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Dumbreck decorates for success with jobs boost and major expansion across Scotland

7th November, 2013 by admin

Lord Provost of Glasgow, Sadie Docherty with MD Mark Johnston and some of the company's apprentices

One of Scotland’s oldest decorating companies has marked a significant expansion of its operations across Scotland – including the creation of 20 new jobs – with an official opening of its new headquarters in Govan, South Glasgow today (Thursday, November 7th).

Dumbreck Decorators, which has roots going back to 1849 and offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh, has extended its reach into the north of Scotland by winning two new major Framework agreements for cyclical maintenance in the last 12 months.

On the back of the new business, the decorating contractor has increased its turnover by 27 per cent to £4.1million, opened a new office in Forfar and created 20 new full-time jobs for tradesmen as well as a new surveyor position and a storeman for its larger premises in Govan.

This represents a 20 per cent increase in staff, which now totals 100.

And it has recruited seven apprentices this year alone, bringing the total currently being trained by the firm to 14 – male and female apprentices – who are all at various stages of their Modern Apprenticeship in Painting and Decorating.

In addition, the company has invested in a new fleet of 14 vehicles.

Glasgow’s Lord Provost, Sadie Docherty conducted the official opening of Dumbreck Decorators’ new office and warehouse at Govan industrial estate at noon.

Mark Johnston, managing director of Dumbreck Decorators, said: “We’re ambitious and focusing on delivering what we’re best at. With so many new staff coming on board, we were tight for space in our previous premises in Glasgow, particularly as we need to store the 200,000 litres of paint we get through each year.

“We’ve always recruited and trained apprentices – even during the recession – because we know that investing in young people is an investment in the long-term sustainability of this business and the industry itself. The relocation of our new headquarters in May gives us a sustainable Glasgow base from which to grow the business and the opening is a real vote of confidence in our future and the sector.”

Lord Provost of Glasgow, Sadie Docherty, said: “Dumbreck Decorators is a highly respected firm rightly recognised for its vision, and its commitment and investment in our young people. I am delighted to be here for this, the official opening of its new premises. I wish the company and its staff continued success.”

Dumbreck’s recently won the Working Together Award in The Herald’s first Inspiring City Awards for its contribution to improving the social fabric of Glasgow by recruiting, training and giving experience to the city’s young people.

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Notes to Editor

  • Dumbreck Decorators is affiliated with CHAS (Contractors Health & Safety Assessment Scheme) and MD Mark Johnston sits on the national board of Scottish Decorators’ Federation.

Issued on behalf of Dumbreck Decorators by JK Consultancy. For further information, please contact Jenny Kumar on 07989 557198 or jenny@jkconsultancy.com

Dumbreck Decorators is an award-winning decorating contractor with roots going back to 1849 and offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Forfar. Operating under our direct, domestic and main contracting business streams, which also includes our spray applied plaster, Ames Taping and shop fitting divisions, we provide a full service to a diverse range of clients, including National Trust for Scotland, Heritage Scotland, Scottish Historic Buildings Trust, social housing, churches, banks, offices, hotels, local authorities, industrial and private homes.

United Auctions goes 007 for RSABI Great Glen Rural Challenge

19th August, 2013 by admin

The name is Rascals, Rostrum Rascals: (L-R) Richard Close, Luke Holmes, Ross Fotheringham, Murray Rainnie and Peter Wood.

A team of five auctioneers from United Auctions (UA) is swapping their white coats, gavels and crooks for James Bond style morph suits to compete in a one-day charity event in the Highlands next week.

Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers will be shaken, not stirred in their skin-tight tuxedo costumes, which leave little to the imagination, when they take part in RSABI’s Great Glen Rural Challenge on August 30th.

Named the Rostrum Rascals, UA’s team is walking, running and cycling a 60km route along the Great Glen between Clunes and Dores.

They are competing with nine other organisations and businesses in the rural sector to win the challenge and to raise the most money for Scotland’s rural charity RSABI, which supports people who have depended on the land.

UA’s secret service Rascals, which comprises auctioneers and sales executives Richard Close (31), Ross Fotheringham (23), Luke Holmes (24), Murray Rainnie (26) and Peter Wood (34), have already raised half their fundraising target of £1000 but know there is still a long way to go.

Team captain Ross Fotheringham, who started the team’s social media campaign with a video pledge on UA’s Facebook page, said:

“We ‘re not the fittest bunch, but I reckon we’re the toughest and we’re really competitive.”

“The lads aren’t that keen on the costumes, but we’re channeling the inner Bond. We’re training hard like the elite athletes we are! A little self humiliation and a lot of fun go a long way for a great cause that’s close to our own and our customers’ hearts.”

