Company enters new phase

Williamson joins expanding Vert Rotors as investor director

Brian Williamson Jumpstart

Entrepreneur Brian Williamson has joined the board of Edinburgh-based Vert Rotors as investor director as it gears up for commercial expansion on the back of its ground-breaking technology.

Mr Williamson will be looking after the interests of Equity Gap, the syndicate of Scottish business investors headed by chairman Jock Millican. Equity Gap holds a 16% share in Vert following its original investment in the firm in 2016.

He will also help Vert accelerate innovation in the world’s industries from its low noise, high pressure compressed air. This in turn will lead to quieter, more comfortable workplaces.

This latest appointment adds to Mr Williamson’s extensive track record of business interests which spans more than 20 years. He is currently chairman of Glasgow-based sales and marketing company 4icg, which he joined earlier this year following the sale of another venture – R&D tax credit specialist Jumpstart – to French technology firm Visiativ.

Mr Williamson began his career with Weir Pumps, after which he secured his first managing director’s position at the age of 26. From there he later went on to establish himself as an investor with a reputation for helping firms reach their full potential, which in May 2016 earned him the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to entrepreneurship from WeDO Scotland.

His appointment coincides with the arrival of new chief executive Phil Harris, who has vast experience in the manufacturing industry. There have also been other key management hires as Vert is entering a commercially-driven phase to bring its patented technology to the market.

The company has developed a revolutionary type of compressor technology that is smaller and quieter than traditional twin-screw devices, while also capable of continuous running. This has been hailed as the biggest innovation in the compressed air industry in 40 years.

Mr Harris said that Mr Williamson’s “experience will provide invaluable guidance as this company pursues its mission to bring this incredible technology to life.”

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