The Oban Times - - Districts -

MEM­BERS of the pub­lic will be able to view a col­lec­tion of mem­o­ra­bilia as­so­ci­ated with a nearby boat-build­ing yard at the open­ing of Dunoon’s lat­est busi­ness premises to­mor­row, Fri­day Fe­bru­ary 24.

The Fair­mile Build­ing has been de­vel­oped by High­land and Is­lands En­ter­prise (HIE) on Sand­bank Busi­ness Park to at­tract new busi­nesses and en­able lo­cal firms to ex­pand.

HIE has in­vested nearly £2 mil­lion in the new build­ing, in­clud­ing £786,000 from the Euro­pean Re­gional Devel­op­ment Fund (ERDF).

The name of the build­ing refers to the proud lo­cal his­tory of Robert­son’s Yard, where Fair­mile Mo­tor Boats were built dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

Bri­tish Amer­ica’s Cup Chal­lenger in 1958, ‘Scep­tre’, was also built in the yard.

As this is an Amer­ica’s Cup Year, there will be an ex­hi­bi­tion at the open­ing of mem­o­ra­bilia pro­vided by the Scep­tre Preser­va­tion Society.

Mem­bers of Scep­tre’s orig­i­nal 1958 crew and of the Robert­son and Boyd fam­i­lies are also ex­pected to at­tend.

The Fair­mile Build­ing is par­tic­u­larly tar­geted at com­pa­nies work­ing in the fi­nan­cial and busi­ness ser­vices sec­tor. It has al­ready wel­comed its first two ten­ants, BC Tech­nolo­gies and SAMTEQ Ltd.

Both com­pa­nies had out­grown their premises and were un­able to re­cruit more staff be­cause of a lack of space. A move to the Fair­mile Build­ing al­lows them to ex­pand and bring skilled em­ploy­ment to Dunoon.

Jen­nifer Ni­coll, HIE area manager, said: ‘Skilled em­ploy­ment has been key to this area for more than 100 years. The Fair­mile Build­ing of­fers ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­ni­ties for busi­nesses to ex­pand and de­velop new tal­ent.

‘BC Tech­nolo­gies and SAMTEQ are ex­cel­lent ex­am­ples of this.

The open­ing will show­case how the Fair­mile Build­ing can help busi­nesses go fur­ther, as well as cel­e­brat­ing the her­itage of ‘Scep­tre’ and Robert­son’s Yard.’

The open­ing will take place on the af­ter­noon of Fri­day Fe­bru­ary 24 and the build­ing will be open to the pub­lic be­tween 1pm and 3pm.

The Fair­mile Build­ing in Dunoon.

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