To sponsor the Rostrum Rascals, please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Rostrumrascals

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Notes to Editor

Issued on behalf of United Auctions by JK Consultancy. For further information, please contact Jenny Kumar on 07989 557198 or jenny@jkconsultancy.com

  • RSABI is the Scottish charity which provides financial support, advice and friendship to improve the lives of individuals and their dependents, where these individuals rely, or have relied, upon land based employment and who through age, injury, illness or other misfortune, now experience hardship. Contact:  www.rsabi.org.uk or 0131 472 4166.
  • Teams of 4 (+ 1 supporting member) will complete a total of 60km along the Great Glen through beautiful Highland scenery.

Darling breeds of May come to Stirling for UA’s one-day Bull Sale

23rd April, 2013 by admin

United Auctions’ (UA’s) May Multi-breed Show and Sale returns this year with a strong line-up of 212 pedigree bulls and females.

The annual event takes place on Monday 6th May 2013 at the Stirling Agricultural Centre, the HQ of Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers.

And its compact format, in which pedigree cattle are shown and sold in one day, has real appeal to customers at this busy time of year.

It is run in conjunction with a commercial beef breeding sale, which includes 500 store cattle and a show and sale of Simmental cross females.

The pedigree show will be judged by three young judges from the next generation of pedigree cattle breeders.

While Stuart Barclay from Aberdeen, John Barlow from Leyland and Michael Norman from Carlisle have experience at summer shows, this will be their first appearance at an official Bull Sale.

For the second year running, the event has been selected to stage a sale of Longhorns, one of the UK’s most ancient breeds.

It also welcomes a new sponsor – Hendricks Insurance, who relocated its headquarters to the Centre in January this year. The company, which specialises in farming and estate policies, will have a presence on the day with director Ritchie Sherret presenting a prize at the show.

David Leggat, Executive Chairman of UA, said: “It’s a real pleasure to see the younger generation of judges making their mark at an official bull sale and we’re delighted to host the Longhorns’ sale for the second, consecutive year.

“The compact structure of the event with the accompanying commercial sale makes for a busy day with something for everyone.”

The Charolais, Simmental, Limousin, Aberdeen Angus, Beef Shorthorn and Longhorn breeds are all sold under the auspices of their respective breed societies.

Full catalogue details for the Sales are available on the pedigree page of UA’s website along with access to the sale ring’s live webcam. And UA’s Facebook page will share as-it-happens news and updates. Opportunities for photographs are available from Sunday 5th May.

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Issued on behalf of United Auctions by JK Consultancy. For further information please contact: Jenny Kumar on 07989 557198 or email jenny@jkconsultancy.com

NOTES TO EDITOR

Judges

Charolais Stuart Barclay, South Road, INSCH AB52 6XF

Simmental – John Barlow, Four Oaks, Ulnes, Walton Lane, LEYLAND PR26 8LT

Limousin – Michael Norman, Little Orton Farm, Little Orton, CARLISLE CA5 6EP

Aberdeen Angus – Stuart Barclay, South Road, INSCH AB52 6XF

Show and sale programme

Sunday 5 May
12 noon Charolais inspection
1 pm Simmental inspection
2 pm Limousin inspection
3 pm Aberdeen Angus inspection
3.30 pm Beef Shorthorn inspection
Monday 6 May
8 am Show of Charolais bulls followed by Simmental bulls, Limousin bulls & Aberdeen Angus bulls
11.30 am Sale of Longhorn bull (1) & females (7) followed by Salers bulls (5), British Blue bull (1)
Collection of leather halter & neck straps
12 noon Sale of Charolais bulls (47) followed by Simmental bulls (50) & female (1), Limousin bulls (60), Aberdeen Angus bulls (31) and Beef Shorthorn bulls (5)

About United Auctions – www.uagroup.co.uk

United Auctions (UA) are Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers and procurement specialists and operate a network of different auction markets across Scotland, including Stirling, Huntly, Lairg, Dalmally, Tiree, Islay, South Uist and an area office and lairage facility at Oban. The company conducts auctions of both commercial and pedigree livestock, including the world-famous Stirling Bull Sales (previously known as the Perth Bull Sales) and provides farm-to-farm and farm-to-abattoir procurement services.

1000 bulls set for Stirling Bull Sales

29th January, 2013 by admin

With a total of 1169 pedigree bulls and females on the road to Stirling for the Spring Bull Sales next week, the event welcomes some bumper breed entries and the first-time auction of Japanese Wagyu embryos.

The action takes place at United Auctions’ (UA’s) Stirling Agricultural Centre across two weeks from Monday 4th to Wednesday 6th February and from Monday 18th to Tuesday 19th February 2013.

