up the business with her brother in 1995 and her First Women nomination in the built environment category reflects that.

But the mum-of-four, who lives in Tring, has 12-year-old daughter Harley to compete with after she scooped a children’s BAFTA for voicing Peppa Pig. Mrs Riley said: “I’d like a BAFTA. I don’t think this award is quite the same.

“But it’s good to show that your company is achieving something and when you get an award like this, you know that you yourself are doing quite well.

“It has a positive effect on business.”

GGR Group, which is Europe’s biggest supplier of vacuum handling equipment, compact pick and carry cranes, has 150 employees nationwide.

Its cranes have helped construct Olympic venues for 2012, the Houses of Parliament and London’s tallest building, The Shard.

But Mrs Riley said it was the company’s branching out which helped it deal with a tough period.

She said: “It’s been a tricky few years for the industry but we’ve been lucky.

“We diversified into areas, like cross-rail, nuclear, Thames Water and power.

“We’ve pretty much changed the face of construction.”

Mrs Riley, who is nominated for the second year running, will go up against the four other nominees in her category at The First Women Awards ceremony on June 12.

But before long, she may have more BAFTAs in the family to live up to.

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