JOBS JOY FOR DALBEATTIE
Machinery firm to increase workforce and new shop opens
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“Our current premises are outdated and need major development if we’re to stay on top of what is a £1 billion industry here in Scotland.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