High­land Blast joins Guild of Mas­ter Crafts­men

The Oban Times - - Business -

High­land Blast, a mo­bile abra­sive blast­ing and coat­ing ser­vice based in Drum­nadro­chit, is the first busi­ness of its kind to be­come a mem­ber of the Guild of Mas­ter Crafts­men.

This fam­ily- owned busi­ness pro­vides a full range of blast­ing and coat­ing ser­vices, from stone and tim­ber re­ju­ve­na­tion to heavy plant work through­out the High­lands and Is­lands and fur­ther afield.

‘ We were de­lighted to pass ev­ery stage of as­sess­ment with top marks on all as­pects. It’s amaz­ing to know we are the first abra­sive blast­ing and coat­ings com­pany in Scot­land to achieve such a pres­ti­gious ac­co­lade. We work su­per hard, so hav­ing that ti­tle not just for us, but for a High­land busi­ness, we are very proud in­deed.’

Sarah and Do­minic formed High­land Blast in 2013 after Do­minic, who worked off­shore, spot­ted a gap in the mar­ket for do­ing his trade on­shore, and started do­ing it part-time. ‘ Then, as time went on, and High­land Blast got busier and off­shore got qui­eter, it made per­fect sense to have High­land Blast run­ning full-time,’ Sarah said. ‘Do­minic built a good rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing a hard worker and for know­ing his stuff in his in­dus­try.’ Sarah has an im­pres­sive mar­ket­ing back­ground, and takes care of the busi­ness end of High­land Blast. ‘I like to think I’m let­ting peo­ple know what abra­sive blast­ing ac­tu­ally is and its ben­e­fits. Lots of peo­ple have heard of blast­ing, but haven’t got a clue what it is or how it can be ben­e­fi­cial to them as a ser­vice. I hope I’m show­ing peo­ple that our ser­vices are suit­able for reg­u­lar peo­ple, as well as com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial clients.’

Even the cou­ple’s four daugh­ters help out on oc­ca­sion. ‘It’s a com­plete fam­ily af­fair,’ Sarah shared. ‘Hav­ing four chil­dren is all fun and games at the best of times, let alone adding a busi­ness in the mix! We hope we are show­ing them you have to be pro-ac­tive to achieve your goals.’

Do­minic is usu­ally on each project him­self from start to fin­ish, work­ing with clients all over Scot­land. ‘One week we could be do­ing stone re­ju­ve­na­tion on some­one’s fam­ily home on Mull, or maybe a rally car shell blast for a young lad in Aberdeen­shire or there could be some­one want­ing us to blast some cast-iron bench ends at our base in In­ver­ness for them to up­cy­cle, paint them­selves and sell on to make some cash to­wards their child’s school trip.’

Do­minic can add beauty and value to most any sur­face. He can re­store stone and brick­work to its for­mer colour and glory with­out los­ing its in­tegrity, by re­mov­ing un­wanted paint or ren­der­ing, sur­face or fire dam­age or graf­fiti – per­fect for res­i­den­tial homes, churches or B&Bs. Us­ing oak beam blast­ing, he can achieve the client’s ex­act shade and tex­ture spec­i­fi­ca­tions. They also serve heavy plant and sea­sonal ma­rine needs, with new ser­vices be­ing added all the time.

‘Ev­ery client is com­pletely dif­fer­ent, want­ing projects done for dif­fer­ent rea­sons,’ Sarah ex­plained. ‘I find it re­ward­ing when peo­ple say abra­sive blast­ing or coat­ing is some­thing they have wanted done for ages, but didn’t know it was pos­si­ble or how to go about it un­til they heard of High­land Blast.

‘Along with lots of other High­land busi­nesses, we hope to show to peo­ple you can re­ceive a top qual­ity ser­vice at a good price and live in the High­lands. When you get in touch with High­land Blast, you will deal with ei­ther me or Do­minic – no mid­dle man in a Glas­gow of­fice, who knows noth­ing about the area or the peo­ple. High­land Blast is our busi­ness, we are the face of it and we are ac­count­able for ev­ery as­pect of it. Ev­ery job we carry out, we are proud to put our name to it.’

High­land Blast of­fers free site vis­its and quotes through­out the High­lands and Is­lands, as well as the rest of Scot­land. Visit them at www.high­land­blast.co.uk, join them at www.face­book.com/high­land­blastltd, on Twit­ter and In­sta­gram @ High­land_Blast or email them at mail@high­land blast.co.uk or call 07717 487 889.

I find it re­ward­ing when peo­ple say abra­sive blast­ing or coat­ing is some­thing they have wanted done for ages, but didn’t know it was pos­si­ble or how to go about it un­til they heard of High­land Blast.

40-foot low loader.

Stonework paint re­moval.

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