Mark en­gi­neers a good busi­ness fu­ture

Argyllshire Advertiser - - BUSINESS -

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.mj­fab­ri­ca­

To find out more about how Busi­ness Gate­way can help you set up and de­velop your own busi­ness, call 01546 808363 or visit www.bgate­ ar­gyll-and-bute.

Mark and his team - at your ser­vice.

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