No business stands for 75 years without being exceptional at what they do, longevity like this takes perseverance and hard work, two things the staff at William Scott embody.
The advantages of a family business are a sense of pride and heritage, dedication to excellence and to building long-term relationships with clients. Contracting is a service industry and our relationships with clients and suppliers are very important to us. I still get phone calls for jobs today from people whom my father had done work for many years ago, based on the excellent service he had given them. We instil the same sense of service excellence and customer satisfaction in everyone that works at William Scott.
William Scott Painters was established in Port Elizabeth in 1948, by William Scott and his wife, Myra. William and Myra settled in Port Elizabeth in 1937, after moving from Aberdeen, Scotland.
After completing his schooling at the age of 14 in 1926, William Scott started an apprenticeship in the painting and decorating industry. The young William proved to be an exceptional talent in all fields of general paintwork, but excelled particularly in wallpapering, textures, glazing, graining and fancy finishes – which were all very popular at the time. It was during his apprenticeship that he met Myra, his wife to be.
The desire for a better quality of life and more opportunities drew the young couple to Port Elizabeth in South Africa, where William first found employment with Charles Heyns in 1937.
After finding his feet in the industry, William and Myra started William Scott Painters in 1948 and operated out of a single-roomed office at the bottom of Albany Road. With her typewriter perched on top of a milk crate, Myra managed the admin side of the business, while William managed all the painting and roofing work.
William Scott Painters has steadily grown into the successful and diversified company that it is today. Today, William Scott Contracts is managed by William and Myra’s son, Cameron Scott (MD), while the roofing division is managed by Winston Geswint, who has been with the company since 1983. Cameron’s sons, Andrew, Duncan and Justin are also involved in the third generation family business since 2007, after the passing of their grandfather at the age of 95.