THE latest meeting of the Elite Ayrshire Business took place at 8am on Thursday 21 May at the Clydesdale Bank Financial Solutions Centre in Alloway Street, Ayr, hosted by CBFSC managing partner, Willie Mackie.
Special guests included Martin Cheyne and Val Russell, chief executive and deputy chief executive respectively of Ayrshire Chamber.
South Ayrshire Council was represented by deputy leader Margaret Toner and Calum McPhail of the Economic Development Department.
Members and guests were entertained with a comprehensive presentation by founder members, William Skinner & Son, about the company‘s activities and most recent successes. Directors, John Quinton and Ken Wales, covered not only Skinners’ traditional building contracting business, but also their more recent diversification into renewable energy solutions and garden structures including tree houses.
Elite Ayrshire Business Circle managing director, Murdoch MacDonald, commented: “We are always proud of our members’ successes, and doubly so recently when William Skinner & Son co-operated with co-members architects ARP Lorimer & Associates in conservation and restoration work on the heritage building St John’s Church, Renfield in Glasgow.
“We are most grateful to John Quinton and Ken Wales for giving us such an interesting and informative presentation.”
ABOUT WILLIAM SKINNER & SON
Building contractors William Skinner & Son’s Ayrshire and Cambridgeshire bases cover Scotland, South East and Eastern England with a range of activities centred on building refurbishment, mainly of retail stores and shopping centres. Joinery manufacture, metal fabrication, special finishes and terrazzo tiling are amongst the special skills offered.
William Skinner & Son are approved Sika Trocal single ply roofing membrane installers. Experienced and highly skilled operatives carry out a range of schemes from small repairs to major installations on very large buildings, and are trained to apply the Kemper roof repair system. Skinners frequently supply and fix ward decking systems in conjunction with roofing works.
The company also offers contract maintenance and has recently diversified further into custom garden structures, notably treehouses, and solar thermal systems – for which it is now fully Microgeneration Certified.
Skinners’ recently introduced renewable energy survey service is already in demand, supporting its offer to install any kind of renewable energy system.
Founded in Ayrshire in 1964, Skinners made their first move down south into England six years ago. But the company’s recent expansion and diversification into new areas of business made it necessary the purchase of their own larger facilities comprising an 8,000 sq. ft yard, 1,900 sq. ft of office space, and a 1,620 sq. ft warehouse.
The new premises in Meldreth, near Cambridge, were officially opened in 2008 by Andrew Lansley, MP for South Cambridgeshire.
William Skinner & Son managing director, Sandy Cunningham, said: “Our commitment at Cambridge is a measure of the importance to us of the market in London, the South East, Midlands and East Anglia.
“The Meldreth base provides high quality warehouse, workshop and office accommodation from which we are already developing our capacity and increasing our market penetration. It is capable of supporting several times its present level of activity.”
William Skinner & Son
Ayr KA6 5HQ
Tel: 0845 051 9060
Fax: 01292 671133
William Skinner & Son
College Farm Business Centre
Tel: 0845 051 9070
Fax: 01763 262916
THE ELITE AYRSHIRE BUSINESS CIRCLE
Building contractors William Skinner & Son are founder members of the Elite Ayrshire business Circle.
The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle is an association founded in 2007 by some of the top companies in Ayrshire.
Its purpose is to publicise its members, and to celebrate and promote the rich diversity of industry, commerce and business services available within the county boundaries of Ayrshire.
Members include the Clydesdale Bank, Ayr Racecourse, Western House Hotel and South Ayrshire Council. and member company activities include broadcasting, building and construction, architectural practice, estate agency and land management, chartered accountancy, insurance broking, legal services, golf club management, marketing services and brand creation, web design and public relations consultancy.
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