The Stirling Bull Sales, held under the auspices of the national breed societies and supported by the Bank of Scotland, has a new format. The native breeds plus Limousins will be exhibited in week one with the rest of the continental breeds featuring in week two.

David Leggat, Executive Chairman of UA, said: “The sale promises a fantastic show for quality with bulls to suit to every pocket. Virtually all the bulls have both EBV information and herd health status in the catalogues to help buyers with their choice.”

Included in the event are 180 Limousin bulls, making it the biggest entry of the breed in the history of the Sales.

At 93 entries, the Shorthorn bulls are at their largest numbers since the 1960s.

And after two decades, the Bull Sales will also see enough Herefords to enable show classes.

In a first of its kind for the event, a customer is offering for sale 18 pure Wagyu embryos from a local, recently established herd.

Husband and wife team Mohsin and Martine Al-Tajir run the Japanese breed, which produces the most expensive beef in the world, under their company Highland Wagyu based at Blackford Farms in Dunblane.

Mr Leggat continued: “We believe the sale of these Wagyu embryos is the first time that such genetic material will be offered in Scotland via auction and we’re pleased to support Highland Wagyu in this way.”

Full catalogue details for the Sales are available on the pedigree page of UA’s website along with access to the sale ring’s live webcam.

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Issued on behalf of United Auctions by JK Consultancy. For further information please contact: Jenny Kumar on 07989 557198 or email jenny@jkconsultancy.com

NOTES TO EDITOR

Judges

Aberdeen Angus – Angus Stovold, Lydling Farm, Shackleford, Godalming GU8 6AP

Beef Shorthorn – Friar Thomson, 10 Ivy Road, Whitehills, Forfar DD8 3EG

Limousin – William McLaren, Muirhouses, Kirriemuir DD8 4QG

British Blue – Ian Wainwright, Todhall Farm, Dairsie, Cupar KY15 4RQ

Salers – Ian Bell, Hallbankgate Farm, Brampton CA8 2NJ

Simmental – Iain Green, Corskie, Garmouth, Fochabers IV32 7NN

Charolais – Charlie Boden, Mellor Hall Farm, Mellor, Stockport SK6 5LR

Hereford – Phil Allman, Amberley Court, Sutton St Nicholas HR1 3BX

Show and sale programme

Sunday 3rd February
8.30 am Aberdeen Angus bull inspection
1 pm Beef Shorthorn bull inspection followed by Hereford bulls
Monday 4th February
8 am Show of Aberdeen Angus females followed by bulls
1.30 pm Show of Beef Shorthorn females followed by bulls followed by show of Hereford Bulls
3 pm Collective sale of Aberdeen Angus females (53) followed by the sale of Aberdeen Angus, Beef Shorthorn and Wagyu embryos
4 pm (Or after judging) Collective sale of Beef Shorthorn females (35)
Tuesday 5th February
10.30 am Sale of Aberdeen Angus bulls (232)
2 pm Sale of Beef Shorthorn bulls (93) followed by Luing (1) & Hereford bulls (10)
3.30 pm Limousin inspection
Wednesday 6th February
8 am Show of Limousin females followed by bulls
1 pm Sale of Limousin bulls (180) followed by Limousin females (2)
Sunday 17th February
9 am Simmental bull inspection
12 noon Inspection of Salers, British Blue & Blonde d’Aquitaine bulls
12.30 pm Charolais bull inspection
4 pm Show of Salers bulls followed by females followed by British Blue bulls
5 pm Show of Simmental females
Monday 18th February
8 am Show of Simmental bulls
12 noon Sale of Salers bulls (18) followed by females (7) followed by British Blue bulls (9) followed by Blonde d’Aquitaine bulls (2)
12 noon Show of Charolais females followed by bulls
1 pm Sales of Simmental females (46)
2 pm Sale of Simmental bulls (200)
Tuesday 19th February
10.30 am Sale of Charolais bulls (262) followed by Charolais females (26)

About United Auctions – www.uagroup.co.uk

United Auctions (UA) are Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers and procurement specialists and operate a network of different auction markets across Scotland, including Stirling, Huntly, Lairg, Dalmally, Tiree, Islay, South Uist and an area office and lairage facility at Oban. The company conducts auctions of both commercial and pedigree livestock, including the world-famous Stirling Bull Sales (previously known as the Perth Bull Sales) and provides farm-to-farm and farm-to-abattoir procurement services.

Spring Stirling Bull Sales show & sale programme

21st January, 2013 by admin

Stirling Bull Sales’ catalogues can be downloaded from the United Auctions’ website