Mark engineers a good business future
WITH more than 20 years’ of experience in steel fabrication, welding and engineering, it was only a matter of time before Mark Johnstone set up his own company.
Based in Achahoish, M J Fabrication offers a range of welding and fabrication services including onsite repairs and working from professional drawings for customers within the marine, agricultural and forestry industries, as well as private domestic clients.
With support from Business Gateway Argyll and Bute, Mark has steadily grown the business since 2012 with a focus on providing training and employment to local people.
Mark said: ‘I set up the business in 2012 and since then we’ve had a great response, both locally and further afield. A number of local businesses supported us from the beginning, which was fantastic and really gave us a boost. This base allowed us to grow and over the years we have expanded into new areas and taken on a steady stream of staff.
‘We have also benefited from Business Gateway’s support from the very start. Our adviser has given me advice, helped me network and suggested the most relevant workshops I should attend. It’s great to know there is someone to answer any queries I have and offer expert advice when it’s needed.’
Business Gateway adviser Barbara Halliday said: ‘Mark had experience in his field but he had never run his own business before, so came to us for advice. Over the past five years we’ve helped the company in a number of areas with Mark taking advantage of our one-to-one advice and fully-funded workshop programme.’
MJ Fabrications works on a variety of jobs, big and small, from garden gates and steel structures, to cars, large machinery and a range of welding services. Mark and his team also install cutting-edge walkways, barriers and handrails.
Mark added: ‘Working across Mid Argyll, we have established a good reputation with many customers returning to us which is always a main aim of any business. I am really happy with how the past five years have gone and now our plan is to continue to work hard and eventually look to expand the services we offer to meet the growing needs of all our clients.
‘I’m also passionate about training the local young workforce and this is an area we will also look to expand in future.’
For more information visit www.mjfabrication.co.uk.
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