JOBS JOY FOR DALBEATTIE

Ma­chin­ery firm to in­crease work­force and new shop opens

The Galloway News - - FRONT PAGE - BY STU­ART GILLESPIE

Dalbeattie has been handed a dou­ble jobs boost in the run-up to Christ­mas.

For­est ma­chin­ery busi­ness Jas P Wil­son aims to take on 20 new staff af­ter se­cur­ing nearly £700,000 of fund­ing from the Bank of Scot­land.

And March­bank Bak­ers, which al­ready has a shop in Cas­tle Dou­glas, opened up in the old Cor­son shop in Dalbeattie on Wed­nes­day.

Harry March­bank said: “It’s only five or six jobs as we al­ready have all the (bak­ery) staff in Dum­fries so it’s just the shop as­sis­tants, but it’s still five or six jobs and it takes us up to more than 100 em­ploy­ees across the busi­ness.

“It made good busi­ness sense. My dad was the driv­ing force of March­banks and he passed away ear­lier this year. With my­self, my brother and my sis­ter com­ing through it seemed a good op­por­tu­nity to take on Dalbeattie fol­low­ing the un­for­tu­nate news of Cor­sons shut­ting a cou­ple of months ago.”

Jas P Wil­son, which is based at the in­dus­trial site on Coast Road, has ben­e­fit­ted from Bank of Scot­land’s £2 bil­lion Clean Growth Fi­nance Ini­tia­tive.

They plan to grow the firm’s green cre­den­tials by adding new re­cy­cling sys­tems and a pur­pose-built train­ing cen­tre in a bid to grow their turnover of £11 mil­lion to £14 mil­lion by 2021.

They also in­tend to in­crease the team from 55 to 75 peo­ple in the same pe­riod.

Di­rec­tor Billy Wil­son said: “We want to make sure our busi­ness op­er­ates in the most sus­tain­able way to cre­ate work­ing fa­cil­i­ties that sup­port a greener econ­omy.

“Our cur­rent premises are out­dated and need ma­jor devel­op­ment if we’re to stay on top of what is a £1 bil­lion in­dus­try here in Scot­land. Fifty per cent of our sales are com­pleted face- to- face with around 1,000 cus­tomers visit­ing our site each year. We want to pro­vide a pro­fes­sional and sus­tain­able space that will help us con­tinue to grow while meet­ing our cus­tomers’ needs as they too be­come more eco­con­scious.

“Thanks to the sup­port from Bank of Scot­land’s Clean Growth Fi­nance Ini­tia­tive, we will not only ben­e­fit fi­nan­cially through cost sav­ings, but we will also re­duce our im­pact on the planet.”

Over the next four years, the firm will carry out a range of green in­fra­struc­ture im­prove­ments in­clud­ing new in­su­la­tion, glaz­ing and a biomass boiler

They also pro­pose to join their two cur­rent fac­to­ries with a new mid­dle build­ing that will house of­fices and a show­room for cus­tomers.

The new Clean Growth Fi­nance Ini­tia­tive pro­vides dis­counted fund­ing to help busi­nesses tran­si­tion to a lower car­bon, more sus­tain­able fu­ture.

The fund­ing sup­ports a range of in­vest­ments in sus­tain­able busi­ness in­clud­ing small im­prove­ments in en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact through to large-scale re­new­able en­ergy in­fra­struc­ture.

Re­la­tion­ship di­rec­tor and sus­tain­abil­ity cham­pion at the bank, Stephen Owens, said: “By work­ing with firms like Jas P Wil­son, we can help them to act now to in­tro­duce sus­tain­able mea­sures that will not only re­duce their car­bon foot­print but also boost pro­duc­tiv­ity and profitabil­ity, and ul­ti­mately help the busi­ness grow.”

He added: “Ini­tia­tives like the Clean Growth Fi­nance Ini­tia­tive form part of our com­mit­ment to help Scot­land pros­per.

“We sup­port busi­nesses across the coun­try and look for­ward to work­ing with other firms to cre­ate a greener fu­ture for all.”

Look­ing to the fu­ture Billy Wil­son of Jas P Wil­son and Stephen Owens, Bank of Scot­land re­la­tion­ship man­ager

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