In Your Shoes - Kenny Robertson

Kenny Robertson is the Founder and Managing Director of KR Group which is a leading provider of steel and cladding services around Scotland.

Having over 30 years’ experience within the construction industry, Kenny set up his own business when he realised that he could introduce smarter solutions and rise to challenges of more difficult projects which were being turned down by other companies.

Now with over 20 years’ experience running his own business, Kenny’s strengths lie within collaborative working and problem solving. He enjoys working with clients to overcome any issues and getting projects over the line under tight deadlines.

In his spare time, Kenny enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids and is a keen supporter of local football teams: Aberdeen FC and Cove FC. One of his passions out with work is promoting young people in sport.

Monday: Starting the week off right

My day always begins at 6am with a black coffee and a walk with the dog, before heading into the office. I start by getting the different teams ready for their week ahead. This often comprises of getting ready for sites that week, organising materials, and planning the logistics. Once the teams are in, I go around and brief them on their priorities for the week.

Once I have started everyone on their jobs, I nip home to pick up my eldest son and drive him to Cove as he trains daily as a goalkeeper for Cove FC and is still learning to drive. Once I have dropped him off, I head over to join a progress meeting on one of our sites and then onto another site to carry out a survey or attend prestart meetings. After a busy day, I head home to get ready to coach development football teams with Dyce FC.  Having coached for over 10 years, I definitely enjoy this part of my week.

Tuesday: Site visits, meetings & football coaching

No two days are the same here at KR Group but throughout the week I spend my time mostly split across the office, workshop, and site teams.

I will often be spotted driving the cranes or forklift; despite being responsible for the running of the business alongside my wife Nicola, I still like to play a hands-on role where possible.

Tuesday evenings are spent running the kids to their football practice and cheering them on from the sidelines.

Wednesday: Coffee first!

To get through the hardest day of the week, hump day, I start off with a stop by the shop for my daily dose of coffee before heading out to a meeting to discuss a potential new project. There’s a lot of new projects kicking off just now so lots of exciting planning about how to make it work for the team and most importantly for the clients. 

Wednesday evenings are usually time for a run or some exercise then dinner at home with the family. It the only night everyone is usually home!

Thursday: Always plan ahead

This Thursday, I was back in the office, catching up on contracts and attending internal meetings with our team and pricing up some upcoming jobs.

We have some exciting projects ongoing, including the cladding, fabrication and erection of a new gin distillery set to open in the summer.

Friday: Preparing for the weekend chaos

Fridays are a day for tidying up all the loose ends from the week and getting prepared for the weekend. I spend most of my day in the workshop or on site, where I use my time to catch up with the team.  Usually, a busy day getting and giving progress reports and making sure materials are ordered and resources thought through.

At night, I kick back and relax and try to catch up with my wife and/or friends… maybe enjoy a glass of red wine, or two ????